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REHEARSAL NOTE: Due to travel distances and other commitments I am NOT seldom available for rehearsals. The venue does a great job with the basics and I lead you through the rest.
Rehearsals are a simple matter - the purpose for a rehearsal is to let the parents/attendants know where they will be standing, sitting, etc. Because of distance and other commitments I don’t participate in rehearsals before the wedding day itself. I will be happy to come an hour early to conduct a quick run through if needed. The venue coordinator will do the basics with you, just be assured your wedding day will move smoothly with or without a rehearsal. Don't stress out about rehearsals. Two preliminary considerations should be addressed:
1. Remind Bridal Attendances to smile, breath, and walk to "Mississippi" so as not to marathon down aisle.
2. Assign/Ask some NOT in the wedding party and NOT a parent to run the rehearsal.
THE PLAN (Indicate Seating: Stage (Right/Left) Row, Seat: (SR,R1,S1)
The following is provided for those who want a rehearsal when a coordinator is not available.
Don't stress out about rehearsals. Two considerations should be addressed are:
1. Who walks with whom and in what order and
2. Who seats parents and grandparents
Assign/Ask someone in the wedding party and a parent to run the rehearsal.
Set attendants in place where they will be standing once they have entered
Set Bride Groom where they will be standing once Bride has entered.
Set parents in positions where they will be seated once they have entered.
Decide grooms’ men's hand position: hands in back, at side, or in front.
Bride/Groom exit, followed by bridal party
Rehearse entrance by lining everyone up in the appropriate order.
SEATING MUSIC A
Groom's Mother First Name by (Best Man First Name) (SL,R1,S1) followed by Groom's Father First Name (SL,R1,S2)
Row 1 GF, GM GGF GGM
Groom's Grandparents First Name(s) (If married, together, if single by Groomsman First Name)
Bride's Grandparents First Name(s) (If married, together, if single by Groomsman First Name)
Row 1 GF GM GGF GGM
Bride's Mother First Name by (Best Man First Name) (SR,R1,S1)
Entry of Groom's Party, BM First Name, First Name, First Name, etc. (OR are groomsmen entering with Bridal Attendants?)
PROCESSIONAL MUSIC NO.1
Ring Bearer First Name
(Coin Bearer, if child, First Name)
Bridal Attendant #1 First Name (or with Groomsman First Name)
Bridal Attendant #2 First Name (or with Groomsman First Name)
Bridal Attendant #3 First Name (or with Groomsman First Name)
Maid of Honor First Name (or with Best Man First Name)
Flower Girl First Name
PROCESSIONAL MUSIC NO. 2
Bride First Name with Escort Dad (First Name) (SR,R1,S2)
Presentation of Bride to Groom
BA BA BA MH Bride Groom BM GM GM GM
Practice entering and proceed to assigned position (#1,2)
Rehearsal DONE! - NO MORE than 20 minutes. - then to dinner if you're having a rehearsal dinner.
I will meet with all involved in processional before the wedding ceremony to go over last-minute details and review order.
Please feel free to email or call me if you have any questions about this process. Remember, your main responsibility is to enjoy your wedding day.
Once you stand before me all will flow smoothly.