Written by Katie Byrne, published 5th dec 2017
Sleeping through an alarm, getting caught in traffic... There are endless reasons you could arrive at a wedding late. So breathe, stay calm - and here's how to handle it!
#1 Don't call the bride and groom
Because a) they probably won't be looking at their phones and b) they'll have other things on their minds! If you're a member of the wedding party, you need to notify someone - you'll most likely have a phone number for a bridesmaid or usher, and if not, contact the venue and ask them to pass the message on.
If you're not a member of the wedding party and are 'just' a guest, relax - your absence most likely won't be as visible as you like to imagine.
#2 Avoid making a dramatic mid-ceremony entrance
Now is not the time to burst in as the officiant asks if there are any objections. Enter the venue/room as quietly as possible, and if you have to stand at the back rather than creeping down to the one available seat at the front, consider it your price to pay for being late. If there's someone on the door to prevent people entering, you'll just have to wait, or head straight to the reception.
#3 Don't cancel attending entirely
As tempting as it might be to cry off sick and stay at home - "I'll never live down missing the ceremony!" - fight your urges. You can still make it to the reception and these things happen.