(Closed) Ooops, made a pretty big timing mistake.

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: What would you do if you made a timing error?

    1:00start -deal w/being rushed,running late,suffer problems w/reception&vendors, but no angry guests

    1:30start -better flow&more relaxed on the day but must contact all the guests +suffer the backlash

    Just arrive late, its you're day and guests will just have to wait

    Go over budget + pay for extra hairdresser and pull all strings possible with vendors

    No idea - you're screwed!

    If I were a guest I WOULD NOT be offended if the couple contacted me about a 1/2 hr time change

    If I were a guest I WOULD be offended if the couple contacted me about a 1/2 hr time change

    If I were a guest I would NOT mind sitting for half hour if things were running late

    If I were a guest, I WOULD mind sitting for half an hour if things were running late

  • Post # 32
    9831 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’d rather be contacted and told the time was incorrect, rather than sit around for ~45 minutes. I always show up a little early to a wedding, as do most people in my experience.

    Post # 33
    4 posts
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We are petting married in Colorado and having a lot of guests from the east coast, so, before the ceremony we are having a popcorn table with lemonade and a flavored water to allow for late comers and provide a snack. Our invite says 5, but everything is actually scheduled to begin at 530. Maybe you could do something like this! 

    Post # 34
    1087 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Our event coordinator told us to put an earlier time on the invite than we planned on starting by at least 15 min, he calls it our invite time (2) and our start time (2:30), he’s been doing weddings there for 26 years as the host, and I guess it’s more common than not to start late for stagglers?  I certainly don’t want anyone walking in before me, and honestly the people who are going to plan on being early will probably be that early either way. 

    Post # 35
    204 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

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    @stephee:  Our venue coordinator said the same thing.  I posted it here and almost got jumped. lol.  But our venue serves raspberry and champagne prior to the ceremony and I am having the violin quartet play pre-ceremony as well.  I know my guests and family.  Even with a 15 min difference I KNOW a good amount of people wont be there by ceremony start time.  And because I’m already giving a cushion, I won’t mind locking them out until I am down the aisle.


    Post # 36
    1671 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    @HappinessIsInDaisies:  I wouldn’t mind the change in start time but would definitely want to be notified. Any way would be acceptable. Word of mouth, Facebook, email, phone, it’s all good. I’m fairly punctual and would show up 15 minutes early anyways. I think it’s a small error and no big deal. 🙂

    Post # 39
    3092 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Personally I would not contact anyone unless it was on the vendor side.  It is so hard to get a large group of people on the same page…change something and people will show up the next day and to the next town over lol.

    ETA: saw your update and it sounds like a wonderful plan.








    Post # 40
    62 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    It’s not like you missed it by much. I don’t feel like 30 mins should be that big of a deal. Honestly, I wouldn’t be mad if I had to sit.. I also have a lot of patience though haha. Even if you decide to contact everyone, I don’t see how 30 mins is seriously going to alter their day that badly. Try to not stress. You’re in the home stretch!! 🙂

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