(Closed) Does anyone still walk down the aisle to the “bridal march”

posted 9 years ago in Music
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m still choosing to walk down the aisle with a wedding march because that’s how I always pictured it!

Do whatever suits you!

Post # 18
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I would if I could, but our Catholic church doesn’t allow us to use any secular music.  Sad.

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

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@GreenEyedMoon: really? They seem to be all over the place on their rules. My BFF said their priest wouldn’t allow it either, but DH’s did. Odd. I guess it’s because it came from an opera about a shotgun wedding? (that’s what our pianist said). I was like really? Who hears that song and even has a clue it’s from an opera? It’s almost entirely associated with a wedding.

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Our synagogue does not allow it either. I’m guessing partly because it’s secular music and partly because Wagner was an Anti-Semite.

I never really envisioned myself walking down to it, though–I wanted to walk down the aisle to the same song my mom did on her wedding day, so I’m using traditional Jewish music. I don’t think I’ve ever actually been to a wedding where someone walked down the aisle to the bridal march!

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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@GreenEyedMoon: Really? That’s so surprising. I thought that the bridal march would of originated from traditional (ie church) weddings in the first place?

We had a string quartet, they played the bridal march as I walked in, and the wedding march as we walked out. As traditional as you can get. The Mr is very into classical music, so it was a big deal to him.

 

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago

I found the wedding march a little too loud and harsh for me, personally.  I never thought I’d be a traditional bride, but I’m walking down the aisle to Canon in D.  I toyed with a lot of modern song, but in the end I felt like I was trying to hard to find something ‘different’ and I just want the bridal moment to be traditional and beautiful.  Our recessional, on the other hand, is completely bonkers, so I guess it’s a compromise 🙂

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

It’s too classic for my taste and I’ve never been a fan of the melody. I wanted to walk to something more contemporary that held meaning for DH and I.

Plus when I was a kid we always used to sing, “Here comes the bride, big fat and wide,” and that’s all I hear in my head during the bridal march now, lol.

Post # 24
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

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@Showers:  No, it originally came from the Wagnerian opera Lohengrin, first performed in 1850.  Fun fact: in the original opera, the song is not played when the bride walks down the aisle, but rather when she’s on her way to the bedroom later.  Also, her marriage is almost an immediate failure.

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@hisgoosiegirl:  The Church doesn’t have an official stance on what can and can’t be played during a wedding, so it’s really up to each individual diocese and/or priest.  I just got unlucky.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Wagner is a relative of mine on my maternal grandmothers side and I didn’t use his bridal march either, lol

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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@GreenEyedMoon: Well you learn something new every day!

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

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@GreenEyedMoon: ah. hence the variance. Ugh, how annoying.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I used it, couldn’t imagine not using it!! The last few I’ve been to have used it as well!  But it is entirely your choice as to what you want to walk down the aisle to!  

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Right now I have that set as our recessional. ha

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve never liked the Bridal March, and I wanted something more untraditional, yet something that had meaning, so I’m walking to “At Last” by Etta James. I just didn’t feel like the more traditional wedding aisle songs were “me”, which is why I chose against them. I think some are really pretty, and some aren’t so much. I think it just depends on the individual, and the type of wedding you’re having. 

Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@mrs pugetsound: awe that is really pretty! I’ve never heard any other version of the bridal march before. I might have to reconsider my options 🙂 lol

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