Post # 1
Hey Catholic Bees!
So I am sure this topic has been touched on before, but I am needing help thinking about the ceremony music for my Catholic wedding. We are not having a full mass, and my fiance is not Catholic. I would love to have non traditional (preferably country music) for my wedding. I was thnking of doing instrumentals of country music for the the entrance and exits (or non-traditional piano pieces), and a unity candle song and the responsorial song.
I am hoping you can give me your thoughts on the whole situation, and possible suggestions all around!
Here is the song list I need to fill:
Processional (grandparents, wedding party, bride entrance)
Post # 2
You may need to talk to your priest about what songs you can use during Mass. At my church we could only use religious songs during the actual Mass. Now prelude music could be whatever we wanted, so you might be able to use some nice country songs then.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
At my Catholic church we are alos only allowed to use religious music. Definitely check with your priest!
Post # 4
Your responsorial song will need to be chosen from one of the psalms available for being picked for a Catholic wedding. I would make that choice in conjunction wtih your readings.
As for country music, it really depends on your church. Some priests are pretty liberal, you can go with anything as long as it somewhat religious. Some priests are pretty old school and will make you stick to a strict song list. I know one priest who won’t even let guitars be played in his church. I would really check with your priest prior to getting your heart set on something he will not let you play.
I would look at christain country singers such as Amy Grant to pick songs.
Here is a great website for readings (where you can find a responsorial song) http://www.catholicweddinghelp.com/
Post # 5
I think you can only use religious songs…nothing secular…so Here comes the Bride is out. Here’s what I would go with:
Seating of mothers: Ave Maria
Entrance of Bridesmaids: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bridal Entrance: Trumpet Voluntary…Clarke
Unitiy Candle: I’d use On Eagle’s Wings
Recessional: Ode to Joy
As for the responsorial psalm and the alleluia, I’d just ask the priest what he recommends.
Post # 6
I love country music! I think “Then” by Brad Paisley and “God Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts would be nice as ceremony songs.
Just as a warning, I’m getting married in a Catholic church as well and they do not allow secular music during weddings (except for “Here Comes the Bride” – they allow that). I know other people who have also been told that at various churches so you may want to check that you are allowed to!
Post # 7
Canon in D is another alternative for bridesmaid entrance.
Personally, I strongly prefer classical music at weddings, especially weddings in churches!
Post # 8
I would talk to your priest because I am not sure they will let you use country music. The parish we were married at said we could use classical music or religious music. Here is what we went with:
Bridesmaids march – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Johann Sebastian Bach
Bridal march – Canon in D, Johann Pachelbel
Responsorial – Psalm 33, The Earth Is Full of The Goodness of The Lord
Alleluia – John 4:12, If we love one another God remains in us, and His love is brought to perfection in us
Offertory – I Have Loved You, Michael Joncas
Communion – When Love Is Found, Brian Wren
Meditation – Ave Maria, Franz Schubert, Op. 52
Recessional – Wedding March (from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”), Felix Mendelssohn
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