@Pollywog: One thing you might want to think about/check with your celebrant: “Here I Am, Lord” isn’t actually a Psalm (the text comes from the book of Isaiah). “On Eagle’s Wings” *is* a Psalm text (I believe it’s Psalm 91). Would you be up for swapping them so that On Eagle’s Wings is your Psalm? If you switch the two of them, you’re golden: “Here I Am, Lord” is really appropriate for the offertory (bringing up the gifts) hymn!
@MrsDeLovely: You have some flexibility in how much music to have, but the general outline is this:
– preludes that serve as “background music” while the guests are arriving and getting seated
– processional music (for the wedding party and the bride/couple; can be the same piece or two different pieces. Some weddings also do a special piece of music for seating the mothers, etc.)
– an opening hymn that everyone sings (this can be cut if you are trying to keep things shorter)
– a responsorial Psalm (usually sung but can be recited. The text should come from the book of Psalms.)
– Gospel Acclamation (i.e. the Alleluia. Usually sung but can be recited.)
– Offertory/preparation/bringing forth the gifts. Usually a song that everyone sings, but you can have a soloist do something here instead if you prefer. You can pick whatever you like, but songs that talk about service and making sacrifices for one another are especially appropriate for this part of the Mass.
– Mass parts (Holy Holy, Memorial Acclamation, Amen, Lamb of God). Your organist/pianist will probably take care of these.
– Communion hymn. Again, you can pick what you like, but it’s especially appropriate to pick a hymn that talks about the Eucharist for this spot (like Pollywog’s suggestion of “One Bread, One Body.”)
– Closing hymn/Recessional. You can either have everyone sing a hymn and *then* walk out to a different piece of music, or you can walk out during the last song. Something bright and exuberant like “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” or “Canticle of the Sun” like Pollywog suggested works very well here.
One thing you can do is find out what hymnal the church uses (popular ones include Gather, Ritual Song, Worship, We Celebrate, Voices of Faith …) and then see what songs it has that you know and like. You can also use the index to find songs that are especially wedding-appropriate, or songs that tie in to the readings you chose. Feel free to PM me if you’d like some more help.
You also have some flexibility, BTW, in deciding how to do the processional. Part of it depends on your priest’s preferences (sometimes they walk in the processional, other times they just come out of the Sacristy and meet you at the altar), but there aren’t a lot of rules about who walks or what order – you can arrange that how you like.