The Rehearsal

The purpose of the wedding rehearsal is to give the wedding party the opportunity to become familiar with the service ahead which will enable them to be at ease during the worship service. The couple participates fully in the rehearsal. The officiating priest will be responsible for conducting the rehearsal. Outside wedding planners and coordinators should understand their role as one of support and consultation.

A wedding rehearsal normally takes place on the Friday night before the Saturday wedding. For small or informal gatherings, the rehearsal may simply be by explanation a few minutes before the actual ceremony. Please consult with the officiating priest before setting the time of the rehearsal. Except in extremely unusual circumstances, rehearsals will not be scheduled to begin after 6 p.m. The rehearsal will take about an hour. The entire service, including ushering in of relatives and the entrance procession, will be rehearsed. Therefore, it is important for all members of the wedding party to attend and for everyone to be on time. The clergy and assisting members of the altar guild are only expected to be in attendance at the rehearsal for one hour.

Last Published: January 9, 2020 3:26 PM
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