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Tanya, Wedding Coordinator
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I need to know what to do to direct a wedding. Do you have

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I need to know what to do to direct a wedding. Do you have a checklist of things that I need to do for the rehearsal and ceremony? Any tips would be appreciated!
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Wedding
Expert:  Ed Johnson replied 8 years ago.



A complete check list can be found at this link:


Let me kmnow if this works for you.

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
This checklist is not what I need. What I need is a checklist or protocol for the wedding rehearsal and wedding ceremony. The wedding is a week away and the mother of the bride has asked me to direct the rehearsal and the ceremony. Please help!
Expert:  Tanya replied 8 years ago.
<p>HiCustomer </p><p>Here's what you need to do. This is the way I run a rehearsal and ceremony.</p><p>For the rehearsal - </p><p> Start with everyone lined up at the altar area, in the order they will be for the wedding. </p><p>This is done by having the bridesmaids lined up on the left side, in the order the bride wants or according to height, ending with the MOH next to her. (Bridesmaid, Bridesmaid, Bridesmaid, MOH, Bride) </p><p>On the right side is the Officiant, Groom, Bestman, Groomsman, Groomsman, Groomsman </p&g t;<p>                                                     Officiant</p><p>                                           Bride             Groom </p><p>                                    MOH                            BM </p><p>          &n bsp;                Bridesmaid                             Groomsman </p><p>                      Bridesmaid                    ;                     Groomsman </p><p>                  Bridesmaid          &nbs p;                                   Groomsman </p><p> </p><p>If there are children involved, I generally have them enter then be seated with an adult rather than have them stand during the ceremony. I also, try to never put the real rings on the pillow. Have the MOH and BM carry them so you'll be sure they arrive up front. </p><p> </p><p>The officiant will then take them through the ceremony and they will recess. Once they recess out, you'll want to have them go through the processional again. </p><p>. Here's how that goes and how it will be for the ceremony </p><p> </p><p>The Groom's grandparents (if any) are seated (Right side)</p><p>The Bride's grandparents (if any) are seated   (Left side) </p><p>   (Grandparents can be seated on the same row as the parents if they'd like.) </p><p>The groom's mother is seated (second pew,RIGHT side, by the aisle). I try not to use the front row as I reserve this incase any of the wedding party feels faint and needs to sit dow. </p><p><br />Thr bride's mother is escorted in. (If the couple is doing a unity candle, then have the groom's mother join the bride's mother and they walk together to the altar, light the 2 side tapers then take their seats.) </p><p> </p><p>Once the bride's mother is seated, then the processional starts. </p><p>The officiant will enter with the groom, bestman, groomsmen right behind. They will take their places. (Be sure to remind the men to keep their hands out of their pockets, no cell phones or beepers.) </p><p>Once the men are in place then the women will process, starting with the bridesmaid standing furtherest from the bride, followed by the next bridesmaid (depending on the length of the aisle, I will have each bridesmaid walk the length of the aisle before starting the next. However, if it's a long aisle, you can start the next bridesmaid when the one ahead is about 1/2 way down.) </p><p>After the bridesmaids, the MOH is the last to go down. The ring bearer and flowergirl enter after the MOH and right before the bride. (They are then seated with an adult.) </p><p>The music should change and the Bride and her father will enter. The bride should be on her father's left arm. Once he's done is part of the ceremony, he'll take his seat next to his wife. </p><p> </p><p>When the ceremony is over, the order of recession is: </p><p> </p><p>Bride and Groom </p><p>MOH and BM </p><p>Bridesmaid and Groomsman </p><p>Bridesmaid and Groomsman</p><p>Bridesmaid and Groomsman </p><p> </p><p>Once the bride and groom are about 1/2 way out, the MOH and BM come together and once the bride and groom are out of the sanctuary, the MOH and BM start down the aisle. As soon as they start back down the aisle have the next couple come together and when the previous couple is about 1/2 way out start walking up the aisle. </p><p> </p><p>The officiant may the follow the wedding party out. </p><p> </p><p>When the wedding party is out, the BRIDE's parents (and grandparents) are escorted out, the the GROOM's parents (and grandparents) are escorted out. </p><p> </p><p>After the parents are out, have 2 ushers return to excuse the guests by row. </p><p> </p><p>I generally put the couple into a room, by themselves, along with water, so they can enjoy each other for a few private moments. This also allows guests to leave and the wedding party to get back and finish pictures. </p><p> </p><p>Have your guest book person and ushers ready to go 30 minutes before the ceremony. ALso, have all pictures finished 30 min. ahead so the bride and groom can catch a breath before the ceremony. Guests will start arriving 30 min ahead and the ushers should start ushering. </p><p> </p><p>Hope this helps. Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance. </p><p> </p>