(Closed) what time should the guests arrive

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

The invitation should say the time that the ceremony is, but you can also put something about “Seating begins at 12:30.”

Our ceremony is at 5:30, we are starting music and seating at 5:00. I really fretted about what time to put on the invites because I don’t want people being late, but ultimately, you are supposed to put the ceremony time.

I put on our website that seating would begin at 5:00. We did web/phone RSVP so people have (for the most part) had to go to the website to RSVP and would see it. If you’re really worried, I’d put it somewhere on an insert or something, maybe with directions?

Post # 4
2055 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Guests will start arriving 30 minutes before the invitation time, because they assume that’s what time the ceremony will start.  If you want time for people to mingle before the ceremony, I’d say 12:30 – but don’t say 12:00.  Your guests will be bored waiting for that long for the ceremony to start.

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