Sometimes we cannot help being late for things and the rumour goes that it is fashionable or a tradition that you are late for your wedding. It is just a rumour!
Recently I have had a couple of Brides 45 minutes and one Bride an hour late- there was no traffic issue. In one case the Bride’s dear Grandmother, as a guest was sitting in the shade out of the sun, but non the less she still got so hot that she was taken home so she and several other guests looking after her missed the whole ceremony and in another case there were 75 guests at the beach wedding but the Bride was an hour and a quarter late – we had 50 guests when the Bride arrived and she missed out on lots of photos because of being late.
Please really think about how long you are going to make your Groom and guests wait.
Why are you late?
A good way of ensuring you are on time is that you have all of your makeup and hair people, drivers and photographer/s all running on time – read the contract you make with them carefully, add in an inclusion that they are to be on time or if running late you pay less. I am sure this way they will be on time.
I pride myself on being a totally dedicated celebrant offering totally unique ceremonies, written from scratch with your total input. I will help you any way I can to make your wedding day the best day ever!
Some celebrants have a penalty for lateness – I have discussed with many celebrants and a popular reasonable fee for lateness that works for them is you pay $50 for every 20 minutes over the set wedding ceremony time.
I will get to your wedding well before the 20 minutes by law, that is required and I think it is fair that the Bride be up to 20 minutes late because after that it really impacts on your Groom and your guests but after 20 minutes …
I only do one wedding a day because I think every wedding is truly special and I am not into production line weddings.
So after all these words I do not want to add another fee so please be respectful of being on time or just a little late. I am a very honest person so I just want to bring this to your attention.