An Upbeat Stroll Down the Aisle

Attention! Calling all hive members who walked down the aisle to an upbeat song! I need your help!

Okay, here’s the deal. I’m trying to decide what song to walk down the aisle to. I’ve been debating whether to share it or keep it to myself until after the wedding. But I need the advice of the hive to make my decision, so I guess that means I’ve got to share.

I really really want to walk down the aisle to “Save Me” by Gotye. Take a listen.

Video from YouTube

Here are the lyrics:

In the mornings,
I was anxious
Was better just to stay in bed
Didn’t wanna fail myself again

Running through all the options
And the endings
Were rolling out in front of me
But I couldn’t choose a thread to begin

And I could not, love
Cause I could not love myself
Never good enough no
That was all I’d tell myself
And I was not well
But I could not help myself
I was giving up on living

In the morning
You were leaving
Traveling south again
And you said you were not unprepared
And all the dead ends
Fading from your memory
Ready for that lonely life to end

And you gave me love
When I could not love myself
And you made me turn
From the way I saw myself
And your patient love
And you helped me help myself
And you save me

So what’s my hesitation? I’m worried that my walk is going to be less magical if it’s not to a slower song. But maybe I’m just being crazy.

Tell me, hive. If you walked down the aisle to an upbeat song, how was it? Do you think it would have been more “romantic” if it had been a slow song? Or was it just as magical as you’d dreamed?


Mrs. Blue Whale

College Park, MD
Wedding Date:
May 2013
Flower Power

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    39bride, Guest @ 12:57 pm

    It’s totally not something I would choose, but I still think it works perfectly. :) Even though it’s not a slow song, the underlying “big beat” is slow, so you could still take your time and have a grand entrance, too.

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    soontobeMrsBoo 812 posts, Busy bee @ 1:07 pm

    I think you’re fine on using a faster song, but I’m a little concerned about the lyrics. It tells a story, but doesn’t really get all lovey-dovey until the last verse. But are you going to be walking for that long? Or cue it somehow to start somewhere in the middle? Because otherwise I’m worried you’ll reach the end of the aisle somewhere around “But I could not help myself/ I was giving up on living” and that’s kind of depressing. Maybe time it out?

    Also I don’t know if anyone listens to song lyrics as much as I do, so maybe this is just silly, but I would notice.

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    Jessica, Guest @ 1:10 pm

    DO IT, girl! Love, love this song and I adore upbeat walks down the aisle. We had a pretty traditional walk but many other non-traditional elements to our wedding. All were received well and I absolutely love an original take on The Walk. Rock on, sister!

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 1:31 pm

    No one listens to the lyrics. Seriously.
    The beginning part is really nice and fitting for a walk down the aisle. Sounds like a movie soundtrack for an emotional part. I LOVE that you’re doing something different!

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 1:35 pm

    @soontobeMrsBoo: The song is pretty long, so I’m pretty sure we would edit it down to take out any depressing parts :) Plus, I think @lealorali: might be right. Hardly anyone will be listening to the lyrics.

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    prairiedog 455 posts, Helper bee @ 1:37 pm

    i used an upbeat song (i love NYE by badly drawn boy), and i think it set the tone for our wedding day–happy and celebratory, not solemnly romantic. that’s how i felt about marrying pdog. go with what feels right to you!

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:48 pm

    My song (Everybody by Ingrid Michaelson) was more upbeat than the traditional songs chosen by brides and I loved it. To this day it gives me chills. My lyrics weren’t too wedding-y and it was long, but the DJ’s trailed it off just perfectly and no one noticed the lyrics. I love it when a bride picks something different, so I say do it :)

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    cookie, Guest @ 2:00 pm

    Hey, sometimes love ain’t pretty! I think it’s ok for your wedding to reflect that. In fact, I think weddings should focus more on the fact that sometimes marriage is hard. Rock your upbeat song if you’ll be proud of it and if it is a true reflection of you and your relationship. That being said, I think this would be a rockin’ song to use for a wedding video or as a song for a wedding party to process to.

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    ghiagirl893 347 posts, Helper bee @ 2:13 pm

    I would try to just use the last verse. A full song is too long just for walking down the aisle

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:10 pm

    I think you should walk down the aisle to whatever you want! I’m walking down to a bagpiper, not traditional at all, but will still be lovely for us!

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    soontobeMrsBoo 812 posts, Busy bee @ 4:13 pm

    @Miss Blue Whale: Yeah that might just me be. One of my superpowers (in addition to walking comfortably in any shoe) is that I can listen to a song like twice and sing along. Do you! It’s a great song. :)

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    futuremrsroos 429 posts, Helper bee @ 5:17 pm

    I think its great!

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:40 pm

    I think you should go with what you love. Just know that you’ll probably have to edit it, and since it’s an upbeat song you might end up walking a little faster :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:11 pm

    I think it’s great! A fast song can have just as much if not more meaning than a slow one and all that matters is that you love it!

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    scone 184 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:10 pm

    On the way up the aisle we went with At Last, the Joan Osborne version

    Our walk down the aisle after hitching was to “we go together” from grease…got a little bit of both

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 8:17 pm

    @soontobeMrsBoo: I share your “superpower” and cracked up when you described it so aptly! To the OP, as another lyric-listener, I would be paying attention to the lyrics and would worry if we didn’t make it to the happy ending part, but that said, I really like the rhythm and pace of this song. If it’s a song that suits you and your FI, just have it edited to a better length with a bit of the less happy lyrics edited out. Good luck!

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:42 pm

    I’d never heard this song before, but I love it and think it would be perfect!

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    hotpink_gloomycupcake 1 posts, Wannabee @ 11:30 pm

    honestly i LOVE this song ever since i listened to his album. Me and my fiancee share this as one of our fav songs. I would definitely recommend this song for going down the isle. I think doing something original would be a nice idea. :]

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    Ms_Maple 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:31 am

    I think you should go for it. I am all for making your wedding your own and doing what makes you happy. There is no rule that an upbeat song will be less magical. It’s your wedding day – I am sure there will be more magic than you know what to do with :)

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    radishtime 316 posts, Helper bee @ 7:09 am

    go for it! I’m walking down to the beatles “here comes the sun”. It means moer to me than the traditional classical music, so i think it will make the walk more special

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:19 am

    I totally love the idea of it.. and hey, YOU’RE the one walking down the aisle.. go for it!! It’s fun, it’s different, and it’s a great song. I ended up walking down the aisle to “All I Want Is You” (from the movie Juno), which is naturally an upbeat song. My stepdad reworked it a bit and played it acoustically, but it was still a bit more upbeat than your typical processional!

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    Heidi, Guest @ 7:26 am

    I love it!!!! How creative. The sound has this fresh and new feeling, it will draw the attention to you, beautiful in your dress with that exhilarating feeling inside. The sound makes me feel really happy. It will likely have that effect on everyone.

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 8:11 am

    @soontobeMrsBoo: I wish I had your shoe superpower! (I think I have the lyrics anti-superpower. Sometimes I can go years without really know what a song is about.) :)

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 8:34 am

    @hotpink_gloomycupcake: Yes! I’m glad other bees appreciate gotye. We’re considering “Feel Better” for walking back up the aisle at the end :)

    @Mrs. Prairie Dog: I think happy and celebratory sounds more like our wedding day too, so perhaps a faster song will just fit the feeling of the entire day :) (Also, just wanted to say that I went back and looked at your wedding. And one of my bridesmaids got married at the Glendale Lyceum! It’s kind of fun to look through your pictures and know exactly where everything is. )

    @Mrs. Honey: Awesome. I love your song, and knowing you loved coming down the aisle to it pretty much convinces me that I’m making the right decision with my song :)

    @Miss Sword: Oooooooo. I hope we’ll get to hear a little of the bagpipes when you recap. Sounds awesome.

    @cookie: Yep. Falling in love usually isn’t like a disney movie :) We’ve considered this song for just about every aspect of the day, so I think you’re right that it would be awesome for a wedding video. But I think my favorite place for it is in the ceremony.

    @Mrs. Scone: Nice! Also, I liked the phrase you used… “After hitching.” I’m going to have to start saying that :)

    @TexasAggieMom: Good to know. Mr. Whale and I sat down tonight to talk about how we could edit it down. He will edit the music himself, so he assured me we can take out the depressing parts :)

    @Ms_Maple: haha. I hope I’m just rolling in magic, totally coated in it :)

    @radishtime: Good point. Maybe it’s going to be even more amazing. I hadn’t considered that :)

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    Less 1 posts, Wannabee @ 1:18 pm

    I love it. First time listening to it. I think it’s so unique. I’m planning on walking to the yeah yeah yeahs. It may not be traditional but it’s you. Do you Miss Blue Whale 😉

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    Tamarano07 41 posts, Newbee @ 5:11 pm

    I say do it! I dont think how fast or slow a song is makes it more or less romantic. I think if it’s a song that has a strong meaning to you, that’s what makes it magical. I think this song is great! most of your guests probably wont expect something like it, they’ll be picturing something more traditional i’m sure. But I think they’ll be pleasantly surprised. If I was a guest and the bride walked down the aisle to it, i would think it was so awesome, and original (and be so thankful that it’s not going to make me cry!) haha

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