Hi Everyone ???????? I'm wondering if you can help me and guide me in the right direction. I've been given mix information about what time to put on the wedding invitations for the wedding ceremony. I always thought you put an earlier time on the invites so people are there and seated for the actual time of the ceremony. But some friends have said to put the wedding ceremony time and others have said an hour before. I'm just wondering what everyone else is doing and if you're putting an earlier time on the invitations, would you put an hour before or 30 minutes before ceremony starts? Thank you xx
I was advised you put the actual ceremony time but I've included a key information page about certain things I thought guests would find useful and on that I've noted that the wedding starts at that time so suggest arriving earlier to secure at good seat.
The registrar suggested to us that we put a time of 15 - 30 minutes before to ensure everyone is seated. If people are late it will completely spoil things. We are putting 15 minutes as our friends are generally punctual.
Hi the registrar we saw said 30 mins to make sure everyone is seated :)
I am putting that people can arrive from 12 to be seated at 12:30 for the ceremony at 1 to make sure people turn up on time and are seated x
We have put half hour earlier on our invites x
We have asked for guests to arrive 20 minutes b4 ceremony ... ( to find parking place & pay & display as its at town registry office...
We put the actual ceremony time as I'm sure majority of people know they should turn up earlier for a wedding x
We put ceremony at 12, please arrive for 11.30 so guests know it starts at 12 but they need to be there for 11.30 to ensure everyone is there at the right time x
As our ceremony is tight for time as there is a wedding before us we have put the time of the wedding. As theres not alot of room to wait.
Our invites were laid out like a festival ticket so we put door, main event, catering and after party times on them, it worked well for us x
We only put the actual ceremony time down was never told put an earlier time on. All guests arrived and was seated in plenty of time.
Our wedding is at 2pm and our wedding venue is 30 minutes away from our home town so we are going to be at the venue 30 minutes before the ceremony starts x
30 minutes before is becoming the norm, the last thing anyone wants is guests walking in past the bride outside the doors or during the procession or the ceremony.
Hi we put 1.30 for 2pm ceremony xx
I put on mine 2.30 for a 3 o'clock ceremony :)
We've put the ceremony time, I hadn't heard of putting an earlier time down before...anyone whos not in and seated by the time I'm ready to walk down the aisle will have to wait outside haha
I put 1.30 for 2.30 ceremony
My venue gave me a provisional order of the day and my ceremony starts at 2pm and on the order of the day it says for guests to arrive at 1pm x
We put the ceremony time - I’ve never heard of putting an earlier time. I was 20minutes late anyway (brides prerogative!) so it was fine.
I don't think you would want to go to a wedding and find out that you had to wait an extra hour for the ceremony to start especially with all the preparation before. If you are getting married in a hotel then the co-ordinator there will manage the guests into the ceremony room so that they have to wait about for the minimum amount of time. So put the actual time, and trust your guests to be punctual.
Our wedding planner recommended putting half an hour before the ceremony starts
I think I am going to just write the ceremony time. If not, only 15 mins before ceremony. It massively frustrated me as a guest when I was expected to just sit and wait for an hour because the bride and groom expected people to be late. If your guests have any respect, they will go out of their way to make sure they are there early/on time. X
We did 30mins before, so 2pm for a 2:30 ceremony. Everyone was there on time then.
People need time to pop to the loo etc before ceremony starts but you don’t want them having to hang round too long so I’d put 15 mins before knowing that people will still arrive slightly earlier than that if they want to
I’ve put the ceremony time but asked for people to be seated by 10mins before hand.
We put the time the ceremony started. Guests are clever enough to know they need to get there earlier. If you want them seated by a certain time you can include this information in the invite or as part of an 'information card'
The actual ceremony time. I think most people know to be there at least 15 minutes before so they can get seats
Put the actual time of the wedding on the invite. Surely anyone with any common sense will give themselves enough time to get seated before you walk in.
We put ceremony time and at the bottom added a not saying church open 30 mimutes before service so people knew
We put the time the ceremony started and everyone was there seated and ready for half hour before hand.. most people know to be there 15-30 mins before hand anyway x
I have written 1pm for a 1.30pm ceremony so everyone is clear.
I'm just mocking up my invites and I have put ceremony starts at 1, arrival for 12 as we have been told by venue to tell guests to try and get there an hour before x
If your worried you could put something like at ... with the bride making her entrance at ... then people know they should be seated before that. I just put the start time of the ceremony as most people know that this is when it starts so they need to be there and sat down by then x
I've put arrival at 13:30 for 14:00 ceremony on our invites xx
we put the actual time of our ceremony. all our guests were in and seated on time plus you will be late so i don’t think it’s really fair to have people waiting from half an hour before the ceremony. we got ready at the hotel and we’re ready before the wedding start time but with the photographers and meeting the registrar before you go in we were late going in x
We put please seated for 1.45 for the bridal party arrival at 2. Everyone was there well on time, and mingled inside the venue until they let them sit
ive not done my invites yet but gonna put something along the lines of ceremony to commence at 4pm
i'm sure people know to be seated before this time
We asked guests to arrive at 1.30 for wedding at 2 x
We wrote “ceremony to start at 1pm” so it was clear what time we were expecting to start and trusting that my guests make the judgement to get there with enough time ☺️
We put the time that the ceremony was starting. Everyone got there earlier and there were no problems.
You put the time that your ceremony is starting at x
We just got our invites and put ceremony as 1pm but underneath put please be seated no later than 12:45pm.
We put the time it started any normal person would go early for a wedding everyone was there and I was bang on time as well people normally go early to talk to groom n that be4 hand
Im putting on the actual time but with a request to arrive 30 mins before hand x
I put the time of the ceremony. Asking people to sit for an hour is a bit much.
We will be checking with priest what time he wants everyone seated by and when they can start seating from. And putting the from time on invites
On our invites I put "ceremony time :1pm" then included a info leaflet type thing with directions etc stating please arrive 30-45 mins before ceremony time x
We put the time the ceremony started, people were there and ready. If you put too early a time, people may arrive earlier than that thinking it's the ceremony time
I have a "time table" of the day on my invitations so all times written done, including the time we welcome our guests and the time the ceremony starts x
I’ve put 30 minutes
I stated it on the invites. Ceremony at 1:30pm, please arrive by 1pm. I would always turn up half hour before the ceremony date so if you change the time on the invites you could have some miffed guests turning up an hour early
I put the time the ceremony actually started, and then had to do laps of the venue as I arrived before all my guests were there... So I would put 30 minutes before or something like that!
I've put on 15 mins before so 12:45 instead of 1pm x
I’ve put 12.30 on mine but ceremony is at 1pm as I don’t want people running late lol x
I've put 30mins before the ceremony. That should be enough time to get everyone seated.
From a very professional point of view. I would advise, groom and his pets to arrive 45 minutes before in order to have buttonholes attached and crevattes tied, and then 30 minutes before the groom
Will be registered, 30 minutes before guests should arrive, 15-20 minutes before all guests to be seated ( however make sure you have a Ceremony plan in place for reserved seating at front for immediate family and bridesmaids) , toastmaster will then announce groom in 10 minutes before and will tell everyone house rules, bride will be registered 5-10 mins before and will then come in. As an award winning toastmaster I do this regularly all of the above, working very closely with my clients in advance.
I will be putting arrival at 2.30pm for the service to begin at 3.30. This is due to the fact that our wedding is in a hotel and people need to check in to their room before the service.we were told at least 30mins before wedding for the guests that are not staying at the hotel to make sure everyone is present and seated.
Why make you're guest arrive up to an hour early
30 minutes before to allow for lateness X
We put the venue time and most knew that was the time of the ceremony. Everyone was there in plenty of time xx
We put arrival drinks at 230pm for ceremony for 3pm.. it worked well and was really relaxed x
We put that our ceremony starts at 3pm so guests are advised to arrive no later than 2:30pm. We had no late comers xx
I put 1:30 please be seated by 1:15 my wedding is today 😊
We put the start time and then put 'guests to arrive from' 45 mins before xx
Have a good day
I have put 12.30 for a 1.00 pm ceremony x
Our ceremony is at 1:30 and we’ve asked for people to be seated for 1pm x
Thank you to everyone who has answered my question. It's been very helpful and has helped guide me in the right direction of what to do.
Big Thank You again xx