The Rehearsal

You and your wedding party may need a little practice to make your wedding day perfect. The rehearsal gives you a chance to work out any kinks in your ceremony plans and make sure all the important players know their roles.

Your wedding party, officiant, readers, and musicians will meet at the ceremony site to go over all the details for the next day, from the processional straight through to the recessional. This is where you can field last-minute questions, such as who should walk with whom in the processional and when the readers should come to the podium, so everyone is comfortable the next day. If your wedding includes flower girls and/or a ring bearer, practice is especially important for these younger children.

Rehearsal Dinner After your wedding rehearsal, it's time to celebrate! Invite your wedding party, officiant, parents, and out-of-town guests for your rehearsal dinner. (Don't forget to add the spouses and significant others of your rehearsal dinner guests to the list!)

The party can be held wherever you like: Holiday Inn Hurstbourne/I-64 East, country club, restaurant, or even someone's home. This is your chance to unwind a little and give your parents and attendants their gifts of appreciation for all their hard work.

Arrive at the party a few minutes early so you can greet guests and set-up the place cards on the table, if it hasn't been done already. If you're hosting the dinner at a hotel or restaurant, be sure the bill includes gratuities for all the service staff, including the coat check and restroom attendants, so your guests won't be required to pay for anything.

Before the night is over, wrap up those last-minute details: make sure the best man has the signed wedding license, officiant's fee and, of course, the wedding rings for the next day's festivities.

Vows If you want to write your own vows, check with your wedding officiant first. Some religious affiliations don't allow too much variation from the traditional wordings.

Writing your own vows takes a lot of work. Find some inspirational reading material:
poetry and famous quotations may give you some ideas. Next, reflect on your own feelings and thoughts on marriage. This will help you make your vows truly personal for you and your fiance.

If your own vows seem unsatisfactory, you can always revert to traditional vows and readings. Within the traditional vows and readings there are some variations, so ask your wedding officiant, family and friends for their suggestions.

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