Five Steps to an Impeccable Wedding Rehearsal

A wedding rehearsal helps everyone in the wedding party know in advance what to expect during the big day. The rehearsal can be held at the location of the ceremony or even in someone’s living room. The rehearsal doesn’t run in the same order as the wedding, although this may sound confusing the process actually helps everyone see the big picture – where do I stand?

Who Attends the Wedding Rehearsal?

Everyone in the wedding party, both sets of parents, and possibly grandparents should be present at the run-through. Send out invitations to everyone who can be present knows of this practice session. This may be the first time everyone gets an opportunity to meet one another face-to-face; this is important for ushers who will have the task of escorting specific relatives to their seats before the wedding ceremony.

If someone in the wedding party cannot attend, leave a space for them and ask those on either side to help direct that person on the wedding day.

A bride walks to the altar for the processionalStep One: Practice the Receiving Line

Run through the receiving line first. Although this may seem unnecessary, it will greatly speed things on the wedding day when wedding guests expect to move through the receiving line to get to the cocktail hour. Reverend James Wentz suggests the receiving line start with the mothers, the bride, and groom, the fathers, the best man and maid/matron of honor, followed by the rest of the wedding party.

Step Two: Stand in Order at the Altar

The bride and groom face the Officiant; during the rehearsal, this may be a chair. The attendants stand on either side of the couple, facing them so they are in profile to the guests. Ring bearers and flower girls stand in front of the best man and matron of honor. The wedding couple can save time by knowing where everyone will stand before the day of the rehearsal. For additional information, go to How to Practice at a Wedding Rehearsal.

Step Three: Practice the Recessional

The bride and groom leave first. The flower girl(s) and ring bearer(s) follow behind. The maid/matron of honor and the best man walk down the aisle together, followed by paired bridesmaids and groomsmen. The attendants who were closest to the bride and groom leave first, followed by those who were farther from the couple.

Step Four: Practice the Processional

The groom and the attendants move down the aisle to the altar, standing in place as previously practices. During the recessional, the groomsman furthest from the groom leaves last; during the processional, he will be the first groomsman to enter. The bridesmaids enter in the same pattern, the outer bridesmaid entering first, positioning herself so she mirrors the groomsman with whom she is paired.

Next is the ring bearer, followed by the flower girl. The bride and her escort wait until everyone else is in place and the music changes before walking down the aisle. The groom may step toward the bride and offer her his arm for the last few steps to the altar. The bride’s escort sits.

Step Five: Practice the Wedding Service

Although it isn’t necessary to run through the wedding service word-for-word, it can be helpful to mime the actions of the unity ceremony, have the bride practice handing her bouquet to the maid/matron of honor, have the attendants practice holding a costume jewelry ring, and allow small children to know when they can and can’t move.

After running through the wedding ceremony, the wedding party can again practice the recessional. Repeat any part of the processional/recessional or ceremony that seems necessary so to make everyone feel comfortable. The entire process can take an hour or two, depending on the size of the wedding party.

How to Plan for the Perfect Wedding Proposal

Preparing for a wedding proposal can be one of the most nerve-wracking moments in any person’s life. While both men and women can propose to their partner, it is most often the man (or the one who is taking the lead role in a same-sex relationship) who does it. Some take months to prepare for the proposal, and some even chicken out the last minute.

Perfect mood when popping the questionAlthough many couples have been together for years, proposing can be a challenge for many because of all the emotions that go with this one-time event. There is the feeling that your partner might say “No,” or the impression that you have not prepared enough for the event. If you don’t know what to feel about the whole proposal idea, you are not alone. Many feel the jitters even up to the last minute. And no one can explain why it is how they feel.

Some keep it simple, like the classic ring in a gift, that when your partner opens the package and sees the ring, you pop the question. Some are a bit adventurous with placing the ring in their partner’s food, which is, by the way, dangerous. How do you do an emergency response to your partner should he/she accidentally choke the ring?

Kidding aside, there are some who do over-the-top proposals through serenading after you book your wedding band, renting out an entire estate, putting up fireworks, and putting up a billboard advertisement among others. These ideas don’t come cheap, but some opt to do it. While some proposals are meant from the heart, others are just for show. Social media has been influential on this one, with many couples posting photos and videos of their proposals. The more over-the-top it is, the more likes it gets.

If you’ve been egging to ask your partner for his/her hand in marriage, how do you plan for the perfect wedding proposal? Here are some tips to help you get started:

1. Select a location that’s meaningful to the both of you

The significance of the location makes the job easier for you to propose. First off, go to a site that has a special place in your relationship. It can be the area where you first officially became a couple, or where you had your first kiss. The site does not have to be spectacular because what’s important is how the area is memorable for you and your partner.

Getting hitched smoothly starting with a proposal2. Get some music going

If you need a confidence booster, you can get some music for your background. It can make a big difference in setting the mood of the moment, and in helping you even out gaps when you feel nervous or out of words.

3. Practice your speech

You don’t have to prepare a long speech for the proposal. What’s important is for you to get an idea of what you want to say on that particular day. You need to get a rough draft that you can picture in your head to help you tell the things you want to say. Your partner will understand for sure if you end up being out of words, but what’s vital is you get to tell the gist of your proposal message.

You don’t have to splurge big time to propose to your partner. The genuineness and authenticity of your feelings will lead you a long way and can help you get through the nerve-wracking thought of asking for your partner’s hand in marriage.