Wedding rehearsals should be full of laughters, enduring gaffes, candid photos, and catching up with all those out-of-town guests who have flown thousands of miles to share in this moments. It's the epitome of fun and relaxation, and yet many couples, their families and many find this their least favorite part of the wedding planning process. Whether you are just overwhelmed or rather spend your time on the reception, here are six steps to successful wedding rehearsal according to the our favorite folks at Planner's Lounge. While this was written specifically for event planners, many brides and future in-laws will also find this extremely useful.
Before we start, a quick word regarding the officiant and church coordinator. If the officiant or church coordinator will be at the ceremony rehearsal, communicate with her the week prior to determine who will be responsible for directing the rehearsal. Some church coordinators and officiants prefer to take charge which is helpful to know ahead of time. You can also inquire with the ceremony musicians to see if they would like to attend the rehearsal.
Here are six steps for directing a successful wedding ceremony rehearsal:
1. Introductions – Confirm with the bride and groom that everyone has arrived then start by welcoming the guests to the rehearsal and introduce yourself. Explain your process for the rehearsal by talking briefly about the steps listed below.
2. Take their places – Place the bridal party in their positions on the altar area (or under the chuppah, mandap or other religious structure) so they know where to stand during the ceremony. These details should be in your wedding day time lines that you created and finalized with the bride before the wedding.
Personally, for those who go by a nickname or their middle name, I recommend the that couple discuss which name they would like to be referred to by the officiant prior to the rehearsal. Having this discussion in front of the family members who chose the given name and friends who only know the person by the nickname can create unnecessary drama. My recommended compromise is for the officiant to introduce the couple by their legal names, but for the remainder of the ceremony use the more common name used by either the bride or groom. I personally found it hard to make vows using a name that I never, ever called my husband by even though that was his legal name on our marriage certificate. Anyone else in a similar situation? Be sure to tell us your suggestion compromise or any other rehearsal ideas in the comments section.
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