Post # 1
I am having a traditional Catholic ceremony, however I don’t want to have the same music that everyone always plays. Does anyone have any ideas for songs that are not overused but are still acceptable in a traditional ceremony? Thank you!
Post # 3
@PinkAndPearls2013: Are you aiming for more traditional hymns, or something a little more contemporary?
To give me an idea, maybe rattle off a few of your favorite church songs (whether or not they would be something you’d use for the wedding) and I’ll see if I can come up with some suggestions.
Post # 4
@KCKnd2: I actually used to be in my church choir in high school and when I went home for breaks during college but I never remembered songs by name I usually just remember a song when I hear it and start singing it but I’m like that with all songs. But I’m really not picky between traditional and contemporary, I just don’t want something that everyone has heard at every wedding they ever go to, you know?
Post # 5
We had a full Catholic mass so everything had to be classical and/or religious, but I also wanted different songs. Here are ours:
Prelude—sung by my friend who is a cantor:
The Prayer (Bocelli)
The Irish Wedding Song (Betteridge)
In This Very Room (Harris)
For the processions (we had a pianist, cellist, and violinist)
Procession of the Parents & Grandparents:
Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
Procession of the Bridal Party:
Cannon in D (Pachelbel)
Procession of the Bride:
Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
During Mass (sung by cantor accompanied by piano, violin, and cello)
Celtic Alleluia (Walker)
Sign of Peace:
Prayer of St. Francis (Rawson)
In Remembrance of Me (Courtney and Red)
Presentation to the Blessed Mother:
Our Lady of Knock (Scallion)
And for the exit
Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
Then bagpipes outside right into O’Reilly’s March
Post # 6
@PinkAndPearls2013: Sure, I know what you mean.
For ours, we used a processional that was an adaptation of a Scottish melody, and our opening hymn was “O God Beyond All Praising” – moderately well-known but definitely not overdone at weddings. We also used “This Is My Song,” set to the melody of Sibelius’ Finlandia. Those were the more traditional hymns in the mix. Communion was a song called “Holy Manna,” and we also considered “Make of Our Hands A Throne.” Both of those are a little more contemporary. We had “Each Step of the Journey” as the closing hymn/recessional, followed by “How Can I Keep From Singing” as a postlude. We also used “Holy Family” for the flowers to the Virgin Mary, and “Song of Ruth,” “Bi Iosa Im Chroisa/Jesus Be In Our Hearts” and “O Mary of Promise” as preludes. Oh, and Becker’s setting of the Litany of the Saints. So, overall it was a mix of traditional and folk/Celtic pieces. Most of those would not be found in too many hymnals, though.
Post # 7
I’m in the middle of planning the music for our catholic ceremony, but I know I want “How Beautiful” for the communion song. I just love it 🙂 I also love “The Prayer”.
I’ll be following this thread though, since I am unsure on some parts.