Post # 1
I am using music from the film Pride & Prejudice for my wedding ceremony. I will be using the song Dawn as the processional. It is a medium-length piece, and I wanted to use it as the only music playing when everyone in the wedding party walks down the aisle, including myself at the very end. I think it can be done. People walk down the aisle so fast anyways! Is this… odd? I fear my family and other guests will be a bit confused when normal processional music isn’t played.
Has anyone else used just one piece of music and not different ones to signify who/when certain people walk down the aisle? If so, what did you use as your processional?
Post # 3
Hi NiftyBa–I’m actually doing this too! My aisle is short, the song is long, and there is a convenient major drama moment at the end for me to enter to–while not a new song, it’s I think enough of a signal that something different (me!) is coming.
Dawn sounds lovely–I remember it from the movie. I haven’t listened to it all the way through, but perhaps it has a similar "moment" towards the end that will work for you too?
The only thing I would suggest is to make sure you do a rehearsal WITH THE MUSIC. Unless there is a spot where the musician (or the tape if its recorded) can add an extra verse or two, people need to know how long they have so they don’t take TOO long!
Post # 4
One piece for the processional works well, especially if you’re not walking down Westminster Abbey-length aisles. If the aisle is short, and you change twice (sometimes even three times: Seating of Mothers, Attendants, Bride), it can end up sounding really choppy and disjointed, and the musician(s) may only have time to play one phrase from each selection.
To emphasis the Bride’s entrance, I would suggest you pause (count 10 seconds in your head: One-Mississippi, Two-Mississippi…) after the last attendant before you (the Bride) enter. This will build anticipation and signal to everyone that something different, wearing white presumably, is coming.
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