When your wedding day is approaching, the last thing you want to think about is how do I get to the alter without stressing out and becoming a bridezilla?
- Makeshift Ceremony Site: Make sure that if you aren’t having the rehearsal at the ceremony site, that you do have a place picked that can accommodate a few chairs that can be set up with an aisle. Here’s the trick to making sure you don’t have any embarrassing moments with your Dad/escort guiding you down the aisle. Measure the width of your dress. Have someone measure you and your Dad/escort standing side by side. Make sure you have the chairs set far enough apart that the aisle will easily accommodate you, your dress and your Dad/escort. You do not want to have to walk down the aisle by yourself because your dress is so wide it won’t let anyone else walk beside you. Knowing you, you have already thought of this because you wanted to make sure your runner was wide enough when you ordered it.
- The Lineup: If you don’t have an experienced coordinator, you will need to know a few etiquette rules for your ceremony. Remember, you usually have 45 minutes to an hour to practice the processional and recessional at your ceremony site. You want to make sure you have the list of your bridal party put in order before you get to the rehearsal.
- Last To Be Seated: The Bride’s Mother is seated last. Make sure you have an Usher designated for this task.
- Bridal Party Lineup: If the groomsmen are already standing with the Groom and the officiate, then start the procession with your Junior Bridesmaid, followed by your other bridesmaids and ending with your Maid of Honor. The flower girl walks just before the Bride and her Dad/Escort. If you pair the bridal party up for the processional, then the groom and officiate should be at the alter before everything starts. The junior bridesmaid or groomsman starts the bridal party processional, then the bridal party with the Maid of Honor and Best man just before the flower girl and the ring bearer. Finally, the bride and her Dad/Escort will come in, hopefully, to their own music and everyone will be queued to stand in honor of the Bride.
- Recessional: On the recessional (after the announcement of “Mr. & Mrs.”), the best man and maid of honor follow the new married couple, the rest of the bridal party matches up and then the last maid and groomsman gather up the flower girl and ring bearer to finish the recessional. The Bride’s parents are first after the bridal party to leave the ceremony site, followed by the Groom’s parents. Make sure that any unescorted parents are taken care of for the recessional by an usher or another relative.
- Music: If you are having a DJ play the music at the ceremony, see if they will provide either a CD to be played at the rehearsal, or if they can attend the rehearsal to play the music that everyone will be walking too. You want people to know which song will be playing when they are walking.
- Rehearsal refreshments: If you are planning a lunch or dinner for your bridal party, now is the time to acknowledge the people who volunteered to help make your special day come true. If you have gifts for your bridal party, bring those to the rehearsal. If your officiate, wedding coordinator or DJ is at the rehearsal, make sure they are invited to the lunch/dinner. Even though you are paying them, they put in so much more time than you see just to make sure your day is perfect.
These are some ideas on how to get through the rehearsal stress free.
If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us at Janine@BigTymeEntertainment.ws. Big Tyme Entertainment provides music, DJ, MC, Lighting and Video Projection in the San Antonio area.