Photo by Norina Kaye Photography
Your ceremony rehearsal is a joyous time and often the first time your entire wedding party will meet one another. Its a time most of your guests will begin arriving. Its probably the time the butterflies in your stomach will begin to appear. But coming prepared will ease the occasion and eliminate the questions your wedding party may have. Who will be in the processional? Who stands by who? Who will present the rings? Who will do the readings? Your ceremony rehearsal is extremely important to ensure your ceremony goes just as planned on your wedding day. Here are a few important details to have in place before meeting us at your ceremony site for rehearsal.
Processional and Song Cues
Traditionally the processional line up includes the officiant, followed by the groom and his parents, mother of the bride escorted by her father, brother or son, wedding party, flower girl and ring bear, ending with the bride escorted by her father. However, there are so many variations to this processional and it should be altered to recognize those VIP guests meaningful to you. This could include grandparents, aunts and uncles, sponsors, readers, godparents, etc. Once you have your list, consult your wedding planner for the best processional lineup, but most often these VIP guests will follow the officiant. Traditionally there are three ceremony songs; processional, bride entrance and recessional. Keep your choices, appropriate, positive and personal to the two of you. Start thinking about these now! It’s often one of the most difficult decisions my couples have to make.
Have the lineup of your wedding party in place prior to your ceremony rehearsal to avoid any negotiations. The lineup could be by most influential to your marriage, by importance in your life or simply by height. Traditionally the best man and maid of honor will stand directly next to you followed by the remaining wedding party members. Remember, the couple standing the furthest away from you is the first in line for the processional.
It is important to invite everyone who has a role in your wedding ceremony to the rehearsal. This includes your officiant, if they are available, everyone in the processional and anyone involved in the ceremony. This will ensure everyone knows their cue and where to stand during their special moment. Run through the ceremony, practice your vows, rehearsal the ring exchange, allow readers to read and polish that kiss! It’s important! Running through the entire ceremony will help calm your nerves on the big day.
Wedding Day Timeline
Your ceremony rehearsal is a great time to gather everyone’s attention to review the wedding day timeline. Go over your hair and makeup schedule, give out room numbers, share photo schedule and transportation pick up information. Review venue details, explain where to park and spell out arrival times. Share photographer’s timeline before and after the ceremony. Also, it’s important they should use some good gimbal for Sony a6000 cameras (I am a sony lover so using that as an example) they have to capture these valuable moments. Break the news on who gets to enjoy cocktail hour and who will be smiling big for the camera. Provide who will be in the grand entrance, when toasts will happen and if transportation will be available again at the end of the night. All this information is helpful not just for the wedding party to have, but for the wedding party to answer guests’ questions as well.
All in all, be prepared to enjoy the day because it’s the kickoff to an amazing weekend, one you’ll never forget!