(Closed) time on the invitations….

posted 4 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
7276 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Your wording sounds good and yes, you should have the actual start time instead of an earlier time.

Post # 3
3266 posts
Sugar bee

It’s fine. 

You should never list an earlier time, so at least it’s accurate

Post # 4
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

AndysCraftsNmore:  Definitely only list the time that the ceremony actually starts. There were a couple of weddings we attended that I am pretty sure listed a time that was forty minutes earlier and  I was kind of ticked off to be waiting for well over an hour. Point is, your invite is perfectly fine. On our wedding website we reiterated that the ceremony would start promptly at 3.

Post # 5
621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

On ours we put to arrive by 12:15 even though the ceremony only started at 12:30 (and guests knew this). Our venue was in the middle on nowhere so we knew it would take guests a little longer to find it, worked out perfectly. Most showed up between 12:10-12:20 so they had time to use the bathroom, get a drink and walk around the garden before the ceremony started.


As long as you don’t have a hard-to-find location and okay with waiting for possible tardy guests then putting 3 is fine.

Post # 6
787 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

At our wedding we put that the ceremony was to begin at 11:15am when it actually began at 11:30am. We knew that our friends and family are notoriously late for everything, so it was no surprise that guests were still parking when I got there at 11:15am. So glad we did or people would literally be coming up the aisle behind me, expecting to be seated.

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