You have spent a lot of time, money and energy to create a beautiful wedding. The Rehearsal is the official “kick off” to the beginning of your wedding celebrations and the beginning of your wedding memories. My goal for your Rehearsal is to have fun, for things to go as easily as possible so that you and your family will arrive at your Rehearsal dinner on time relaxed and excited about your “tomorrow”.
We start ON TIME. Be mindful that your guest could arrive as much as 30 to 40 minutes prior to the event. Let’s not keep them waiting especially if you have a summer out door wedding. It’s HOT and hard on the young and the old.
Children and Pets participating in the ceremony…
Mothers or fathers of the children OR pets, will be on “stand-by” to scoop up the kids and to “scoop up”…well you know what…if the they are not able to make it down the aisle. The children will not be standing during the ceremony. They make their grand entrance and then are retrieved by the parent at the end of the aisle and will be seated with their parent. Pets must be cleared in advance by the venue to be allowed to participate. A leash is required at all times as well as a kennel for safe keeping of your beloved pet. Pets must be current on their vaccinations! Please designate a “Pet Handler” family or friend to watch over your pet during the event. Make sure water is available at all times.
Choosing your Ceremony Music
“Here Comes the Bride” has been played…and played…and played…at weddings for many generations. Don’t fall into the “expected” ceremony music trap. Pick songs that are ‘your” signature songs and leave a lovely musical memory with your guest. Don’t know what to pick? Your DJ will be able to help you in your music selections.
Groom, Officiant and Best Man Processional
Bridal Party, Children’s and Brides Processional
Lighting can enhance the Brides grand entrance. Turning the lights up just as you enter the aisle or even changing the colors (soft shades) on the ceremony sites walls makes for a really beautiful entrance.
Bride and Grooms Recessional
Once the Bride and Groom make their Recessional down the aisle, the couple will take a few moments to celebrate becoming husband and wife.
Bridal Party Processional
Officiant Services are now complete. Officiant will depart with Marriage License in hand to send to the local County Clerks Office for the document to be recorded and to become “official”.
Post Ceremony Photo Session
During the Couples break, the immediate family of the couple and the Bridal Party will remain in the Ceremony area to allow the photographer to begin the post ceremony photo session. The Bride and Groom return and have their photos take LAST allowing the family and Bridal party to move on to the cocktail hour. The guest and other family members not part of the wedding ceremony will move on to the cocktail hour.
Photos finished and now…
To Bustle or not to Bustle…Now is the time for the Bride to bustle her gown if it is to be bustled (Bustled by mother or Wedding Coordinator)
*Note: All of the information provided here applies to both Christian (religious) and non-religious and spiritual weddings.