(This is a reboot of a blog I did last summer.)
At a recent ceremony I officiated, the couple didn’t want a
rehearsal…and (without telling me) the bride gave the groom’s ring to her Maid
of Honor. When it came time for the exchange of rings, the Maid of Honor was
holding both her own bouquet and the bride’s and the ring. She juggled the two
bouquets a moment…and dropped the ring on the ground. She leaned over and her strapless dress began to creep down.
She dropped a bouquet to hold up her dress and stumbled to her knees on her
high heels. She tried to grab the second bouquet and crushed the bride’s bouquet in the process. Both the other bridesmaid and I scrambled to help, but still the Maid of Honor was embarrassed and distraught. She finally got the ring, and with
some help from me and the bridesmaid, got to her feet and handed me the ring.
I was thinking… “if only we had a rehearsal”… In cases like this, the Maid of Honor simply hands her bouquet to the next bridesmaid and easily handles the ring and the bride’s bouquet.
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
attendants will understand the time commitment they have made to you, from
pre-ceremony photos to post-ceremony photos. They understand they may not get to the reception
until an hour or more after the ceremony.
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.
Learn more about how about how beautiful your ceremony can be at AwakenedWeddings.com or call me for a no-strings-attached consultation (505) 205-3520. Happy Wedding!