Having a rehearsal is important so everyone knows what to expect and what to do during the actual wedding ceremony. Having a rehearsal that runs smoothly and efficiently is just as important. So how do you do that? 


For starters, you need someone in charge. Typically, that would be your planner. Your planner would coordinate with your officiant to work together on running rehearsal. Alternatively, if you are getting married in a place of worship, you would have a wedding director from the church in charge. Once you’ve nailed down who is going to run rehearsal, there are a few different ways it can go, but most commonly, you can expect to work backwards.


  1. Line up everyone as they should be standing or sitting for the ceremony
  2. Practice the pronouncement, kiss, retrieval of the bouquet and recess out
  3. Line up everyone involved in the processional
  4. Process back to their spots standing or sitting
  5. Practice the hand off of the bride or groom and the bouquet
  6. Run through the ceremony, high level, including any unity ceremony or reading cues
  7. Practice the exchange of the rings
  8. Pick up where you started with the pronouncement, kiss, retrieval of the bouquet and recess out
  9. Run through once more, if desired


If you have a planner, they will likely run through the high level timeline for wedding day after the rehearsal is over before everyone leaves. If you don’t have a planner, a helpful pro tip for you is to run through who needs to be where and when on wedding day so everyone is aware of what is expected of them.


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