Post # 1
I think Fiance and I have chosen out ceremony venue, but we have a couple of decisions to make before we book it. One is whether to reserve the site for two hours or three. (They recommend three for pics, etc, but of course it costs more). Also, we don’t anticipate much needing to be done for decorating for the ceremony site. It’s one of those that is already gorgeous and doesn’t need much, if anything. Also, we can have or not have a rehearsal. We’re probably keeping the wedding party small. Is a rehearsal needed? Again, it costs more. We’re trying to keep costs down. Any thoughts or experiences are welcome. And there’s a poll!
Post # 2
It’s hard to know without knowing the differences in prices. Generally I’d say 3 hours with rehearsal, but if the rehearsal costs $1,000, for example, then I would say forget the rehearsal – rehearsals are good, but not $1,000 good. On the other hand, if the rehearsal is $100, then I think it’s totally worth it to rehearse. Can you clarify on costs differences so we can be more informed as we vote?
Post # 3
I’m not sure how much time you will need for the ceremony & all but I do recommend a rehearsal. We didn’t have one and I wish I had, even for our small, intimate short ceremony. You just don’t know what people are gonna think is best until you run thru it and actually have to walk in that space and move to the right spot, etc. Good luck, bee!
Post # 4
You also have the option of having the rehearsal elsewhere. As long as you are well familiar with the ceremony venue (length of aisle, placement of doors, etc) you can recreate the distances and timing almost anywhere.
Post # 5
is it a religious ceremony? I’m asking because, unless a ceremony is religious, it generally takes about a half hour max. So 2 hours seems like plenty of time to have the ceremony and take pics. The rehearsal is ideal, but not necessary. If you can afford it, do it. If you can’t, don’t.
Post # 6
Thanks for the responses. The difference in price is about $450 from cheapest to most expensive (so about $225 each for the extra hour and the rehearsal).
Post # 7
It’s not a religious ceremony. Thanks!
Post # 8
I understand wanting to cut costs, but personally I think you need both the rehersal and the additional hour on the day of.
Without the rehersal, your wedding party will be nervous and fumbling. If you want things to go smoothly you really need to run through the program a few times to get everyone comfortable with where they are supposed to stand, when to walk where, etc.
On the day of, even a short ceremony will quickly chew through 2 hours. It needs to be available at least half an hour before your start time to allow for those people who always show up to everything early. You don’t want guests bumping thier noses on the door and having to stand outside in the heat/cold/whetever. Then half an hour for the ceremony itself, give or take a bit. Whether or not you decide to do a receiving line you are going to have people who want to congratulate you once the ceremony is over–30 minutes is a very conservative estimate for that stage. That only leaves you with half an hour for all your photos; and that assumes everything happens right on schedule and doesn’t account for the time it takes for people to actually filter out. That extra couple hundred dollars will be well spent.
Post # 9
We did our rehearsal without our officiant and not at our ceremony location and everything went smoothly on the wedding day. We had a very simple, non-religious ceremony so our quick, 5 minute rehearsal was sufficient.