14 Jul The ‘Baywatch’ theme song at your wedding..?
You know the one, “…aisle be there!”
Just to be clear, we’ve never heard of anyone walking down a sandy runway into their arms of a shirtless Mitch Buchannon. But that’s not to say you shouldn’t.
The point of this nonsense is – it’s your wedding ceremony – so you can do whatever you want!
This is an excerpt from a longer, more comprehensive article. But in the interest of swift, single servings, here’s our thoughts on picking the perfect song for your…
Bridal Processional (‘Aisle Walk’)
It’s the opening ceremony, the Olympic 100m Sprint (albeit, the slowest) and the medal presentation all in one. This is the grand unveiling and by likely the most emotionally charged moment of your collective lives.
First and foremost you need to make sure that the song you’re walking down the aisle to means something. It doesn’t have to mean a thing to any of your wedding guests. It has to mean something to you two.
Once you know what that song is, you need to decide what it is you love about it. The reason you have to do this is because if you love this song because of the instrumentation and/or vocal performance of the original (or even particular cover version) that you’ve chosen, then – and it pains us to say this – you should probably stick with that version. But if you love it because of it’s lyrical content, or because it represents a time or place or particular moment, then it’s probably cool to re-work.
You also need to think about the logistics of your wedding ceremony venue. If you plan to walk down the aisle to Bohemian Rhapsody, but you’ve only got one bridesmaid and a 10m runway, then you’re barely going to get past the opener – “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” – epic as that is, what a waste!
While we’re considering logistics, we’re not huge fans of going with the recorded version simply because you’ve rehearsed with it and your bridesmaids know what lyrics to start walking on, and because you’ve counted out your steps… Because, 1) we wholeheartedly believe that in this moment you should be focusing on nothing except the blissful journey that you’re embarking on – you’re walking down the aisle, about to marry the love of your life! Please don’t put pressure, stress or importance on each bridesmaid leaving and arriving on the correct word and walking at the correct pace. And, 2) if you do wind up a step (or heaven forbid, many steps) out of time, your live musician will most likely be able to adjust on the fly to shorten a verse; extend a chorus; and have you arriving at the perfect moment regardless – just as Jake did here, playing Ed Sheeran’s Tenerife Sea live in the chapel at Queensland’s No.1 Wedding Venue Summergrove Estate.
We say; Give it serious thought, but – go live!
Play; Whatever you damn well please.