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Song timing for processional

Elizabeth, on February 6, 2020 at 5:48 AM Posted in Wedding Ceremony 1 7
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I think we're closer to picking our processional songs. Not easy. There are so many beautiful options! My FH and entire wedding party will walk out to "Everlong" by Foo Fighters (string quartet instrumental) and I will walk out to a piano/cello rendition of "Love me like you do". Everlong is about 3 minutes long which should be enough for my FH and wedding party to walk in before the song ends. The plan is to let that song end and then play mine. My song is about 3 minutes long and gets epic about 2 minutes in so I don't want to cut the song off midway. So what have you ladies done? Walk out after the song has played for a minute or so? I'm getting married in another state so I haven't seen the ceremony site to know how long the aisle is and won't be able to do any practice runs until the night before or day of. Any ideas?

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  • M
    Savvy December 2020
    mrswinteriscoming ·
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    Following!
    I’m wondering the same too - I’m hoping to get my entire bridal party (2 x bridesmaids + 2 flower girls and one page boy) and myself down the aisle in a 3 minute song!
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  • Sarah
    Devoted October 2020
    Sarah ·
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    Contact the venue and ask them how long the aisle is. I assure you that it's a very normal question lol once you know how long the aisle is, find somewhere in a park and measure out the distance. Put a marker at the beginning and the end of the aisle, and practice walking down it. Time yourself walking down, in time yourself and one other person walking down one after the other to see how much space there will be in the middle of two people. Sure, you'll look like insane people in a park, but this is what wedding planning it's all about!
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  • Chrysta
    Super November 2020
    Chrysta ·
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    I am assuming you will be having a string quartet play? We are doing this as well! I was told that if there were any songs that were too long to let them know and they could possibly find a shorter arrangement of it. So maybe ask your musicians if that is a possibility?
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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    This is also dependent on how long it takes for you to walk in terms of your own speed. But I also don't know if you playing it for two minutes seems kind of long.
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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
    Gen ·
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    I think it would be super awkward to have your bridal party walk out, then just have everyone sit around for 2 entire minutes just having the song play out.

    Can you have a DJ (or if you don't have a DJ, then perhaps a helpful friend or relative) be in charge of the music, and perhaps can just start the song like 90 seconds in already, and fade it up from that spot?

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  • Catherine
    VIP November 2019
    Catherine ·
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    I agree with Gen. This is a great idea - it would be a little too long of a wait to finish out both songs.

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    Elizabeth ·
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    Thanks ladies! I'm probably going to let my song play from the beginning and just have it cut off when I get to the alter. The timing may work out and if it doesn't, so be it. 😃
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