My family is not know for their punctuality. Some have taken to scheduling a get-together for 30 minutes after the time they tell my family it begins. We are notoriously late.
It’s not intentional—I think every member of my family really does try to adhere to a schedule. And their running-late habits generally don’t bother me much. But on our wedding day? The story may be a little bit different.
As I’m sure I’ve already mentioned, our wedding will be nearly 140 miles away from our home. While a lot of the Husky family and most of the wedding party will arrive on site the day before, it will take some advanced planning for the single-day participants to get there in time for our 2:00PM nuptials. Assuming light traffic, they would probably need to leave their house by 11:00AM. I think all of them know this, but I’m concerned they won’t actually do it.
I’m trying to encourage people to arrive early—we will have music and refreshments before the ceremony begins. But I’m somewhat confident that there will be some stragglers who roll in at the last minute, or even past the time when the wedding is supposed to start. Do we wait for them to get the ceremony started? Or just move forward as planned? Before the wedding, we will have some people directing cars to appropriate parking spots—how do we handle that once the ceremony has begun?
Have you dealt with guests that have a less-than-punctual reputation? How did you handle late guests at the ceremony?