One thing that every wedding should have in common, whether you like it or not, is a rehearsal. It is the perfect opportunity for everyone involved to get their spots mapped out and get rid of pre wedding jitters over public speaking or being the center of attention. If you have a planner, you don’t have to worry about any of this info, as they’ll be the one coordinating everyone and everything, but if you’re braving it alone, here is what you need to know for a smooth moving rehearsal that will leave everything perfect the day of.
First things first, get the who’s who mapped out before you arrive. Ask yourselves some questions to figure out how you want the processional to look.
1) Will your bridesmaids walk down with groomsmen or on their own? Bridesmaids can either be paired up with groomsmen or go down by themselves while the men file out with the groom.
2) What other family members do you want included the processional, ie parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, dogs & who will walk with whom? This may take a little extra coordinating as it is customary to have the ladies accompanied by a gentleman, whether he be her husband, son, brother, usher, you name it. If one gentleman has to walk a lady down and then loop back around to accompany another, that is perfectly fine.
3) In what order will everyone walk? Traditional walking orders look like this:
Officiate, Groom & (possibly) Groomsmen
Extended Family (aunts, uncles, etc.) of the Groom
Extended Family of the Bride
Grandparents of the Groom
Grandparents of the Bride
Parents of the Groom
Mother of the Bride (accompanied)
Maid of Honor
Flower Girls & Ring Bearers
(trumpets sound) The Bride!
During the processional rehearsal, bridesmaids should be practicing where to place their bouquets (at their belly buttons, so they don’t look silly in pictures), everyone knows walking speed should be nice and natural (No step, together, step, together) and where to stand and space themselves up at the front. Everyone should be evenly spaced and turned slightly inward.
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