(Closed) When did guests start arriving?

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Approximately when did guests start arriving?
    15 minutes before ceremony began : (2 votes)
    22 %
    30 minutes before ceremony began : (6 votes)
    67 %
    45 minutes before ceremony began : (0 votes)
    1 hour before ceremony began : (0 votes)
    1+ hour before ceremony began : (1 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 2
    7673 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
    3276 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    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
    438 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Mine came an hour early which screwed up our picture time! I was so frustrated!! 

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