Although I specialize in sweet and simple ceremonies in the St Louis MO and Metro East IL area, that does not mean that the WEDDING PARTY is simple too. I love to perform at large weddings as long as the couple agrees that the ceremony remains SIMPLE (less than 20 minutes). Many times the number of guests is small even though there is a large wedding party (grandparents, parents, groomsmen, bridesmaids, ring bearer, flower girl, even a train bearer).
I say - the more the merrier!
But there is no way to make "simple" out of a large wedding party of 6+ bridesmaids and 6+ groomsmen, two ring bearers and a baby in a stroller as the flower girl! LOL
Couples who decide to have a large wedding party need to have in place the ORDER they want to have their attendants (bridesmaids/groomsmen) walk down the aisle. When the ceremony is about to begin and the couple are still deciding is NOT the time. Getting 16+ people to stop talking and listen is no easy task. Having a rehearsal is helpful. I feel IT IS NECESSARY to have a rehearsal if you have a large wedding party.
Take a moment to write down and decide if you are having grandparents, parents, wedding party, ring bearers, sign holders and flower girls - even escorts. Don't stress out 5 minutes before the ceremony wondering who should walk with whom and in what order.
Carolyn Burke STL is happy to help you with the processional and recessional order whether or not you have a physical rehearsal or not.
Carolyn Burke | Officiant | 314.821.4844