(Closed) How much time did/will you schedule for your rehearsal?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Our officiant suggested blocking off 1 to 1.5 hours for the actual rehearsal. Our rehearsal dinner restaurant is down the street, so we are having rehearsal at 4:30, dinner at 6.

Post # 4
3332 posts
Sugar bee

We scheduled our rehearsal for an hour, although I don’t know if it’s going to take that long.  We’re going to just start dinner immediately following, although we’re having the dinner at my sister’s house not a restaurant, so the timing is a little more flexible.

Post # 5
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yeah, I have mostly heard 1-2 hours also.

The other thing is even though the rehearsal may only run 1 hour you might need some extra time for last minute stuff with the venues?

Post # 6
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Our rehearsal dinner is at 7pm and its about a 30 min drive from the site.  So we are scheduling our rehearsal to start at 5pm (although thats what we are telling people…our families are always late, we plan on starting at 5:30pm).  Our rehearsal is planned for 1 hour, but we are not having a church wedding or anything too elborate.

Post # 8
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Even though our wedding will only be about 30 minutes, I blocked 1.5 hours so that we can work out the bugs.

Post # 9
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

When I run a rehearsal, I don’t read the "real" vows – I give my couples fake vows to use, so they can practice taking the card from me, and reading it.  If we do repeat after me vows, or "I do!" vows, I’ll read the last line, and have the couples say "I do!" or repeat that back to me.

Rehearsals ALWAYS take about three times as long as a wedding ceremony is planned to be – and most of that is just lining people up 🙂

If your DJ or whoever is doing your music can be there – that’s awesome – but it’s not neccesary – but if your officiant / DOC / very nice friend helping you out can talk to the music people and just let them know what is going on before the ceremony – it’s a huge help.

Post # 11
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

We’re not having attendants, so I don’t think we’ll have one. Another issue is that our venue is a restaurant, so they’re alway open. I might go up there a couple of times and practice walking down the stairs to the ceremony site. Depending on the size of your wedding party, I would plan on 1-1.5 hours, leaning towards 1 unless you have a HUGE wedding party.

Post # 12
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Our pastor told us to plan on about one hour, so we are having the rehearsal at 6:30 and the dinner following at 8 (about a 15 minute drive away).

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