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Monday, October 11, 2010

Wedding Planning Tips: Practice Makes Perfect

{me cracking up the first time I walked down the "aisle" by Davina + Daniel}

I can't stress enough how important it is to do a rehearsal of the ceremony. For the majority of folks, this will be the first time walking down the aisle and the first time your friends and close family walk with you and stand to support you. And since most ceremonies are unique in their style, timing, the music that is played, readings, etc. it is important to give yourself and your wedding party a little practice time. It can be difficult the day before to gather everyone and get them to pay attention. Most of your friends and family will probably be too excited or too busy thinking about what cocktail they'll order at the rehearsal dinner to sit still and let everything really sink in. If you don't have a coordinator, delegate someone to be the wedding party wrangler. Go through all the details of the ceremony - the processional order, the readings, etc. - with them so they know when and where everything is to take place. If you have a coordinator, this will most likely have already happened at one of your meetings. You don't want to be the one to sternly ask your sister-in-law to stop gabbing and stand in the right spot and you probably want to be focusing on your vows instead of signaling when everyone should begin walking. Go through the entire ceremony from the processional to the kiss to the order people will walk back up the aisle. If you don't feel comfortable with how everything went go through it again. Your wedding party will thank you later when they feel confident about where they are going and what they are doing. And if you are in the wedding party, please just take those 30 minutes or so to pay attention. Chances are the couple already has two million things on their minds and whether or not you know where you are standing should not be one of them. It will be quick and painless and, before you know it, the margaritas will be flowing and it will be time to party!

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