It’s time for our Wedding Wednesdays Q&A where we answer your most troubling wedding planning questions. Today we’re discussing the ceremony processional songs: It’s time for us to pick the songs we want for our ceremony and I am having difficulty figuring out how many processional songs I need. Do I pick 2 or 3?
For most couples you only need 2 processional songs, one for the family and bridal party and one for the bride. However, there are some instances where you might want 3 or even 4. Once such instance is if you have a lot of people processing in, then you’ll want to break it up with the songs so that it doesn’t feel quite as long. For example, you could have one for the officiate and groom and groomsmen walking in (especially if you have a lot of groomsmen or they are all walking down the aisle), one for the family (grandparents, parents on both sides) and sponsors (if you have those), one for the bridesmaids and ring bearer/flower girl (especially if you have a lot of them) and then one for the bride.
The other instance where you’ll want more processional songs is if the processional walk is a long one. If you are having your family and wedding party walking down a bunch of stairs or if the distance from the start of the aisle to the end is very long, then you’ll want more songs. In this instance, the multiple songs are not to break up the many groups of people, but to ensure that everyone can actually get down the aisle without having to repeat songs. How many songs you pick will depend on the number of people you have and the distance, but in the majority of these situations you’ll probably need 3.
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