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Ceremony Songs/Hymns

Hi all.  I would like to have a couples songs/hymns during my ceremony.  There are so many beautiful songs/hymns out there and I do not know what to choose. 

If you will be having your guests sing at your ceremony, what songs/hymns did you select?

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance.
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Re: Ceremony Songs/Hymns

  • edited December 2011
    My SIL had guests sing "Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow" which at her church is how they traditionally end a church service, so it made sense to use it at the end of the ceremony.

    We're having a vocal soloist sing The Lord's Prayer, but I've also attended a wedding where the guests were asked to sing it (and it was directed by the pastor or minister of music).  

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  • iamjoesgurliamjoesgurl member
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    edited December 2011
    We didn't have one but my younger sister had "Great is Thy Faithfulness" and I loved that she did that.  It is really a song about what God has done for us rather than a couples type song, but it really expresses that God has been faithful and when you are at the altar marrying the love of your life, it is definitely something that you are feeling thankful to God for.

    We had Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee as our recessional song (without words) but that is a good upbeat hymn.

    What are some of your favorite hymns?
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  • edited December 2011

    I like How Great Thou Art; Amazing Grace; It Is Well With My Soul to name just a few.

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  • edited December 2011
    I just viewed a youtube.com clip of Matt Maher singing "Set me as  a Seal."  It was so beautiful and I have decided to have this sung during my ceremony.
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  • yodacubyodacub member
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    edited December 2011
    We are thinking of having the guests sing our favorite hymns with us - mine is Great is Thy Faithfulness, FI keeps changing his mind about his favorite.  We would like to have a soloist sing The Lord's Prayer right after the processional as well, not sure if we will have anything else (I really like music, can you tell?)
  • xstarx05xxstarx05x member
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    edited December 2011
    That's What Love Is by David Phelps (from Gaither Vocal Band)
    [played during our slideshow]

    Love Goes On by David Phelps (from Gaither Vocal Band)
    [played during SIL's processional]

    When God Made You by Newsong
    [played during SIL's recessional]

    Love With Me by Keith Green
    [played while signing marriage certificate]

    The Prayer (there are many versions--I like David Phelps & Lauren Tally)
    [played while lighting unity candle]

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  • edited December 2011
    We're having someone sing "O Perfect Love" while we light the unity candle. My grandparents had it in their wedding so that makes it special to us. (well, me, but he's good with it!)
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  • fpaemp2011fpaemp2011 member
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    edited December 2011
    We had everyone sing The Doxology (Praise God from Whom all blessings flow...) at the beginning of the ceremony.  We had "Love Never Fails" played while we braided the Cord of Three Strands and "When I Say I Do" while we signed the Marriage Covenant.

    Here are those and the other songs we considered:

    Love Never Fails- Brandon Heath
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nQy-aP_Koo

    When I Say I Do- Matthew West
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui_FcYlI_NU

    Hold You Up- Matthew West
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTOQX-gWtus

    Waiting For You- Matthew West
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkGDRiZYX64

    The Day Before You- Matthew West
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn2H0ZjIguU

    Wouldn't Change a Thing- Matthew West
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnazuajjGr0&feature=related

    A Page Is Turned- Bebo Norman
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxxFGRLDFX0

    Hundred More Years- Francesca Battistelli
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0Uz51NJJxM

    Worth It- Francesca Battistelli
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AunpKZ0vIdk

    Dancing in the Minefields- Andrew Peterson
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Gs3fg_WsEg

    Lead Me- Sanctus Real
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLr6G8Xy5uc

    Light of Day- Jimmy Needham
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwHGK-PS8Kw

    Unfailing Love (Kelly's Song)- Jimmy Needham
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK4jdexjgz4

    Love Is Not a Fight (Worth Fighting For)- Warren Barfield
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwK73QbNPKo

    God Gave Me You- Dave Barnes
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hQK6GIrpYU

  • edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/cultural-wedding-boards_christian-weddings_ceremony-songshymns?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Cultural%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:464687ae-7bc1-4360-9aea-999e11f1e1adDiscussion:42669b8e-fac5-4ec0-870e-75464de2b87cPost:66936743-ee9f-48d0-b3ac-c6caf01dc60d">Re: Ceremony Songs/Hymns</a>:
    [QUOTE]I like How Great Thou Art; Amazing Grace; It Is Well With My Soul to name just a few.
    Posted by porky[/QUOTE]

    <div>YES, I love these! <3 We had two congregational hymns at our wedding, Great is Thy Faithfulness and Joyful Joyful, We Adore Thee.</div>
  • edited December 2011
    We also sang "Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee". 

    We attended a wedding two weekends later where they used "Great is Thy Thankfulness" and "In Christ Alone".
  • edited December 2011
    Thank you all for your suggestions.  We are having a family friend sing Love Never Fails by Brandon Heath.  I am thinking of  having this friend also sing Set Me As a Seal too. 

    I am still deciding between How Great Thou Art and Amazing Grace. 
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  • xstarx05xxstarx05x member
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    edited December 2011
    I just saw Brandon Heath in Ocean Grove NJ! He's such a cutie. More important, love the message of his music (and the music itself)

    Here's a really cool version of "How Great Thou Art"

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  • whopfingerwhopfinger member
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    edited December 2011
    HI there! I'm also asking the guests to join us in singing How Great Thou Art and Amazing Grace... I've heard from a couple people that I should not include all the verses of Amazing Grace although I'm struggling to cut any of the wonderful verses. Any thoughts on this? Is singing two hymns too much?

    I don't want to make people uncomfortable and majority of my guests are not church-goers. That said, I would love to sing to the Lord at my wedding! Thank you for any advice!
  • fpaemp2011fpaemp2011 member
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    edited December 2011
    I don't see a problem with all of the verses.  We sing all the verses in church, so why cut it short for a wedding?

    Friends of ours had a 10 minute worship set at their wedding.  We had already planned ours and didn't have room to add one, but that's the one thing I would change in ours now.
  • ochemjennochemjenn member
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/cultural-wedding-boards_christian-weddings_ceremony-songshymns?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Cultural Wedding BoardsForum:464687ae-7bc1-4360-9aea-999e11f1e1adDiscussion:42669b8e-fac5-4ec0-870e-75464de2b87cPost:6e4e80f4-5e1c-4828-9d20-54318a7e2cda">Re: Ceremony Songs/Hymns</a>:
    [QUOTE]HI there! I'm also asking the guests to join us in singing How Great Thou Art and Amazing Grace... I've heard from a couple people that I should not include all the verses of Amazing Grace although I'm struggling to cut any of the wonderful verses. Any thoughts on this? <strong>Is singing two hymns too much?</strong> I don't want to make people uncomfortable and majority of my guests are not church-goers. That said, I would love to sing to the Lord at my wedding! Thank you for any advice!
    Posted by whopfinger[/QUOTE]

    No, two hymns isn't too much.  If you have a lot of people who don't attend church, I'd recommend songs with familiar tunes, so I think Amazing Grace is a good choice.
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