Question about timing!

Okay so we originally planned to have the ceremony at 4:30 so if we reserved the chapel from 4:30 to 5:30 (all they had open) and I was planning on printing the invites for 4:30, how does it work with time for people to be seated? We aren't decorating the chapel since its beautiful as is, but would we start the actual ceremony at 4:45 or so? Does that leave enough time??
Posted on April 8, 2008 at 8:19 am
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caribear
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We put 6:30 for the ceremony time, but we are planning on starting at 6:45ish. This gives stragglers time to get there. Every wedding I have ever gone to, the ceremony always seems to start later than what is on the invite. Starting at 4:45 should leave enough time... How long are you planning our ceremony to be?
Posted on April 8, 2008 at 8:25 am
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Our site coordinator suggested we put a start time of 5:30 even though it will not start until 6:00. You should take into consideration the traffic flow on that day of the week and your neighborhood. We live near the coast in San Diego and the wedding is on a Friday night during summer time so 1/2 sounds like a good grace period for us.
Posted on April 8, 2008 at 8:28 am
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Give your guests a half hour to arrive, park and get seated. That said, if I saw 4:30 pm on an invite, I would plan on being there at 4 pm. Sounds like your venue is not available to you until 4:30 pm, so I would put 5 pm on your invitation. Unless your family and friends are notoriously late, then leave it at 4:30 pm.

My family tends to run late, but I made Wedding Day Timelines on Cards that had them arriving at the site at 3:30 pm and the ceremony starting at 4 pm. Photo in my bio of the Timeline...
Posted on April 8, 2008 at 8:45 am
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I know it sounds weird but I did find some helpful info on the weather channel. Heres the site. http://www.weather.com/activities/events/weddings/?from=secondarynav
Posted on April 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm
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How long are you planning for your ceremony? Would a 5pm start give you enough time? It is good to give your guests time to get there and get seated before you arrive. That said, don't leave them waiting too long. I went to a wedding a few weeks ago where the bride had planned on being a half hour late but then she didn't end up getting there until an hour and a half after the time printed on the invite.
Posted on April 8, 2008 at 8:03 pm
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Thanks ladies, that certainly gives me something to think about. I honestly don't think the ceremony will take more than thirty minutes since its just going to be a traditional protestant ceremony, no bells or whistles like unity candles, wine or sand since we're not really into those things.

The other thing is its a destination wedding, if you want to call it that since no one lives near anyone else. Guests not staying at the club will still be in the area... and believe me there aren't enough people in the area for traffic to be a problem!! (knock on wood, right?)

So maybe I'll leave the invites printed at 4:30 and just show up to get things started at 4:45-4:50? Considering everyone will be in the immediate area right?
Posted on April 9, 2008 at 4:34 am

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