Preparing for Your Rehearsal

by Jenny Bryde 15. March 2015 15:43

The plans are planned, purchases purchased, and engagements engaged.  Now it's the day before your wedding, and it's time to rehearse.  The who, what, where, when, why, and how that have been swimming around in your brain and dancing in your dreams are about to become a reality.  It would probably make you and everyone else a little easier on the day of if you run through the show once or twice beforehand.  Here are some things to keep in mind when planning for your rehearsal.

Who - Who is in your processional?  Recessional?  Who is standing?  Who is sitting?  Reading?  Singing?  Make a list of all these people because they will all want a little direction from you. 

What - What events are a part of your wedding?  Prayer?  Readings?  Personalized vows?  A joke telling officiant?

Where - Where should everyone stand?  Are the bridesmaids all one one side opposite the groomsmen?  Where are the parents and grandparents?  Where do people start?  Stop? 

When - How long should the next couple/person pause before coming down the aisle?  What should people be doing at certain time points of the ceremony?  When should the best man produce the rings?  When should the maid of honor produce the bouquet?  

Why - This is probably the most important question.  As you run through the rehearsal in your head and then in real life, if something seems odd, ask yourself why it's a part of the ceremony?  Or why it's occuring at a certain time, in a certain place, or in a certain order.  Could it be tweaked or moved or eliminated or swapped?  Going through your rehearsal a few times before the big day will give you a chance to see your plan in action with a critical eye before your entire flock of friends and family see it as well.  

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Bridesmaid Dresses from Non-Bridal Shops

by Jenny Bryde 8. June 2013 16:08

Who says you have to play by the rules?  Rules are made to be broken, and today I am breaking the rule that you must have your bridesmaids purchase dresses from a bridal shop.  You can if you'd like as there are many wonderful dresses to be found, but if you don't find what you're looking for, never fear.  Many non-bridal dress retailers have fabulous choices for bridesmaids to don!  Coincedentally, I think these would also be awesome picks for a rehearsal dinner dress for any bride!  

 

Here are a few of my current faves:

From Jcrew.com, the Blakely Dress:  

From Jcrew.com, the Carmela dress:  

From Jcrew.com, the Mirabelle Dress:  

From Anthropologie.com, the Lace Yoke Dress:  

From Anthropologie.com, the Peach Blossom Dress:

From Anthropologie.com, the Sophie Dress:  

From VictoriasSecret.com, the Colorblock V-neck Dress:  

From VictoriasSecret.com, the Eyelet Flare Shirtdress:  

From VictoriasSecret.com, the Belted Drape Dress:  

These dresses range from the under $100 range to the $300 dollar range, and each of the names of the dresses is linked back to the sale page, so get clicking and have fun shopping!

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Hi!  Welcome to the QCWeddings.com blog!  My name is Jenny, and I am a Quad Cities bride to be.  Our goal for this blog is to share information on all things wedding including local vendors, new trends, and amazing inspiration.  Let us know if there is something you'd like to see on here!  

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