I was thinking… “if only we had a rehearsal”…
At a rehearsal, we practice the processional and recessional. We practice all the parts of the ceremony, from the father’s hug to you and handshake to the groom, to the hand off of your bouquet to the Maid of Honor, to the Sand Ceremony or other extra ceremony, and the ring exchange.
When you, your father, your soon-to-be-husband, your Maid of Honor, and your Best Man all have practiced their parts and developed some “Muscle Memory,” your ceremony will flow smoothly and gracefully.
- - The photos taken during the ceremony will look organized, with all bridal attendants focused on the bride and groom
- Your attendants will understand the time commitment they have made to you, from pre-ceremony photos to post ceremony photos. They may not get to the reception until an hour or more after the ceremony.
- Your Maid of Honor will know how to handle two bouquets, manage your train and veil and looked poised at the same time.
- YOU will feel confident and poised when you walk up the aisle that the ceremony will go smoothly.
Yes, you might save a few dollars if you skip it, but it's better to invest in your peace of mind with a rehearsal! That way, you can truly experience the extraordinary joy of pledging your love to each other, forever.
The Chapel on the UNM campus is a beautiful venue for UNM students, teachers, and grads. The chapel has the added attraction of a custom-built pipe organ AND a team of professional organists to play for weddings. There is something awe-inspiring about a wedding beginning and ending with the ringing tones of a pipe organ!
I had the pleasure of working with organist, Michael McHugh, at a ceremony last Saturday at the Chapel. Michael clearly understands the importance of timing and cues and puts his heart and soul into the music. Organ music greeted the guests, ushered in the bridal party and bride, and provided a triumphant ending to the ceremony. It was exhilarating!
... The Famous Brown Shoe
At another ceremony this past weekend, one of the guests sitting on the aisle crossed his legs and stuck his lower leg into the aisle. On his foot was a very nice brown shoe…and it’s on the way to becoming very famous. All the photos of the parents, bridesmaids, and the bride and her father walking up the aisle will have a brown shoe and a leg poking their way into the photo. Hmmmm. I don’t think that’s what the bride had in mind…
So guests, please keep the aisle clear for the processional!!
Couples will often ask me to make an announcement about turning off cell phones just before the ceremony starts. I could also ask guests to keep the aisle clear! If you're looking for an officiant who can help you have a beautiful ceremony (and the great photos that will result), please give me a call! Linda Mertz, Wedding Officiant (505) 205-3520 or visit AwakenedWeddings.com and learn how we can support you for a stress-free ceremony.