"Time to Say Goodbye" as walking down the aisle song? Hear me out

posted 5 years ago in Music
  • poll: Is "Time to Say Goodbye" an appropriate wedding processional song?
    No, guests will think it's not appropriate because who would know the English translation? : (5 votes)
    17 %
    Yes, it's pretty and has a nice meaning : (24 votes)
    80 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    My sister in law actually walked down the aisle to this song, just the instrumental though, and it was beautiful and very moving! I say if you like it go for it!

    Post # 4
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    310 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Yeah…why not. Could you put the lyrics in your program?

    Post # 5
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    7450 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I freaking LOVE that song. I say go for it.

    Post # 6
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    2699 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Eeek…we played this at my dad’s funeral. If I heard it it would probably make me bawl…and not for the right reasons!

    Post # 7
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    3697 posts
    Sugar bee

    “Time to Say Goodbye” is actually a pretty bad translation of the original title in Italian, “Con te partiro,” which is closer to “I will go/leave/depart with you” (If you hear the Donna Summer version, she actually sings it as “I will go with you” rather than “Time to say goodbye.”)

    The tricky thing is, it’s well-known enough here under that title that I think a lot of guests would recognize it and think, “Huh?” A few weeks back, there was a thread from a Bee who wanted to use the melody from Loch Lomond/Red Is the Rose for her processional, but the consensus was that since it’s so much better known as Loch Lomond (which has lyrics that are not the greatest for a wedding) most of the guests would be really weirded out by the choice. I’m afraid that might be the case with this, too.

    Could you use it as a recessional instead of a processional? That might fit a little better…

    Post # 8
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    5494 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I went to a wedding about 2 years ago and the bride walked down the aisle to that song.  To this day when that wedding comes up people still comment on the poor song selection and sort of snicker at the bride and groom for the unwise choice.

    I’m not saying it a bad song. It’s very pretty and maybe the translation is not that bad.  But the general perception of it is what it is. 

    Post # 9
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    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I agree with the person who said you should put the translation in your programs so everyone knows why you chose it!

    Post # 10
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    577 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Totally do it. If you’re worried about it, go with PP suggestion and put the translation in the programs. I very, very seriously considered this song for our first dance, but we chose it for our last dance instead so that people wouldn’t be confused. It is such a beautiful song though!

    Post # 11
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    204 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Oh no! I was having this dilemma too, its my one of my favourite pieces of music and had thought of using the instrumental version. I wasn’t aware of the poor English translation and have always been quoted as saying “this is my funeral song!”

    When I recently started researching wedding music, I was overjoyed that the original version was actually very wedding appropriate and appears on many wedding compilation albums. Now I’m stuck too!

    Let me know what you decide. I’m going to carry on researching in the meantime

    Post # 13
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    1013 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    My best friend played it at her wedding when she walked with her father. I thought it was beautiful!

    Post # 14
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    3697 posts
    Sugar bee

    It is a beautiful melody. Maybe check out Telemann’s “La Grace” or Handel’s “Largo” from Xerxes, if you like “Time To Say Goodbye”? Not sure if you’re looking for classical pieces or not, but I think these have a somewhat similar feel.

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