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Ultimate Guide to Wedding Ceremony Music

Updated: Nov 2, 2021




Church Ceremony Layout


Processional:

The Processional gives you the option to have a separate piece of music for the bridal party to the bridal Entrance. It is basically the music for the flower girls, ring bearers, bridesmaids, etc. Processional music starts as soon as the bridal party enters the church and continues until the bride is ready to walk down the aisle.


Entrance

The Brides Entrance music starts as soon as the bride enters the church and continues until the bride is at the top of the alter and mass is ready to begin.

In some cases, this song may continue into the Lighting of the Individual Candles below but it is good to have an option for it also just to be safe!


Some popular choices:

  • Pachelbel - Canon in D Major

  • Rascal Flatts - Bless The Broken Road

  • Chantal Kreviazuk - Feels Like Home

  • Train - Marry Me

  • Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition

  • Tom Walker - Better half of me

The Lighting of Individual Candles (Instrumental)

  • Glen Hansard - Wedding Ring

  • Ed Sheeran - Perfect

  • Gabriel's Oboe

  • Glen Hansard - Falling Slowly


Responsorial Psalm

This is the part of the ceremony where one piece of music will be played in between the First and Second Reading in the mass.

We strongly advise a hymn to be placed into this part of the ceremony.


  • On Eagles Wings

  • Ephesians Prayer

  • As The Deer


Gospel Acclamation (Priest or Musician)

  • Alleluia


The Lighting of Marriage Candle (Instrumental)

  • The instrumental pieces used for the lighting of the individual candles can also be used here.


Offertory

  • The Servant Song

  • Liam Lawton - Mo Ghrá Thú/Hiding Place


Mystery of Faith (Usually done by the Priest)

  • He is Lord

  • Christ has died



Sign of Peace

  • Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace

  • Ephesians Prayer

  • Schubert - Ave Maria

  • How Great Thou Art

  • Here I Am Lord


Communion

Depending on how many guests are present, you could require two songs for communion. Always have two chosen, your favourite being number one, to be safe and the musicians will judge whether or not the second song is needed at the time.

We strongly advise Two Hymns to be placed into this part of the ceremony.

  • Liam Lawton - Clouds Veil

  • John Newton - Amazing Grace

  • Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli - The Prayer

  • Liam Lawton - Mo Ghrá Tú/ Hiding Place


The Signing of the Register

Generally, you should pick at least Two songs for this part of the ceremony. There is more freedom with the song choices here as the mass is over. Sometimes your photographer might plan to take a couple of photos at this stage which might require more time. If this is part of the photographers' plans then we would advise choosing Three songs here just in case.


  • Elvis - I Can't Help Falling In Love With You

  • Van Morrison - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

  • Ellie Goulding - How Long Will I Love You

  • Jason Mraz - I'm Yours

  • Randy Newman - You've Got a Friend in Me

  • Say You Won't Let Go - James Arther

  • Fleetwood Mac - Landslide


Recessional

This is when everyone will stand and the bridal party will exit. Try and pick an upbeat song!

  • Picture This - Take My Hand

  • Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere

  • The Beatles - All You Need Is Love

  • The Lumineers - Ho Hey

  • The Cranberries - Dreams

  • Hall & Oats - You make my dreams come true

  • Natalie Cole - This will be an Everlasting Love




Civil / Humanist Ceremony Layout


Processional

  • Kodaline - The One

  • Chantal Kreviazuk - Feels Like Home


The Lighting of Individual Candles (Instrumental)

  • Elvis - I Can't Help Falling In Love With You

  • Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up


After Readings

  • John Denver - Perhaps Love

  • Peter Gabriel - The Book of Love

  • Train - Marry Me


Unity Candle (Instrumental)

  • The instrumental pieces used for the lighting of the individual candles can also be used here.


The Signing of the Register

  • Christina Perri - A Thousand Years

  • Roberta Flack - First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

  • Sixpence None The Richer - Kiss Me

Recessional

This is when everyone will stand and the bridal party will exit. Try and pick an upbeat song!

  • Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros - That's What's Up

  • Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine

  • Barry Louis Polisar -All I want is you

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