What Happens At A Rehearsal?

On the day before your special day you'll have plenty to do. From welcoming guests to getting a manicure and pedicure the last thing on your mind will be to have a rehearsal. Unless you are having a BIG wedding a rehearsal is not really needed. However, when you invest in one of my Premium wedding packages you have the opportunity to have a rehearsal...I recommend 2-3 days before your wedding day. So, what will we do? The rehearsal is an important and exciting part of the whole wedding process. As a celebrant, I enjoy working with couples to use the rehearsal as an opportunity to put the finishing touches to their ceremony and iron out any logistical or procedural issues. The following is the 10-Step Program that I generally use to make the run-through comprehensive, painless and enjoyable:
  1.  General introduction: review of rehearsal with bride & groom + others.
  2.  Proposed physical staging of ceremony:
  • Identify the “best ceremony spot” (ie where the bride, groom and celebrant will be positioned)
  • Furniture/props: including canopies, chairs and Registry Table
  • Format for Groomsmen and Bridesmaids
  • PA system/Musician(s)
  1.  Bridal procession:
  • Arrival order: bridesmaids/flower girls/ bride & escort?
  • Music for arrival (if required)
  • Groom to stand forward to acknowledge bridesmaids?
  • Bride and escort: “handover” process?
  1.  Readings:
  • Identify readers and respective readings
  • Where they stand?
  1.  PA system:instruction on mic use for Bride & Groom + Readers
  2.  Main Ceremony:
  • Finalize any last-minute changes
  • Check pronunciations
  • Identify any pre-ceremony announcements – eg phones/cameras etc
  • Vows: discuss timing + microphone (ie each hold mic or celebrant to hold it?)
  • Exchange of Rings: discuss procedure with ring-bearer and couple
  • Any further announcements?
  • Form of final marriage announcement e.g. Mr & Mrs?
  • Confirm witnesses
  1.  Music arrangements:content/sound system/ who is responsible?
  2.  Marriage document signing procedure:3 forms require 5 signatures: bride, groom, the witnesses and celebrant; who takes possession of the commemorative certificate?
  3.  Recession:discuss details
  4. Other issues
  • If applicable, sign declaration document at rehearsal (this to be signed within 14 days of ceremony). Sign BDM marriage certificate application (if celebrant is processing this for you). Celebrant to check original i.d. documents (if outstanding).
  • Veil or no veil?
  • Bouquet: who’s in charge of handover/return?
  • Weather issues / contingencies
  • Responsibility for flower girls / page boys?

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