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A Wedding Rehearsal - Practice makes Perfect!

A Wedding Rehearsal - Practice makes Perfect!
April 3, 2019

It might sound like a formality before the rehearsal dinner and welcome party get started, but a wedding ceremony rehearsal is actually pretty important. After all, practice makes perfect! A run-through with your wedding party and officiant will ensure everyone knows when to walk, where to stand, and what to say throughout your ceremony. Here is how it should go.

If you are having a planner/coordinator they will be the best one to orchestrate and coreograph your rehearsal. They probably have coordinated many rehearsals and will help you with it so it all goes flawlessly.

A  rehearsal usually is held the day before y our wedding with a rehearsal dinner sometime afterward. If you are having a planner/coordinator they will be the best one to orchestrate and coreograph your rehearsal. They probably have coordinated many rehearsals and will help you with it so it all goes flawlessly. 

A rehearsal typically lasts an hour. Fifteen minutes for everyone to gather and explain things to people, thirty minutes for the first run through, and about ten minutes for a 2nd run through.

The most important people to have at your ceremony rehearsal are anyone who has a role in some way, whether it's walking down the aisle or doing a reading. Of course the bride, groom, parents, and officiant need to be present (since you've all got starring roles!). You don't necessarily need to go through your vows line-by-line, but reviewing the general order of things will help ensure that everyone knows when their part is coming up.  

You also want as many of your wedding party there as possible. If one or two members are on later flights or don't get in until the morning of your wedding, that's fine, but you want the majority of your bridesmaids and groomsmen there to practice the processional and recessional so they can fill in anyone else.

Do you have little ones participating as well? The rehearsal is the perfect time to familiarize them with what they'll be doing, as well as to help them get more comfortable in a new space. For many small children, this can be a scary time and showing them exactly where Mom and Dad will be sitting and where they should go when they are done walking down the aisle will greatly alleviate the uncertainty for them.

If you are having readers or soloists, make sure that all are present, too. Again, they don't need to read every line of what they'll be sharing on your wedding day, but knowing what happens before they're supposed to speak will give them a good cue to look for once the real deal is underway.

Also, try not to have too many extra people around so that the rehearsal can run smoothly and quickly, without distractions.

Without some clear direction, this part of the ceremony alone can be chaotic. A good rehearsal coordinator will also go over small-but-still-important details, such as what the groomsmen should do with their hands while they stand alongside the groom (hands in their pockets? clasped together?) as well as the height at which the bride and bridesmaids should carry their bouquets in order to look good in photos.

 

So, with a little practice all of these details will ensure a flawless ceremony on the day of your wedding.


Christina Mathews - 336-705-3239
Christina@abeautifuldaybychristina.com