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Why You Want to Hold A Wedding Rehearsal

It seems like such a simple thing, the wedding ceremony.
Your wedding party lines up, you walk down the aisle, say your “I Dos” and then walk back up the aisle.

What’s to rehearse?

Amazingly – a lot. Even if your ceremony is quite simple, holding a rehearsal is actually a gift, to yourself and your wedding attendants.

It’s the gift called, “On wedding day, nobody has to think.”
All logistics and questions get sorted out, so when the big day arrives, the only order of business is to enjoy yourself.

And guess what!? It’s one more opportunity to hug your friends and family and celebrate at rehearsal dinner afterward.

Even if you have a small gathering and wedding party – for example only a Maid of Honor and Best Man – it’s a great idea to take a half-hour and walk through the order of things. Especially if your ceremony takes place at a unique setting or outdoors.

~Where will you start walking? Who stands where?
~Are the rings on a pillow? With the best man? One with Best Man and one with Maid of Honor?

It is important to practice the lineup so your attendants will feel comfortable with where and how they will stand. Photo by 8twenty8 Studios

It is important to practice the lineup so your attendants will feel comfortable with where and how they will stand. Photo by 8twenty8 Studios

~What about the timing of the music? If you can bring your ipod along or play the processional song on your phone, all the better to practice to make sure you are walking during your favorite part of the song.

~Where will you go once you walk back up the aisle?

You won’t believe how many questions start popping up once you are rehearsing.

Who Should Attend?
Anybody walking down the aisle.
~If some of your wedding party can’t attend due to travel plans, have someone else serve as their stand-in during rehearsal.

~If your grandparents will be included in the processional, it might be challenging for them to attend rehearsal, and that’s ok. It’s a simple thing to fill them in on wedding day of where to walk and sit, before the ceremony begins.

Conducting the Rehearsal
As the wedding officiant, I include conducting rehearsal in my services.
If you have hired a wedding planner (good choice!) they will conduct the rehearsal, and I still attend to review the flow of the ceremony itself.

Rehearsal is also a great time for me to reconnect with the couple in person, especially if I haven’t seen them in the many months or year since we first met.

Orchestrating the Processional
Wedding professionals like to start backward – to line the wedding party up where you will land after the processional. Then practice the recessional (after you have been pronounced married!) and then line up from the beginning to practice walking in.

There are so many fun and unique ways to craft the processional. Especially with more couples having co-ed attendants on each side, you can get really creative:
~Wedding attendants can walk down singly or in pairs or in specific groupings, and from different starting points.
~A groomsman might escort family members, then return to stand in processional line.
~You can create this any way you wish,

Reviewing the Ceremony
Again, how hard can it be? You just say “Yes” or “I Do” when asked a question, right?

Where will you stand during the Unity Ceremony? You can practice this too! Photo by Chelsea Anne Photography

Where will you stand during the Unity Ceremony? You can practice this too! Photo by Chelsea Anne Photography



If you are including a Unity Ceremony or other ritual, again, great idea to go through the motions.

~Where will the table be that holds the items?
~Will you have your backs to your guests, or facing them?









The "HandBinding" ritual includes six questions of vows and commitment. / Photo by Hung C. Tran Photography

The “HandBinding” ritual includes six questions of vows and commitment. / Photo by Hung C. Tran Photography



~If you are including a HandBinding ritual, is the ribbon you acquired long enough to wrap around your wrists 6 times without cutting off circulation?





Even practicing the simple act of the ring exchange is important. That way there is no bafflement or confusion during the actual ceremony:

With this ring . . . Photo by Katie Jackson

With this ring . . . Photo by Katie Jackson

~Which hand to I take?
~Which finger?
~Where does the engagement ring go?

Instead, you can slide that ring on their finger with grace, ease, and confidence.




Because, after all, this is a beautiful production. And, if on your wedding day, you can enter the sacred space of the ceremony with confidence that you and all your loved ones know their roles and tasks, you can focus all your attention and joy on that most important moment of “I DO.”


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Congratulations – You’re Engaged!

The first few weeks and months of your engagement are an exciting time, as you consider all the potential magical aspects of your big day.

And, clever you, after the day dreaming fades and the practical aspects of planning begin, you realize the best gift you can give yourself is professional assistance with hostessing the most important party of your life.
As you begin to research options for engaging a wedding planner, you will come across many different monikers for all different services.
The value of a wedding planner is to be your representative on your wedding day. And just like a good lawyer, the only way we can be on your side is if we have all the information.

Gathering information requires at least a few weeks of consultations and conversations via phone and email to:
*learn about the details of your vision and what is most important to you
*collect copies of all of your vendor contracts and review them thoroughly to ensure that what you believe is being provided and what is actually being provided, match.
*schedule site visits to determine and finalize decided setup/layout and logistics.

Following is a simple guideline to decipher the wedding planning service lingo:

“Day Of”:  The term “day-of” coordinator is widely circulated in the wedding industry. I believe it is a bit of a misnomer, and actually, I’m not quite sure what it means. Is this someone who walks on site the day of your wedding? I imagine this will be an person of assistance to whom you will assign specific tasks, such as setting out wedding favors, placing the guest book, setting up place cards, tying ribbons on chairs. This is a great assignment for a trusted Aunt or friend, who has the time, skillset and patience to set everything up, and isn’t required to be present for immediate photos before the wedding.
This “Day of” assistant is there simply to help with specific preassigned tasks. You might even decide on an hourly wage or a nice gift if they are a friend or family member.
It goes without saying that every professional wedding planning service includes the actual day of your wedding, arriving on site hours ahead to arrange load-in/ setup and ensure everything runs smoothly throughout the day until the last guest has left.

“Month Of” service generally begins three to four weeks before your wedding day, after you have done all the planning legwork, hired all of your wedding service professionals, and confirmed all the big decisions. This is where the wedding planner spends much of their time gathering information from you, as noted above, in order to serve as your right hand or “rep” on your wedding day.

Your wedding planner’s job is to make decisions and tackle challenges on event day based on your vision and priorities, without bothering you about the details while you are getting ready and enjoying your friends & family.

“Full Service” can start three months ahead or two years ahead of your event, depending on your requirements. It includes everything from helping you choose locations for your ceremony and reception, recommending and referring all of your service professionals, attending meetings with you to determine decor, vision, etc., and unlimited consultations to advise and guide on every detail.

An engagement is a time not only to plan the wedding, but to revel in all the reasons you’ve chosen each other and why you want to spend the rest of your lives together.
By knowing yourselves and your schedules, eg. how much time you will have during your daily lives for planning and meetings, you can best determine which service is right for you.
With that in mind, you can work with your chosen wedding planner to customize a service that works perfectly for you!

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Feeling jittery about your upcoming wedding day?  As a Goddess Bride you have all of your resources in place and the planning is coming along nicely.


Remember to focus on your own health and well-being as well. It’s important to stay relaxed and connected again to your wellbeing, to take you through to one of the most important days of your life!


Acupuncture for brides.

Kathleen Noonan, L.Ac.,  offers some great acupuncture sessions for brides to be!

I thought this was a cool idea and wanted to check it out for myself. This was the first time I’ve experienced acupuncture and didn’t know what to expect.


After the initial consultation, I lay down on a massage-type table in comfortable clothing (like what you would wear to a yoga class). Kathleen proceeded to take little needles (new, in their own prewrapped packaging) and pop them into my skin at various points throughout my body: head, belly, feet, hands. I mostly felt almost nothing or maybe a tiny prick that immediately went away. acupuncturerevShe put them all along my ear as well, describing the ear as a little upsidedown fetus that acts as a map of the body.


I then lay on the table for about 20 minutes, after which she removed the needles. I felt calm and peaceful and had the feeling that ‘everything is connected.’

Kathleen has an awesome bedside manner and her easygoing nature made the whole experience a breeze.


~De-Stress Tranquility Packages-Starting 4 weeks before your special day.

~Wedding Weight Loss Package

~Luxurious Healthy Skin Packages


Kathleen Noonan

Kathleen Noonan

Katie Noonan L.Ac. MSTOM





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Just Imagine Your Dream Wedding

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Welcome to Just Imagine Weddings and Events! Here you will find a wealth of information, tips and tricks, fun favors, theme ideas, budget savers, expert advice, friendly counsel and a wealth of resources for planning your perfect wedding!

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