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Making Your Dreams Come True

How long does it last?

The wedding rehearsal lasts between 30 and 50 minutes.


What do I need to remember to bring?

1) If you have not already sent it to the vicar, a banns certificate from your parish - if you live in another parish and are getting married by Banns.


2) Both blue certificates if you are being married by Certificates


3) Your wedding licence if getting married by Common Licence or Special Licence

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4) At least one and preferably all the orders of service (unless you are having hymn books)


5) Please remember your chequebook to pay the fee.


What happens at the rehearsal?

At the rehearsal the vicar will run through the service with you from the beginning, then answer your questions.

Why do we have a wedding rehearsal?

1)  The wedding rehearsal is normally  the week of the wedding  to remind the vicar that he has a wedding.

2) So the wedding goes really well you will have practised what to do and say, and got over your nerves, and so you can enjoy walking up the aisle.

3) So your family and friends can meet before the big day.

4) So you know what to do with your flowers and veil during the service

5) So you make sure the flower pedestals won’t get in the way.

6) So any readers can have a practice and know where to stand

7) So that your parents are happy because they know what will happen and have had an opportunity to ask questions and check details.

8) So the best man, ushers and bridesmaids know what to do.


When will my wedding rehearsal be?

Normally on the Wednesday evening before the wedding.


Sometimes it is not convenient to have the rehearsal at the usual time,  please speak to the vicar well in advance if people are travelling from abroad..

Who need to come to the rehearsal?  Roles on your wedding day.


Bride's father/ supporter.*

Arrives with the bride, walks her down the aisle, with the bride on the right. Stands next to the bride until the end of the second hymn. When asked: 'who gives this woman to be married to this man' answers 'I do', and hands her right hand to the vicar. Sits down at the end of the second hymn. As part of the bridal party moves forward at the signing of the register and then walks down the aisle, often with the groom's mother.


Bride's mother.

Waits outside until the bride arrives, then is escorted into the church by an usher and sits down. As part of the bridal party moves forward at the signing of the register and then walks down the aisle, often with the groom's father.


Chief bridesmaid.*

Arrives with the other bridesmaids, awaits the bride's arrival, then stands in the porch behind the bride, checks the dress is okay. Walks up the aisle behind the bride. At the end of the aisle, receives the bride's bouquet, helps with the veil (if any) and sits down. As part of the bridal party moves forward at the signing of the register and then walks down the aisle, often with the bestman.


Bestman.*

Arrives with the groom, about 35 minutes before the service, and gets the groom into the church about 15 minutes before the service, and sat down 10 minutes before. Sticks by the groom like glue. 5 minutes before the service puts the ring(s) loose in his pocket. Hands the ring(s) to the vicar when the vicar says 'we now ask God to bless the ring(s)'. Sits down at the end of the second hymn. As part of the bridal party moves forward at the signing of the register and then walks down the aisle, often with the chief bridesmaid.


Groom's Father and Mother.

Arrive early, greet guests inside the church and sit down by the groom. As part of the bridal party moves forward at the signing of the register and then walks down the aisle usually the groom's father with the bride's mother, and the groom's mother with the bride's father.


Ushers*

Arrives with the groom, about 35 minutes before the service, and gets the groom and all the other guests  into the church about 15 minutes before the service. When the bride arrives escorts the bride's mother to her seat. Sit at the back of church,  as part of the bridal party moves forward at the signing of the register and then walks down the aisle usually with the bridesmaids, and immediately after the chief bridesmaid and best man.


Witnesses:

The bride and groom need to choose two witnesses,  who will sign the wedding registers as witnesses to their marriage. It is their choice, but the witnesses need to be adults aged 18 or over. Most commonly the best man and chief bridesmaid are asked to be the witnesses.


Those marked with an asterix (*) should endeavour to be at the rehearsal, or to send a substitute who will tell them what to do.

Those marked with an asterix (*) should endeavour to be at the rehearsal, or to send a substitute who will tell them what to do.