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Non-traditional music for a Catholic ceremony?

Hey ladies, Has anyone has any luck incorporating non-traditional music into a Catholic ceremony? My fiance and I have our hearts set on unique processional and recessional songs. Though they aren't necessarily conveying a religious message, they both embrace the idea of love. Not so bad right? The lyrics won't be an issue anyway, because we hired a string quartet to play the instrumentals. The processional, especially, is beautiful and almost sounds like classical piece when played by strings. I was wondering if anyone had a good experience with being a little different or if it's even worth trying at all? Thanks for your help!

Re: Non-traditional music for a Catholic ceremony?

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    It's really popular to use non-traditional music at weddings, but I've always heard that you have to check with your church because most Catholic churches don't allow it.  So call your church before you get your heart set on anything.
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    It really depends on your parish. You have to talk to them.
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    Rules vary from parish to parish. In our case, it all had to be liturgical. Check with your priest :)
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    Our church requires that all music be liturgical, but other churches may be different.
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    This would really be up to the individual Church but I really doubt it will happen in the Catholic Church. I think it is a nice idea but the Church usually wants you to use things that are traditional.For example: I had to get permission to do a reading from the Bible that was not on the suggested "wedding reading list." I mean, it was FROM the BIBLE and they still gave me a hard time.I guess what I am saying is, good luck.
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    ...and you should come over to the Catholic board! You won't really get any different reponses than these, though.
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    Your diocese and/or priest may have standards for the music allowed.  Many don't allow secular music though.Guess we just lucked out with a priest who allowed the secular selectionsthe B&G chose.Ask your priest.
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    My church won't allow it.
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    I'm surprised to learn that some parishes are actually stricter than mine!  But yeah, our music is limited to music that is "liturgical in nature or classical".
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