Wedding rehearsal etiquette will help you work out the kinks in your ceremony so everything is picture perfect on your big day!
Before you can down to the fun of having the wedding or even the rehearsal dinner, there is the all important rehearsal, usually the day before the wedding. Wedding rehearsal etiquette is key to ensuring the limited time you have at the wedding site to run through the steps is used wisely so that the wedding goes on without a hitch (well, except for the actual hitching of the bride and groom!).
Everyone who will be involved in the wedding (excluding the guests) should attend the wedding rehearsal. During this time, you will do a dry run of the wedding so everyone knows their roles. This is especially important if you are having a specialty wedding (such as naval or non-traditional) where even those who have been involved in tons of weddings before may not know exactly what is expected of them. This is also true if you are having a religious ceremony and either the bride or groom’s family is not familiar with the customs.
The whole rehearsal should not take long. Unlike with theater, it is not a “dress” rehearsal, so there’s no need to get decked out in your wedding dress! Casual or whatever you are going to wear to the rehearsal party afterwards will work perfectly. Also, this is not the time to run through your vows or any special words you want to say. Leave those heartfelt moments for the actual event!
If you have more people attending your rehearsal dinner than will be involved in the actual wedding (such as extended family, your wedding parties’ dates, etc.), have them meet you at the rehearsal dinner venue; they shouldn’t get a sneak peek preview to the days events!
If the rehearsal is a little shaky or even if it goes perfectly, relax and have fun! This isn’t about getting every little step right, but, about showing your love to your family and friends – we’re just trying to work out the kinks in the proceedings!