(Closed) How long did your ceremony rehearsal take?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 4
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ours isn’t until September, but our rehearsal starts at 5:30 and dinner is suppose to start at7:30.  Leaving around 30 mins to drive to the resturant.

Post # 5
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

About an hour and a half, and that’s only because everyone showed up on time. 

Post # 6
460 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We’re not married yet, but our pastor said the rehearsal is pretty much always an hour. He really likes to go over everything and make sure everyone knows what they’re supposed to do. Our rehearsal will be from 5:30-6:30pm and the rehearsal dinner will begin at 7:00pm.

Post # 7
5073 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

we were told it shouldn’t take more than an hour.  Rehearsal is at 6 – dinner will be a little after 7 at a nearby restaurant

we’re an older group (40s) and everyone has stood up in so many weddings – there’s really not that much to go over

Post # 8
586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It took an hour for us once we got started.

We had 4 Bridesmaid or Best Man, 6 Groomsmen, 2 Flower Girl. We did 2 run throughs but did not do all the reading. Our priest read a few lines that were a cue for something to happen like us responding or that we were to light the unity candle.

We started a little late because the wedding coordinator for the curch was supposed to be there and we waited for her to show up only to find out like 15 min after we were supposed to start she wasn’t coming. It wouldn’t have happened if she called and said she wasn’t coming.

Post # 9
2693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

We had an hour at the site, but probably spent about 20-30 min on the actual rehearsing part.  The rest was chatting, and getting final details confirmed with the wedding coordinator.

Post # 11
9548 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ve worked as a wedding coordinator at my church and I’d say plan at least an hour, maybe more. There are several things to take into account:

  1. Do you think everyone will show up on time?
  2. Are you and your friends and family joke around people or get down to buisness people?
  3. Do you have everything planned out before you get there (order of processional, where everyone will sit/stand, etc.)?
  4. Are you familiar with the space and the sound system/how the music will be set up?
  5. Are you planning to decorate while you’re at the rehearsal?

All of these things can take extra time so take that into consideration.

Another tip, if you’re getting ready at the church, we often had bridal parties bring all their stuff to get ready to the rehearsal and leave it there for the next day. That way you’re more likely to catch things that people forgot.

Post # 13
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

It really depends on the type of wedding you are having. My brother and SIL got married in a Catholic Church and a nun who was the coordinater for all events there had the bridal party (2 sets of grandparents, 2 sets of parents, 4Bridesmaid or Best Man, 4Groomsmen, 1 Flower Girl, 1RB) practice walking. Then, the priest did a short summary of what will be said and where everyone will stand or sit at various points in the ceremony. The bridal party practiced the recession and we were done. I think in total, the rehearsal itself was about 50 minutes to 1 hour. We started about 30 mins late, so altogether about 1.5 hours.

My Godfather served as the officiant for my wedding and my Godmother (his wife) served as the “wedding coordinater.” I asked everyone to arrive at 3:30 and I think everyone except my brothers were there by 3:40 (they got yelled at)! We walked in the order we would be walking and had everyone stand in their spot on the stage (it was a floating dock). Then we went from the beginning – walking in and a brief summary of the different parts (not a complete run through) and the recession. We had 1 set of grandparents, 1 set of parents, 6 Bridesmaid or Best Man, 6 Groomsmen, 2 FG’s. We started around 3:50 and finished by 4:15. So, in total for the rehearsal, 25 minutes.

Post # 14
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Umm, mine took like 30 minutes tops!  Everyone showed up – they lined us up, we practiced walking, and then we walked back.  Done.  It’s not rocket science.  (We had 2 sets of parents, bride & groom, 5 bridesmaids, 6 groomsmen). 

I suppose if you’re having an overly complicated ceremony or if you have ushers, escorts, readers, etc. it could take longer – but it shouldn’t take that long! 

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