Post # 1
We’re bringing in our own pianist and singer, who are family members. Our priest just told us as long as our songs are religious, we can use anything. That’s so broad and I’m so indecisive! I’ve found a few resources, but not super crazy about the traditional or contemporary songs I’ve found. Any other suggestions?
Also, and my biggest confusion right now, how many songs do we need? I’ve seen between 7-14. such a big range! which are optional? it seems to vary by website.
What’s your Nuptial Mass Music?
Post # 4
We ended up having 7 actual hymns for ours. Then there are the parts of the Mass which are usually (but not always) sung – i.e. Psalm, Gospel Acclamation, Holy Holy, Memorial Acclamation, Great Amen, Lamb of God – various arrangements for these can be found in the parish’s hymnbooks. You could ask your priest for a little more guidance in terms of the order of the Mass – some insist that the parts of the Mass be sung, others don’t care.
These are the hymns we had:
Seating of the Mothers: Ave Maria (Gounod) (this one definitely optional)
Processional: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (some people have a 2nd hymn just for the bride, but I didn’t)
Offertory/Preparation of the Gifts: Lord of All Power
Communion: For the Beauty of the Earth
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
(you might need only one, depending on how many are taking communion)
Signing of the Register: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (optional, but might be boring without music)
Recessional: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Hope this helps!
Post # 5
There should be a music/liturgy director at your church who will guide you. I’m a cantor and we give brides a list of 4-5 pieces to chose from for each piece of the mass. It’s difficult to stay liturgically correct. I wouldn’t go hog wild picking out music until you talk to that person. I’ve seen many a bride be told by the priest that they can use “anything religious” only to find out that their choices don’t fit with a nuptual liturgy. Just don’t want to see you get your heart set on something and then get shot down!
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@Ms. Figales: There will probably be an issue with the Beatles and Allman brothers… he may not be strict but that is probably out of the realm of what he was expecting…
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2010 - Catholic Church & The Engine Room at Georgetown Studios
I agree with KLP. However, you could use the Beatles and Allman brother songs as Prelude songs. We had an Eagles song in our Prelude. Before the Mass starts you can use secular music as long as it is appropriate and respectful. The Church most likely has a music director- they would provide guidence in your choices, not perform at your wedding. I would suggest calling and inquiring who the music director is.
Post # 9
i have not even begun to think about music for my catholic wedding. i do know that i want to walk down to Ave Maria.
Post # 10
priest already said Turn, Turn, Turn was ok because it’s before the mass. If Beatles isn’t ok, we have a backup.
Post # 11
our priest is so cool! he said we could have All You Need Is Love as our recessional. He also said we could do non-religious sons for the processionals, but we’ll probably keep them as is.
Post # 12
Not that this is useful for anyone, but these are the people I am trying to get for my wedding…they do masses and are so beautiful and spiritual..their music is highly moving….it’s moved me to tears before at a mass. I hope they can squeeze us into their schedule 🙁
They usually play the 2nd MP3 on there at mass.
Post # 13
Your priest is definitely cool! Ours would never ever allow any of that!
Our processional: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Our opening hymn: God who Blesses New Beginnings
Our Psalm: Taste and See that the Lord is Good
Our Signing hymn: Where there is Love
Our recessional: Horn Pipe
*Note, it’s not a full mass, that’s why there is no communion hymns.