Chapter 5. Rehearsal / rehearsal dinner

Rehearsal / rehearsal dinner

Many couples gather their entire wedding party for a rehearsal the day or evening before the wedding. This wedding rehearsal ensures everyone who plays a part in the wedding is comfortable with their responsibilities before, during and after the ceremony. Usually immediately following the wedding rehearsal, the parents of the groom host a dinner for everyone who took part in the rehearsal.

While not a very common practice, photographing the wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner presents some fantastic photo opportunities. Where the wedding can be a very formal event, the rehearsal usually has a much more relaxed and informal tone, allowing you to capture a set of images that can show a fun and playful side of the wedding party. Attending these events also gives you a chance to better get to know the bride, groom and wedding party before the big day.


Some photographers believe going to the rehearsal will stifle their creativity, but I believe if you can attend the rehearsal, you should. Often, the bride and groom do not think about having their wedding photographer at the rehearsal and dinner, but you should suggest it when you initially discuss your services with them. Explain that your attendance at these events can capture some very important memories as well as make the actual wedding shoot run more smoothly. ...

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