Post # 1
Married bees approximately how soon before the ceremony did guests start arriving? What time did you provide on invites? Did you put something like “ceremony begins at ___” or “please arrive by____” and pickd a time a little earlier to account for late comers?
I know it’s highly unlikely, but I’m worried about guests showing up early because we are doing a first look and I don’t want them to see us out taking pictures when they come to the location. I do have it planned out that pictures involving me will be done about an hour before the ceremony starts…I should be okay right??
Post # 2
I wasn’t there, because I got ready at home and it started when I arrived. But for other weddings I’ve been to, I think the very first guests were maybe 30 minutes before, maximum, with most about 15. I can’t imagine anyone coming an hour early, unless they need to set something up.
I put the start time and the ceremony started a couple of minutes later. It’s ok to have a couple of minutes’ grace (because not everyone’s clock is identical, and you don’t want to penalise people who are barely on time). But (in my opinion), any more than 5-10 minutes late is rude to the vast majority of guests who arrive early.
Post # 3
About half were there 30 minutes early and the rest trickled in after. We also did a first look but planned to be out of the area about 45 mins before the ceremony because we knew people would be arriving, so yes an hour should be good.
Post # 4
Mine came an hour early which screwed up our picture time! I was so frustrated!!
Post # 5
Whew!! Thanks for the replies, I feel better now. On the invites we asked guests to arrive by a time about 10 minutes before the ceremony will actually begin. This is mainly because we expect people to be a little bit late because the venue is out in an unfamiliar location to all the guests.