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Wedding Talk

Revealed: This is how late Irish people say it's acceptable for a bride to be on her wedding day

75% say it's unacceptable for a bride to be late to her wedding ceremony

An overwhelming majority of Irish people say that, despite tradition, it's not acceptable for a bride to be late to her wedding ceremony.

Nearly three-quarters of those polled on THEVOW.ie* said that it's not acceptable for a bride to leave guests waiting on the day, while the remaining 25% were okay with a little bad time-keeping.

"I sat in a church waiting for a bride to arrive for 1.5 hours. Never again!!!" said one reader in response to our poll on Facebook, to which another poster responded "Unless there was a genuine emergency I'd consider that selfish."

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One poster asked "What about the next "event" due to take place next? Delayed funerals etc..." while others openly admitted to their bad time-keeping on the day, saying of the £100 one UK vicar is offering to brides who make it to the church on time; "I would of lost that for sure."

For those who said it was okay for a bride to push the schedule out a little, most (47%) agreed that up to five minutes** was enough extra time for the bride before she appears on the aisle.

47% said between five and fifteen minutes late was okay, but only 2% said they'd be okay with a bride arriving over 30 minutes late to her ceremony.

"Ten mins tops," said one reader about how late it was acceptable for a bride to be on the day, adding that "it’s disrespectful and uncaring" to be any later than that.

*1104 out of 1468 polled on THEVOW.ie | **733 out of 1554 polled on THEVOW.ie