A question that we often receive is, “How long does a rehearsal take?” The short answer is an hour. An hour is what we schedule for the rehearsal, but in reality the actual rehearsal takes 20 to 30 minutes from start to finish at the most.
Obviously some officiants take longer than others, but to work out the processional, the line up, where and how to stand, any ceremony details, the recessional, etc. it usually is less than 30 minutes.
The rest of the time is usually waiting for members of the bridal party to find the venue, bring in wedding extras, greetings and introductions, etc. It should be fun and light hearted, with the purpose of everyone getting to know where the venue is located, when they should be there, what their part is, and getting to know others in the wedding party.