Kelly
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Necessary or Not: Ceremony Rehearsal?

Kelly, on February 19, 2019 at 11:05 AM Posted in Wedding Ceremony 0 91
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Are you absolutely set on having a ceremony rehearsal with your wedding party and officiant? Or are you skipping the ceremony practice and more focused on the rehearsal dinner?

Do you think the rehearsal is necessary or not?


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  • Swtnss238
    VIP May 2019
    Swtnss238 ·
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    Absolutely necessary!! We r not really doing a rehearsal dinner though. We will go back to the hotel and order pizza for family that came down early but nothing formal.
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  • Mrs. H
    Master September 2019
    Mrs. H ·
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    Definitely necessary! RD - not so much, but it is a great way to get VIPs together before the wedding.

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  • Danielle
    Master June 2019
    Danielle ·
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    Necessary!!! I am not about to have myself or wedding party go in blind the day of the wedding, lol.

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  • Kiki
    Super May 2019
    Kiki ·
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    So necessary! Learned this the hard way at my sisters wedding we focused more on enjoy dinner and skip out on rehearsal! Let’s just say we pulled through but it was a bit of a mess!
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  • JustKidding
    VIP April 2018
    JustKidding ·
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    Not necessary for us. Everyone in our wedding was married and had been in countless weddings. We knew what to do. There was also nothing special added to ours.

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  • Katelyn
    Savvy November 2019
    Katelyn ·
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    Necessary. Even if you have a small party everyone still needs to know how they have to stand and when they need to go down the isle. I think it helps with everyone's nerves to practice it at least once.
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  • Angerra
    VIP August 2019
    Angerra ·
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    Exactly! Totally agree hahha
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  • Sarah
    Expert September 2019
    Sarah ·
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    I don't think it's necessarily necessary for the officiant to be there. However I do think its important to do a rehearsal, or as we call it in my circle a run through, of the ceremony. That way the bridal party knows the spacing and order to walk, where to stand, how to navigate any steps at the venue in heels... Those types of things.
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  • M
    Super November 2019
    Melissa ·
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    Absolutely a necessity. Or else nobody would know what to do the day of .
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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    For a standard ceremony and venue, they aren't a necessity. It's pretty much impossible for us to schedule a rehearsal before the wedding because of conflicting schedules and OOT bridal party members, but each half of the BP will do a quick run through the morning of the wedding.

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  • Tara
    Master May 2020
    Tara ·
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    Unnecessary for me. I’m doing standard repeat after me vows and we don’t have a bridal party.
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  • Melissa
    VIP October 2018
    Melissa ·
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    Depends by couple, I suppose. If it's a simple ceremony or if everyone is familiar with what they're doing in the church/venue/whatever, then no, not necessary. However, I do think having some kind of "thank you dinner" or something along those lines IS necessary - these people took time and money out of their lives to be in your wedding, at the very least you should treat them to a home cooked meal, pizza or whatever your budget allows for Smiley smile

    (For the record: we did a ceremony rehearsal - we needed to know the logistics if the weather was good vs. bad and how each room would be set up, know who was walking with who, let the bridal party all get to know each other, etc. And we had a great, casual dinner afterwards)

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  • Kelly
    Legend October 2022
    Kelly ·
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    That sounds like it'll be so fun! I'd probably go the more casual route for a rehearsal dinner myself!

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  • Kelly
    Legend October 2022
    Kelly ·
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    Oh no!! So glad it ended up turning out ok! My sister's best friend is currently planning so I will make sure she rehearses the ceremony!!

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  • Nemo
    VIP August 2018
    Nemo ·
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    Prior to our rehearsal, I didn't think they were necessary. Your rehearsal was a train wreck. Our ceremony coordinator from our church was so unorganized and botched so many things. I was so glad we had one! Definitely necessary in my book.

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  • Martika
    Expert September 2019
    Martika ·
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    Definitely necessary. Unfortunately our venue doesn't have the day before open, but we are going to figure something out.

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  • Abby
    VIP March 2019
    Abby ·
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    Necessary! I'd be even more nervous if we didn't go through it at least once!
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  • Mrs.
    Super May 2019
    Mrs. ·
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    Necessary for me! I'm a planner and I like to make sure everyone knows their role/cue/whatever it may be. Nobody in my wedding party has been married, and all but 2 have never been in a wedding either! It's a very new experience to most of us. We're trying to streamline the ceremony so it's only 15-30 minutes (aiming for 15), so a rehearsal is definitely needed.

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  • Alicia
    VIP August 2019
    Alicia ·
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    Absolutely necessary!! I want to make sure everyone knows what they are doing! It seems like a basic enough concept, but making sure everyone knows their cues and exactly where to stand is really important to me!

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  • Alyssa
    Super July 2019
    Alyssa ·
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    For us it's necessary. None of us get access to the venue till 1.5 hours before the ceremony so the rehersal will be very important for showing our wedding party and family where things go since they have all graciously offered to help set up before the ceremony.
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