To rehearse or not to rehearse is a question I receive all the time. It is completely up to you. However I do highly recommend for the girls/tribe to practice how they are going to walk down the aisle. Even if it is in the living room at home, it is always a great idea to get everyone together and explain to them where and when they are expected to walk. It is always a good idea to test the music and make sure that you have used the best parts of the song and that the person playing the music for you is familiar with how it is going to 'play' out on the day.
If you are having your wedding in a Wedding Reception Centre your rehearsal would normally coincide with the time that you finalize your guest list, payments and drop off your table decorations. Typically on the day the venue staff will assist us getting everyone down the aisle so relying on me to do it is a bit of a false sense of security as I will be at the other end waiting for you to walk towards us.
I do feel strongly that despite what the bridal mags say, you in no means HAVE to have one. I feel that it can sometimes go the other way where it is too over rehearsed and instead of you enjoying the walk down the aisle, you are counting the beats in the music, which of course shows in your photos too. AND if you have live music, the music just keeps playing so we have nothing to worry about, they will nail it every single time!
If you have a large tribe walking in to music, send them to their own song. Just keep your song as YOUR song and they can walk as slow or as fast as they like as it won't ruin your perfect spot that you wanted to enter in from.
I will send you a copy of what you can do when you conduct you own rehearsal. If you would like me to attend your rehearsal a fee will apply. However I am more than happy to meet with you at an off site location in Ringwood, where we can go through any last minute questions, ensure all the paperwork is signed and that everything is right for your perfect day.
Some couples choose to make a great night of their rehearsal by enjoying a lovely dinner afterwards and treating their bridal party to a pre-wedding dinner. I can conduct a run through with you all and then you are free to enjoy the magnificent food and wine that The Sage Hotel has to offer or simply book into one of the town square restaurants at Eastland.
This off site rehearsal at The Waterman is complimentary and would normally take about 1/2 an hour before you sit down and enjoy a lovely evening with your bridal party and parents.
The Waterman Level 3, Eastland Shopping Centre 175 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood VIC 3134
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Kate Haley WEdding Celebrant
Kate is a civil marriage celebrate who loves officiating weddings, elopements and master of ceremonies. Servicing the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Beyond.