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The Day before you say "I Do"

The Day before you say "I Do"
January 2, 2017

One of the most important parts of the entire process is having a wedding rehearsal so all those months of planning for a wonderful day actually turn out to be a wonderful day!

Let me start by saying if you are going to have 3 or more in your bridal party it is important to at least have a wedding rehearsal the day before your wedding so everyone will know what to do and when to do it. A rehearsal will greatly reduce the stress of the next day’s wedding. If you hire a wedding planner, he or she will certainly want to have a rehearsal. A large part of a wedding planner’s job is to eliminate as much stress as possible so you can focus on the real reason you are there, to marry the love of your life! If you are not having a planner, the event coordinator at your venue can be there to coordinate a rehearsal as well as your officiate.

I am often asked, who should attend the rehearsal. 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 understandble, but you want the majority of your bridal party 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, it's a good idea to not have too many extra people around so that the rehearsal can run smoothly and quickly, without distractions.

Generally speaking you should allow an hour for your rehearsal. Fifteen minutes to gather and explain things to people, thirty minutes for the first run through, and about ten minutes for the second run through, if needed.  

With a little practice, you will have a seamless and effortless ceremony that you guests will enjoy as well.


Christina Mathews - 336-705-3239

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