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The Importance of Wedding Rehearsals

Ceremony rehearsals are important for all wedding participants. As the bride and groom, this is your last opportunity before your wedding day to clarify your plans and wedding day schedule. For the bridal party and ushers, readers, moms and dads, and others involved it is a good chance to practice and experience what is expected of them during the ceremony: where they need to meet and stand, when they need to come down the aisle, and who they will escort. Everyone will feel more comfortable knowing that they’ve already run through the steps of the ceremony and have eliminated anxiety about travel plans if they are coming from out-of-town.

To ensure that your rehearsal is effective and organized, some planning is required. You need to choose someone (not in the bridal party) to run the rehearsal. This could be your officiant, a wedding planner/coordinator, or a person you can count on to keep things on track and direct the focus of your excited family and friends. Second, you need to decide where the rehearsal will take place. Ideally, you could hold the rehearsal at your ceremony location but if it is not available you could try to recreate the setting elsewhere. Third, you could practice with props and any items attendants would be required to use during the ceremony: bouquets, runner, ring pillow, flower basket, candles, etc. Decide who will be in charge of remembering these items on your wedding day. Working through the details will help your day run smoothly. Also plan for where your DJ or musician will be and settle payment and marriage license details with your officiant. 

Source used to write this article:
Risser, Sally Ann. “10 Steps to an Easy Wedding Rehearsal and a Flawless Ceremony.” 2008. Web. 08 Aug 2013 


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