Can I Put an Earlier Ceremony Start Time on My Wedding Invitation?

Etiquette

The last thing you want is for a late-arriving guest to scurry into the wedding ceremony venue just as you begin your walk down the aisle. But how can you prevent this from happening? Is it rude to print a false ceremony start time on your wedding invitation to ensure that everyone shows up on time? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your wedding ceremony questions in our daily post.

I'm worried about guests arriving late to the ceremony and distracting the others. What can I do to prevent this?

Latecomers to a wedding ceremony are inevitable but there are a few things you can do to minimize the distraction — things that don't involve lying to guests on your invite. Don't be too rigid about beginning the ceremony at the exact minute listed on the invitation; if guests are still trickling in at that moment, give them a few extra minutes to get settled and take their seats. But if it's getting really late, don't feel trapped waiting for people who may never show. (Very late guests may give up trying to get to the ceremony and catch up with you at the reception.) After the ceremony begins, station an usher just outside the ceremony entrance to direct guests in at an appropriate moment. But in the end, don't be too concerned with latecomers. Once the ceremony begins, everyone will be so enthralled with the ceremony that they won't notice any latecomers, especially ones that quietly slink into a seat in the back.

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