Stella
Savvy October 2021

Rehearsal with Officiant?

Stella, on July 10, 2021 at 8:23 AM Posted in Parties and Events 0 9
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Hello everyone,


Is it normal to have your officiant at your rehearsal? I thought it was but when I tried to schedule the rehearsal with my officiant she said that wasn’t included and it would en an additional charge. The additional charge wasn’t crazy but not wondering if this is something they are typically at or not.
Thank you for all your help!

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Latest activity by Stella, on July 20, 2021 at 2:55 PM
  • L
    Dedicated August 2021
    Lw ·
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    Ours is an additional charge as well. We are skipping having the officiant there but will have a rehearsal with our DOC. Like you, I was surprised as well. I think for the officiant to come to the rehearsal it would be $100 which isn’t horrible.
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  • Stacey
    Super May 2021
    Stacey Online ·
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    The officiant generally runs the rehearsal. Ours charged an additional fee as well, but it was well worth it to us to run through everything the night before.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
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    Every wedding rehearsal I have attended as a bridesmaid or guest of someone in the ceremony has has had the officiant in charge of rehearsal. I find it really strange that they don’t do that anymore because it seems like it would be chaotic otherwise.
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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
    Kari ·
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    It definitely depends. I think its a good idea to have your officiant at your rehearsal, but I've also found it pretty common for that not to be included in the standard fee and be an additional charge.

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    VIP January 2019
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    What is in your original contract? It's always a good idea to ask vendors what their fee includes, and it doesn't surprise me that the rehearsal would be an additional fee (or included originally for a higher total fee) because it's an extra day's work. If you are having a rehearsal, it definitely makes sense to pay that extra charge to benefit from their guidance.

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  • Stella
    Savvy October 2021
    Stella ·
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    Hi Maggie,


    It wasn’t in the contract but I thought we had discussed it when we initially talked and agreed to go with her. The fee is pretty minimal, but was mainly surprised by the additional charge since I sadly assumed this was included. I do think it makes sense to have them there just to make sure things go smoothly on the day.
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  • Stella
    Savvy October 2021
    Stella ·
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    Hi Kari,


    I think having her there and mailing sure we are comfortable for the big day is worth the additional fee of not being stressed out.
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  • Glam Geek
    Dedicated November 2018
    Glam Geek ·
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    Hi Stella,

    for my wedding my officiant was at our rehearsal (he is a good friend of ours, so that made it easy). Also, it was his first time officiating, so he wanted to be there to ensure that we all agreed on the way that things would progress the next day (and when he would walk in for example).

    For other weddings where one of us has been a member of the bridal party, every time the officiant was part of the rehearsal (although I'm unsure if they charged extra or not) with one exception where the couple was married in Vegas. I know on other wedding websites it's mentioned that it's pretty common for the officiant to attend the rehearsal as well. I'd say definitely pay extra for her to be there because as you mentioned too - less stress for you and more peace of mind.

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  • Stella
    Savvy October 2021
    Stella ·
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    Thank you everyone for your help! My officiant replied and is available so I am now breathing a bit easier. You all are right, having her there will settle any fears of things not going as they should and well worth the additional fee.

    You all are life savers and help keep my overthinking self calm Smiley smile.

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