Here we show you what a rehearsal dinner is and how to plan a wedding rehearsal.
What Is A Wedding Rehearsal?
A wedding rehearsal is a chance to practice walking in and out and to make sure everyone knows where to stand.
What Do We Do?
When rehearsing, start in the middle so that everyone knows where to stand before you practice the entrance. Your wedding party should be evenly spaced and standing at a slight angle to you and your wedding guests. The maid of honour should be next to you with each bridesmaid standing a little more forward than the next and the same for the best man and the groomsmen. This helps your guests see the entire wedding party. Everything should look uniform for your wedding photos so bridesmaids should all be holding there flowers out in front of them and groomsmen should all clasp their hands behind their backs.
Speak through the ceremony headings so that everyone knows the order of service and what’s expected. Confirm anything that’s missing will be there on the day. Now you can practice walking out.
Traditionally the Bride will walk out first with the Groom and the rest of the wedding party will exit in pairs (One Bridesmaid and one Groomsmen.) Then the flower girls, page boys and the Grandparents. Some distance should be left between each person exiting so that the photographer has chance to capture each person. Once you’ve mastered your exit, you can now practice walking in.
Everyone should be lined up in the order they will enter. Traditionally the Celebrant, Groom, Best Man and Groomsmen enter first. Then the Grandparents, parents of the Bride and Groom and then the Bridesmaids, Maid of Honour, Flower Girl and Bride however the Bride should only enter (usually with her father) when everyone is in their place.
The Bride should hand her bouquet to her maid of honour and stands forward next to the Groom. The Bride and Groom should hold hands in front of the celebrant.
How Long Should A Wedding Rehearsal Last?
Your rehearsal should be an quick and straightforward process. It shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes.
Who Should Be In Charge?
Many couples will ask a friend or family member to be in charge of the rehearsal. They’re responsible for giving cues for people to enter the ceremony. Ultimately you want the same person who’s running your rehearsal to be the person in charge on your wedding day also. You want someone who is authoritive and can gather a crowd so that they are in the right place at the right time.