I get it, there are a lot of things to plan for your wedding and you may not want to do a rehearsal because it’s just one more thing to coordinate, but it’s super important! Having a good understanding of what happens during your rehearsal will ensure that your big day runs smoothly. Here is what to focus on to make sure your wedding day goes off without a hitch.
Make sure the entire bridal party is present.
The rehearsal is the first time you get to see your whole wedding party assembled at once! It’s important to make sure anyone who is involved in your wedding day is at the rehearsal. This includes bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearers and parents of both spouses. If anyone is missing from this list, then you may need to reschedule your rehearsal so that everyone can attend.
Walk through the entire ceremony from beginning to end
This is probably the most important part of your rehearsal. During the ceremony, it’s crucial that everyone knows what their role is (and when). Each person should be aware of where they should stand and walk during the ceremony (e.g., down the aisle).
Make sure that everyone knows where they’re supposed to walk in and take their seats at the ceremony site. Make sure that you have enough seating available if guests have special needs (such as if they use wheelchairs). If there’s going to be a processional or recessional, make sure all of the family members know which order they should be in and when they should start walking down the aisle (or back up it).
You’ll also want to go over how you’ll exchange rings and who will hold them during vows.
Assign someone to be responsible for the logistics
Have one person who’s responsible for all logistics so that people know exactly where they need to go and when they need to be there. This person should also take notes so they can remember any last minute things that need to be done or communicate to anyone who may have missed the rehearsal.
Can we get real for a sec? Unfortunately no matter how well you rehearse, there’s still a chance something may go wrong and that’s okay! The best you can do is rehearse and be prepared and even if something does go wrong, your day will still be absolutely perfect. I’ll also be by your side throughout the day to help with any hiccups that may arise!
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