Post # 1
Hey peeps, I’m a little confused about what to walk down the aile to and what song to play after the ceremony.
Does the bride usually walk down to the same song as the BM’s? I am getting married in Punta Cana and not a fan of the traditional bride music, any thoughts?
Post # 3
I think it is simply a matter of preference. My processional song is fairly long – so long that the menfolk, BMs and I will all walk to it. The music does “peak” right about when I am going to go down the aisle.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
No. The bride gets her own bridal march song, whether it’s the bridal march or not.
Post # 5
@trueblue14: That’s what we did, too. Picked a long-ish song I liked (not a fan of traditional bridal march songs) and I walked out during the peak of the song. It’s totally personal preference, OP. Happy listening 🙂
Post # 6
It can be done either way. There are advantages and disadvantages to both options.
Post # 7
I am walking down the aisle to my own song (my favorite song). However, I have a short walk but a long song to walk to :(… Haven’t quite figured out what I’m going to do about that just yet.
Post # 8
Same as @trueblue14: I have picked a fairly long emotional song… It gets more and more intense- I’m going for a “no dry eye” vibe though 🙂
Post # 9
I walked down the aisle to the same song as my bridesmaids. I just chose a song that climaxed at the part that I would be coming down the aisle.
Post # 10
What are the magic songs that peak at the right time? And how do yall plan that? I’m gonna try to do the same thing.
Post # 11
my brother wrote mine and I wanted the whole thing to be played, so my Bridesmaid or Best Man & Flower Girl walked in to the first half of that song, and I walked in at my favourite point of it 🙂
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
My friend was in a wedding recently and she said that because the song didn’t change, nobody quite realized when the bride was coming down the aisle and none of the guests stood up. The bride was kind of hurt about that (which I can understand). Word to the wise!
Post # 13
I decided to walk down to the same song as my bridesmaids. Mostly because the song I chose had a specific part that I wanted to walk down to. But like PPs said, I think it is preference.
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
@lolot: That’s a good point…. I was thinking of walking down to an Ingrid Michaelson song that peaked as I was coming in at 2:00 after the BM’s… but ugh IDK now.
However when you think about it, it takes what, 30 seconds max to actually down the aisle (my venue aisle is very short), and rarely do any more modern songs “heat up” in that short amount of time. Seems like it would just start and awkward! end.
Post # 15
One of the “magic” pieces is Pachelbels’ Canon in D: it’s particularly easy to stretch out and/or skip ahead so that the bride comes in at the part with the cascading 16th-notes. The first 6 or 8 phrases of the piece before that are quite a bit simpler, so the contrast works well.
If you’re worried about not having a dramatic-enough pause to be sure that all eyes are on you, as lolot mentioned, there are two possible work-arounds: 1) leave a longer pause between the entrance of the last couple that precedes you and your entrance (if it’s the Bridesmaid or Best Man & MOH; if you have a flower girl/s walking right before you, people are generally smart enough to figure out that the bride will be coming next); 2) you can also tell the musicians to actually stop playing for just a moment before starting the bride’s section. That little beat of silence sends the clear signal that “the bride is coming in” without forcing the musicians to reshuffle their scores and switch to a new piece on the fly.
Post # 16
Also, if you have a DJ controlling the music, he/she can fade out the song and then bring it back for your entrance, if you are worried about no one knowing when the bride is coming. My DJ offered this to me, but I declined. However, they ended up closing the doors after my bridal party and then reopened them when I appeared…so they definitely knew I was on the way down the aisle.