(Closed) How long does a rehearsal take?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I was told mine would take about an hour, and its a really simple ceremony.  We’ll have the same amount of travel time.  Our schedule is identical to the first schedule you have.  Not sure if it will all work but it sounded good to us when we scheduled it!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Your rehearsal should take a little under an hour- call your priest and tell him what your timeline is… they have done millions of weddings and they can either speed up or stretch the rehearsal time for you if they are amiable.  You just have to make sure the crew is all there on time to start. If you want to hear your songs all the way through, it will take a little longer… I was a musician at many weddings and some brides didn’t want to hear the songs until the day of- some were very detail oriented and wanted to know when to move during a particular phrase of a song.

You said you have a late cocktail hour.  If you are paying for that anyway, I wonder if it wouldn’t make more sense to have aperitifs before dinner… that way, you would have a buffer period as everyone arrived from the church and before the food was served- and you wouldn’t feel that everyone was kept too late on the night before the wedding.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If I were you, I’d say 3:45 for your rehearsal time.  Some people will probably be late, and you want to start right at 4, so telling them it starts at 3:45 will give you enough time.  🙂

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Agreed with FMILady, your priest will know for sure.  Ours said under an hour for sure, just be prepared for it.  As in have you picked your readers and all of your readings and songs and whatnot?  If so, then it’ll be smooth and quick.

Also, I’m not sure exactly your location situation, but just make sure you factor in workday traffic in your travel time estimate.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Goodness! Ours was 15 mins, and we went through it twice! I kind of felt bad that I asked our DOC to run it because it was so easy I could have done it myself.  We also had a small wedding party though (two on each side, plus parents).

The longest rehearsal I’ve ever been to was 30 mins.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Most rehearsals I’ve been to, 2 of which were full Catholic mass w/ communion were an hour. Everyone got there early. and ran through it twice. Ask your priest. They probably dont’ want to spend more than an hour running it anyway haha 🙂

I’m planning for the exact same events right now. and allowing the same amt of time as the first schedule. w/ 10-15 min. b/w venues.

Rehearsal 5-6

Dinner 6.30-8.30

Cocktail Get Together: 8.30 or 9 (they can start w/out us, just a casual thing)

Post # 9
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Busy bee

We had a super simple ceremony but it took an hour if not more because Mother-In-Law kept jacking around and delaying everything.  I think I would do the 2 hours, just in case.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Well the good thing is that it is your mom, you can ask her to cool it and *chop-chop*.  With Mother-In-Law, I couldnt’ do that and Darling Husband was basking in her presence and her BS (funniness to him) to see the light. 

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