Okay, guys: today on the blog we are going to answer a question that seems to come up a lot. When should you schedule your rehearsal?
We’re going to cover that, but first, we want to review what a rehearsal is and if it is necessary for everyone to be there!
Plain and simple, a wedding rehearsal is when you gather everyone: your wedding party, anyone with a role or a reserved seat, and your officiant into a room. As your wedding planners, we will instruct your wedding party where to stand, how to walk in, and what to do during the ceremony – with tips and pointers like making sure your groom and groomsmen don’t have cell phones in your pockets. Your officiant will review the ceremony with you and your people and answer any questions you may have.
No. Absolutely not! Crazy right? But if a bridesmaid or groomsman misses out on the rehearsal, we can fill them in later. I will caution you with something, though. This rule is okay for about up to 20% of the people that need to be at the rehearsal. If all the bridesmaids are gone, we need to reschedule. If we can’t reschedule, then we can set aside time during your wedding day where we can pull them aside and walk them through your process for your ceremony.
The truth is, there are a ton of different times that you can do a rehearsal. There is a growing trend of planners that like to do the rehearsal on the wedding day itself. This means that often, the brides or groom may miss this. First: you will need to do the rehearsal when the venue allows it IF you want to have it at the venue. Note: you aren’t required to have your rehearsal at your venue. Sometimes, if a venue has a Friday Wedding and you are booked on a Saturday, they may ask the both of you to do a rehearsal on Thursday instead of Friday. You may know this at the beginning of your booking, or you may not find out about it until our final walkthrough.
Our answer: don’t schedule anything more than a month out. Why? There are so many different schedules that need to be worked around. Because of this, we really can’t plan out the rehearsal until then. Be flexible!
Most of the time, our rehearsals happen before the rehearsal dinner. If you have a rehearsal dinner happening 30 minutes away from the rehearsal, you will want the rehearsal to be 1.5 hours before the dinner.
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