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Evening Guests - What Time?

13401340 Posts: 75
We are just in the process of writing our invitations for our Wedding. The ceremony is at 14:00 what time would you suggest is good for the evening guests to arrive?

Many thanks


  • SWB2BSWB2B Posts: 85
    I would say between 7/8pm? X
  • BabsMelonBabsMelon Posts: 983
    Our ceremony is at 2pm. Our evening guests are arriving at 7pm. We're having a civil ceremony so not sure if you would want to give an extra half an hour if you're having a church ceremony. x
  • 13401340 Posts: 75
    Thanks for your quick replies - we are also having a civil ceremony so probably will go for 7:00 pm.
  • heliganedenheliganeden Posts: 1,848
    You need to make a schedule for the day and that'll help

    For example.....

    2.00pm Ceremony

    2.45pm photos

    3.15pm wedding breakfast

    4.15pm speeches

    5.00pm drinks

    6.30pm evening guests arrive

    8.00pm evening buffet

    etc etc.... image
  • MRMRS2014MRMRS2014 Posts: 1,279
    our ceremony is at 2pm and we are having evening guests arriving at 7.30pm x
  • heliganedenheliganeden Posts: 1,848
    Remember that whatever time you say, people will tend to arrive a bit later anyway
  • Mrs MaynesMrs Maynes Posts: 601
    Ours is at 2:00 and we half 7:30 down for evening guests to arrive image
  • nats2013nats2013 Posts: 6,253
    what sort of food are you having? do you need to change venues? is there somewhere for your evening guests to be if you run late?

    you need an idea of what time your meal is and how long it will last rather than just asking what other people are doing as you dont know how their day differs from yours

    if we had evening guests and our ceremony was at 2pm our evening guests wouldnt be able to come until 9pm because of the running of the day and change in venues timings
  • hodgy-podgyhodgy-podgy Posts: 257

    We asked the venue what time they would recommend based on our ceremony time. For a 1pm ceremony they said anytime after 7 and gave us approximate times for the day based on their experience

  • Our ceremony is at 2pm and we're asking our evening guests from 7pm onwards, but we're putting on our evening invites something along the lines of:

    The request the pleasure and venue details then:

    From 7pm onwards, cutting of the cake to be held at 7:30pm.

    This lets people know that they can turn up from 7pm onwards, but if they want to see the cake cutting they need to be there by 7:30pm. Some of our friends are notoriously late and we thought that way nobody could complain if they missed the cake cutting!

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