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Who Runs The Rehearsal?!

Taylor, on October 23, 2020 at 11:25 AM Posted in Wedding Ceremony 0 13
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Hi brides! I know this may sound dumb but I’ve never planned a wedding before lol. Who runs the rehearsal? Is it the maitre d or is it the officiant? We were planning on our officiant be our friend but now I’m second guessing because he doesn’t know how to run a rehearsal dinner.


Latest activity by Llcool_Kay, on October 27, 2020 at 8:26 AM
  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
    Lisa Online ·
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    I believe the officiant typically runs the actual rehearsal, though the bride and groom could also lead it. The rehearsal dinner is up to the bride and groom.
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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn Online ·
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    If you have a DOC or a coordinator provided by the venue, they should run the rehearsal as far as lining people up, timing, etc. The officiant will just run through the ceremony scripting and any readings, prayers, unity ceremonies, or other ceremony elements you might be incorporating.

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  • Marissa
    Expert October 2020
    Marissa ·
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    We didn't have a day of coordinator or wedding planner, so me and my maid of honor worked together to run the rehearsal. We told people where to stand, line up, and figured out the timing of everything. Then our officiant ran through the script.

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  • Chrysta
    Master November 2022
    Chrysta ·
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    Our Officiant will be running ours
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  • Samantha
    VIP October 2020
    Samantha ·
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    Our day of coordinator ran ours.
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  • M
    Super October 2022
    Michele ·
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    Usually the officiant. Otherwise the day of coordinator. Venue coordinators and other vendors will not touch this.
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  • C
    Rockstar January 2019
    Cassidy ·
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    We got married at our church and they provided a coordinator for the ceremony. She handled everything for the rehearsal and say of including fluffing my dress/train before i walked down the isle.
    If you hired a planner/day of coordinator they will handle this.
    If your venue doesn’t have something like this, maybe enlist the help of a parent or close family member to assist both at the rehearsal and day of.
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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
    Hanna ·
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    Our officiant ran the rehearsal, but our DOC and our venue coordinator were there as well to help out and chime in with details.

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  • Meghan
    Rockstar October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    Our wedding planner/day or coordinator ran our rehearsal.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar April 2021
    Michelle ·
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    Our officiant will run our rehearsal. The owner of our venue is also our day of coordinator.
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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I ran mine aha I didn’t have a coordinator to so I did it myself
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  • B
    Super July 2017
    Becky ·
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    Our coordinator (who came with the venue) ran ours

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  • Llcool_Kay
    Devoted July 2021
    Llcool_Kay ·
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    If you have a planner or day of coordinator they should run the rehearsal. If not then ask your officiant to run it
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