Post # 1
It’s been a few months since I booked my reverend, and she assured me that due to the low-key nature of our ceremony, I wouldn’t really need a rehearsal. I totally agreed with her. At the time, we figured it would just be me and my dad walking the aisle as we chose not to have a bridal party, so it couldn’t be too complicated. This was very early on in the planning process.
Now I’m well into the planning, and let’s face it, it’s stressful! About a week ago, my Fiance changed his mind and decided he wants a Bridesmaid or Best Man and a Maid/Matron of Honor. Among other obvious things, I’m now trying to plan out the processional with them involved. I had assumed early on that our parents would all just be sitting, and now I’m being told left and right that they need to walk too! It’s totally okay with me, I just have no idea how to organize all of these people without a rehearsal!
So bees, anyone NOT have a rehearsal? And if you didn’t, how did the ceremony turn out? I’m probably going to ask my reverend to include one, just to calm myself down, but I am really curious to see how it worked for someone else!
Post # 4
@dolly1105: I didn’t do a rehearsal we winged it lol. We had a low key ceremony to me my hubby,my moh/sister and his best man. Sorry should be specific that these were our bridal party not the everyone at the wedding. Best man and hubby were at the alter and my sister walked down first once she reached the front then I walked out and my hubby meet me and the bottom of the small step we had to where we got married. Everyone else was sitting. Any more questions just ask be happy to help.
Post # 5
We didnt do one. Five minutes before hand the officiant spoke to us and gave us the lowdown. Everything went fine.
Post # 6
We had one, but honestly, I really don’t think it was necessary. The first run through went pretty much exactly as the wedding did even without any real instruction…put people in order, they’ll walk down the aisle to their spots, then walk back up at the end of the ceremony. That’s really it.
Post # 7
We are in a similar situation as you, in that our ceremony will also be quite low key so we aren’t having one. The only thing I do want to “reherse” is the processional. My bridesmaids and I are all walking down to Here Comes the Sun, played by a pianist, and I want to make sure the timing will be okay.
My reason for this is that I played piano at a wedding once where there was no rehersal, and I thought the maids would walk one my one, but then all went in one go really quickly. I was playing Canon in D, and was only in the first few lines when the bride started down the aisle, and I had to skip ahead in the music. I really don’t want that to happen at my wedding with a song that is so well known.
Post # 8
My officiant requested that we do not have a rehearsal. She felt that if the bridal party met before the start of the ceremony that it should be enough time for her to go over everything, It also saves money as you do not have to pay the officiant for the rehearsal time.
Post # 9
Nope. We didn’t have one and it was no big deal.
Post # 10
We had a very basic, informal one. I don’t think it would have went any differently if we didn’t have one, though. Also, while I was finishing getting ready on the big day, everyone got together and did a little run through.
Post # 11
We are having a short, 20-minute ceremony and we are not having a rehearsal. Our officiant is going to go over everything right before. Unless you are doing something elaborate I dont see the need.
Post # 12
We didn’t have one. Everything was absolutely fine. I have been in a lot of weddings that did have rehearsals, and while they can be fun, I’ve never found them necessary. I mean, it’s not rocket science! 🙂 People can be lined up in order before the ceremony and figure it out on the spot.
Post # 13
@dolly1105: We have no plans to do one: beach ceremony with Boyfriend or Best Friend walking me down the aisle and everyone else sitting 🙂
Post # 14
We aren’t having one and I hope it goes well. 46 days!
Post # 15
*sigh of relief*
Thank you so much bees! It seems so easy to panic over every little thing these days. I really appreciate all of your help, it sounds like things come together just the way they should.
Post # 15
We’re not doing one and my Fiance is freaking out. I hope our officiant/coordinator can put him at ease.