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Catholic Wedding Ceremony - music ideas?

Help! I am planning my Catholic wedding from a distance and am not able to meet with my ceremony musicians until just before the wedding. I need to decide on songs before then. Does anyone have suggestions on songs that can be played at a Catholic wedding from the prelude, to the processional, to the recessional?

Thank you!

Re: Catholic Wedding Ceremony - music ideas?

  • Call the church you are getting married in.  They often require you to pick songs from an approved list.
     
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  • how about
    1. Angels Watching – The O’Neill Brothers
    2. Ave Maria - Bach
    3. For the Beauty of the Earth – Conrad Kocher
    4. He Shall Feed His Flock - Handel
    5. Let There Be Peace On Earth - Jackson/Miller
    6. Lord of All Hopefulness - – Traditional
    7. Nearer My God to Thee - Mason Coming
    Soon!
    8. Now Thank We All Our God - Bach
    9. Wachet Auf - Bach
    I googled it...
  • Assuming that any non-secular music is okay (and it doesn't have to be strictly hymns) you have lots to choose from.
    - Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
    - Water Music
    - Canon in D
    - Laudate Dominum


    There is an excellent list of music for processional/ceremony/recessionals here:
    http://www.moodsmusic.ca/music_catholic.html

  • Ditto Hoboken that your church may have regulations on which music you may select so you should check with them.  But assuming they are okay I love Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring (which I used when the grandmothers and mothers were escorted to their seats) and Canon in D (which I used for when the bridesmaids and matron of honor walked in).  Some Catholic churches will not allow you to use the Wedding March for when you walk down the aisle because it is secular.
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  • We are doing:

    seating of parents/grandparents: Jesu joy of mans desiring
    bridal party: canon in d
    bride: trumpet voluntary

    ditto other people...your church should send you a list of songs & a sheet to fill out for everything. We had to list all of our songs, readings, vow verses, prayers of the faithful, gifts, etc. Our church gave us a CD with song samples on it. You can also post on the catholic board to get other ideas for songs and readings. Your priest may also be able to give you some help with readings, etc. 
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  • The music coordinator at our church is a saint. Here is the online form he created with clips of each song, and when that song would be an acceptable choice.

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  • The previous posters had some great ideas, and I am not sure if you are looking for instrumental music or music with vocals, but here are the songs that I am going with (my roommate is a very talented vocalist, so she is singing at the wedding and all of my songs, including the processional, have vocals):

    Processional: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
    Offertory: For all the Saints
    Communion: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
    Presentation of Flowers to Mary: Ave Maria
    Recessional: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

    I have not settled on all of the prelude songs yet, but we are thinking: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty; O Love that Will Not Let Me Go; O God Beyond All Praising; Sing of Mary.

    Hope this helps!

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  • MobKazMobKaz Chicago suburbs member
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    This website is an excellent source of liturgically approved music......

    http://catholicweddinghelp.com/

    My daughter processed to Canon in D.  Her responsorial psalm was, "I Have Loved You" by Joncas.  For the presentation of gifts, she used, "Wherever You Go" by Norbet.  "Make Me a Channel of your Peace/Temple was sung for the Sign of Peace, "Taste and See" was used during Communion, and "Ave Maria" was sung for the Presentation to Mary.
  • This is great! Thank you!

    n Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_ceremony-ideas_catholic-wedding-ceremony-music-ideas?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:10Discussion:84c03a92-2e24-4272-8e3f-7249f04ae6c1Post:b74970df-ef5a-45a6-a298-bff835f60684">Re: Catholic Wedding Ceremony - music ideas?</a>:
    [QUOTE]The previous posters had some great ideas, and I am not sure if you are looking for instrumental music or music with vocals, but here are the songs that I am going with (my roommate is a very talented vocalist, so she is singing at the wedding and all of my songs, including the processional, have vocals): Processional: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing Offertory: For all the Saints Communion: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence Presentation of Flowers to Mary: Ave Maria Recessional: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling I have not settled on all of the prelude songs yet, but we are thinking: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty; O Love that Will Not Let Me Go; O God Beyond All Praising; Sing of Mary. Hope this helps!
    Posted by emwalsh1[/QUOTE]
  • This is great. Thank you!

    n Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_ceremony-ideas_catholic-wedding-ceremony-music-ideas?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:10Discussion:84c03a92-2e24-4272-8e3f-7249f04ae6c1Post:8ab82477-832a-475c-ae53-ba8041fdbd44">Re: Catholic Wedding Ceremony - music ideas?</a>:
    [QUOTE]how about 1. Angels Watching – The O’Neill Brothers 2. Ave Maria - Bach 3. For the Beauty of the Earth – Conrad Kocher 4. He Shall Feed His Flock - Handel 5. Let There Be Peace On Earth - Jackson/Miller 6. Lord of All Hopefulness - – Traditional 7. Nearer My God to Thee - Mason Coming Soon! 8. Now Thank We All Our God - Bach 9. Wachet Auf - Bach I googled it...
    Posted by BrideofEd[/QUOTE]
  • Thank you!

    n Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_ceremony-ideas_catholic-wedding-ceremony-music-ideas?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:10Discussion:84c03a92-2e24-4272-8e3f-7249f04ae6c1Post:67b9c2d7-3534-4c53-b4c6-a3730a4466cb">Re: Catholic Wedding Ceremony - music ideas?</a>:
    [QUOTE]Call the church you are getting married in.  They often require you to pick songs from an approved list.
    Posted by HobokenBride2012[/QUOTE]
  • Thank you!

    n Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_ceremony-ideas_catholic-wedding-ceremony-music-ideas?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:10Discussion:84c03a92-2e24-4272-8e3f-7249f04ae6c1Post:92cc74df-0fd0-4744-81e8-5bf000759735">Re: Catholic Wedding Ceremony - music ideas?</a>:
    [QUOTE]Assuming that any non-secular music is okay (and it doesn't have to be strictly hymns) you have lots to choose from. - Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - Water Music - Canon in D - Laudate Dominum There is an excellent list of music for processional/ceremony/recessionals here: <a href="http://www.moodsmusic.ca/music_catholic.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.moodsmusic.ca/music_catholic.html</a>
    Posted by naomikb[/QUOTE]
  • TCapri33TCapri33 member
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    edited July 2012
    This is great. Thank you so much!

    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_ceremony-ideas_catholic-wedding-ceremony-music-ideas?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:10Discussion:84c03a92-2e24-4272-8e3f-7249f04ae6c1Post:73f3dd75-069f-439d-b185-e353b38b84d8">Re: Catholic Wedding Ceremony - music ideas?</a>:
    [QUOTE]The music coordinator at our church is a saint. Here is the online form he created with clips of each song, and when that song would be an acceptable choice.   <a href="http://www.stannebarrington.org/weddings/wedmus.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.stannebarrington.org/weddings/wedmus.html</a>
    Posted by carynlwerner[/QUOTE]
  • Thank you!

    n Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_ceremony-ideas_catholic-wedding-ceremony-music-ideas?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:10Discussion:84c03a92-2e24-4272-8e3f-7249f04ae6c1Post:7843d1a7-cfc9-40a7-ac55-598b15541204">Re: Catholic Wedding Ceremony - music ideas?</a>:
    [QUOTE]This website is an excellent source of liturgically approved music...... <a href="http://catholicweddinghelp.com/" rel="nofollow">http://catholicweddinghelp.com/</a> My daughter processed to Canon in D.  Her responsorial psalm was, "I Have Loved You" by Joncas.  For the presentation of gifts, she used, "Wherever You Go" by Norbet.  "Make Me a Channel of your Peace/Temple was sung for the Sign of Peace, "Taste and See" was used during Communion, and "Ave Maria" was sung for the Presentation to Mary.
    Posted by mobkaz[/QUOTE]
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