Post # 1
isn’t coming to our rehearsal.
Is that weird?
I really love her, she’s a perfect fit for us and she has been doing this for yeeeaaaars, so I am sure she knows what she’s doing. Our venue coordinator will be with us and I will have a copy of the finalized ceremony with me on the day of the rehearsal, but I just found it odd.
Has anyone else done the rehearsal without the officiant? How did it go?
Post # 3
That does strike me as a bit odd. Our officiant basically took charge of the entire ceremony at our rehearsal and was the one directing everyone where to go and what to do.
But as long as your coordinator knows his/her stuff, hopefully you’ll be fine.
Post # 4
Mine said she would come to the rehearsal for an extra $60, which I thought was a little odd too.
Post # 5
Mine didn’t, we just had a rehearsal with our coordinator. Rehearsals are more for nailing down the processional, recessional, where everyone will stand, etc. Unless you are having a long complicated ceremony where you sit, stand, do a bunch of little ceremonies, then you probably want to do a quick run through of how that will all flow but as long as you go over your ceremony with the officiant at some point, you should be fine.
Post # 6
We just met with our officiant a few weeks before the wedding and then we did the rest by email. We didn’t have a wedding party, so we didn’t have any sort of rehearsal. Everything worked out fine. The judge got there a about 30 min before the wedding start to get all set up with the mic & whatnot. And this was his first wedding too! So you should be fine with someone who has been doing this for years.
Post # 7
Our officiant told us up front that he won’t be coming to our reception and that he usually doesn’t go to them. He is a retired catholic priest and our ceremony is in a catholic church. Not sure if that makes a difference. I just assumed he would come but he just mentioned that he wouldn’t be so it was easy enough to check it off our list.
Post # 8
Ugh, I just realized you said “rehearsal” not “reception.” Fail, please disregard my post. Our officiant IS coming to our rehearsal and will be running it, too!
Post # 9
I think as long as all of your wedding party have rehearsed and know where to walk / stand you should be ok. I’m not meeting the person conducting my ceremony until the morning of the wedding – not exactly thrilled about this but not much I can do…
Post # 10
We didn’t even have a rehearsal. Our rabbi said we didn’t need one, and he just went over everything with us before the ceremony.
Post # 11
We’re going to do a rehearsal without the officiant I think, but then our wedding is small and the wedding party is myself and my fiance. In fact, the only reason I really want to have a rehearsal is because my little sister is involved in the wedding and I think she is worried about her part in it. If you can get someone else to read through the ceremony I am sure it will be fine. To the officiant it’s all old hat anyway. It’s the other participants who might need some guidance.