Post # 1
So I have 5 bridesmaids, the aisle we’ll be walking down is relatively short – 30-35 feet I believe. The song I had my aunt learn on the piano for us to walk down the aisle is “a thousand years” by Christina Peri here. I had hoped that the 5 girls could walk down and by the time the chorus part starts (either at 1 min or the 2 min mark) she’d pause for a moment while people stand and then my dad and I would walk down… But am I supposed to walk down the aisle to different music than my girls? I honestly have no idea how this works or what I should be doing… I wanted the more full bodied part of the song to be where I walk down, to be a little more special… but now not sure how it’ll work. Since my aunt is learning whatever I’ve requested, I feel like it’s really important that I have this all sorted out well before the rehearsal (my wedding is in 2 months).
What do you think? Is the one song enough? Should I choose something else for when I walk down??
Post # 2
bumping for OP.
I’d also be interested to know if it’s the bride’s job to tell people when to walk?
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
I don’t know and I really should have figured it out. I was just standing there for about a minute at the end of my processional. If I were going to do it again I’d just memorize the point towards the end of the song when I needed to be walking to get there in time for the song to finish up.
Post # 4
We are planning on using 5 songs. One for the officiant, guys and parents, one for the girls and ring bearer, one for my dad and myself, one for signing and the last one for the recessional.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I had someone from the DJ company we used do our ceremony music. We had one song for seating the parents, then the bridal party, then we paused and I walked down to another song. We had ushers signal to us when to walk because we couldn’t see the main part of the aisle from where we were waiting or hear the music until we got closer. I actually had to hold my Dad’s arm a little tighter to signal to him to pause a moment before we continued up the aisle because I could tell the music for us hadn’t quite started yet – we both walked a little fast at first! LOL..
So I think the best thing to do is just listen to the song and try to figure out how you want it timed. I think it’s fine to use the same song esspecially if there’s a point when you’d like it to pause, and then you make your entrance.
Post # 6
Want to follow this thread because I’m interested too! I’d like ‘turning page (instrumental)’ by sleeping at last for my 8 girls, flower girl/ring bearer, and then my father and i would enter after a pause in the song – much like your idea, and then the song would build until we reach the priest. I have no idea about timing either! 🙂 I think it’s whatever you want (if it’ll work), to answer your question about wondering if it should be different songs or not.
Post # 7
I had an Event Coordinator for the venue so she took care of all the timings. Our string duo were able to splice songs without it being noticable to our guests due to timing issues (smaller wedding party, etc). Your aunt could play around with the song so you’d be able to get the chorus in if you’re worried about timing.
Bridal Party walked down to Largo by Handel. There was a pause and our pastor said please rise and I walked down to Canon in D.
Post # 8
you will either have to practice until the timing is perfect. or have your aunt repeat playing the song until the music needs to change at your turn.
for our wedding, we had a dj. we just played beatles music. every walked down to whatever song was playing, then when it was my turn, the dj transitioned the music to the song i walked down to.
Post # 9
I’m still trying to figure out my music too. I am getting married in a church so I’m still coordinating with the church music director on my music. I think I am having one song play for everyone else walking down the aisle since it really isn’t too many people and I believe the director said, he will have one extra shorter song just in case the first isn’t long enough. Then I will have my own song he will play to when I walk down the aisle.
For you, you could always do that pause you were thinking about. If anything, maybe just practice with the music to get the right timing.