Getting married in a church can be challenging when selecting your church wedding songs. Before selecting any music, be sure to speak to your Priest/Pastor/Officiant about the rules of what music is allowed. Another thing to consider is who will be playing the music. Some churches only have an organ or piano, while others may have a complete band ensemble.
Another consideration is to plan your songs by the size of the church. If the church is small, you would not want long length songs for the entrance and exit.
Church Wedding Songs
Songs played as the wedding party enter the church and approach the altar are known as the processional songs. Here are processional songs for church weddings.
Air from Water Music
Hornpipe (From “Water Music”)
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Cantata BWV 147: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Ode to Joy (From Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125)
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
The bride’s entrance is typically highlighted by the Here Comes The Bride song. However, here are a few other options as well for your church wedding.
Here Comes The Bride
Trumpet Voluntary in D Major (The Prince of Denmark’s March)
Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: III. La réjouissance
Trumpet Tune in D
Songs are also played during church weddings during:
Unity Candle Lighting
Signing of the marriage licence
Presentation of the gifts
Songs during “down-time” like before and after vows, ring exchange and readings.
The Wedding Song
Wedding Song (There Is Love)
As the bride and groom leave the altar area after the ceremony has concluded (Recessional), the classic song to be played is the Wedding March.
Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21: IV. Finale (Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace)
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