(Closed) Start time on wedding invites?

posted 3 years ago in Guests
Post # 2
3846 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

The start time should be the actual start time. Putting a time 30 minutes earlier than the actual start time only punishes people who arrive on time and then have to sit around and wait.

Post # 3
2878 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

You need to put the time that the ceremony is supposed to start. A lot of guests will arrive 30-45 minutes early so putting 2pm instead of 2:30pm would cause those people to have to wait for over an hour. Grown adults know to show up before the time listed on the invitation. 

Post # 4
1191 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

The time the ceremony starts.  People know to arrive earlier.  Or they should. 

Post # 5
10412 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Put the actual start time. Guests who show up on time should not have to stand around forever because to lied about what time the ceremony actually starts. If people are late, they are late. The world will go on.

Post # 6
9228 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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cosimaskye :  I’m Australian and I say the start time on the invite should be the actual start time. It pisses me off when couples put an earlier time because I will arrive 15-30 mins before the time on the invite (as with most people I know) so would end up sitting around waiting for 45min – 1hr if you lie about the start time. 

Post # 7
176 posts
Blushing bee

I’m in Australia and recently attended a wedding where the time on the invite was half an hour before the actual start time. However, being close to the bride, we knew about the later start, so we got there later. On my own invites I’ll be listing the actual start time because that’s just being considerate to my guests, who should be adult enough to know that they should get to the venue before the listed start time!

Post # 9
691 posts
Busy bee

In my culture we put 30 min before the ceremony starts. This allows the church to be filled and everyone seated.  

Post # 10
95 posts
Worker bee

I put the actual start time.

However, you should let the VIPs (parents etc) to arrive a bit earlier than that time. I was at a wedding, and the ceremony couldn’t start because the bride’s parents were MIA!

Post # 11
577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I’ve put 4pm on my invites, and I plan to arrive about 4:05! I don’t like the idea of people waiting around.

Post # 12
1961 posts
Buzzing bee

We had to put 30 mins before but I made it clear ceremony started at 5:25. People were cutting it real close so I was glad I did. People walked in after I did. Had I put the actual time…many people would have missed the ceremony. It’s cultural. West Indian time isn’t the same as eastern time. 

Post # 13
3814 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I’m Australian. We put 4pm on invites and I walked down the aisle at about 10 or 15 past. I wouldn’t wait more than that or you get guests arriving early and waiting for like an hour

Post # 14
1491 posts
Bumble bee

I put half an hour earlier. That’s what my celebrant advised and she has heaps of experience. 

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