Readers at Ceremony Rehearsal?

posted 3 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We had our readers at the rehearsal. Fr. gave them instructions on when to get up, how to bow, and they practiced their readings at the lecturn.

We had everyone (who was around, due to work some people couldn’t make it) who had something to do in the wedding come to the church for rehearsal: bridesmaids, groomsmen, ring bearer, flower girls, readers, parents of the bride and groom, and the people who brought up the gifts. 

Post # 4
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606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Ours were at the rehearsal and I think it was nice and helpful to have them there.

Post # 6
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476 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Ours were my Aunt and Uncle, and it was helpful for them to practice where to go and also see how loud they needed to speak, etc.

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

If they can be there, it’s helpful. If it’s not their parish, and/or if they’re not used to being regular readers, it’s good for them to have a chance to run through their reading (or at least part of it), get used to the microphone and how sensitive it is, etc. If they are non-Catholic, it’s extra helpful so that they can practice the bow before the altar, etc.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We had our readers at the rehearsal, they didn’t practice the reading, they were just told when to come up and what not.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

One of the readers is my FFIL, but the other reader will not need to be there. She’s pretty used to reading in church, and performs regularly with the choir I conduct, so I’m not worried about the mic or her being heard. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Squaw Valley

@multinational:  I’ve been a reader in weddings where I was both asked to attend the rehersal and not.  Personally I found it was very helpful (for me) to be there and practice vs. just winging it the day of.  I didn’t need to actually say the entire reading, but just knowing my cue and doing the physical walk through was helpfull.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I was a reader and I was there, even though they only needed me for 5 minutes. It’s good. they will know where to sit and how they will present their piece.

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