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Canon in D for processional AND bride?

I'm having a similar problem as some other knotties.  We've selected all of our music for the wedding ceremony EXCEPT for the processional.  I would really like to walk down the aisle to Canon in D - should this just be what the wedding party walks down to as well?  My fiance thinks they should walk down to Canon in D and that i should walk down to something a little more "upbeat" since it's the big entrance, but I told him I'm walking down to Canon in D.  :)  Soooo... ideas/suggestions on other songs the wedding party could walk down to?  we're already using trumpet voluntary, trumpet tune, ave maria, ode to joy, jesu, hornpipe, and wedding march (mendelssohn, not "here comes the bride).  We don't like Largo, water music, or girl with the flaxen hair.  Ideas please???

Re: Canon in D for processional AND bride?

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    I really love both "Autumn" and "Spring" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons.  They're light and work very well with Canon.  I happen to love Bach's Arioso.  I think it's absolutely stunning.  Another piece that would coordinate nicely with Canon is Bach's Prelude #1 in C major from The Well Tempered Clavier.Finally, listen to several of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos.  One of them might just be perfect for the feeling you're trying to capture.
    "Trix, it's what they/our parents wanted. Why so judgemental? And why is your wedding date over a year and a half ago? And why do you not have a groom's name? And why have you posted over 12,000 posts? And why do you always say mean things to brides?" palegirl146
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    I'm having our wedding party walk in to "A River Flows in You" by Yiruma.... but you should check out the Vitamin String Quartet on Youtube... for our recessional we're walking out to "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz as done by VSQ!
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    you both can walk up to it - they can walk in to the first part and you can walk in to the 2nd part where it gets more complex and upbeat. 
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    If you have a small wedding party, and a shorter aisle, then all your BMs and the bride can walk to the one song. If you have a longer aisle and larger wedding party, you'd have to shake a leg to make the end of the song, LOL. My daughter and 3 BMs all made it down the aisle to Canon in D just fine, with a little time to spare. There is a part about 2/3 of the way through where there is a little "swell" or building up of the music, which is where she entered. It was followed by what I called the little "happy dance" portion about the time she got to the altar. I worked out beautifully. She used "Hymn" by Vangelis as the prelude, during which the mothers were seated. That would also make a nice bridal party processional. Then Canon in D just for the bride.
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    I considered this also and considered coming in at the "happy part" like the PP said.  But instead, since FI is walking down also with his parents (FI is Jewish), my 2 BMs are coming in at the happy part and it works out perfect.  Then I'll just come in to Here Comes the Bride. I love Canon in D and was determined to use the WHOLE thing!
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    >I would really like to walk down the aisle to Canon in D - should this just be what the wedding party walks down to as well?You need some change in the SAME piece of music (the other posters have suggested a swell in the music and then a "happy dance" part comes on), or you need a change to a DIFFERENT piece of music.The music change is what signals the MOB to stand.  The MOB standing up is what cues the rest of the guests to stand.
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    Ok....I'm a violinist and I've played the Canon for a number of weddings. Here's what matters...how big is your wedding party? The Canon is a great piece and can easily be arranged so that you can walk in to the same piece as your party. It opens with Cello for 4 bars and then the 1st violin comes in. Often the cello section is cut, and so keeping this portion would elongate the song. Then the first violin comes in for 4 bars with a quarter note scale-like pattern. Then, the first violin moves into an eighth-note pattern and then the 2nd violin comes in. Long story short....there is quite a bit of music that happens between the start of the piece and the biggest/grandest/most famous portion which is a sixteenth note pattern which is played by all 3 violin parts (your musicians would know which portion this is...but the notes are A FGA FGA ABCDEFG F DEF FGABAGA DCD B DCB AGAGFGABCD BDCD CBCDEDCDBCD). If you are having a quartet play at your wedding, the easiest thing to do would be to ask them to attend your rehearsal and then determine the timing there. It's not a difficult piece to play (every violinist I know knows that piece inside out) and is very popular, so it's not difficult to re-arrange/cut/lengthen sections to make it fit with what you need. Sorry for the long winded response. Hard to explain.
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    Thanks everyone for your suggestions!  We got married last weekend and had a wonderful time - we ended up having the processional walk down to another tune and then I walked down to Canon in D (starting a little before the biggest/most well-known part).  It was great!  best wishes to other knotties for a wonderful wedding as well and thanks again for your help!
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