becoming less frequent and necessary. We find our presence is
usually not required for the logistics involved. We have provided
the following information for those who wish to have a rehearsal,
but do not want the added expense of our services.
Check with venue
as to availability. Many places have other events booked for Friday
Invite only the
necessary people: bride, groom, groomsmen, bridesmaids, flower girl,
ring bearer, parents. Trust us, this will save a lot of time and
confusion. Meet with everyone else later at a rehearsal party.
Decide if your
guests will be seated by ushers or seat themselves.
rows for parents and immediate family. If following tradition, the
groom’s family is on the right-hand side (facing the front), and the
bride’s family is on the left-hand side.
Decide on a
processional format. Will the men be at the front with the groom, or
walk up as couples with the bridesmaids? Will the flower girl/ring
bearer walk up before the bridesmaids or in front of the bride? Will
the standing order for the groomsmen/bridesmaids be by height or
other factors? Will the groom come forward part way to meet the
bride and walk up, or meet her at the front?
Decide whether or
not you will have live or recorded music, and who will be in charge
of playing recorded music - DJ or friend or family member. If you
are having music, you will need at least four pieces: processional -
bridesmaids; processional - bride; while signing the license;
If anyone other
than the Officiant is doing a reading, or if anyone is singing,
decide where they will stand. Will there be a microphone - where
will they pick it up and set it down?
If it is a large
hall, or especially if it is an outdoor wedding, we strongly advise
having a microphone for the Officiant and anyone with a speaking or
singing part. Ask the venue management or the DJ, if you are having
a DJ at the ceremony, if they are able to provide this service.
After signing the
license, announcements, and the presentation as husband and wife,
the recessional music will start and the bride and groom walk out,
followed by the ushers and bridesmaids paired up and walking out one
couple at a time.
The woman signs
her present legal last name (surname) on the marriage license. If
she is planning to change her last name, she can use her groom’s
last name after the ceremony.
Relax and enjoy.
Once you are at the front, we will guide you the rest of the way.