Post # 1
One of our good friends will be performing our ceremony, and while I trust that it will be amazing, he has never performed a marriage before. My biggest question is what do I need to remember to go over during the rehearsal? I do not have coordinator, but we have lots of wedding savvy people in the family and wedding party. If you have any advice please share! Thanks!
Post # 3
I can’t offer any advice, but I am in the SAME position as you and will be following this thread! I definitely feel like we’ll need a very thorough rehearsal since it will be a first for the officiant!
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
The biggest thing is to write out the script for the ceremony and print it in BIG font!!! You don’t want them standing up there squinting trying to read when they’re nervous.
If everything is drafted, all they have to do is ready straight from the page, and they can’t get lost.
Post # 6
if this is his first ceremony…don’t swing it.
you or him should draft a program and all the details in advance…so everyone knows what to expect.
Post # 7
During the rehearsal the main things to go over is how you want the groomsmen, ladies, parents and yourself and the groom to enter the ceremony. You need to practice entering and practive leaving.
-Do you want ladies and men together? Ladies alone with groom and men already at alter?
-Order of parents entering (look on the knot, they have recommendations for this)? Who is walking what parents down the aisle…groosmmen or do you have additional ushers?
For the ceremony itself and your friend I agree with the PP you need to not only print out a schedule but every detail that will be included/should be included in your ceremony. Our pastor had everything on paper including our vows, our ring exchange, any special readings, notations for special music etc. It should be all there for easy reference.