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What to Expect at Your Rehearsal Wedding and Rehearsal Dinner

Your wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner are important parts of the wedding celebration. Not only do they give you a chance to rehearse the ceremony and get everyone on the same page, but they also allow you to spend time with family and friends before the big day. Here's what you can expect at your wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner!


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- The Wedding Rehearsal -

The wedding rehearsal typically takes place one or two days before the wedding day. It's a chance for the wedding party, including the bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and any other members of the wedding party, to practice the ceremony and work out any kinks. The wedding planner or officiant will typically lead the rehearsal, following the same order as the actual ceremony. Here's what you can expect at the wedding rehearsal:

  1. Arrival and Greetings - The wedding party will arrive at the ceremony location and greet each other.

  2. Practice Processional and Recessional - The wedding party will practice the processional, where they will walk down the aisle, and the recessional, where they will exit the ceremony.

  3. Review Ceremony Order - The wedding planner or officiant will review the order of the ceremony and any special instructions.

  4. Practice Vows and Ring Exchange - The bride and groom will practice exchanging vows and rings.

  5. Practice any Special Elements - Suppose there are any unique elements to the ceremony, such as a unity candle lighting or sand ceremony. In that case, the wedding party will practice these.

  6. Run-through of the Ceremony - The wedding party will run through the entire ceremony from beginning to end.


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- The Rehearsal Dinner -

The rehearsal dinner typically takes place after the wedding rehearsal. It is a chance for the wedding party and close family members to relax and enjoy a meal together before the wedding day. Here's what you can expect at the rehearsal dinner:

  1. Location and Timing - The rehearsal dinner can take place at a restaurant, hotel, or other venue. It typically starts after the wedding rehearsal and lasts a few hours.

  2. Guest List - The guest list for the rehearsal dinner typically includes the bride and groom's immediate families, the wedding party, and any out-of-town guests.

  3. Speeches and Toasts - The rehearsal dinner is a chance for speeches and toasts from the bride and groom's parents, the maid of honor, the best man, and any other members of the wedding party who want to speak.

  4. Dinner and Drinks - The rehearsal dinner typically includes a meal, drinks, and dessert. Depending on the couple's preferences, the menu can range from casual to formal.

  5. Gifts and Thank Yous - The rehearsal dinner is also a chance for the bride and groom to give gifts to their wedding party and close family members. It's also a time to thank everyone for their help and support leading up to the wedding day.

In conclusion, the rehearsal wedding and dinner are essential parts of the wedding celebration. Knowing what to expect at each event ensures that everything runs smoothly and that you and your guests have a memorable time.


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The author partially generated this text with GPT-3, OpenAI's large-scale language-generation model. Upon developing draft language, the author reviewed, edited, and revised the language to their liking and takes responsibility for the content of this publication.

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