Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Five W's | Wedding Rehearsal

A large part of our job as wedding planners is to manage the day. I take the ceremony quite seriously and love when things flow seamlessly. And we all know the key element to making anything go well is to practice.

The more comfortable your wedding party is at rehearsal, the better. Oftentimes, everyone is anxious to get to dinner, they feel rushed. I voice the importance of taking time to get it right prior to rehearsal and clients agree. I like to run through the processional & recessional at least twice, and make sure the bride & groom are comfortable with everything. The officiant usually runs through the actual ceremony at least once, and sometimes the couple will even practice their vows.

I broke down the Five W's for you in case you were still wondering who needs to be where at what time for your wedding rehearsal, and why it's important they are there.

| Everyone involved in the wedding ceremony - from the officiant & organist to the grandparents & ring bearer - they should all be present, if possible. Of course the wedding party needs to be there.

What | Rehearse the wedding ceremony, including the seating of guests by ushers, the seating of grandparents & parents, the processional of the bridal party, and finally the bride's walk down the aisle. Of course you'll practice with the correct music selections and possibly even the entire ceremony wording, depending on how your officiant runs rehearsals. You will also need to discuss how your guests are going to leave the ceremony site.

When | Traditionally, the evening before the wedding, however there is not a rule. I've done rehearsals two days prior to the event, and also on Friday morning for a Saturday wedding.

Where | If at all possible, exactly where the ceremony will take place. If that doesn't work, I've used ballrooms and backyards - any space large enough to accommodate your wedding party.

Why | To make sure things go smoothly at the real thing. Grandparents should know where they are going to be seated. Tell your ushers to keep the first two pews of the church open for family. Go over how you're going to be pronounced at the end of your ceremony. These are all details that need to be worked out beforehand.

And yes, when you're done, please enjoy your final meal together as an engaged couple. It's a great time to celebrate!

My last bit of advice - hire a professional photographer to capture the event, especially if you can squeeze it into your budget. I love the relaxed photos of friends & family members that would otherwise be snapshots with poor lighting. Plus, with a rehearsal like the one below, who wouldn't want that captured?

This is a rehearsal recently shot by Ryan & Holly of Gauper Photo. Their entire wedding party (parents included!) showed up sporting 1980's workout attire. You can tell from the first photo, they were quite surprised. How FUN is this?

10 lovely comment(s):

lianne Aug 5, 2009, 7:35:00 AM  

that is awesome!

jessica lynn Aug 5, 2009, 10:06:00 AM  

what a great post, aletha! not only does it fill potential clients in on how detailed you will be at their rehearsal, but it is informational {with great photos to boot!!!}too!

BREE Aug 5, 2009, 10:19:00 AM  

This is absolutely hysterical and so unique - love it! Awesome post Aletha.

Amanda B. Young Aug 5, 2009, 11:04:00 AM  

What an amazing bridal party (and family)! Truly original. Love the idea. And the idea of surprising the bride and groom with it? Even better!

Darci Aug 5, 2009, 12:36:00 PM  

Love it! That last picture of the little boy looking at all the groomsmen in their crazy outfits is priceless

bridechic Aug 5, 2009, 2:54:00 PM  

Original and marvelous . . .

kristen ~ k.holly Aug 6, 2009, 7:18:00 AM  

So totally rad! Love it! Great advice too, Miss Aletha!

Genevieve McKeiver Photography Aug 6, 2009, 10:51:00 AM  

I love those outfits! Kind of jealous, I want leg warmers and a leotard. :)

Howerton+Wooten Events Aug 9, 2009, 9:39:00 PM  

Holy Moly I love those pics. The outfits and the energy made me want to be a guest at their wedding reception!

Love & Soul Always, Kay

Simply Elegant Bridal Accessories Aug 31, 2009, 1:47:00 PM  

Great tips. Love the photos. They look like they had a lot of fun.

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