Post # 1
Our church doesn’t have a choir or instrumentalists that we can use for our wedding. We are having a traditional full mass in an older church – I’d like to stick with the setting but I have no idea what to use for music. We are thinking about getting a small choir (6-10 ppl) but I’m just not sure what to use for acompaniment for music. What can you suggest?
Post # 3
oopsie I meant to post this in Catholic – how do I move it?
Post # 4
Do you have any favorite hymns? I would take a look at what’s in your church’s hymnal and pick out some hymns that will be easy for the congregation to join in on. Is there an organist? Do you have any musician friends who could serve as cantor or play an instrument?
Some nice ones you might look at:
– O God Beyond All Praising (works as an opening or closing hymn)
– God in the Planning
– Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
– For The Beauty of the Earth (good opening hymn)
– Sent Forth By God’s Blessing (good closer)
– Where Love is Found
Hope that’s helpful!
Post # 5
This is what we used…
Seating of the Mothers- Holy is His Name-Talbot
Processional- Trumpet Tune
Gathering Song- Gather Us In
Communion Song- One Bread, One Body
Recessional- Tocatta from Symphony No. 5
I think we did all of them on organ except for the Communion song… but honestly I can’t remember! lol I posted a bunch of choices for recessional and processionals for another bee a wihle ago here:
Post # 6
I second trying to find a talented friend or family member who can help you out. Our church had an organist we could hire for the wedding, but we had a friend of ours as the cantor, and DH’s cousin sang a couple songs, too.
Post # 7
I’m with you– we have a pianist and are asking two of the girls who lead the songs to sing at our Mass, but other than that, we’re not having any musicians. We love “On Eagle’s Wings”, so we’re using that somewhere, but not sure where yet 🙂
Post # 8
@Merelymere: fyi, that song has very strong funeral connotations. (As in, it’s done in 95% of current Catholic funerals…) Just thought you might want to know that before choosing it for your wedding – maybe you haven’t been to many Catholic funerals, but if you do, you’re going to start noticing it, and maybe you don’t want that association with your wedding!
Post # 9
What an exciting thread! My fiance and I have been talking about this for ages, even before we got engaged.
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (maybe to walk down the aisle?)
O Come, O Come Emmanuel (We’re getting married during Advent so perhaps some seasonal hymns?)
Entrance: O God Beyond All Praising (my absolute favorite)
Be Thou My Vision (maybe during the gifts?)
Communion: Tantum Ergo, perhaps
Presentation to Mary: Salve Regina
Recessional: The King of Love My Sheperd Is
Loves Divine, All Loves Excelling (Not sure where this would go)
Post # 10
@vanessa7: If you are interested: there is a setting of lyrics called “God In the Planning” that is sung to the same melody (Slane) as “Be Thou My Vision,” and the text is specifically about marriage.
Post # 11
thanks bees! I’ll look into these. I think we’re going to hire an organist from another parish and see if he can recommend a few people to lead the singing. I’m just a bit worried because my half of the family is either not religious or not practicing… Fiance is though. I just hate it when it sounds empty… though there are alot of people so this shouldn’t be a problem. I just worry!
Post # 12
@KCKnd2: Thanks! 🙂 I think we’ll stick with the original. I just love the lyrics so much!
Post # 13
Our church gave us a booklet with lots of suggested songs. We do not have a cantor, just an organist.
Seating of the Mothers: Canon in D – Pachelbel
Bridesmaids Processional: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach
Bride Processional: Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clarke
Presentation of the Gifts: Praise and Thanksgiving
Communion Procession: We Gather Together
Recessional: The Rejoicing from the Fireworks Suite – Handel
Post # 14
“Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones” is also very beautiful and majestic!
Post # 15
We went with upbeat music. Both Fiance and myself are criers so this seemed like a better option for us. Its also why we specifically didn’t use Canon in D for the wedding party into (it is very traditional) but Fiance couldn’t listen to it at home without crying.
We have a soloisit who also plays guitar to accompany the organist.
Seating of the Parents – Come and Journey with Me.
Wedding Party – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bride – Trumpet Vooluntary
Preparation of the Gifts – Lord of the Dance
Communinion – Gift of Finest Wheat
Dedication to the Blessed Mother – Ave Maria
Recessional – Hornpipe followed by Ode to Joy