Post # 1
My aisle is really short. Like 10-15 seconds slow walk.
Besides having the bridesmaids walk ahead of me, how can I lengthen the entrance so that I can have more of the music playing? How long is a usual entrance? It’s not outdoors so I can’t create a longer path.
How do you break up the music (who walks to which part of the music)? Since my own entrance is super short I was thinking of using the same music for all, would that be weird? We’re considering Wagner’s Bridal March because that’s one of the very few things my Mother-In-Law requested of us (she walked to it) and we’re not marrying in a Catholic church so it isn’t banned or anything. I’ve looked online but I can’t find a guide on cues…
Also I’d like to have my mom somewhere in the walk as well but the aisle might be fairly narrow so I may not be able to have both parents on either side…what would you do?
Post # 2
Our aisle was short too but we had the guitar player start playing and the on site wedding coordinator had him play a bit (maybe 30 seconds?) before my parents and I started heading down the aisle. I only had a maid of honor walk w the best man before us as well as the grooms parents so its not like we had a big wedding party either. It worked out just fine! You wont even realize the music when the moment arrives! I just had one song for the walk down the aisle but the guitar guy played some instrumental music while guests were areiving and taking their seats about thirty minutes prior. Anyway when you come down the aisle, its just so great to see everyone you love watching you walk in.
i had both my parents walk me down the aisle and we easily fit. We didnt even do a run thru before. I just told the venue coordinator that the ailse needed to accommodate three ppl.
The details are important but try not to worry! Even if you get to the start of the aisle and realize you dont fit, your mom can always drop slightly behind you and your dad. It will all be ok.
Post # 3
One song is fine, get it started, space your bridesmaids out and don’t rush and all will be awesome!
Post # 4
usually the grooms parents will walk in, then the mother of the bride (w escort – I had my uncle/mother bro do this), then bridemaids, then flower girls, ring bearer and then bride ( w dad or other escort) – if the groom/grooms men also want to walk they would go first before the parents (many time they just slip in the side on the front)
I would say that you can def have everyone come in to one song but usually people have two songs – one for everyone else and then a short pause/ change of music with a 10-15 second intro w only music and no one walking for everyone to stand up and the bride
Post # 5
chachamaru : My husband escorted his mom down the aisle to her seat and one of his brothers took mine. Plus a couple of bridesmaids/groomsmen and me with dad. His dad was already up front to officiate. All told that probably took under a minute but really it’s quite long enough. We played the same music on the way back out. Any other key family members that you’d like to see walked in? Grandparents or something?
Post # 6
lilyflowers : Thanks for the advice! I guess I could make it longer by starting the walk outside since there are floor length windows 🙂 it’s probably just me who will be noticing any music problems anyway haha.
yorkshirerose : thanks!
littlemisshostess : Thanks for the info, it would probably last much longer with that many people. I do also feel having a short pause would be better. Do people stand up when all the people in front are walking (before the bride’s entrance)? I’ve only been to two weddings and can’t remember.
skunktastic : thanks, yeah it’s quite long enough I think with that many people. We do have two grandparents between us. Did you time the music so that you came in right when the chorus/best bit was being played though?
Post # 7
We had one song for everyone. I have never actually seen anyone have two songs. I feel like with a short aisle two songs would be odd since you’d only get like 30 seconds of each one! I think it’s nice to try to time it so you come in at a good bit.