(Closed) Does this processional timeline look reasonable?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
10972 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I THINK it looks good?  But I have a hard time thinking about things in seconds! 🙂  Looks good to me though.

Post # 4
467 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have a hard time estimating how long it takes people to walk – I’m a fast walker.

If I were in your situation I’d find a long hallway or a flat stretch of yard – or even sidewalk if that’s what you need – and set up a “start” and stop point about 50 feet apart – the length of your aisle.  Then play the song (on your ipod with headphones if you’re in public!) and see how far you walk (at a wedding pace) in 25 seconds.  Will you be happy with that spacing of your bridal party?

Remember that you’ll want the aisle clear before you start down.  You’ve allowed for an extra 5 seconds to get the Maid/Matron of Honor to the front, plus the 3 or 4 second pause; but if you find that you only get about 1/2 or 3/4 of the way to your end marker in 25 seconds, then you may want to think about how to make sure you have everyone at the front before you start down with your step dad.

Post # 5
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Mathematically and logistically you have it mapped out very well, but while these processional breakdowns are good in theory (and in your head!), you’ll find that when it comes time for everyone to actually walk down that aisle, the game plan may change drastically. Not everyone is going to walk at the same pace, and not everyone is going to be paying attention to the music to know their “cue”. When nervous and all eyes are on them, your wedding party members may either dash down the aisle, or walk at a snail’s pace with a permagrin. I’ve seen it all — even a bride who literally dragged her parents down the aisle so fast the guitarist could barely bring the song to a smooth stop.

Do you have a DJ, or are you doing your own music? A good DJ will be able to make smooth transitions, loops, etc. to the pace of the processional. An adept wedding DJ will know if additional measures are needed or if the music needs to fade/cut out sooner than planned.

Post # 7
1617 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I am having a hard time with this as well.  I just estimate and we’ll go from thee.  No biggie if they take longer or shorter as long as the music is long enough to get everyone down the aisle and that is why we’ll rehearse.

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