Wedding Preparation - The Rehearsal

Scheduling Your Rehearsal

The rehearsal should be scheduled at a time agreed upon by the couple and the wedding coordinator in coordination with the office at the respective parish:
St. Mary Parish (617.773.0120): Fran Hurley
St. Ann Parish (617.479.5400): Meg Venuti
Sacred Heart Parish (617.328.8666): Cheri Kelly


Wedding Rehearsal Specifics

Please be on time for both the rehearsal and the wedding. There often are other functions in the church after your rehearsal/wedding. In attendance should be: members of the wedding party, parents of the bride and groom, and lectors who will proclaim the readings and announce the general intercessions. The parish wedding coordinator is the principal talker and director of the rehearsal. If a visiting priest or deacon will be witnessing your marriage, he should also conduct the rehearsal. Be sure to bring the marriage license to the rehearsal. To allow for a smooth and quick rehearsal, we ask that you decide/do the following before arriving in church for the rehearsal:
  1. Bridesmaids/Groomsmen—assign partners and the order and manner in which they are to process.
  2. Bring your marriage license to the rehearsal.
  3. Make a list of the readings you have selected for the wedding.
  4. Those who will bring the gifts of bread and wine to the altar during the Preparation of the Gifts, if you are celebrating Mass.
  5. Rings—it is recommended that the best man carry the bride and groom’s rings in his coat pocket. Ring bearers may carry the actual rings if you desire, though many are reluctant to place expensive jewelry on the pillow of a young ring bearer. 

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