Post # 1
if u had NO bridal party and no one to walk in before you to build up to your entrance, how did u plan music for ur processional?
did ur guests just have to sit through an entire song with u walking in at some point in the middle? did u select a really short song so they wouldnt feel like it was awkward waiting for the song to end? did u sacrifice the last half of ur song and fade it out once u reached the alter?
i kinda want to say ‘its my wedding and it wont kill them to sit through two minutes, watch me walk in, and then sit another two minutes while the song plays to the end.’ but i also feel like it would be awkward sorta. but then we only have 14 adult guests, so maybe it wont even matter. i dont know, im confused!
what did u do?!
Post # 3
I didn’t have anyone walking in before me. I walked in on my grown-up son’s arm with my little granddaughter as my bridesmaid. Because she was only two and a half she held my hand rather than walk in front. It caused no difficulties. I came in to Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” and we just waited until after the intro before starting our walk. When we got to the small stage that we were married on, what was left of the song was quietly faded away.
Four minutes would be quite a long time for people to have to wait through though, especially at such a small wedding where I’m presuming your guests will be in the front rows. In other words, you’ll be walking down a fairly empty aisle. So I’d be inclined to wait at least half a minute after your music starts before setting off nice and slowly towards the aisle. When you get there, just fade the music out gradually.
Post # 4
I’m just having my Fiance with his parents walk in before me (and my parents). The plan is to just keep the song short.
Post # 5
@BeeG35: I’m going to play whatever song I like best.
Post # 6
@BeeG35: I hired a guitarist to play a song that I loved, but it was 6 minutes. So I got him to start playing, then I walked in at about the 50 second mark, took me 30 seconds to walk, then I had him stop at a point in the song where it came to a natural finish (around the 2 minute mark). I didn’t think it was too much waiting for our guests, however I think because I was about 10 minutes late as well, my Darling Husband got a little nervous when I didn’t immeadiately start walking down the aisle when the music stared! (no rehearsal)
If you’re hiring a musician then they will know how to make it shorter. If you are playing a recording I would say either edit the song beforehand or just have it fade to silence once you’re at the front.