I’ve seen several dress rehearsals around lately that are basically just a mini version of the wedding. I could only imagine it’s not the couple planning these insanely elaborate dress rehearsals. Who has time for that?
For those of us on a monetary (and time!) budget, that’s just is one more stress we don’t need before the wedding.
So let me give you a lesson my grade 6 teacher gave us:
Whatever you do, KISS it.
Kiss? What? What does that mean?
Yes. Keep it simple stupid. Those words have resonated with me since grade 6.
For those of us planning our own rehearsal, here are some sweet ideas to keep it sweet and simple:
Wear a white wedding dress. Not a big long one but that cute short one you would have worn if you hadn’t imagined yourself in a long trained dress since you were a little girl (for some of us anyway). It doesn’t have to be an expensive official wedding dress of course. Any little white thing will do.
Decorate your table with a simple vase of flowers. I’m talking cut from your garden (or a guest’s) and slapped in a vase or jar at your dinner venue table. It’s simple yet adds that wedding quality to your evening.
Did you blow your budget on the wedding? Keep the dress rehearsal casual with a twist surprise with a pop up picnic. Tell your guests to show up at a nearby park and have blankets and make your own sandwiches ready for the evening fun.
I know if you’re like me you’ve heard the word ‘delegate’ far too often this entire planning process. And I know it’s hard to delegate when so many things need your opinion/eye/knowledge etc. But this really is one event you should relinquish all control. Give it to someone else; a friend involved or not in the wedding party or a family member. You can’t be in control of everything, so sit back and let someone else plan for a change.
Our dress rehearsal is this Friday, and you can trust it will be simple and absolutely sweet and lovely. We’re having it at one of our favourite restaurants where our friend is the head chef and a beautiful outdoor patio awaits us.
(Have you even thought about it?)
If you’re married, what did you do?