You’ve asked close friends and family to stand by your side and be a part of your wedding party. Attire has been selected and altered, showers and parties have been thrown, and the big event is rapidly approaching. For many attendants, being a part of your wedding day is an honor and also a cause of nervousness. No one wants to ruin your special day, and the added pressure of doing things just right may be weighing on your wedding party.
In order to alleviate some of the stress, it’s important to clearly communicate with your attendants what is expected of them on your wedding day. You may want all of your bridesmaids to wear the exact same shoe, wear a certain style in a certain color, wear any kind of shoe, or even go barefoot. Whatever the case may be, you need to tell them.
We’ve pulled together a list of information that’s important to pass on to those involved in your ceremony.
- Rehearsal Date
- Rehearsal Time
- Rehearsal Location (You may want to include a map or a map of nearby parking.)
- Rehearsal Dinner Time
- Rehearsal Dinner Location (Make sure they know how to get from the rehearsal location to the dinner if the events are being held at different locations)
- Rehearsal Dress Code (There may be certain dress code for your ceremony location or for the dinner. You don’t want your guest coming to the rehearsal dinner dressed for a high-end restaurant if you’re having a cookout.)
- Are their spouses, children, or significant others invited? If children are not invited, it’s courteous to let them know about what time you will be wrapping up the dinner, so parents can inform their babysitters for the rehearsal and the reception.
- Ceremony Date
- Ceremony Time
- Ceremony Location (You may want to include a map or a map of nearby parking.)
- Reception Time
- Reception Location (Let your attendants know if you will be providing transportation from the ceremony site to the reception or not. If so, will you providing transportation back to the ceremony location or will they need to make other arrangements.)
When sending out ceremony apparel details, you should send those out at least 4-6 weeks before your wedding. Let your wedding party know the other specifics at least 2 weeks before the rehearsal, and make sure you communicate through channels that your wedding party will see. Over the next several posts, we will look at specifics for your bridesmaids, flower girl, groomsmen, and ring bearer.
Written by Beth Godwin