Post # 1
So, much to my surprise, one of the requirements for our music during our ceremony is that it not be secular. Okay, whatever, neither of us had our heart set on something specific.
The problem is, aside from “Ave Maria”, we are pretty sure we don;t know much about Catholic, religious music!
I would not describe us as traditional, really. Our faith is important to us, but I would not describe us as typical in most ways.
Something is Spanish and English might be a good idea. Anyone have any suggestions for good songs?
Post # 3
I am going to follow this post becuase I need the same advise. 🙂
Post # 4
@solidarity: I told my priest the Beatles were catholic and he laughed and was willing to make exceptions within limits 😉
Post # 5
I’m sorry I don’t have any advice, but I was in the same situation. We contacted the church music person and he was like “Father doesn’t allow anything that isn’t secular.” So i was like ok no problem, wait. He just kept naming songs and I was like uh ok yeah sure that sounds good? So I wish you the best of luck. THe only thing I know of is I’m walking down the aisle to Cannon in D Minor and Ave Maria is during communion. But for the rest he just kept suggesting lol.
Post # 6
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Panis Angelicus, Pie Jesu are all pretty popular and lovely. Also, there are a lot of nice choral settings of words from Song of Songs. I am singing in an arrangement of “Set Me As a Seal” by Clausen in a wedding this April, for example.
Post # 7
@sanjessica: hahaha that’s too funny.
I though of VNV Nation’s song “Genesis”, a dance/techno that quotes the Book of Genesis 😉 I’m sorry, I got nothing, but good luck! Have you looked on iTunes? I think they have a “Christian” category, you could sample some songs on there.
Post # 8
Ask whoever is doing your music (assuming they are the regular church musician?) for suggestions.
Post # 9
We had Ave Maria, Canon in D Minor, and Lady of Knock. I think I am missing one song and I can’t come up with it. I asked our musician for advice.
Post # 10
We have the same issue with choosing our music.
Here is what we are using:
Prelude: Spring by Vivaldi
Bridal Pary Processional: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach
Bridal Processional: Canon in D by Pachabel
Unity Candle: Hold You Up by Matthew West
Prep of Gifts: How Beautiful by Twila Paris
Communion: All in All by Dennis Jernigan, One Bread One Body by John Foley
Recessional: Halleluiah Chorus by Handel
Hopefully this helps!!
Post # 11
Here is a website with a lot of great ideas for church wedding music. http://weddingmusicunveiled.com/
It’s not specifically Catholic, but many of their ideas should work for a Catholic wedding.
Or just consult with the church’s organist.
Post # 12
@solidarity: You can borrow one of the hymnal – music books that are in the pews and look for the songs under the category of marriage, wedding, and love…some books even have a section for bilinugal songs. Youtube the songs so you can hear the melody that goes along with them.
Post # 13
PPs have already given great suggestions for the processional and things. We didn’t know much about these things either, so we just chose from a list we found online on a Catholic website.
We spent much more time choosing hymns which complimented our Bible readings and meant something to us. It can be helpful to borrow a hymn book in order to see what you can choose from, although we selected some hymns which were not in the hymn book in the end.
Post # 14
Hmm, I guess I had not realized that so much classical music is actually religious, DUH! 😉
That’s great to know. There’s so much classical music we love!
Last night, my Fiance claimed he knows all the songs and can pick out all the music, LOL, ok.
Post # 15
Yes, almost anything classical is usually fine (exceptions: Wagner’s Wedding March, aka “Here Comes the Bride” is often not allowed, and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March is also sometimes forbidden. Both of them come from operas where the wedding scene was problematic in the Church’s eyes, i.e. the bride was kidnapped and forced into marriage, etc., so many Catholic churches don’t allow those songs.)
There’s a gorgeous bilingual setting of the Prayer of St. Francis called “Senor, Hazme un instrumento” by Steve Warner that is lovely for weddings.
The PP who suggested looking for songs that go with your readings gave good advice. Most hymnals will have an index in the back that can help you match up songs with the passages they come from. Or, if you want to PM me/post your readings here, I can help find some specific suggestions.
Post # 16
@solidarity: We’re in a similar situation and thankfully we were provided with a program of music that is allowed. Does your church have something like that? I just went on YouTube and started listening to those Hymns/songs and paid attention to the lyrics to find what sounded most appropriate. You really can’t go wrong with any of the classical songs; Canon in D, D Minor, etc.