Here are some other ideas for getting the most out of your wedding rehearsal:
Practise things in the order you will do them. It will increase the sense of
realism and help with the flow of events on the day.
Don’t waste time ‘rehearsing’ parts that don’t warrant it. For example, marriage vows may not need to be rehearsed if the couple are not
committing anything to memory. (Although if they are, they may still prefer to
practise this in private.)
Practise putting the rings on each other if you’re not superstitious; it’s
always more difficult than it looks!
Book enough time to do more than a ‘quick once through’. It’s likely that
someone will need to start something again, and as the whole idea of a
rehearsal is that people become comfortable with their roles you should
allow plenty of time.
Practise the processional and recessional to the music you will actually use,
with the musician or equipment you will actually use.
If one of your wedding party can’t make it to the rehearsal, try and have
someone else physically stand in for them for everyone else’s sake.
Bear in mind that you may have your photographer moving around during
the ceremony. It’s up to them to find good places to shoot so don’t worry
about it on the day, but do bear them in mind when you’re working out
positions for groomsmen and bridesmaids.
Be extra patient with children, and try to give them that couple of extra
moments to figure out what they’re doing. It may be really tempting to
prompt them, but you have a much better chance of them behaving well on
the day if they are confident about what they are doing.
Take your friends for a drink. Rehearsing anything can be a bit of a chore, so
take the opportunity to say thank you and give everyone a well-earned break
from the preparations.