The Wedding Rehearsal

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If you’re getting married in Church, the chances are you’ll be having a wedding rehearsal. It is really important your photographer is a part of this. Before we go into details, let’s take a look at the basics.

What is a wedding rehearsal?

A wedding rehearsal is a run through of the wedding ceremony. It’s usually organised by your vicar a few days before the wedding day. It’s an opportunity to go through what will be happening during your ceremony and go through any last minute details about your day.
Wedding ceremony at St Thomas' Church, Gawber, Barnsley by natural wedding photographer

Who attends the wedding rehearsal?

The bride and groom always attend the rehearsal (it wouldn’t work without them!). It’s also useful to have all the key people there too. Your bridesmaids, groomsmen and anyone doing a reading during the service usually attend along with the witnesses and parents.

It’s also a good idea to invite your photographer and videographer along, so they can get a feel for the timings and talk through any plans with the vicar.

Why I want to come to your wedding rehearsal

Every wedding ceremony is unique. They all run slightly differently depending on your personal choices. Some couples choose to have 5 hymns, others have none at all. Some group all the readings together where others have them spread out through the ceremony. Knowing what’s going to be happening and when means that I can be in the right place at the right time to capture every moment of your ceremony.

Meeting the vicar is one of the most important points of your wedding rehearsal. Just as every photographer has their individual style, vicars also have their way of carrying out your ceremony. Sometimes this means some restrictions on where I can be on your day. If this is the case your rehearsal is the perfect time to go through what we can do to get your perfect wedding photographs.

The final reason I want to come to your wedding rehearsal is to find out the basics. Is it easy to park at your church? Is there more than one entrance? Are there any restrictions on confetti? Are there any squeaky floorboards I need to avoid? It’s also a fantastic opportunity for me to meet the rest of your wedding party, and find out who’s who. Having this first meeting saves a lot of time on your day doing introductions, and everyone is much more relaxed when I hold up the camera.

Bride and groom at the front of the church during their wedding ceremony at Felkirk church shafton

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