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The Perfect Wedding Rehearsal!

A checklist of everything you need to do at your wedding ceremony rehearsal

Wedding Rehearsal Tips

Your wedding ceremony is just around the corner and you're madly trying to organise your tribe to be at your wedding venue on the same day at the same time. Sometimes it isn't possible for your marriage celebrant to make it to the wedding rehearsal and when that happens to be me, I have been sending a step by step guide on what to remember to rehearse! I think that others may find some value in it so here is the Daniel Delby Wedding Ceremony Rehearsal Checklist!

Who do you need: The non negotiables are the Bride and Groom obviously, the bridesmaids and whoever is walking the bride down the aisle. The rest of the bridal party are not essential but for your peace of mind they can attend. If you have an overbearing parent or person in the bridal party attending the wedding rehearsal, I would suggest letting them know that the marriage celebrant is going to run things. They are the professional and you have hired them for a reason. This way you can have a smooth wedding rehearsal that doesn't drag on and you can all have a feed and drink after.

Waiting with the Groomsmen

To be 100% honest the groomsmen are not necessary at the rehearsal. All of the things they are involved in can be sorted on the day of the wedding while we wait for the bride but if they are attending then the first thing you can practice is their positioning, then they can go have a beer and wait!

What part of the Ceremony

What to Practice

Who is involved

Positioning of the Groomsmen

On the day I will usually check with the photographer but in general you want them to be on an angle and ensure they are all doing the same thing with their hands.

Usually, left hand over right especially when wearing watches. Also, SUNNIES OFF!

The Groomsmen.

When the groomsmen are in position, the bridesmaids have one less thing to think about as they can simply mirror them.

If the Groomsmen are positioned well, we can release some pressure from the bridesmaids as they can simply mirror them

The arrival and walk down the aisle

I will always check up on the bride when she arrives. So I organise to have someone let me know when she gets there. I rehearse this so it is the same as the day. The first bridesmaid down is the person that is going to be furthest to the left of the bride. See the image above. Then go in cascading order until finally the bride and whoever is walking her down. The aim of rehearsing this section is to either find a physical marker or an audio point in the song where each bridesmaid leaves to begin their walk. We want to leave plenty of time for the bride to bask in all her glory!

What part of the ceremony?

What to practice

Who is involved

The arrival and walk down the aisle

​Timing of the bridal party walks


If the song is too short, assign the bridal party a different song

Bridesmaids, Bride and Person walking the bride down the aisle

End of the aisle/ The handover

​This is the one part of the ceremony that I make sure we rehearse as usually I am not near this part. Make sure whoever is walking the bride down the aisle knows exactly what they're going to do once they reach the end. I often see the father look like a lost toddler so I make sure that he knows it's going to be a handshake to the groom (or hug or bullet or whatever you decide!) then hug the daughter! So many Dad's panic, shake the grooms hand as in she's all yours now and bail on the bride.

What part of the ceremony?

What to practice

Who is involved

End of aisle

What the person walking the bride down the aisle is going to do with the groom and to remember to give the bride a hug!

Bride to hand over bouquet to Maid of Honour either during the above or just after

How are you going to stand together? I usually ask my couples to hold hands

Bride, Groom, M.O.H and person walking the bride down

Vows, Voice and the Rings

It's good to practice microphone technique so you can project your "vow vocals" clearly. The simple rule is a fist away from your mouth but I go one further and tell my couples to rest the mic on their chin so there is no confusion. I usually try duck off out of frame so you can get some nice photos together without the celebrant in it! See below

Get your celebrant to move away for some better photos!

When I ask for the rings, I get the best man to stand where I was standing. The simplest thing to do is have both rings in one box that way your best man doesn't have to think and you can get the correct ring out to place on the left hand ring finger. In my weddings this occurs twice (after each person's vows, however I practice with the best man on the day while we wait for the bride to arrive)

What part of the ceremony?

What to practice

Who is involved

Vows voice

Hold the microphone on your chin so the crowd can hear you.

I will tap your elbow up on the day if need be!

Bridge and Groom

Best man handing over rings

Usually best man has rings. If someone else has, use this Is the point where they hand over, or just before doing the vows.

Best man to step in and replace where Celebrant is standing at end of vows.

Hold ring box open.

Bride/Groom chooses the other persons ring

Place on left finger

Bride + Groom + person with rings (usually best man)

Signing and the Kiss

After the vows are done I like to head over and sign the certificates so the first kiss can be as an officially married couple. Once we have signed everything I give any instructions for the reception at this point before we do the kiss. When we are ready for the kiss, I make sure that I am not in your photo or video as you can see below. Any marriage celebrant that doesn't do this should provide you a refund!

What part of the ceremony?

What to practice

Who is involved

Signing and Kiss

Any instructions to give the crowd is done here before bringing back for kiss

Practice what kind of kiss you’re going to do so it’s not awkward! Wait for celebrant to say kiss the bride.

It’s nice to plan another kiss upon the exit halfway down aisle

Celebrant. Bride and Groom

The exit

Once the kiss is complete, the celebrant will announce you as officially married. The bridesmaids and groomsmen can practice how they are going to exit. The most common way is to match up in the middle and walk down after the bride and groom, but other ways is to have all the girls leave and all the guys. There are no rules!

What part of the ceremony?

What to practice

Who is involved

The exit

Wait for celebrant to announce as husband and wife

Walk down aisle, stop halfway and kiss again

Groomsmen and Bridesmaids can follow after this kiss.

Meet each other in the middle, pair up and walk down aisle behind B n G

Whole Bridal Party

Different celebrants have different methods but for me these are what I find to be the parts that should be covered.

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Wedding Rehearsal Check List
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