(Closed) Two songs or one for Wedding Party/Bridal Entrance music

posted 6 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

It can be one song the whole way.  It’s easier I think because then you hear more of the song since bridesmaids don’t walk too slowly.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am using two songs for my processional … the girls will walk to “Hallelujah” and I will walk to “Glasgow Love Theme” (from Love Actually). While it is completely up to you, I would suggest two songs because the change in music is what prompts people to stand at attention as you walk down the aisle (sure, I know that people can likely see you before the music changes if you aren’t behind closed doors, but it’s still nice to prompt your guests by announcing your arrival with a new song). But again, there is no right or wrong here. You can do just one song if that’s what your comfortable with!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Either one is totally fine. Also, traditionally, it’s the mother of the bride standing that is supposed to prompt everyone else to stand at the bride’s entrance (although new music helps with this it isn’t necessary).

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m using two songs. One song for my FGs and the other one is a special one just for me. I’m only having FGs so their song is a more romantic/cutesy upbeat song. I think it builds up more emotion to have a separate more dramatic song for the bridal entrance. I’ve never heard of anyone using my song so I’m really excited about it.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think you can do anything you want!  I, personally, just like a different song just for the bride as it kind of signifies and commands attention. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We are doing one for the weddng party to dance down the aisle to and “marry me” by train forkey dad and I 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Either way will work just fine– there’s no right or wrong answer here. Just don’t slow your processional down to fit the music. Pick a song or songs that you can trim down to fit your walking speed.  No one is going to miss the fact that the bride is walking in, but everyone will be annoyed if it takes a full 4 minutes for everyone to get down the aisle with big gaps in between.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

I’m a musician who has played for lots of weddings (and figuring out the music has been my favorite part of planning my own!). If you’re having live musicians, here are a few pros and cons to keep in mind re. one or two pieces for the processionals:

– Coordinating the entrance music and the processionals is generally the trickiest part of the wedding. The rehearsal usually gives a decent idea re. timing, but anything can happen. Flower girls can bolt, people can walk faster than they rehearsed because they’re nervous, there might be a delay because someone needs to fix a zipper, a hairpin, lipstick on someone’s teeth, etc. So it’s always awesome when there’s a little bit of flexibility built into the processional music.

– This is why Pachelbel’s Canon in D is such a perennial wedding favorite – it’s a single chord progression that repeats over and over, so you can basically end it anywhere you need to and have it feel “complete” and not like you chopped it off in the middle of a phrase.

– Having two different pieces of music is nice because, as PPs mentioned, it gives a very clear signal that the bride is about to enter. You will need to anticipate that there will be a gap of a few seconds (which might feel like an eternity in wedding time!) for your musicians to switch gears and prepare to start your music. Even though you’ll probably be really keyed up right then, just hang in there and don’t panic if it feels like forever before your music starts.

– Having just one piece of music avoids that moment of silence, obviously, and can make for a smoother processional, especially if the wedding party is fairly small. Again, a piece with a repeating chord structure (a la Canon in D) is really nice in case the musicians need to draw things out/cut things short. A really great option is to find something that has repeats and an interlude that you could use when it’s time to introduce the bride – I’m using a piece like this.

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Hi there….This is my first post. What a great site…..I as well as my bridal party will be walking down to the song “kisses and Cake” by John Powell.  It’s all instrumental but really pretty and different.  I love-LOVE Canon D but it seems to be more common and I wanted to be different.  Tjhe song is quite long and it changes tune half way through so I am cutting it at the tune change.  It seems to time perfectly for Flower Girl, Ring Bearer, 3 Bridesmaid or Best Man and my dad and I. Congratulations and good luck next month

Post # 13
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It also has the prefect amount of breaks in between to seperate everyone walking down the isle and at has about a 7 second space (about 1:47)to introduce the bride coming. 

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