(Closed) Timing your Processional Song

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
657 posts
Busy bee

Have you timed how long it takes you to reach the end of the aisle? 54 seconds really isn’t that long. Depending on your venue, you could actually exceed 54 seconds. You’ll probably want to wait at least 10 seconds after the music starts for dramatic effect (15 seconds if you wait for the lyrics to start). That only leaves 44 seconds for you to make it from whatever doorway to the groom. If you have to cut the song off early, no big deal but you probably don’t want to exceed the time. 

If you can, I’d go to the venue and time yourself, even ahead of your official rehearsal just to get this question out of the way. If you can’t rehearse at the venue, you can still practice at home. Start the music and walk at a slow wedding pace, see how far you end up walking in that 44 seconds. 

Post # 3
398 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I second the suggestion to time yourself walking down the aisle. And you should walk slowly. You might find that 54 seconds isn’t as long as you think it is!

If it’s a short aisle and you really do need to kill time, you could have the officiant process, and/or the groom. If it’s a 20 second aisle, it could even easily break down to be:

:00 groom and officiant enter from side

0:10 officiant announces to stand for th bride, it takes a few seconds for everyone to actually stand

0:20 doors open

0:25 you start your walk

0:45 you reach the front, your dad give s you a hug

0:54 music ends

Adjust for your specific numbers and plans, of course, but you see how 30 seconds can easily get filled with stuff that feels natural.


Post # 4
3804 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Since it’s an extremely small wedding I assume your aisle is not long, so you’re probably right in thinking that almost a full minute is too long for your aisle walk. Do time yourself walking the length though, to find out exactly how much time you need. Remember to give yourself a few extra seconds once you’ve reached the front to get settled/arrange your dress/whatever. You could plan to hug your parents or give your dad a few seconds to go to his seat, if he’s walking you. Or if you really need to fill up more time your sisters could walk ahead of you but then take a seat in the front? 30 seconds of music before anything happens might be a bit much, but 10 or 20 is doable.  

Post # 5
4229 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Having the music playing 30 seconds before gives the guests time to stand while you come in.  Not weird at all.  But yes, definitely time it…and walk slower than you think you need to.

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