Post # 1
So, I love love love the instrumental version of “Thousand Years”… It’s a really long song, and there is plenty of space for all of my bridesmaids and the seating of the parents and whatnot. I’m going with the instrumental because 1. I don’t need the words and 2. I am not even remotely obsessed with Twilight and really don’t want people to automatically associate the music with that movie! Lol
Do I need to have my own music to walk down, or can I just continue playing the same song? We’re going to play the island version of “Somewhere over the rainbow” as our fun/let’s all go get a drink recessional song… I’m just not sure what I’m supposed to/should do with the music in the beginning. While the guests are being seated I’m going to be playing various songs by Vitamin String Quartet- the ceremony and venue are in the same space so the DJ will already be set up in the corner of the room to take care of playing everything. Thoughts?!
Post # 3
I don’t think you HAVE to have your own processional song. If you want to hear the whole song and you love it, why not just let everyone be seated and your ladies walk in during it as well. I believe there is a good time to enter at the end of that song so I think it will be beautiful! I’m thinking of doing the same thing with a song as well, it just times out perfectly and I want to hear the whole song 🙂
Post # 4
You can do two pieces or just one for the processional. If you have just one, it’s nice if there’s some kind of clear interlude, or crescendo (increase in volume), or other noticeable change in the music to signal the bride’s entrance. For example, a lot of weddings use Pachelbel’s Canon in D as the processional, and I’ve seen it done where the bridesmaids, etc. walk in during the first part of the piece, where the melody is fairly simple. There’s a point where it becomes more ornate, with more runs, etc., that works well for the bride’s entrance. Since it’s a canon, it’s pretty flexible and you can repeat sections to stretch it out if necessary, or skip ahead if needed.
Maybe your DJ can do something to slow the music down right before your entrance, to signal the assembled guests that you’re about to walk in?
Post # 5
no, you don’t need your own music.
It’s not like after the BM’s walk down, everyone is going to face the front and yawn and think, “I’m waiting for the music to change before I start watching for the bride…”
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I also used Vitamin String Quartet for our wedding- half hour of songs beforehand. The Moms/guys/girls walked into their version of All You Need is Love, and Dad and I walked into A Thousand Years. We started at :20 seconds, and the DJ played about a minute of the song- I figured out before hand that it would take about 40 seconds for our walk, so it worked out perfectly.
Post # 7
I did exactly what a PP described–I LOVE Pachelbel’s Canon and we had live strings play the song as my BMs entered. When it was my turn we waited a moment and then they crecendoed and slowed the pace down a bit. It made it clear that something was about to take place.
I always hate it when that song gets cut off too quick–it always makes me tear up and it is so beautiful. I didn’t want to just hear a snippet of it so we used the whole thing! I am so happy we did, too. Do what you want–if you want to use one song, do it! It’s your wedding!! 🙂
Post # 8
@MrsPeachMartini I’m having the exact same dilemma with the exact same song! I have heard so many different opinions and still can’t seem to make up my mind.
Post # 9
I did what two PPs mentioned above in regards to Canon. I made my entrance when it really picks up (I worked it out with the violinists to transition to that part when my Maid/Matron of Honor was at a certain part). I’ve never seen it done before, but it’s nice to see I wasn’t the only one who did that! I’ve always dreamed of walking down the aisle to Canon. Do what you like best!
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2012 - Iowa
I’m planning on walking in to A Thousand Years also but will have a singer/guitar player. I was thinking that I would have the flower girls and ring bearer go during that song, and then walk down with my dad. We do have a long walk, but I haven’t timed it yet… maybe I should do that before I print the programs! :/
Post # 11
I try to listen to the song and envision everyone going/how long it’ll take them, but I feel like I need to go to the venue and walk slowly down the aisle and multiply it by the number of Bridesmaid or Best Man and the parents. I THINK it’ll be okay. I will just tell the DJ that I’m going to start walking in at X point in the song (there’s a change in music 2/3 of the way through, I think) which will give us time to stand up there waiting fo the music to end for maybe 15 seconds? I just don’t want a bunch of music changes… and live musicians aren’t in the budget, unfortunately. I think I’m going to go for it!! 🙂 Thank you for the advice!!
Post # 12
Bridesmaids are walking down to Vitamin String Quartet’s version of “Yellow” by Coldplay.
I will be walking down to Mark Knopfler’s “Storybook Love”
Post # 13
Im doing my own song, the wedding party is going to walk down to “prelude in c” which is a short 2 min song, and Im walking down to “Hallelujah”.
You dont have to, but sometimes its nice if you have a favorite song or one thats special to you.
Post # 14
You can do whatever you want!! I personally prefer having a separate song for yourself because you ARE the bride! 🙂
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
Like PP said do whatever you want, its YOUR wedding. But I also would personally like my own song. I’m walking down to an all instrumental song by Smashing Pumpkins (my favorite band during my teen years). It also is a really long song and I was going to have Bridesmaid or Best Man walk down and then myself to this song but then decided I wanted it all to myself 🙂