Your wedding rehearsal
As a rule, you’ll only have a wedding rehearsal if you’re planning a church wedding ceremony – on the morning of a civil ceremony, the registrar will speak to everyone involved to ensure that they know what to say and where to stand. If you’re having a wedding rehearsal, here’s how to make the most of it…
- Your vicar or priest will usually arrange your wedding rehearsal, which will take place a day or two before the actual wedding. Just the immediate bridal party need to attend, i.e. the bride and groom, the parents, the best man and groomsmen, and maid of honour and the bridesmaids. You may also want to invite anyone doing readings so that they know where they’ll be standing on the day.
- If your wedding photographer is local, they may want to attend your wedding rehearsal to get a better feel for the space and decide where to arrange group shots.
- Now is a good time to practise reading some of your vows, to help combat nerves and get used to the volume of the church. You might also want to encourage any readers to try some of their reading so they’re prepared for the big day.
- After the rehearsal, it’s nice to take everyone out for a meal so that everyone can get to know each other a little more. This is where the rehearsal dinner tradition originated in the US, but in the UK proceedings are a little less formal. This is also a nice time to present gifts to your bridal party, as you’ll have more time than on the wedding morning.
Find out more about your church wedding ceremony here.