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 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. Please let me know as soon as the venue has booked this in for you to avoid disappointment.
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 small fee normally applies. However I am more than happy to meet with you at an off site location such as The Firehouse 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.
This off site rehearsal at The Sage Hotel 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.