Post # 1
I am totally freaked out by the idea of not knowing when to tell people to start walking down the aisle. Initially I just thought I would get a wedding coordinator and they would know since they are a professional. But, I feel like I can’t spend that money in our budget and I have a friend that has volunteered to help “coordinate” things. But…she has no experience with this either so we need to figure it out. Do you base it on the length of the song you are using? I dont know if I’m thinking about this way too much (which I tend to do) but I just have this vision of me and the bridal party being a complete mess with no direction standing in the church lobby.
Any advice, or if I’m just crazy for being so worried, please let me know!
Post # 3
For my best friends wedding she worked out how long her song was and found good parts in the song for us to start walking. She basically gave us the go ahead when we were supposed to start walking. The parts of the song were quite obvious and she’d figured it all out beforehand and just said “off you go!” when it was our turn. It really wasn’t a big deal – but there were only 3 bridesmaids. Might be a bit trickier if you have a large wedding party. I have 4 BMs and our song goes for nearly 3 minutes so I haven’t quite figured out what I’m going to do about that yet! Fingers crossed it’ll all work out!
Post # 4
We worked it out so the guitarist played and the bridal party started walking. We rehearsed a few times and it was fine. The guitarist stopped when everyone arrived.
Post # 5
The last wedding I went to, the bride told everyone the order, and it was practiced at the rehearsal. She told each bridesmaid to start walking when the previous one had reached the end of the aisle. It worked out well. Are you having a rehearsal?
Post # 6
Yes, I am having a rehearsal so I guess I will try to plan for it and hopefully we can practice a few times. Thanks for all your ideas!
Post # 7
The best way to make sure it goes off without a hitch is to keep it simple. I used the same song for both the BMs and myself. To start the procession, my brother walked my mom to her seat – that was the cue for the DJ to start playing the processional song. When the first bridesmaid got to the middle of the aisle, the next one started. Once all the girls were at the front, our officiant announced, “Please rise for the bride”, and I started down. It worked really well.
Post # 8
We actually just coordinated ourselves. We waited until the person in front of whoever was going was at a certain point down the aisle, and said that the next person should start going. We told the person that was playing for the ceremony to just end the song when we were all walked down.
Post # 9
Thanks for everyone’s advice! Now I guess I need to figure out what music to use…
Post # 10
We just followed the “each person starts when the previous one reaches the front” procedure. Our processional music was on a CD, but it just got faded out at a good stopping place after we finished walking.
As for the music, you can check out what we used at this link.
Post # 11
We coordinated ourselves too. We had a garden wedding where we had to hide in the bushes out of sight where we couldn’t even hear the music. I used the same song for the moms, bridesmaids, and myself. We had a groomsman just come over to tell us to start walking, and pick up my mom, and then we picked a tree, and whenever the person ahead of you hit that tree, the next person started walking. It worked well enough!