(Closed) what to read/do during wedding ceremony rehearsal?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I wouldn’t read through it. I’m sure he is practicing it himself but to go through the whole ceremony during the rehearsal isn’t necessary. A rehearsal should just basically help everyone understand where they go and what will be happening.

Post # 4
586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We basically practiced just the order of things happening. He read like a sentence or two and then would tell us after that what would happen next. If it was word for word it would take longer and it is most likely unnecessary to do the whole thing.

Post # 5
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

The officiant doesn’t usually read the ceremony word-for-word. They’ll read pieces and sometimes parts that are verbal cues, but mostly they summarize. 🙂

Post # 6
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I hope we aren’t supposed to go through the whole ceremony at the rehearsal because our officiant won’t even be there!

Post # 7
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We’ll just try to do a ‘walk through’… basically the order of the processional with music, where people have to stand/sit.  A few words (not word for word), and then a go over the order of things. I just want to get a gist of how long it’ll be.  

Post # 8
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 1997

Well, normally I start by having everyone stand where they will stand during the ceremony.

Then I explain the parts of the ceremony. – Welcome to guests, charge to the couple, vows, readings or unity parts

I walk the couple through the unity ceremony – sand, rose, handfasting… whatever it is.

Then we move to the ring exchange….

This is when I explain to the Couples Honored Attendants when I will ask for the rings and who I will ask first. What I will say and how to hand the rings over.

Then I move on to prayers/readings, pronouncement and introduction of couple.

Now we are moving to the recessional part of who leaves first and how to time the recessional to the music.

Once everyone has left. I ask them to turn around and do the processional with the music. Again explaining the timing with walking with the music.

Then we go through the ceremony again, like before…. but smoother.

Post # 9
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We had an ordained friend do our ceremony (he is in seminary – this was his first!) and we mostly just went through the motions. When we got to any speaking parts, he just said “I’ll say the message – blah blah blah. They’ll say their vows – blah blah blah”. It kept the mood light (because I’ve seen things get tense in rehearsals) and didn’t take too long. We went through the whoooole thing (processional and recessional included) twice.

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