A Wedding Rehearsal can be held the night before the Wedding or during the week leading up to the Wedding. The Officiant, Wedding Coordinator, DJ or Band and/or Master of Ceremonies, Maid/Matron of Honor, Bridesmaids, Best Man, Groomsmen, Ushers, Flower Girl, Ring Bearer, Guest Book Attendant and anyone else you have involved in your Wedding Ceremony should attend the Wedding Rehearsal.
The Wedding Rehearsal sets the stage for the Wedding as well as the time line so everyone knows their responsibilities.
8 Steps involved in the Wedding Rehearsal:
- Ushers roles as to where to seat the Bride and Groom’s friends and family.
- Seating and order of Groom’s grandparents, Bride’s grandparents, Groom’s parents and Bride’s mother by the Ushers.
- Plan the order of lineup of Officiant, Groomsmen, Best Man and Groom as well as Bridesmaids, Maid/Matron of Honor, Ring Bearer and Flower Girl walking in and where each will stand during the ceremony.
- Go through each step of the ceremony as to what will be said or music played so everyone knows the order and what to expect. i.e. presenting the rings, scripture reading, song, exchange of rings, vows, lighting of the unity candle, etc.
- Practice the recessional with the Bride and Groom walking down the aisle together as husband and wife. Flower Girl and Ring Bearer, Maid/Matron of Honor and Best Man, Bridesmaids and Groomsmen, parents of the Bride, parents of the Groom, grandparents of the Groom, grandparents of the Bride.
- Make sure Ushers know their role heading into the Wedding Reception and if there are older guests or anyone else that needs to be escorted to their seats.
- Let family members know ahead of time where to go and be seated at the Wedding Reception.
- Run-through the Processional, what will be said and/or music played during the announcements of the Wedding Party and Bride & Groom.