Post # 1
Is it weird to have the wedding rehearsal at a different location than where the actual wedding ceremony will take place?
I just learned that our wedding venue will be hosting another wedding on the Friday night that we planned to hold our wedding rehearsal. The coordinator told me that the latest we could have a rehearsal on that day would be 12 noon.
If we had our rehearsal at 12 noon, a bunch of people in the wedding would have to take the day off of work.
I’m wondering if we can hold the rehearsal at my Dad and Stepmom’s backyard instead so that we can do it in the evening. Do any of you bees see any issues that could arise from doing that (for example, we wouldn’t be able to accurately rehearse the timining of walking down the aisle with the music). Is there something else that we would miss out on that I’m not thinking of?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts bees!
Post # 3
Could you get the venue a different night? Our ceremony venue books the rehearsals for the week before (there’s 3 weddings on each sat.) and our slot is Tuesday night.
I don’t think it’s weird to rehearse somewhere else. It’s all about timing people to the music and whatnot. Maybe draw a floorplan of how the ceremony is going to be set up to explain where people will be?
Post # 4
We have the same issue. But, you know what? No one needs to practice in the exact location. Just practice elsewhere. We’re doing it. How different can it be?
Post # 5
IDK – I don’t feel like this would work out so well. The biggest benefit of the rehearsal for me was to figure out exactly where everyone will stand, where they will line up, when and where people will move to, when you will go when you exit, etc. You can’t really do any of this unless you are at the actual location.
Post # 6
I think you should be able to practice anywhere as long as you make a “mock up” of your venue….
Are there doors that will be opened to let you in?
are they heavy.. will they take a couple beats to open?
when in the song will they be opened?
how many are walking down the aisle and to what 2 songs or 1 for all?
How many beats behind each other will mothers/BM/ring bearer/flower girl be?
How long is the aisle?
Where do you want your musicians set up in correlation to the aisle and your party?
Just a few things I could think of…. As long as you can get that timing taken care of then it should be fine =)
Post # 7
Thank you for all of your thoughtful responses! It’s great to get outside feedback. I guess I still have some thinking to do. If I don’t feel that we can do a proper “mock up” at my Dad’s place like amnystik suggested then maybe we’ll just have everyone take the day off. hmmmmmmmm 🙂
@M.Ruder: Unfortunately we cannot do a different night only because three of our BMs live 2 hours away. So driving that far would be too much for them on a weeknight.
Post # 8
We have the same situation. Half of my wedding party is driving 3 hours upstate to our wedding. The venue will most likely have a wedding Friday night so we won’t be able to rehearse there. I’m not worried about it. As long as everyone knows what order to stand/where to go, I’m sure it will be fine. It’s a 20 minute wedding ceremony, not rocket science! 😛
Post # 9
glad to hear I’m not alone. 🙂 I’ll just use items to mark out where everyone should stand and all that. They should be able to apply it to the actual location once we get there. TinyTina, good point it’s not rocket science. hehe. Thanks!
Post # 10
I’m glad I found this posting, I just found out that I am in the same situation. At first I thought it might be strange to have the rehearsal at another location but reading this makes me feel better about finding a separate location.