(Closed) Time of Ceremony?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We gave the specific time but are giving a 5 minute buffers after it to allow for late arrivals.

Post # 4
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I suggest giving a buffer. 

How long of a buffer depends on a lot of things… 

1-is your ceremony @ a house of worship that will require a specific start time? 

2-is your ceremony venue local to most of your guests?

3-are the majority of your guests punctual people?

4-physical location aspects – i.e. is there a possibility of inclement weather that might hamper people’s ability to get to your site?  is your site in a large city where there might be rush hour/gridlock?

Personally, our scheduled ceremony start time is 7pm, but we put 6:30pm on the invites because:

a. our wedding is in January in NYC on a Friday night – weather and traffic to account for.
b. our friends and family are notoriously not punctual.
c. we want to give people ample time to check their coats and warm up! 

Luckily for us, we’re doing our ceremony @ the same place as our reception, so when guests arrive, they’ll be served mini hot chocolates and sparkling water at the bar until everyone arrives & is seated for the ceremony. 

Post # 5
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you have chronically late family, a buffer is a good idea.  Even if you don’t – a buffer is a good idea.

Post # 6
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I wouldn’t put in a buffer of more than 15 minutes or the people who are on time might feel strange that they are there so much earlier than the ceremony start time.

Post # 7
829 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I was thinking about doing a buffer myself… i was going to put 5 on invitaions but start at 5:30. or 5:30 and start at 6.


Just in case anything came up (traffic etc) i dont want anyone to miss a thing…

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