(Closed) What ceremony time should I put on the invitations?

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

As suggested in the other thread, I think a buffer is helpful but I wouldn’t suggest more than 15 minutes for a normal ceremony. Given that you have a shuttle situation, I’m not too sure but in a normal scenario I think advising longer than 15 minutes buffer will lead to people who show up early or on time becoming frustrated with the wait.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@ThatOneGirl9613:  I would absolutely, 100% put 5:30 without even questioning my decision if I were you. This may be because my cousins are famous for hosting parties at their homes & when I show up 15 minutes late, they’re still in the shower. πŸ™‚ But still… with all those logistics, I say put 5:30 down. If you have a couple people who you know are always early, put a bug in their ear that the REAL start time is 6… but otherwise, 30 minutes isn’t going to feel long to wait if there’s music.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Personally I think that the primary purpose of an invitation is to inform, so you should somehow add the important information to the invitation even if it compromises the “look”. You could have a separate insert, but that runs the risk of getting separated from the invitation.

So I would put something (either on the invitation or an insert) explaining the logistics: 3 minute shuttle (or 15 minutes walk?) from 5.30, ceremony starts at 6, drinks served from 5.30 onwards…

p.s. If you put 5.30, most guests will arrive at 5.15 and be stuck, no shuttle and no drinks.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I put on my invites – 4pm for a 4:30 start. Not dishonest, but gives guests fair warning that it starts at 4:30 (because the venue doors will be closed when it starts).

I would be annoyed if I went to a wedding with a start time that was 30 mins early, because I always make sure to arrive early as is, and would hate to end up waiting around for 50 mins because I was one of those who did the right thing.

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