Post # 1
I have a lovey song that I’ve chosen for the bridal procession. It’s about 2 1/2 minutes long and I have a VERY short aisle, one bridesmaid and a flower girl. I was going to have everyone, including my dad and I come down the aisle to the same song. Is that odd? Or do they usually change the song for the bride? If so, I’m not sure where I’ll find such a short song!
Post # 3
I think it’s fine for you to use just one song if that song is what you want! I think the changing of the music for the bride is more for dramatic effect than anything else. If you are fine with there not being a dramatic transition between your wedding party and you and your dad then I say go for it!
I have to admit, I was selfish on this front. There was a song that I had dreamed of walking down the isle too since I saw Father of the Bride when I was in middle school. So since we had a small wedding party and a short isle. I decided to let my husband pick out one song that he, our officiant, and the wedding party would all walk down to and then it would change before I came down. He picked out a wonderful song and it worked perfectly.
Another thought though is that you really don’t have to worry about finding a song that will be short enough. All you have to have is someone manning the music who can slowly fade out the volume when you get to the front. With such a short song and multiple sets of people coming down the isle, I would recommend putting the song on your CD or in your playlist twice so that JUST IN CASE something happens and it takes longer than 2 1/2 minutes, the song will simply start over instead of you being stuck walking down the isle to no music at all.
Good luck, and sorry that was so long! 🙂
Post # 4
Thanks bonniebelle101! I feel much better now. And I totally agree with you about doubling up on the song. 5 year old flower girls can be completely unpredictable!
Post # 5
You are more than welcome. And you’re very right! 5 year old girls can be very unpredictable. I was the DOC for my friends wedding and it took her flower girl FOREVER to come down the isle. Instead of tossing flower pettles, she PLACED each and every one on the groud. It was so adorable!
Post # 6
Bonniebelle is spot on. You can go either way. I picked a song that meant a lot to both of us for my processional that was different than the bridal party’s processional. I wish my walk would have been longer, but as long as part of my song was played, I was fine.
Two key points to prolonging it:
1. You don’t have to start your walk right when the song starts, let the music play for a few seconds before you walk. I was SO glad my coordinator made me wait until the lyrics for the first verse started.
2. Walk SLOWLY and enjoy every second of it. I practically ran down the aisle because I was excited, but was also worried about the song running out because I had a very long aisle. So looping the song a couple of times would’ve allowed me to take my time. Drats!
Post # 7
Excelent points SoCalBeachGirl! The first couple of phrases of your song (or the first couple of phrases before you walk down if you’re using the same song) are your time to really take in the moment. You will never have that moment again! So soak it up. And if you get it into your head, and let your escort know that you want them to help you remember, then it can be one of the most wonderful moments of the day!!!
Post # 8
Our aisle is also short, so we’re going to start the processional from the doors to the outside of the church in order for all of us to walk across the gathering space and the actual aisle. And I’m glad it’s longer because I too know I am going to RUN down it. I have to be sure to tell my dad to hold me back or something.
Post # 9
We’re just having one song for everyone, as we have a very small wedding party and the music is live guitar provided by our musician friend – he’ll play one song while guests are seated and settle down, then pause and change the music for the groom, Bridesmaid or Best Man and officiant. We’ll finish it out with my Maid/Matron of Honor and I. Thankfully, he can loop it as needed without it being obviously looped. 🙂 He’ll then play a third piece for the recessional. Throwing in another song didn’t seem necessary to us, but I can appreciate the desire for a change or a little drama. Besides, waiting for a change in music is a great reminder to pause and enjoy!
Post # 10
I’m having a different song for me, then for my bridal party. I have a long isle but that’s not why. It’s just that I liked them both and I wanted them both. 🙂
It’s perfectly ok for you to do it.
Post # 11
We used one song for the BMs procession and for mine since we also had a very short aisle. The organist made it very obvious with a change in timbre for my entrance. I don’t quite know what you’re music situation is, but you might want to try for some demarcation between the BMs and you, even if it’s the same song.