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WEDDING REHEARSAL: WHAT IS IT AND DO WE NEED ONE?

After months of planning your wedding day is nearly here! So do you need to have a wedding rehearsal and what exactly happens?


WHAT DO YOU DO AT A WEDDING REHEARSAL?

Think of it as a dress rehearsal for the big event - just without you wearing your wedding clothes. It's a 'run through' from start to finish at the actual location of your wedding. Your celebrant won't read your whole ceremony script but they will explain what happens at each point in the ceremony, the order for the wedding party to enter, what moment in the music to start walking, so any kinks can be ironed out, questions can be answered, and, most importantly, everyone has a great time while doing it and gets just a little more excited for you and your partner.


WHO SHOULD BE AT THE REHEARSAL?

Everyone who will be standing up front with you, or has a role to play in your wedding ceremony, should be present at the wedding rehearsal so they know what to do.

  • You and Your partner

  • The Wedding Party including any children who are flower girls, page boys, ring bearers etc and if you're having your favourite pooch, bring them too

  • Parents, especially if they are walking you up the aisle

  • Anyone who may be reading a poem, giving a blessing, helping with a ritual eg handfasting.

WHEN SHOULD YOU HAVE A WEDDING REHEARSAL?

A wedding rehearsal is usually held the week of, and just before your big day, at your wedding venue or location. It will probably take about 45 minutes. It may be difficult to get everyone together in the same place at the same time, so why not consider using a video call to do your rehearsal. It works well.


DO WE NEED TO REHEARSE?

Not really, especially if it's just the two of you with no wedding party, but if it makes you feel more comfortable and ready for your big day, do it! Otherwise, trust your celebrant. They will guide you through each moment in your ceremony and make it run smoothly.


WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE REHEARSAL?

Why not plan a get together after your wedding rehearsal. You can relax, chat about your big day, enjoy a drink and meal, and your family and friends can get to know each other a little more. You'll start to get just that bit more excited for your upcoming wedding, especially knowing that your ceremony is under control, and everyone is ready to celebrate with you!




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