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Bar opens before ceremony... how to work that?

Alessandra, on March 15, 2022 at 11:52 AM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 5


My ceremony is starting at 4:30 but we are having the bar open at 4 so guests can grab a drink before sitting down. I'm struggling how to word this on our invitations? I don't want to put 4 as the time as i'm sure guests will arrive at 3:30 and I don't want them waiting an hour for the ceremony to begin, but I also want them to know the bar will be available beforehand. Right now I have it worded:

ceremony begins at four thirty

bar open at four

does this work? is it tacky?



Latest activity by Gabby R, on March 16, 2022 at 6:22 PM
  • Cece
    Rockstar November 2022
    Cece ·
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    I wouldn’t put it on your invitations at all. I would just put the start time on the invitation, and put the bar information on a separate details card.
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  • JA
    Expert March 2022
    JA ·
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    I agree with PP. I would say "Doors open at 4:00, ceremony to begin at 4:30"

    I wouldn't mention the bar. It will be a nice surprise when guests arrive.

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  • Jacks
    Champion November 2054
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    I don't think you need to mention the bar either. That's fun to have though!

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  • A
    Expert September 2022
    Allie ·
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    I love this suggestion!!

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  • Gabby R
    Savvy September 2022
    Gabby R ·
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    If you have a website, you can put it in your FAQs. I have "When Should I arrive?" on ours to let people know when doors open and that they should plan to arrive before the ceremony start time. You could include here that your bar will also be open when the doors open.

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