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Valuable Tips For Planning A Wedding Rehearsal

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The idea of the wedding rehearsal is to go over all the logistical details of your wedding ceremony.  Entering, exiting, which way to face, handling the rings, and anything else you need to know about your wedding ceremony is discussed. 

Going over all these minute details in advance will without question make your wedding ceremony run smoothly.  Expect to rehearse the wedding ceremony at least three times to be sure everyone is comfortable with what they are supposed to be doing. The first walk through is usually quite amusing, as everyone is stumbling and fumbling about - donít worry about that.  It will get better each time until the final time is perfect.

Being that you have likely never planned a wedding rehearsal before, below are some common questions and answers about planning a wedding rehearsal. Don't worry - it can be fun if you use all or some of these wedding rehearsal ideas.

Who should attend the rehearsal? 

Everyone who is involved in your wedding ceremony should be there. The parents of the bride and groom, the wedding party, and the officiant should attend. 

When should the wedding rehearsal be held?

wedding rehearsal, planning a wedding rehearsalIt is held the day before usually, but if there is a scheduling conflict you can plan it for few days before, but no more than that.  You need everyone to remember their roles and have them fresh in their minds.

Where should the wedding rehearsal be held? 

The best and ideal place to have it is in the same location you plan to have your wedding.  You want to be able to show the everyone their exact locations, without them having to guess on your wedding day.  If this is not possible, then use a friend or family member's backyard or any other similar type of open space.

Should there be a "dinner" after the rehearsal?

Traditional calls for a dinner after the rehearsal.  The rehearsal dinner is much more relaxed, and should include the parents of the bride and groom, the wedding party - including any spouses or significant others, and the parents of any children in the wedding party.  Traditionally, the groom's parents pay for the rehearsal dinner, and this is of course not set in stone.  The location for the dinner can be anywhere you want it to be, from a  backyard barbeque to a nice restaurant.  The purpose of the dinner is for the wedding party to spend time together in a relaxed situation, so choose a location you are comfortable with.

Should you send out invitations for the wedding rehearsal?

They are not required, though you'll need to provide everyone you wish to be there with the time, date, and location, along with directions would be helpful.  A phone call or an email with a follow up call will work as well.

Should you pass out gifts during the rehearsal dinner? 

Yes - this is an outstanding time to give your attendants thank you gifts.  The gift giving will be more special for everyone since you are relaxed and will be able to spend more time with them.

Your wedding rehearsal will help you and your wedding party know exactly what to do so that they can not only help make your big day go smoothly but so that they can also enjoy being part of your wedding.
Planning a wedding rehearsal can be fun if you use all or some of these wedding rehearsal ideas.