(Closed) Instrumental Vs Lyrical

posted 10 years ago in Music
Post # 3
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m glad you asked this question I would like to know too….

 I think no lyrics is better than lyrics for an entrance song but I think its all personal preference.


I would prolly use the song that makes him cry.  I want my fi to show some emotion when I’m walking down.  I’ll have to listen to the song thanks for the tip :o)


But yea I need to know how many songs too!!!!

Post # 4
497 posts
Helper bee

So I don’t have an answer for lyrics or instrumental because I think that is a very personal decision.

However, I think I can help with the other question.  Guests will arrive at your wedding at least 1/2 hour early, so you will want to have some sort of prelude for them to listen to so that there isn’t an incredibly awkward andnowehavemusic moment when the mothers start walking down.  You don’t have to pick every piece of the prelude if you have hired musicians or if there is a church organist, but you should let them know what style you are looking for.  To fill 1/2 hour with music you will need anywhere between 6 – 10 songs.  And you never know if you are going to be running late in which case some filler will be necessary.

After that, you have a song for the mother’s to walk down to…again, it can just be generic, or you can pick something more meaningful.  Usually the seating of the mother’s takes a couple of minutes, more if they are doing the unity candle at that time.  So the whole song usually gets played during this time. 

Next is the song for the bridesmaid processional, depending on how many you have, you might want to pick something longer.

After that is the song you walk down to.  One thing to keep in mind is how long is your walk?  If it isn’t long enough to get to the part of the song you like, you will have to rearrange the music to accommodate the length of time it will take for you to get to you groom.

Optional music during the ceremony can include a solo piece that you like and is played/sung while you just watch.  And/or you can use that same piece of music to fill time while you go and light the unity candle, or walk around the table, etc. 

Lastly, the recessional piece is generally an upbeat song, but most people really rush down the aisle, so you won’t hear much and people won’t be paying that much attention to it once you have left.  I would suggest having other music to be played after the recessional for when people are being escorted from their seats.  If you have a receiving line, you need at least 15 minutes of music…if not, than you can get away with about 5 minutes.

Hope that helped answer some of your questions.

Best of luck,

Mrs. Corn (Miriam)

Post # 5
127 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Mrs. Corn, great answer, thanks!

Also, I second the song that makes him cry. 

Post # 7
4 posts

I agree with Mrs. Corn.

Make sure that you time the walk to make sure the songs allow enough time.  I’ve had to loop or re-start songs on occasion and it’s always a bit ackward.

Also, you can use the same song for the bridal party and yourself it you are really set on one.  Usually when asked to do this I’ll play the first part of the song at half volume and then bring up the volume much louder as the bride comes down the isle.

However it’s usually a nice touch to pick a different song for each segment of the ceremony.

Hope this helps!

 Hey Mister DJ  http://www.heymisterdj.com "DJs that please without the cheese"

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