- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
If it says 5, I plan to get there at 4:30 and in my seat at 4:45. As long as music is playing by 5 or there’s some water/coffee around I’ll be totally fine until about 5:30….at that point I start thinking “hmm we should be getting started now…”
I think it’s a good thing to list an earlier start time to get people there on time. That said, I think the bride/groom/attendants should keep the start time on the invite in mind as well. Plan to be ready at 5. Please don’t plan to be ready at 5:30 and still putting your finishing touches on at 5:25, because if you’re running even like 15 minutes late, I’ve already been waiting 75 min, and you’ll be super stressed out. Obviously some things can’t be avoided, but when you’re making your “day of” plan, I’d plan to be ready by the start time on the invites so that you have that buffer time and can relax and (hopefully) not end up falling behind.