(Closed) Is 4 minutes too long?

posted 7 years ago in Music
Post # 3
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m not sure this is the response you want, but, honestly, as a guest, I would get really squirmy and stop paying attention during a 4 minute song, especially if you were just standing up at the front letting it play out.

Maybe you could put the lyrics in your program or start the song part way through at the most meaningful part. 

Post # 4
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t think it would take you 4 minutes to walk down the aisle, even at a slow pace. try cutting the song, like only playing the chorus or one verse and a chorus, that way you can have the song but won’t have to deal with the length!

Post # 5
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m definitely not walking for the whole length of the song I want (Marry Me by Train). I’m going to let the first verse start and then walk down after the first few lines.

Post # 6
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

What about playing it at another point in the ceremony?  For example, when the unity candle is lit?

Post # 7
726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

What about using this as your first dance?

Post # 9
2161 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

4 minutes is way too long.  Can they just fade it out when you get to the aisle?  I think you both would end up standing there feeling awkward if you had another 3 minutes of music to listen to.

Post # 10
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

yeah just play a chorus as you are walking down the aisle, and if you want you can play another part of it on the way walking out of the ceremony..


Post # 11
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think it’s too long for just the bride walking down the aisle.  I had to walk about 300m (outdoor wedding, so my hiding spot was far away), and it still only took me about a minute, and I don’t think I would have wanted to just stand there and wait.

My recommendations are just ot pick a favourite part, OR have everybody walk down to the same song.

I used Pachabel’s canon, and played the same song for the seating of the mothers, bridesmaids and then just started “my” walk when the music started to swell.  If there’s a natural spot like that with that song it could work.

Post # 12
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you used it as the music for the whole processional it would be fine. I think using different music for the wedding party vs groom vs bride is a little choppy and unnecessary, anyway. We did one some for everything, and it went really smoothly – no awkward music transitions to worry about!

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