Have you planned your wedding rehearsal yet?
The wedding rehearsal is incredibly important as it not only allows everyone involved to meet but it actually takes the stress out of the unknown (I.e. When do I need to be at the church? Where do I stand? How do I hold my flowers?). Even if you’ve been in 5 weddings in the past, every wedding is different and bottom line it can be a bit unnerving for some people.
1. Be in contact with your Officiate and Wedding Day Coordinator. Ensure you’re your Officiate is aware that your Wedding Coordinator will be present. Some venues have strict rules so get all of the information ahead of time.
2. Finalize your wedding ceremony plan with your Officiate and Wedding Day Coordinator. Will your Wedding Day Coordinator be supplying copies of the wedding itinerary ahead of time or during the time of rehearsal? Ensure your Officiate is provided with a copy.
3. Notify everyone involved by sending an invitation noting all of the details: Date, time, and locations (rehearsal & dinner). Will you be inviting your bridal party’s significant others, kids? Make sure to indicate this on your invitation.
4. Your wedding rehearsal dinner location & menu should be somewhat different from your wedding. Perhaps keeping it a little more casual –this will encourage everyone to get to know each other better. The key is to make it relaxed and easy to get to after the rehearsal.
5. Prepare for your wedding rehearsal by making sure you have a copy of the ceremony program, copies of readings, any special music, rehearsal dinner speech/toast, and all ceremonial items and bridal party gifts packed and ready to go.
6. Introduce your bridal party to each other upon arriving at the rehearsal location. If you have a Wedding Day Coordinator introduce him/her to your bridal party.
7. Conduct a quick review of your wedding itinerary & other duties. Discuss who will keep the wedding rings, usher duties, when & where your bridal party needs to be to get ready, transportation pick up, arrival at ceremony location, where to go once everyone has arrived at the ceremony location, what’s happening after the ceremony, etc.
8. Once at the rehearsal dinner location, before dinner starts thank everyone. The bride and groom should prepare a short speech or a toast. After dinner present your bridal party with their gifts.
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