(Closed) HELP!! processionals and recessionals! Confused about both!! advice/suggestions!

posted 3 years ago in Music
Post # 2
1587 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

It’s entirely up to what you like and what works for your wedding. Some brides want the music to cue their grand entrance, so they have the wedding party walk to one song then switch to something else for themselves. A wedding party with 10 groomsmen and 10 bridesmaids may need a second song or one long song. We only have 1 attendant each and his parents are the only family being seated, so we have one song for family + wedding party, then another song for me and he’s meeting me in the aisle to walk together. Pick something upbeat for your recessional! I just search songs on youtube for examples. If you want to use that one song for all of you, go for it.

Post # 3
580 posts
Busy bee

Before I was even engaged, I knew I wanted to walk down to an acoustic/instrumental of “The Impossible Dream” from Man a la Mancha because both my grandfather’s loved it. Fiance was interested in having a song, so I said we can each have our own, he’s picked an orchestra cover of “Autobahn” by Kraftwerk. And then we just found a song to play once we walk back, I forget the exact name but it’s by Thundercats.

I found a version of the song I wanted through iTunes because our DJ said they will download/play any song we want as long as it is on there. I was able to listen to a sample of the song and play it. Maybe you can find the version of the song you want through there.

You don’t have to have a change in music for you after the bridal party! Do what you want! I would recommend finding acoustic/orchestra covers of songs you like, from shows, from any music that has meaning for you or something you just love.

When in doubt, Google for ideas! Good luck!

Post # 4
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Im just having one processional song for both my bridal party and I.

I am using forever by ben harper but the runner up was cant help falling in love by elvis.

Googling and searching threads on here can give you ideas of a goof variety of songs though.

Recessional is just one song as well.

Post # 5
253 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

soon2bemrsharrington :  While I can’t help with songs too much (It took me forever to choose mine and I went mostly indie), I thought it might be useful to mention that your processional should be something slow, steady, and emotional.  Think big entrance… drama is a good thing!

And for your recessional, go with something that is fun, happy, and upbeat!

Post # 6
1009 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond

I agree with marriedtodarts :  … regarding music!

I did 1 song for the family to enter with and it was put on a loop when the bridal party entered in case it wasn’t long enough. We used Vitamin String Quartet “Cant Help Falling In Love” since it’s classy and I couldn’t afford an actual quartet. While we had a small bridal party and family group.. I had a CRAZY long walk way since it was an outdoor venue. Yes I was crazy enough to go out there one day with my parents and casually see how long it would take to walk and timed it to see what type of music I needed (how many songs, until I decided to loop it). 

I wanted a sweet but dramatic and not overused song for my entrance- as it usually cues the guests to stand. I did VSQ ” My Best Friend” which is Tim McGraw so that may fit your theme. 

Just remember that nobody is going to remember or care what your bridal party walks out to… but they may remember your entrance song if it’s unique. I’m exhausted of hearing the Thousand Years song over the past several years. 

Your recessional-1 song is more than enough for you/DH (yay!) and the rest of the bridal party/family to walk out to. Something upbeat is appropriate. We selected another VSQ song which is 1 of our favorites and fits us… Sweet Child O Mine. Again- nobody will remember that unless they really knows their music history. 

I say that to help relieve some stress. 

Post # 7
1150 posts
Bumble bee

soon2bemrsharrington :  

One song is perfectly fine, you do not need two.

A slower song with some sweetness or drama as someone said above is good for the pro.  Maybe pick a song that is special/soothing to you to help your own nerves.

Just about anything goes for the re. It can be sweet & gentle or fast & furious, etc.  People tend to do happy/upbeat.

I disagree that anyone will remember any of your songs no matter how unique.  No one will remember any of this music.  It is hardly more than a cue to stand for them.  This music is for you, not your guests.

This is not something to stress about.  Pick a couple songs that make you feel good and move on.

Post # 8
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2022

Depends how big your bridal party is and how closely behind you want to follow them in. 

Draws more attention to HERE COMES THE BRIDE with a song change. 

At one wedding I went to the bride had chosen some horrendous dissonant organ music and the groom didn’t turn round so nobody knew she was walking up the aisle until she got to the top! So sad 😞

Post # 9
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - Galleria Marchetti

We did two songs for the processional and one for the recessional.  We had a small bridal party +family, in total it was 6 couples then my parents and I. The bridal party walked to a instrumental version of “Here Comes the Sun” and then I walked down to “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You”. We walked out as husband and wife to “Just the Two Of Us”. We had a trio of a keyboard, bass and guitar and it sounded awesome.

I agree with PP that it really isn’t something to stress over. GO with your gut! If you want a dramatic entrance, have a song just for you. If not, just do the same song, the officiant/priest should let everyone know when you are coming so they stand.

Post # 10
10031 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I can tell you what we’re doing, all though not sure if it would help or now.

We’ll have the bridal party walk down to “Somebody To Love” by Queen and that will fade out and into “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John for my walk down the aisle. After the ceremony we are leaving to Harry Belafonte’s “Jump In The Line”.

Post # 11
3875 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I’ve never been to a wedding where they used two songs. One is totally fine. Imo it would be nicer to use one full song than snippets of two songs anyway (maybe if you have a crazy long aisle or a million bridesmaids it could work).

Post # 13
1150 posts
Bumble bee

soon2bemrsharrington :  

I didn’t already know it but I just took a listen and it sounds very sweet.  If you like the song in a special way you should use it.  

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