Wedding Party Rehearsal Etiquette - Five Simple Rules

Rehearsals can be really chaotic. It is typically the first time family and friends are seeing each other, so everyone is anxious to catch up and to start having fun. It seems the last thing anyone wants to do is take instructions on where to stand and how to walk. I have seen some very unruly bridesmaids and groomsmen in my time. If your wedding party is a bit rambunctious, send them these five simple rules on behaving well at your rehearsal.

  1. Don’t show up intoxicated. I don’t think this requires explanation. Save the drinking for the rehearsal dinner.
  2. Show up on time. Keep in mind that the bride and groom are probably nervous. Don’t make your timely arrival become one of the things they have to worry about. Also, many ceremony locations have time restrictions for the rehearsal. Showing up late might mean no rehearsal at all.
  3. Pay attention and limit talking. The rehearsal will get done much faster if the person in charge doesn’t have to keep redirecting your attention. The faster the rehearsal is finished, the sooner you will be able to enjoy the post-rehearsal celebration.
  4. If you are a reader, bring your reading with you to practice.
  5. Be helpful. If the couple has items to transport to the ceremony site, offer to assist with carrying and storing. If guests need directions to the rehearsal dinner, hand out direction cards. There are countless opportunities for you to alleviate stress from the bride and groom the day before the wedding.

    Happy Planning.