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Music Selection

The church we are getting married in has a policy on music that can be played in the sanctuary.

While it does not have to all be sacred, all music has to be "worshipful." They review all song lyrics (even when only used instrumentally). They are more lenient towards songs that are instrumental only. For example: we are having "Beauty and the Beast" played on piano, but couldn't have it sung.

Do you have any suggestions on some good contemporary or traditional songs that would be appropriate for the ceremony?

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    I'm a violinist and the last selections I played at my friend's wedding were "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" for the processional and Hornpipe from Handel's Water Music for the recessional.  Both great classical pieces that are well known and liked. They're not super contemporary, but I believe they will both be accepted by a church - and they do not have any lyrics, so you're safe in that aspect.
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    Some that my daughter used for her wedding:

    "Hymn" by Vangelis
    "Canon in D" Pachelbel
    "Ave Maria"
    "Panis Angelicus"


    Also considered:
    "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"
    "The Prayer"
    "You Raise me Up"
    "Joyful Joyful" (aka Ode to Joy by Beethoven)
    For recessionals: "Spring" by Vivaldi or "A little night music" Mozart
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