A wedding rehearsal shouldn’t usually take more than 30 minutes if everyone gets there on time. That’s a big “if!”
Recently I arrived early at one of my rehearsals. A few minutes later a big Party Bus arrived with “everyone” who was scheduled to be at the rehearsal on the bus. What a great way to make sure that everyone arrives to the rehearsal on time.
Everyone was told that there would be a Party Bus at a specific location, complete with refreshments and that it would leave at precisely 5 o’clock. Miss the bus… you may miss the rehearsal. Everyone met the bus (on time), including the families and a few close friends and they all arrived at the rehearsal on time. The Party Bus is a great idea because not only does it get everyone to the rehearsal on time and together, it helps the bridal party and family members to get better acquainted with each other in a light-hearted way. After the rehearsal, they were taken to the rehearsal dinner.
The rehearsal dinner is a great time to meet everyone, relax and begin your wedding celebration. I recommend that if possible, plan to have your rehearsal two days before the wedding. This gives everyone a day of rest before the wedding and allows the bride to tend to any last minute details the next day like doing her nails or packing for her honeymoon, and to allow her the opportunity to wind down, relax, and rest well for the big day ahead.
Often some of the bridal party may be coming from out of town and may not arrive until the day before the wedding. In that case, if there are only one or two that may not be able to be at the rehearsal two days before, go ahead and have your rehearsal and have someone assigned to give them the details of the rehearsal on the day of the wedding. The rehearsal dinner is a great time to hand out printed lists of duties for the attendants. They need to know what is expected of them, and when they are on call.
Being on time for the wedding rehearsal is deceptively important. Being on time is a matter of respect. This particular day it was very important to begin the rehearsal on time because there was another rehearsal scheduled at the wedding venue one hour later. For me, it’s important because I often have more than one rehearsal a day or may have an afternoon rehearsal and a wedding several hours later.
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