As you get closer and closer to the ‘big day
‘of your life, the wedding rehearsal gives you
an opportunity to identify the finer details and work
on them to assure smooth proceedings on the wedding
day. Though not mandatory, most families organize wedding
rehearsals, as it enables them to exchange good wishes
and ideas and an opportunity to know each other. This
is especially vital for those families who are located
in cities that are miles apart. Wedding rehearsals form
an integral part of the wedding planning to brush up
for the grand occasion. There are no set rules for a
wedding rehearsal and it can be arranged according to
the preference and budget of the families.
Traditionally, the groom’s family hosts the
rehearsal dinner although nowadays the families of the
bride and groom may choose to host their own separate
wedding rehearsals. Given below are some of the important
aspects, to be considered while throwing a rehearsal
dinner party and preparing for the big day.
Time and Place
Usually the rehearsal dinner is held in the evening
before the wedding day, or on any day that is convenient
for most of the families. While selecting a weeknight
for the rehearsal, it is important to check with the
wedding party members and their family about their availability.
It is essential to confirm that the timing set for the
rehearsal matches with the majority of the members participating
in the wedding and book the time and venue accordingly.
For post rehearsal dinner, it is advisable to choose
a restaurant that is located near the rehearsal site
to save on time.
What to Say
It is imperative to know what is going to be said
during the ceremony and thus wedding rehearsals can
be the best times to meet the officiant and discuss
in detail about it. Saying small things such as ‘I
do’ or ‘I will’ perfectly can make
a huge difference and it is good to finalize such details
and practice them rather than spending time on deciding
what to say in the final moment.
Before the members of the wedding party leave the
rehearsal site, remind then about the timing they need
to follow the next day and about the things they need
to carry. If possible assign a person who can answer
all queries in case the members have any doubts on the
Decide the Partners
Rehearsals can be the perfect time for deciding on
who is going to walk down the aisle with whom. It is
advisable to choose the pairs carefully so that they
complement each other and do not look like strangers
while walking together.
Practice with the Props
It is advisable to carry all the props that play important
roles in the ceremony such as flower girl basket, ring
bearer pillow, bouquets and others at the rehearsal
so that you can hand over your bouquet or gloves with
absolute perfection. You may also bring the children
and explain them about the importance of their tasks.
It is good that they are also involved in a thorough
practice session in terms of what they are supposed
to do during the ceremony.
The other miscellaneous arrangements of the wedding
rehearsal include preparing the guest list, selecting
the items on the menu card, deciding on the venue and
booking it in advance. Carpooling can be a great idea
if you have out-of-towners in your guest list.