Post # 1
How did you coordinate the walk down the aisle?
I assume it’s usually groomsmen and groom step up from the side.
Bridesmaids with Maid/Matron of Honor last
So in coordinating the music I’m trying to figure out how long I’ll need and how to splice together my part of the music with theirs.
How far apart do they walk? I’ll have a pretty long aisle so it would take forever if each one waited till the next one was all the way at the front. Do they usually do that or do they wait till the one before reaches a certain place?
I have pretty upbeat music so it’s not going to be a super slow walk. Should I say like :20 per since they’ll be staggered with like :30 for me. I assume I wait till they are all in place and till my part of the music plays?
If the music is in the same style should I ask the sound guy to turn it up in my part so people know? I mean, there are more instruments and it the music gets fuller but I’m not walking in to blasting trumpets or anything.
I’m just a little confused about the specifics of how that works so anybody who’s done specific planning like that with timing, I’d love to hear your tips, advice, and what you did/are doing.
Post # 4
Can you go to your venue, walk down the aisle and get an idea?
Post # 5
There is no standard way that this happens, so whatever you want is fine.
A few notes: I don’t think the guests care too much about how long the BMS/kids are walking. They are most excited to see you! I don’t know how many people are in your wedding party, but just keep in mind that folks may be bored if this is too long (like more then 2 minutes).
Usually, I do see that the aisle is clear before the bride starts to walk, so you should time for that too.
Are you walking to the same song as them? It would be easier if the DJ could just switch the song for your walk, and it’s easier for guests because they know that it’s your turn. Usually when guests see the kids walk and the aisle clear, they just know!
Post # 6
Who is in charge of the music? I’m with neontl, if you have a DJ get them to change the song. Because our aisle was so long and people walked so slowly, we actually ended up playing their processional music TWICE! You don’t want people running down the aisle, and you also don’t want them waiting forever to get to your song. It’s best if you can get someone to just fade out their music and start yours.
Post # 7
I am walking to the same piece of music. It kind of builds and gets fuller with more intrustments playing toward the middle/end while the beginning is very simple. So I figured if I timed it right I could come in right when it hits the full part.
I guess most people walk to something different, but our wedding is quite casual and I’m already a little squeamish about everyone staring at me for hours. I’m okay with it not being a grand dramatic entrance. You’re right that they’ll probably know when the kids come out.
There is a sound guy for our church (who’s been doing sound for like 30 years). I’m pretty sure it will be him doing it and I trust him. I guess I’m just nervous about it all being coordinated right.
I suppose the only way to find out is to run the music at the venue and test it out. Just freaks me out since I won’t really be able to do that until the rehearsal when the chairs will be set up.
Post # 8
Don’t sweat it…that’s what rehearsals are for. Just make sure you have a “things I want to accomplish at the rehearsal” list so that you don’t forget to check it out in the excitement.
My 2 Maid/Matron of Honor, 1 brother of honor, 3 flower girls, and myself are all walking down to the same song. I’m not going to time it out…I’m just going to ask the DJ to fade it out when I get to the alter.