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The purpose of the rehearsal is to walk through the ceremony in order to solve logistical or timing issues before the wedding day and so that any questions can be answered.
What normally happens is sometime the week prior to the wedding a rehearsal is set up with the ceremony venue; most people choose the afternoon to allow for their wedding party to arrive in ample time. Ceremony rehearsal usually last no more than one hour. The Friday before the wedding isn’t the best choice to have a rehearsal and now a days is more than likely not available with more and more weddings happening on Fridays. The night before your wedding you are going to be so full of emotions and may have a few last minute errands to be doing. The best time to hold a rehearsal is the Wednesday or Thursday before the wedding.
Now if you have a wedding coordinator you won’t have to remember a single thing at the rehearsal – the coordinator is there to ensure that they have ever thing down correctly and that your groomsmen and brides know where to stand and what to do on the day of the wedding. With that being said you still should pay attention.
You will need to invite the following people a cute invite might be nice to send out, even perhaps a meeting request so it’s on everyone’s calendars and they cannot forget!
People that need to be there:
Bride & Groom
Parents of the bride
Parents of the groom
Flower girl(s) /ring bearer(s)
It is also a good idea to let your photographer and/or videographer know of the time and date just in case they want to pop by. It isn’t common but it does happen.
Anyone else is an extra, if the minister/jp/priest is available certainly have them there, however, I personally have conducted rehearsals because there was an extra cost for the minister/jp/priest to show up. Any extras = extra distraction. This can be extremely emotional for the couple and or parents so avoid the extras. If you want these people at the rehearsal dinner, have them meet you there. You don’t need more stress or distractions.
Ensure that everyone has confirmed that they are coming and that they have the correct time and location. Late parties happen all the time and you have to remember you usually aren’t the only one with a rehearsal that night so there may be another couple after you.
As for the rehearsal dinner, it can be something formal, something very casual, or you don’t even need to have one. It is nice to sit and relax before/after the rehearsal to chat with your wedding party, friends & family.
Julianne Cragg | Edmonton Wedding Planner
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