Post # 1
Until I came to the Bee, I didn’t even know the bride and bridal party were supposed to walk down the aisle to different songs. I REALLY want us to all walk down to the same song. If it’s long enough, is there any other logistical issue I might be missing?
Is this just a tradition or is there a practical reason behind choosing 2 songs?
Post # 3
As far as I know it’s just tradition. Yeah, it is nice to have some kind of delineation between bridal party and you, but with everyone standing as you come in it should be pretty obvious.
In fact, I like the idea of one song instead of a pre-recorded song cutting off abruptly.
We almost used just one song, as well, because it was a beautiful piece especially composed by a dear friend for our wedding — but we ended up having our pianist (the dear friend) play the first half as I walked down the aisle and the second half as the recessional (which is also ‘against tradition’). Do what you want! =)
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
We did this and it was fine! We had a pretty small processional though. Husband and his parents, his siblings, my sister and her husband, ring bearer, flower girls, ME!
I think the different song helps announce when the bride is coming so people stand up and don’t miss it.. but how do you miss the bride?!
Post # 5
We had one song for the guys when they walked in and then a different one for me and my BM’s
Post # 6
@mscuppycake: I walked down the aisle to the same song as my bridesmaids. It was plenty long and I didn’t want two different songs because it bothered me that not a lot of songs “went together” well and also fit into the guidelines set out by the church.
We walked down to “1000 Years” instrumental by Piano Guys.
Funny story: I didn’t realize until much too late that this song was from the movie Twilight. I’m pretty sure if I had known and told our priest it would not have been allowed. He mentioned how the Catholic church doesn’t allow Here Comes the Bride anymore because it originated in a rock opera (?) so I’m fairly certain vampire movie wedding wouldn’t have made the cut. lol
Post # 7
I did this! No one noticed and honestly this is one of those details no one will even remember after the wedding.
Post # 8
I am. We are walking to Apocalypticas version of Nothing Else Matters.
Post # 9
@NLbride: I am so not trying to threadjack, but I plan on using the same song you did. At what point during the song did you walk in? I have 5 bridesmaids and I cant seem to find the “right” point during the song to make my entrance
Post # 10
We are only doing one song!
Post # 11
I’m also thinking about using the Piano Guys version of 1000 years. Either that or their version of Love Story. Their stuff is amazing! I’m planning to have the same song for everyone as well. It’s just my Maid/Matron of Honor, one Bridesmaid or Best Man, ring barer, and me! Not nearly enough to use more than one song. You’d only get to hear a few seconds of each which would just seem weird, in my opinion.
Post # 12
@mscuppycake: I don’t really know what’s the standard thing, but I did what I wanted. I chose to walk down the aisle to the same song as my wedding party.
It was the instrumental version of Thousand Years by the Piano Guys.
Post # 13
Haha look at all you ladies doing “A Thousand Years”! My cousin will be walking down the aisle to that very version in a month’s time.
I’m using the Christina Perri version for our first dance. I also wish I had known it was from Twilight before falling in love with it :p
Post # 14
we used 2 different songs- jesu joy of a man’s desiring for the family/bridal party and canon in d for me. when i told the musician what i wanted, she said those were perfect choices because jesu flows very well into canon, which made me happy because i was hoping to avoid a gap of silence or weird transition.
i’ve been to a few wedding where everyone walked in to the same song and it was totally fine. do whatever you want 🙂
Post # 15
Its your wedding so do whatever you feel comfortable/want to do! If you have a large bridal party you may run into a bit of a problem depending on how long the song you choose is, but if not you should be good.
Post # 16
Having two songs a) can be helpful if you have a huge bridal party, and b) helps to set off the bride’s entrance. However, it is strictly a matter of what you want. If you have one song long enough for everyone to get to the front, that’s all you need.