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Rehearsal

Our venue has another event booked the night before our wedding, and so we would either have to do our rehearsal two nights before, or the weekend before.  Two nights before would conflict with some people's work schedules, but the weekend before would affect people from out of town.  Do we really need to have a rehearsal, or should we choose one of the above options? 

Thanks!

Re: Rehearsal

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    1.) unless you have a particularly complicated ceremony, you don't need a rehersal

    2.) you don't have to rehearse in the venue. If you just want to mark through the order and stuff you can just approximate that wherever.
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    1.) unless you have a particularly complicated ceremony, you don't need a rehersal 2.) you don't have to rehearse in the venue. If you just want to mark through the order and stuff you can just approximate that wherever.
    Ditto.  We didn't have a rehearsal and everything went just fine.  And if you really want one, just have it elsewhere.  You can even just go over everything in your backyard!
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    We were in this situation. This is what we did:

    2 days before the wedding: DH, my mom, and I went out to our venue to do a mini-rehearsal/walk-through with our officiant (one of the venue's owners - they have a system there that they follow that works well for them, and we wanted to know what it is and make sure it would work well for us too). 

    The day before the wedding: we gathered our BP and immediate family (sisters were all readers) in the lobby of the hotel where all the OOT guests were staying. Did a quick "rehearsal" in a room the hotel staff let us use. Basically, we made sure that sisters knew the order in which they would do their readings, that parents knew who was first down the aisle, etc. Basic stuff. Didn't take long. Then we went off to our RD.

    The rehearsal we did with our BP wasn't really necessary, but we did it anyways just in case.
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    Our "rehearsal" took place at the Dept. of Health after we signed the license.  We went upstairs to the cafeteria and our officiant walked us through how he would run things.  No one else was there (WP, family).  It happened Thursday, our wedding was Monday.  It was nice to have an idea, but not necessary.  We took our family and WP out for a "RD" the night before and ran through the basic idea of listen to the officiant and he will tell you what to do.  

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    Ours is two nights before for the same reason.

    Our officiant doesn't do rehearsals, so we'll meet with him prior to the wedding one last time. For our actual rehearsal two days before, one of our groomsmen and on bridesmaid won't be there.

    We're not worried. Unless your venue or ceremony is weird or quirky, you'll be ok without everyone being there.
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    Why don't just you and your FI meet with your officiant so the 3 of you know what the game plan is at least?
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    Thanks for all of the ideas.  I think we will see if we could just do a quick run through, as we are not doing a really long ceremony, just something simple, and just enjoy the rehearsal dinner the night before. 

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