**5 Tips for a Successful Wedding Rehearsal! **
I get really excited about the Wedding Rehearsal! If you ever thought you didn’t need to do a rehearsal please think again. I don’t care how many weddings you have been to they are all different and the spacing and details for your wedding will need to be rehearsed to make sure everything runs smoothly!
1) First and foremost, your rehearsal and dinner should be held at least two days before the wedding if possible, so you and your groom have a chance to relax the night before the wedding so you both will look your best, and will be your best for your big day!
2) It’s a must that it take place at your Ceremony site. If that’s not possible (which is rare) then choose a location that you can try a mimic the space as best as possible.
3) Invite your bridal party and their spouses, parents, flower girl(s), ring bearer(s) and don’t forget the kids parents if they are not party of the bridal party. Your Officiant(most don’t come), grandparents if they will be part of the processional and any readers or people directly involved in the ceremony. It’s always better if every participant be there in order for the rehearsal to be successful. If someone is missing make sure there is space left for them and ask those who are nearest to the missing attendant, to guide that person on the wedding day. That way you ensure that the procession goes as planned.
4) Do a full run-through of the ceremony. This includes the recessional, processional and ceremony. Make sure everyone knows where to walk and stand. Take time to discuss any issues or concerns about positions or roles in the ceremony. Make sure the officiate knows all of your requests.
5) Traditionally the groom and his family host the rehearsal dinner after the rehearsal. Hosting a dinner is not a requirement, but it’s a great opportunity to spend more intimate time with your immediate family, closest friends and your fiance. This is also a great time to give personal thank you’s and gifts for your bridal party and parents if you choose.
The rehearsal is the best time to work out any kinks, get all your questions answered and practice! If you have a wedding planner she will attend, organize, coordinate and make sure everyone knows what to do, when to do it and how to make your ceremony flawless.