Archive | September, 2012

Wedding Rehearsal Etiquette

10 Sep

Michaelis-Garrett Wedding at the SC Lace House, June 2011. Florals by American Floral. Photography courtesy of Dave Gilbert Photography and Katie Hart | Hart Photography.

As the old saying goes, “practice makes perfect!”  That is what your wedding rehearsal is for!  This is the time when a wedding coordinator/planner comes in very handy.  They are there to help prompt the wedding party on their duties during the ceremony and can be a big help in keeping everything organized.

The best place to conduct the rehearsal is where the ceremony will take place.  If this is unavailable, try to find a location that will allow you to “recreate” the setting.  The first thing you should do at your rehearsal is to make sure everyone knows where to stand during the ceremony.  (If someone is missing, don’t worry.  Just be sure you leave space for them when practicing.) Since everyone should be standing at the front, this is a good time to practice the recessional.

The recessional begins with the bride and groom leaving together followed by the Flower Girl, Ring Bearer, Maid/Matron of Honor and Best Man, and then the remaining Bridesmaids and Groomsmen coupled together.  Once the outer bridesmaid and groomsman take their leave, the parents of the Bride will follow and then the parents of the Groom followed by the grandparents of the Bride and Groom.

Next, practice the processional.  If you plan on using ushers {Rule is 1 per 50 Guests}, make sure you assign a certain usher to whom they will be ushering in to avoid confusion on the day of.  Typically, grandparents of the Groom are seated first followed by the grandparents of the Bride.  Next, the parents of the Groom are seated followed by the bride’s Mother.  The Officiant will then come out followed by the Groom and Best Man.

Once the Groom and Groomsmen are in their place, the processional music should begin and the bridal party will begin their march.  The outermost Bridesmaid enters first followed by the remaining Bridesmaids, Maid/Matron of Honor, Ring Bearer, and Flower Girl {of course, nowadays this rule is flexible… and they can enter from the inside out as well!}.  Once all are in their position, the Bride will then process in with her escort on their left arm.  Once close enough, the Groom may come towards the Bride.  The Officiant will ask who presents this Bride and the escort will respond.  Once done so, the escort may kiss the Bride, if they so desire, and then sit next to the Bride’s Mother.  The Bride then takes the arm of the Groom and both turn towards the Officiant.

Make sure you go through each of the ceremony steps including the handing off of the bouquet and rings and if any other props will be used.  It isn’t a bad idea to go through the recessional and processional a few times, especially if the wedding party is sizeable.


{Happy Planning!}

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