Post # 1
I havent been to church in a long time, but it was important to me and my fam to have a catholic ceremony but we’re not having a full mass. I don’t know where to begin with the music. Does anyone have any good websites to listen to potential Catholic ceremony music??
thanks in advance!
ETA: The priest is my mom’s cousin so I dont think he will put restrictions, but I am not a member of the parish. I have to use the organist. Don’t want too traditional. Is there a resource online to listen to any clips, or jsut get a list of acceptable churchy music ?
Post # 3
Start by asking your priest. Some parishs might have restrictions and others can be very relaxed. But its a decent place to start! From there you need to decide how traditional or modern you want to be. Do you want Trumpet voluntary? Or Coldplay? What will the music be played on? We wanted to sound lovely but be person, so we went wil modern songs that meants alot to us, but they were played on a guitar and violin so the overall sound was somewhat traditional.
Post # 4
I agree with mdarrah’s advice of asking your parish. Specifically, ask your priest if there are any music restrictions, and then ask the church’s music director for usual requests/common choices. Different parishes have different rules, and even if you are friends with the priest, he might not be able to make exceptions. A lot will also depend on what sounds good on the organ and what your organist feels comfortable playing.
Traditional, instrumental arrangements by classical composers like Bach and Mozart are acceptable at almost every church. To give you an idea, our DJ is playing "Air on G String" by Bach and "Canon in D" by Pachelbel for our processional, which are really common at weddings. If you look on Amazon for wedding cd’s, you can usually listen to a clip of the song. Here’s a sample:
P.S. This post was edited after I read your add-on.
Post # 5
Check out St. Clement’s church’s website. It was very informative for me. I also believe that all the music posted there conform to strict guidelines. Of course, if your chruch is more lax, then you have more choices/styles to choose from.
Post # 6
I also wasnt sure what kind of music for my ceremony but the organist at my parish has all the brides in the coming six months meet with him one evening and he plays all the songs for the wedding ceremony with the vocalist and everything. we went through different musical ideas. it was extremly informative. If you want the list that he gave us for the wedding send me a PM
Post # 7
Definitely check out this site, it helps me pick basicaly all my music: http://www.mauramusic.com/catholic_wedding_music.asp