Ceremony Church Music
A church wedding typically means spine-tingling music, especially
if there's a good organ and a good organist. Your minister
will be able to advise you on who plays regularly at your
church. It's always a good idea to hear the organist play
before you book their services, as many of the traditional
wedding tunes are quite complicated to perform. If the usual
organist isn't up to that level of music you could either
select simpler tunes or perhaps hire a different organist.
Here are some well-known pieces of music that are suitable
for religious wedding ceremonies. You may prefer to have more
contemporary music for your arrival, the signing of the register
or the recessional. Don't feel you have to choose traditional
tunes just because you're having a traditional marriage service
in church. Just make sure that your registrar approves all
your musical selections beforehand.
This music is played while guests arrive and are seated in
the church. It can last up to 20 minutes and is usually uplifting
· 'Air' from Water Music - Handel
· 'Ave Verum Corpus' - Bach
· 'Canon in D' - Pachabel
· 'Chanson de Matin' - Elgar
· 'Largo' from Xerxes - Handel
· 'Minuet' - Boccherini
This music is played as the bridal party walks down the aisle.
It is generally stately and grand and should last until the
bride and her attendants have all reached the altar.
· 'Bridal March' from Lohengrin (Here Comes the Bride)
· 'Arrival of the Queen of Sheba' - Handel
· 'Grand March' from Aida - Verdi
· 'Hornpipe' from Water Music - Handel
· 'Salut d'Amour' - Elgar
· 'Wedding March' - Mendelssohn
· 'Wedding March' from The Marriage of Figaro - Mozart
Most religious ceremonies include two hymns. Try to choose
at least one that will be well known to most of your guests.
Read through all verses carefully to check there is nothing
unsuitable for a wedding. Many hymns have two or more possible
tunes so make sure the vicar and the organist know which version
you want. There are traditional and modern hymns to choose
from so check that your vicar approves of your choice.
· 'All Creatures of Our God and King'
· 'All People That on earth do Dwell'
· 'All Things Bright and Beautiful'
· 'Blest be The Tie That Binds'
· 'Come Down, O Love Divine'
· 'Dear Lord and Father of Mankind'
· 'I Watch the Sunrise'
· 'Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise'
· 'Lead us Heavenly Father Lead us'
· 'The Lord is my Shepherd'
· 'Lord of All Hopefulness'
· 'Lord of the Dance'
· 'Love Divine, All Loves Excelling'
· 'Make me a Channel of Your Peace'
· 'Morning Has Broken'
· 'O Perfect Love'
· O Praise Ye the Lord'
· 'Oh God, Whose Loving Hand Has Led'
· 'One More Step Aling the Road I Go'
· 'Praise to the Lord the Almighty, the King of Creation'
· 'Praise my Soul the King of Heaven'
· 'The King of Love my Shepherd is'
· 'Rhy Children to This Joyful Day'
· 'Walk With me, O My Lord'
The Signing of the Register
During the signing of the register and posing for the photographs
there is often time for one nor two pieces of music to be
played. Classical music or even a hymn is fine but many couples
choose something more romantic and contemporary.
· 'Aadagio in G Minor' - Albinoni
· 'Air on a G String' - Bach
· 'Arioso' - Bach
· 'Ave Maria' - Schubert
· 'The Call' - Vaughan Williams
· 'Largo' from Symphony no 9 - Dvorak
· 'Let the Bright Seraphim' - Handel
· 'Nocturne' from String Quartet - Borodin
· 'Panis Angelicus' - Franck
This should be a triumphant piece of music to signal the joy
of the moment and the start of the wedding celebrations. Some
traditional classical selections are listed below, although
you may prefer a more unusual and lively modern tune.
· 'Brandenburg' from Concerto no 3 - Bach
· 'Coronation March' - Walton
· 'Grand March from Aida - Verdi
· 'La Rejouissance' from music for the Royal Fireworks
· 'Ode to Joy' from Ninth Symphony - Beethoven
· 'Trumpet Tune in C' - Purcell
· 'Hallelujah Chorus' from Messiah - Handel
· 'Wedding March' from A Midsummer Night's Dream -
· 'Toccata' from Symphony no 5 - Widor
· 'March' from Scipio - Handel
'You and Your Wedding' Jul/Aug 04
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