(Closed) Mexican time for invite?

posted 8 years ago in Latino
  • poll: Should I lie about our ceremony time on the invitation?
    Yes - 2:30 so people won't be late : (26 votes)
    67 %
    No - just put 3pm, if they're late, that's on them : (12 votes)
    31 %
    Other - please explain : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    570 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @Ms. Figales:

    Hey I’m Mexican and if you have familia like mine and my extended extended familia if you write 3pm the actual time the ceremony will begin your guest will be late. In my mexican’s mine when I see 3pm it means I can arrive at 4 or 4:30 and trust me when we do fiestas I tend to write on the invitations an hour early time so that people get there it works sometimes it doesn’t.

    However, if you write 3pm you will have guest interrupting your ceremony walking in behind you or on the sides and the photographer capturing them in your walk down the aisle.  2:30 is risking it however if you feel its right do it.

    Save the dates don’t worry people go off of the actual invitation if they call just say the minister had to change his time and don’t let them know that you are doing it so they can be there on time.

    Good luck

    Post # 4
    1403 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Hmm I don’t think that’s just Mexican time… my all-American family does that too!  Our church actually required us to put down our ceremony time 15 minutes ahead on our invitations.

    ETA:  Oh and you can still change the time on the invitations.  People will probably follow the invitation time rather than the save-the-date time.

    Post # 5
    1088 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I put the real time on our invites but I expect everyone to be late…EXCEPT a lot of people are in our bridal party and will be there getting ready. Sooooooooo I’m going to tell them to be there at 10, and they’ll get there at 12 😉 lol

    Post # 6
    1221 posts
    Bumble bee

    I did that for my cousins invitation LOL he is LATE to everything!!!

    So i put 4:00 like everyone else but put a little sticky on it saying !! GET THERE ON TIME! hahaa

    Post # 7
    112 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We put 5:30pm, although our ceremony would start around 6:15pm

    My Fiance feels bad about it so we’ll have different activities (guess book signing, picture slideshow, background music) so people don’t feel like they arrived too early. . .

    The way the place is set up, if people come late they will interrupt with the ceremony, so we are trying to get people there before we actually start 🙂

    And don’t worry about the STD’s time, we also did the same thing, we put 6pm on them and 5:30 on the invites.


    Post # 9
    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I am also going to put a half hour early. I want to start exactly at 1:30pm, so I don’t want any stragglers.

    Post # 10
    128 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    most likely things are gonna start just a tad late already.  I would definately have the invitation say earlier…even by an hour. That way everything will run smooth and people will show up on time.   Worse case scenario, if people are upset tell them to get over it….or tell them your nerves go the best of you….

    good luck

    Post # 11
    70 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I am also plannin to include the start time a half hour early. Geesh with my family that is a must. Its a cultural thing to be late. I have read that most Mexicans arrive late to functions as a belief that it is rude to arrive early as a host may not be ready to attend the guests. I am still a bit nervous that my guests will arrive late even while inviting them a half hour early. SurprisedI wonder if this has worked for anyone.

    Post # 12
    238 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    OMG, I have been worrying about the very same thing! Laughing SO’s family does not run on Mexi time (considering they’re all white), but my whole family does. I’m not happy about the idea of anyone coming in mid-ceremony.

    Post # 13
    53 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I know we lied the day of my quinceañera we put that the mass began at 11am but in reality it didn’t start until 11:30am and it worked out perfectly

    Post # 14
    278 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We’re saying 3 PM, but we’re planning to start at 3:30! I figured a lot of people will be late, too. It’s not just my Latino fiance’s family, but my white family can’t get anywhere on time either! LOL

    Post # 15
    70 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Good thought! I think we will have to do the same. My fiance’s friends and family are always late, lol.

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