(Closed) How long does an average rehearsal take?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
2476 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Well, ours was scheduled for 5 pm, and we didn’t start till around 5:20 (dude to stragglers).  We were done by 6 pm.  It doesn’t take that long… you just have to get everyone in order and in formation and have them walk down the aisle a couple times.  Our officiant said a few sentences from the ceremony to make sure the mic/speakers worked… that was about it.  Btw, I had 6 BMs and 6 GMs, so yours will be quicker for sure. 

Post # 4
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

It shouldn’t take more than an hour. I had the same size wedding party as you.

Post # 5
624 posts
Busy bee

I’d give yourself an hour.  Ours should have been like 15 minutes but Mother-In-Law kept jacking around and it was about an hour and a half.

Post # 7
3162 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

For more complicated ceremonies (read: religious ceremonies) I’ve been in, always an hour at the least. One took two hours. Horrible. For more simple ceremonies (like mine – no readings, short ceremony by JOP) we are scheduling about a half an hour for the actual rehearsal with a 15 minute buffer on each side before dinner in case we start late or people magically arrive early (they won’t).

Post # 9
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I figure ours will take no longer than 30 minutes. We want to start at 6pm so we can get to dinner at 6:30 (it’s a 1.5 block walk from the venue), but I’m telling everyone that it starts at 5:45 to build in time for the “late comers” to actually get there on time 🙂

We have 3 on each side, 2 ushers and a civil ceremony. So, it will be “walk in” good. “Walk out” good. DONE!

Post # 10
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Ours took about 45 minutes.

Post # 11
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

As a Bridesmaid or Best Man recently: We were supposed to start @8pm, but apparently folks showed up early (I got a text @ 7.15pm from a very snarky groomzilla to inform me of my lateness).

There was the invisible Elsworth (best man) that delayed things, and then general silliness (like skipping down the aisle, moonwalking etc), but after everyone got settled and had their excitement under control we did four GOOD run-throughs, two indoors two out (in case of bad weather) and were finished by 945pm.

And that was for a ridiculously short ceremony! I think you need to take into account how reliable your honouraries are (if they have a tendency to run late then plan for it), how long your actual ceremony is, and the personalities of your group. The Bride & Groom in question are generally lax fun loving folks (despite moments of groomzilla madness) so people goofing was taken in stride as a good tension breaker, as everyone was nervous for the big day. But, if you are a no-nonsense person I can see how the delays would be irritating.

I would say at schedule at least an hour if not more depending on your variables.

Post # 12
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our church told us to plan for an hour and then our rehearsal dinner local wanted us to put a 30 minute buffer between the rehearsal and the dinner in case it ran late, people talking before leaving the church, drive time, etc.

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