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Doing your own wedding rehearsal
By Maureen Thompson & Fr. Ken Zelten
Running your own wedding rehearsal may seem a daunting task, especially if you don't think you are the "manager" type. However, there are some simple steps you can do to make it a breeze. First of all, it is assumed that you have received a written script of your ceremony. (If you haven't, then you don't know what is going to be said on the most important day of your life, so I recommend you find another minister fast!)
Armed with your trusty wedding script, follow the steps below and you'll have a practice session that runs smoothly (and get everyone to the rehearsal dinner in less than 45 minutes!)
If you are having your ceremony at the same site as your reception, then the site might provide you with a coordinator to run your rehearsal at no additional charge. These folks are invaluable--they know their venue and how things flow smoothly. Rely on them--they might even run the rehearsal for you if you give them the script.
It's better for you to turn the management of the rehearsal over to a friend or relative who is, quite frankly, just a tad bossy. Choose someone who is assertive enough to get folks to pay attention, but not so overbearing as to be off-putting to your wedding party members.
If you're really nervous about speaking in public, you may want to practice your vows at the rehearsal. If you have readers or singers, they might want to practice their piece as well.
3. Practice the recessional After the kiss, the bride will receive her bouquet from the maid of honor and bride and groom will face their guests. Often at this time, the minister will introduce you as Mr. & Mrs. for the first time, then the recessional music strikes up and off you go!
Best man and maid of honor will wait until the bride and groom are at the back of the room and then the best man will extend his right arm to the maid of honor and they will walk out together. Subsequent couples should stay put until it is their turn to leave (in other words, don't do the "inching into the center" shuffle--just wait.) Select an agreed-upon distance whereby each couple will exit (for example: when the couple in front gets to the fifth row of chairs, then the next couple goes, etc.). In this manner, each couple will leave in uniform fashion, without bunching up. After the last couple exits, the parents and any people sitting in the front row should immediately follow.
The bride and her escort (if there is one) should not enter until the entire wedding party is at the front. Generally, the bride will have a separate piece of music than the rest of the wedding party, so that's a good clue as to when to start walking.
5. The hand off. This is the trickiest part and if you don't practice it, it will look awkward, so pay attention. As the bride comes down the aisle, she will be on her father's left arm. When it's time for dad to be seated, bride should kiss dad good-bye. Dad will then walk behind the bride to his seat. (Don't step on that train, Dad!). Bride should hand her flowers to her maid of honor with her left hand. Groom should extend his left hand to the bride, who will take it with her right hand. He will then "draw her in" and look into each other‘s eyes. (Don’t face the minister, or your backs will be to your guests.) Try it--it's very fluid once you practice it. At this time, the maid of honor can hand both sets of flowers to the next bridesmaid in line and fix the bride's train if needed.
In the case where both parents escort the bride, decide at the rehearsal which parent the bride will kiss first (otherwise you look like a ping-pong ball as you hover indecisively). Mom should turn around and walk to her seat (she'll be seated in the front row on the bride's side) and Dad will proceed to his seat as outlined above.