Our wedding is at 3:30 and I am expecting FH to get there around 3:00. I am hoping my guests are on time because I plan to get there at 3.30...maybe 3.35. I like to be on time! Plus I don't want to run out of time for things, so I want it to start when it's supposed to. I think most people should turn up 10-15 minutes before start time.
Our reception starts at 6:00 too, and we will be starting drinks then. We also have a 5hr package, so that will go till 11:00, then we are going to have a tab for the extra hour - we are thinking that by that stage there wont be too many people drinking too much, so instead of paying for an extra hour we just pay for what they actually drink. Either that or we'll tell people it's free till 11:00 - so get a bunch of jugs/bottles before then
. I think when you give people a time for the reception (esp if there is a gap between the ceremony & reception) they would expect drinks to start straight away. But that's just my thoughts, everyone is different.