Choosing The Perfect Gown

Your Attendants Gowns

Groom's Duties

Invitation Ettiquite

Choosing a Reception Site

The Wedding Rehearsal

The Wedding Ceremony

The Wedding Reception

The Wedding Cake

Photography Tips

The Wedding Rehearsal

Photo by Larry Stanley
Photo by Larry Stanley
To help prevent any problems on the wedding day, your wedding ceremony will need a trial run to make sure things go smoothly

We recommend holding the rehearsal the evening before the event although other arrangements can be made if necessary.
 

Who should attend?

• The bride and groom
• All members of the wedding party (including ring bearer and flower girl)
• All those individuals with special roles during the ceremony (readers, lighting candles, etc.)
• Musicians or soloists performing at the wedding
• Clergy/Officiant
• Wedding coordinator 
• Parents & grandparents of the bride and groom usually attend 
• We suggest only the people necessary attend the rehearsal

• Schedule at least one hour for the rehearsal. Make sure that everyone that should attend knows the time and location of the rehearsal. Send out invitations for the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner along with directions. The goal is to get everyone there on time!

• Let your officiant & wedding coordinator run the rehearsal. They should give directions to everyone in terms of the flow, order of events, where and when to enter and where to stand at the altar.

• Make sure that anything new to the ceremony that wasn’t already talked about and agreed upon with your officiant is discussed at the rehearsal. 

• All those with special roles should rehearse their part. Readers may only want to practice a few lines. Remind the reader to speak loudly and clearly to ensure all of your guests can hear the special words you have chosen for them to read. Ask you DJ about a microphone for the clergy and any special readings.

• The Bride and female attendants will practice walking down the aisle to make sure that everyone follows the same pace. Children (flower girls and ring bearers) may need extra practice time to make them feel comfortable walking down the aisle. Have a parent of the child stand in the front row to coax them down the aisle.

• The Bride and her attendants should also discuss how their bouquets should be held (i.e. up high, in the middle, or down low). You want a consistent look for the pictures and video.

• Likewise, the groom (while waiting for the bride to arrive) and groomsmen (throughout the ceremony) should stand with shoulders back (no slouching) and feet about six inches apart – remember not to lock your knees! Groomsmen should clasp their hands in front, allowing for a formal yet comfortable solution to what to do with their hands! – Never in pockets, please. And NO chewing gum! This goes for the girls also.