Post # 1
How long should it last? I’m not exactly sure how long our aisle is but I can guesstimate it’s about 20-24 feet long.
There’s the flower girl, ring bearer, bridesmaid, maid of honor, then bride and dad. Not sure how the boys fit into this equation but from all the weddings I’ve been in they usually meet us at the altar. Not sure if they process or what they do.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2010 - Angel Orensanz Foundation
Ask whomever is in charge of music if they have any suggestions! Also worth getting a few songs together and then trying them for an informal rehearsal to see what works well with the timing.
Also, using a classical piece is a good idea because that can be faded out nicely to pick up for your music. We had a classical guitarist play (you ready?) a classical arrangement of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” for the bridesmaids/groomsmen, hubby’s grandparents, and he was escorted down the aisle by both parents. Afterwards, my mother walked down with my favorite uncle.
I know it sounds crazy, but it was *BEAUTIFUL* and it took people a long time to figure out what the song was and we are kinda nerdy so it was very fitting.
The musician then played a guitar arrangement of Bach’s Cello Suite, it was beautiful. 🙂
If you have a live musician, they can drag it out as long as they have to! How are you handling music?
Post # 5
@Eden Di Bianco: Totally agree. OP- check with your site coordinator for the length of time it takes, and go from there. We used a Vitamin String Quartet cover of God Only Knows, and folks loved it! Like Eden said, it can be nicely faded out as well, but since it was under three minutes, we had it play all the way through for 3 grand parents, and then 2 sets of parents.
One of the things I heard a lot about at the reception was how people loved listening to the string covers before the ceremony (we played about an hour’s worth of VSQ and Eric Wuest) because it sounded “fancy but familiar,” as one guest put it 🙂 Find something you love and go with it!
Post # 6
I’m using VSQ for the processional (Tribute to Michael Buble) and it’s about 4 minutes long. I was hoping that would be enough 🙂
Post # 7
We had a string quartet, so they were able to manipulate the music as needed.
We had a song for the moms’ and grandmas’ entrance. My mom and my Mother-In-Law lit the unity candle and then two of our GMs pulled the aisle runner back.
Then, a new song started, and my six bridesmaids and ring bearer processed.
Then, my song started, and my dad walked down the aisle.
Did you want everyone to enter to the same song? Are you moms and grandmas being escorted down the aisle? Are you using an aisle runner? That will add a little bit of time. But overall, it sounds like your aisle is relatively short, so it will just depend on who all you want to be able to fit into that Tribute to Michael Buble.
Post # 8
I did; the grandmas and grandpas are all going to be seated previously because they specifically asked not to have to walk (they’re both 88 and 90 years old). No aisle runner – I just hated it but it wouldn’t hurt if it adds to time.
What do you think?