Courthouse Alternative Wedding Ceremony

These two amazing grooms scheduled their wedding ceremony for just a few minutes after their wedding license waiting period was up. They could have easily paid for a judge at the courthouse to legally join them in matrimony. Instead they allowed me to be their officiant and celebrated with their friends in a ceremony designed just for them. I spent time getting to know them, their love story and their great relationship. Together we talked through different locations. They scouted out spots during their waiting period and they were able to pick the exact spot. You can have a marriage without a ceremony but ceremonies are still important. #husbandandhusband #gaywedding

Courthouse Alternative Wedding Ceremony

These two amazing grooms scheduled their wedding ceremony for just a few minutes after their wedding license waiting period was up. They could have easily paid for a judge at the courthouse to legally join them in matrimony. Instead they allowed me to be their officiant and celebrated with their friends in a ceremony designed just for them. I spent time getting to know them, their love story and their great relationship. Together we talked through different locations. They scouted out spots during their waiting period and they were able to pick the exact spot. You can have a marriage without a ceremony but ceremonies are still important. #husbandandhusband #gaywedding

Wedding Rehearsal – Who Runs it? How Long? What happens?

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.