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Why I Don't Agree with an Early Ceremony Start Time on your Wedding Invitation

By a Former Wedding Planner turned Custom Wedding Stationer


Custom wedding invitations by Copper Cactus Company

Photo by Brittany Nemec Photography

The idea of putting an earlier ceremony start time on your wedding invitation may seem enticing.. An earlier time means your guests show up ready to go so you can start the wedding right when it's scheduled for.

However, I disagree with this practice.

As a former wedding planner, I’ve seen that most guests actually arrive early, usually 15-30 minutes early. If you have an early start time your guests could be waiting around for quite a while- especially if your timeline begins running behind...

Picture this.

Say your ceremony is supposed to begin at 5:30pm but you put 5:00pm on the invitation. Most of your guests will arrive between 4:30pm - 4:45pm. The hair and make up team is running just 10 minutes behind because your sister decided to add hair. Now the transportation company is running 5 minutes behind- all which is fine, 15 minutes past the start time but now your guests who arrived at 4:30pm, are waiting for an hour and fifteen minutes... ouch.

So stick to the scheduled time on your invitation and always have buffer timing in your day-of timeline!

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Hi! I'm Christina Gagliano, owner & designer at Copper Cactus Company, where I work with nearlywed couples hands-on to design custom wedding invitations. If you're local to Arizona, I'd love to meet with you for coffee and to design your invitations while flipping through samples of designs, colors and embellishments. If you're not local to Arizona, we can still meet virtually and have a fun design experience!

Feeling like you can't find the perfect wedding invitation that fits you? Design your custom wedding invitations with me! Head over to my site, Copper Cactus Company to set up a free consultation call.


Christina Gagliano

Owner & Designer

Copper Cactus Company

Phone: 602-459-3123


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