Monday, September 8, 2014

Wedding Rehearsal!

I really could go on and on about how much I loved everything about how Mark and my wedding turned out. Really, I am having a hard time shutting up about it. The feminist in me will not allow me to say this was the most magical-wonderful-perfect moment in my entire life and everything else in my life was just leading me to that moment. Plus, that just isn't true. Yes, my wedding day was wonderful and perfect and I loved every moment of it; but it was not and never will be the highlight of my life or the purpose of my existence. I have so many more wonderful and important moments and memories to look forward to! However, I digress. 
I do not have many pictures of the wedding yet (as I for once left the photography mainly to our professional photographer: McShane Photography) and like none of the rehearsal. But, let me tell you, everything was great! 
We stayed at the Radisson in Toledo, Oh. It was so lovely!
Inside and out!
Even nicer than the decor and comfort level of the hotel, were the staff. Julie and every staff member we interacted with were supremely helpful and sweet. I couldn't rave enough about the wonderful experience we had here. 
We had the rehearsal on what felt like the hottest-muggiest day of the year. Everyone was sweating profusely within minutes of arriving. We very quickly ran through the ceremony and left as quickly as we could. This wasn't the best idea, as no one had any idea what their cues were to start or stop walking or any idea what pace they should be walking at. This didn't seem like an issue (and really didn't end up being to big of a deal) at the time, as the heat was oppressive and everyone wanted out as soon as possible. 
We made it back to the hotel, right before a huge thunderstorm rolled in. Mark and I opted to have the rehearsal dinner at the hotel's 31Hundred restaurant and were so glad we made that choice! The food and drinks were exceptional!
Even with all of the heat and lack of rehearsal, everyone seemed to have a good time (once we started eating!)
My biggest recommendation is to make sure you are able to place the music that will be used during your wedding and give people clear cues as to when they should walk and at what pace. Otherwise, you end up with some gaps in the procession and recession. Which, in the end, is not a huge deal; but, kinda negates the reason for a rehearsal if you aren't doing those things. 

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