(Closed) Do I walk down to the same song as the BM's?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Does the bride walk down the aile to the same music as the BM's?
    Yes : (11 votes)
    25 %
    No, should be something different : (33 votes)
    75 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • 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
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @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
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    Sugar bee

    It can be done either way. There are advantages and disadvantages to both options.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    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
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    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
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • 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
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    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
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    Honey bee
    • 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
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    Sugar bee

    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
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    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.

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