Post # 1
I know this is very far in advance to be stressing about this – I’m not getting married until April – but I was wondering if any of you have some advice for me!
I am getting married on a Sunday – my venue is very popular for both weddings and live shows, so chances are good it is going to be booked up on the night before my wedding (a Saturday).
Since I am having the ceremony there, I’m not entirely sure how and when I should rehearse! Waiting until the day-of sounds pretty stressful.
Any other bees not have their space available to rehearse the ceremony? What did you do instead? I am having friends read and perform, so I would feel more comfortable running through the ceremony at least once.
Thank you! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Post # 3
Contact the coordinator and ask when you can set up a rehearsal. Perhaps you could have the rehearsal on Friday instead of Saturday, or early morning Saturday (followed by a rehearsal brunch?)
Otherwise, you could rehearse in an open space that isn’t your exact venue just so everyone knows the flow. Not ideal, but it would work. A rehearsal isn’t entirely necessary, anyway.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
Do it earlier in the day before any wedding that might happen in the evening?
Post # 5
Like PPs said you should ask your venue when they will be able to do this, however, as a part of the wedding party I would definitely prefer Friday night over Saturday morning.
Post # 6
I’ve been in two wedding parties; one was a Saturday wedding and the rehearsal was on Wednesday because the venue was booked on a Friday. The other was a Sunday night, with a Thursday rehearsal. As long as your bridal party can make it, just do it any night the week prior!
Post # 7
@keembeen: our coordinator told us that the ceremony space may not be available the night before to rehearse but they will make sure we have some space in the hotel, probably one of the ballrooms. i’m not worried about it.
i know plenty of people who didn’t have a rehearsal and everything was fine.
Post # 8
Could you do something outside, and mark off an area about the size of the ceremony psace, and have everyone practice the walk?
Though we had a rehearsal, and apparently our processional was a mess! Not that I saw it until much later.
Post # 9
You all are brilliant! Thank you so much – reading your comments is making me feel much better, haha!
Excellent suggestions from everyone – thank you so much!
Post # 10
@BrandNewBride: That’s what I was considering if it ends up that I can’t use the venue! Maybe I’ll use someone’s lawn and have a picnic afterwards, haha.
Post # 11
@keembeen: I know my venue was pushing me to book the day before to rehearse. Maybe that’s a possibility for you as well? You could also have the rehearsal dinner there? It’s no biggie if you can’t rehearse at the venue. If I could do it all over again, we would have just rehearsed at my mom’s house BUT I wanted the wedding party to know where to go and not get lost since the venue was a bit out of the way AND hidden away with no (hardly any) cell phone reception.