Emma Nelson-Bailey
Emma Nelson-Bailey 27 Aug 2018

I’m going to be ordering invites in the next few weeks. Our registrar has...

I’m going to be ordering invites in the next few weeks. Our registrar has asked that guests be seated by 2:45pm for a 3pm wedding. Do you think putting 2:30pm on the invites is too early? Or shall I put 3pm please be seated by 2:45pm? Many thanks in advance.

33 Comments
Susan Coleclough
Susan Coleclough 27 Aug 2018

We put 1:00pm for 1:30pm wedding and it gave everyone time to get seating sorted.

Emma Nelson-Bailey
Emma Nelson-Bailey 28 Aug 2018

Hi Susan. Thanks I think it’s probably best I put 2:30pm. 🙂

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Aug 2018

We had for a 1pm start on ours x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Aug 2018

I put 11.45 on my invites. The ceremony was booked for 12, but that wasn't mentioned. Everyone was there in plenty of time x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Aug 2018

Put 2.30!! I’ve told mine 1 for a 2 wedding as there is always someone that is late I’ve seen it so many times guests running past the bride or walking in during the ceremony drives me insane I’ve told mine if they are late they can wait in the bar ️

Bethany Smith
Bethany Smith 28 Aug 2018

Half an hour earlier is probably the best way to go. We've said 1pm on invites, the venue said 1:15 for seating. So everyone's out of the way for the bridal party to enter.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Aug 2018

2.30

Laura Roberts
Laura Roberts 28 Aug 2018

Ours started at 1pm and that's what we put on the invites, I just assumed people would know to be there earlier and we didn't have any turn up late xxx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Aug 2018

I got married at 2pm and put on the invites 2pm. No one was late. I got there at 2pm and had 5 minutes to myself before start of service because every1 kept telling me bride should be late. So it was a comprimise. So imo do what you think is best

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Aug 2018

My wedding was 2pm so my invites stayed 2pm. Surely people aren’t that silly that they need a fake time on it? Everyone was seated in plenty time and I walked in at 2. I’ve never heard of putting an earlier time on it. It’s just common sense surely?

Jennifer McCaul
Jennifer McCaul 28 Aug 2018

I put 12.30 for a 1pm wedding. I arrived at 12.40 and guests were still arriving

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Aug 2018

Mine started at 12 and that’s what I put on the invites.. I thought that was normal?

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Aug 2018

Our ceremony was 1:30, we asked our guests to arrive 12:30 onwards because I knew it was about an hour drive so it gave them time if they got a little lost. We also put a list of estimated timings.
Whatever works for you.

Francine Quartey
Francine Quartey 28 Aug 2018

Ours is at 4pm what time should I put down on the invite?

Catherine Tapp
Catherine Tapp 28 Aug 2018

Mine is 1pm and I've put 1pm on invites as people should be there early anyway. x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Aug 2018

I just thought you put down the time of the ceremony?! Thought that was the norm...

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Aug 2018

put 2:30! people are always late! and those that are on time can have a good blether with everyone

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 28 Aug 2018

I think you should say seated by 2.45 as if you put 2.30 people will think it’ll start at 2.30 and get there early. Some might then be there an hour early which is a bit much. I think most people know to get there 15-30 mins early for a wedding and hopefully have the sense to wait outside if they are late xx

Josie Harrison-Marks
Josie Harrison-Marks 28 Aug 2018

Ours is at 3, we have put “Ceremony at 3, please arrive by 2.30”
That gives people time to say hello to each other, get seats etc

Kathy Deane
Kathy Deane 28 Aug 2018

We got married at 3.. doors closed at 2.45, we just let everyone know that staff would not allow them entry to the suite after 2.45 as I had to come down. Doors opened at 2pm so we just put some music on for everyone

Michelle Croxford
Michelle Croxford 29 Aug 2018

We get married at 1.30pm this Sunday and I automatically put 1.30 on invites... most people have said they intend to arrive atleast half hour early anyway to have a drink.x

Catriona Rollason
Catriona Rollason 29 Aug 2018

definitely put 2:30, much better to have everyone sat around for a bit rather than being late!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 29 Aug 2018

Our venue co-ordinator said to put 4pm when the ceremony is at 4. But I doubt everyone will be there if we do that 🤔

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 29 Aug 2018

My invites say to arrive at 1 even tho ceremony is at half 1. Advised to do this by rejistrar and wedding coordinator at the venue to account for any late runners

Michelle Ashbrook
Michelle Ashbrook 29 Aug 2018

I would put 2.30 xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 30 Aug 2018

We're getting married at 1.30, so I've put 1pm on the invites (stating that ceremony starts promptly at 1.30) x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 31 Aug 2018

I would put ceremony at 3 please be seated for 2:45 promptly, if you were having an earlier wedding I would've said put an earlier time but because it's not til the afternoon everyone should be sorted by then

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 31 Aug 2018

Our ceremony is at 1pm and we gav put 12:30pm on our invites

Emma Nelson-Bailey
Emma Nelson-Bailey 1 Sep 2018

Thank you everyone.

Becky Mitchinson
Becky Mitchinson 2 Sep 2018

I would state seated by time x

Gemma Barrington
Gemma Barrington 2 Jan 2019

I’d put 2:30 you always get people that will turn up late x

Catriona Rollason
Catriona Rollason 17 Jan 2019

Definitely 2:30! Give people that extra time - there are always those that cut it a little fine.

Jessica Pearce
Jessica Pearce 18 Jan 2019

We are getting married at 14:00 and asked for people to start arriving at 13:30 to ensure everyone is seated as I do not want to be 'traditionally late' either.
I think half an hour is a reasonable time

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