In March 2019, a lot of us re-evaluated and recognized the importance of the relationships most dear to us. Some people decided to take the next step in their relationship and make it legal by getting married. Other people postponed their big weddings and opted for something with less guests. That does not mean that their wedding days were any less important. Some of my favorite weddings were just those tying the knot for an intimate special moment. I had several couples who found one extra way to make their wedding special. For Las Colinas couple, one of the brides was from another part of the country and flew to get the marriage license, stay at an amazing hotel and have a great dinner together after their zoom wedding. Of my near the river couples, they went two different ways to include family. One broadcast their wedding on facebook live with one guest to hold the camera, decorations included beautiful flowers, signs and table cloths. The other couple, had their immediate family in person and on live video while pronounced spouse and spouse. For McKinney Falls couple, one of the brides arrived by limo and waited at the tops of the falls for her bride to arrive with their best friends and a sibling. For Lake Cliff park couple, the two grooms arrived with their nearest and dearest including their dog. Noisemakers and non-alcoholic champagne followed their pronouncement as husband and husband. Several brides and grooms have had big blow out weddings in their backyard with minor adjustments including significantly reducing their guest lists. I will be highlighting these couples. Please let me know if you would like your wedding highlighted.
Here’s the scoop on wedding rehearsal and commitment ceremony rehearsals: Who Runs it? It sort of depends so check with your officiant and coordinator to see if it’s included in their services. In general, the officiant is in charge of the ceremony rehearsal because they know worship order but they are in the wrong place in the room to cue people during processional (coming in) you’ll need a coordinator or an assertive friend for that part if the venue doesn’t provide a coordinator to help. The rehearsal is often a coordinated effort between the officiant and coordinator. The coordinator is going to be able to help with where everyone stands, what moment during the music people enter etc that the officiant can’t see or do from their location in the room. Coordinators and planners also have ideas about details and perspective that simply won’t be on the officiant’s radar. Still the officiant knows the tone and flow of the overall ceremony. It’s their show so to speak.
How long? About 15-20 minutes, but allow up to 30 minutes if there’s a large wedding party. What happens? Everyone finds out where they stand. Go thru the major parts of the ceremony. Not the details though, you want to save that for the wedding day. Practice recessional (going out). Then practice processional (coming in). Then the end. Repeat. Then you’re off to your rehearsal dinner.
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I celebrated the formal union of a bi-national couple who long ago declared their intention to marry. Their family of choice enclosed them in love as they stood outside the courthouse. Putting that marriage license in the mail was a wonderful feeling.