How important is a wedding rehearsal? It’s usually a question from couples working within a budget and trying to decide what to cut to save them money.

For some, the ceremony is really not that important, so whether it goes just right is not essential to them. As long as the ceremony gets finished so the party can begin, it’s all good to them.

Others are not concerned about the best possible presentation of the ceremony. They just want a nice, relaxed, personal wedding. For these also, a rehearsal might not be that essential.

For those who want the best possible presentation during their wedding, however, a rehearsal is essential.

Once a wedding begins, an Officiant has no control over what will happen over anything, except the verbal sections of the ceremony. So Officiants grimaced inwardly as bridal parties take a wrong turn, processionals begin prematurely or music is misused.

Any influence over wedding logistics that an Officiant might exercise must be exercised almost exclusively at a rehearsal. Officiants are stuck at the front throughout every wedding, with no ability to interfere with what is happening. Officiants must wait until all arrive at the front before they can pull things together. Sometimes, sad to say, as a salvage venture.

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DON’T QUIT

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is strange with its twists and its turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When they might have won, had they stuck it out,
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit!

— Anonymous

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