Post # 1
I need some help. I’m hiring a piano teacher to do my catholic mass ceremony music, she is not catholic and doesn’t do many weddings. Her piano playing abilities are up to par but I’m not sure she really knows how much music you need or which songs to play for what. I sat with her today and we figured out the basics, like wedding party, me walking in, ave maria… Now my catholic brides how many songs do I need, and for which parts. ANY help will be very appreciated. 🙂
Post # 3
Here’s our music breakdown for our ceremony with full mass:
Before mass: we are having 1 or 2 songs played while people come in and find their seats
Processional: we have one song for the bridal party and one song for the bride’s entrance
Sign of Peace – We are having music here because we are presenting out mothers with flowers.
We are not having a unity candle or the presentation of flowers to Mary, but typically music is played at that time as well. Does the church you are getting married in have a music director? We aren’t having our music director play at our wedding, but it was offered to us to use her for ideas and direction for the musical parts of the ceremony.
Post # 4
Thank you so much! That is very helpful. I’m not sure if there is a music director, since the priest gave us a very limited selection of musicians. Mostly all volunteers. We have a very small church.
Post # 5
I LOVE the idea of presenting the flowers to the mothers. That sounds like a very touching idea. How exactly is it executed?
Post # 6
When everyone is doing the sign of peace, the bride and groom go to each of the mothers and present her with a flower (and usually a hug). It’s pretty nice when I’ve seen it done. It’s not expensive to do either, but is usually touching.
Post # 7
I had a friend who offered to do the music for another friend’s wedding. The bride bought/copied all the sheet music and put it in a binder with each piece clearly labeled so it could be pulled out. She also included some “filler” music – you know, for the Eucharistic liturgy if things are taking too long, etc. I don’t know whether this was overkill but everything went off well. You might want to consider when the musician will receive communion and make this clear to the priest or Eucharistic ministers – some people don’t like a sudden pause in the music.
Post # 8
Also, PM if you want some specific suggestions. I found a couple websites when I was researching and have selected the music for my wedding already, so I could go into more detail then if you are looking for it.
Post # 9
Processional for bridal party
Optional additional song for you to walk down to
Liturgy of the Word begins. Optional Parts of Mass that can be sung:
The Kyrie (Lord have Mercy)
You can request the priest to chant the prayers of the liturgy of the word.
There is no Gloria as the Gloria is only for Sunday Liturgies
You do not have to have the Responsorial Psalm Sung. It can be chanted or spoken.
Then after the Homily you’ll come up for your vows
You can have music for after your vows and for bringing up the offetory if you so choose to bring it up.
After the consecration stuff like “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again” can be sung. The Sanctus can be sung (Holy, Holy, Holy Lord). The Pater Noster can be chanted (Our Father). The Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) can be sung.
For communion I recommend having just a musical interlude without singing.
And then a Recessional peice and if you’re having a receiving line, you’ll need another piece of music as it’ll take forever for everyone to leave the chapel.
If you want limited music and a shorter Mass, than I’d say:
Music before Mass
Have someone read the responsorial psalm
Music when you go back to your pews after your vows
Music for communion
Post # 10
Oh I forgot the Alleluia. That is optional as well. It can be spoken, chanted or sung.
My sister and I did not give flowers to the Blessed Virgin nor did we have a Unity Candle.