How to Run a Wedding Rehearsal – Wedding Rehearsal Guide

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Updated: June 9, 2018

1) Review the couple’s notes from your meeting. Ensure that you’re aware of any dead parents or divorced parents and potentially strained relationships. Every now and then someone is rude and it’s good to know that it’s because that individual has been stressed out because of a strained relationship and that it has nothing to do with you, personally. Divorced parents who still don’t get along can easily bring down the positive vibe.

2) Bring published copy of ceremony to rehearsal Toronto. On the previous page or wherever there’s space, write down the number of parent’s names (occasionally last names are different), any children’s titles, coordinator’s titles, photographer’s name, DJ’s title. Occasionally coordinators email out a timeline to the vendors and this information is often on that timeline. It always impresses people when you walk up to introduce yourself and you know their name.

3) Introduce yourself to EVERYONE at Orientation and write names down. Members of the wedding celebration are potential clients, parents occasionally give gratuity and fellow vendors give referrals. Also, you’ll need to know the name of the person/persons holding the rings so that you may invite them up during the ceremony.

4) Ask the coordinator how she/he enjoys to run the rehearsal. Normally she’ll line everyone up in the areas they will be standing during the ceremony, practice walking out, then walking in and lining up, then the officiant runs through the bullet points of the ceremony, then everyone will practice walking out again.

5) When conducting through the primary points, instruct the few:

To hold hands during their ceremony and to face each other.

Not to feel bound to stare at you and also it’s really a little weird if they are staring at you the whole time. Make certain that they know to check out each other while exchanging rings and vows.

Ask them to refrain from having a conversation during their service. It happens, and it is difficult to perform your best when being ignored.

Explain you will open by speaking to their guests and thank them for coming. Tell your couple that you might move around a bit, to find friendly faces in the audience to speak to, and for them not to move or try to get out of your way as you go around just a little bit.

Then you’ll turn and speak to them both directly.

If they’ve chosen vision, practice walking over to the dining table. The groom can lead the bride he does not step on her apparel or else they could every step to their side of the table and meet supporting it. Make sure couple stands behind the table, FACING THEIR GUESTS. Always avoid having their backs for their own guests along with photographer, if possible.

If parents or kids are involved, have them stand on each side of couple, behind the table used for vision, also facing the guests.

If guest readers attend the rehearsal, be sure they know to either come up and take your spot standing in between the wedding couple, where you’re hand off the microphone. When there’s another microphone on a stand set off to a side, make sure they understand that is where they’ll stand to see. Request the guest readers to take your spot, so they are able to readily hug the couple after reading.

Practice ring exchange. If their best person is holding both rings, have him choose your place between the bunch so there is a great photo of both of these in the aisle. If the best man and maid-of-honor will each hold a ring, then ask the few to just turn around and take the ring from them both.

6) Have fun at their rehearsal. Usually the bridal party will cheer and then you’ll all practice walking out.

That will plant the seed that signing the permit comes before anything else after their service. Photographers are occasionally guilty of catching the couple and disappearing for photographs, and you do not wish to wait for an hour. This will stop that from happening.