Wedding Music Selections

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The processional music accompanies the entrance of the presider, any liturgical ministers such as readers or servers, the wedding party, and the bride and groom. One processional song may be more desirable than separate songs for the wedding party, the groom and the bride. If you desire more than one processional song, your parish music director can assist you with choosing a successful combination of pieces. Prior to the processional, prelude music may be played as the guests are being seated.

At the end of the liturgy, music accompanies the exit of the newly married couple, the wedding party, the liturgical ministers, and the guests.


Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke*

Hornpipe (Allegro Maestoso) by George Friederich Handel

Prelude to a Te Deum by Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Rondeau by Jean Joseph Mouret

Rigaudon by Andre Campra

Jesu, Joy by Johann Sebastian Bach

THAXTED by Gustav Holst

Kanon in D by Johann Pachelbel

Trumpet Voluntary by John Stanley

Trumpet Tune by Jeremiah Clarke*

Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven

Saint Anthony Chorale by Attributed to Joseph Haydn


* The composer is erroneously identified as Jeremiah Clarke on the recording. The composer is Henry Purcell.


Couples may choose to select an opening hymn or other song after the procession has reached the front of the church. While not required, it is especially appropriate in situations when families come from two different Christian denominations; a hymn sung by all can be a unifying moment for the assembly.


Joyful, Joyful We Adore You

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

For the Beauty of the Earth

Praise to the Lord

All Creatures of Our God and King

Love Is the Sunlight

All People That on Earth Do Dwell

When Love Is Found

Bridegroom and Bride


Following the first reading, a psalm is sung by the cantor and the assembly. The cantor sings the verses of the psalm, and the assembly responds with a simple refrain. It is important that this text be a psalm; a solo or other sacred song may not be used.


Psalm 33 The Earth Is Full of the Goodness of God by J. Robert Carroll

Psalm 33 The Earth Is Full of the Goodness of God by Marty Haugen

Psalm 34 Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord by Marty Haugen

Psalm 34 Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord by Michel Guimont

Psalm 103 The Lord is Kind and Merciful by Marty Haugen

Psalm 103 The Lord is Kind and Merciful by David Haas

Psalm 128 Blest are Those by Marty Haugen - Additional refrain: May the Lord Bless Us

Psalm 128 May the Lord Bless Us by Joseph Gelineau - Additional refrain: 0 Happy Are Those


Before the reading of the gospel, an alleluia is sung by the cantor and assembly.


Celtic Alleluia by Fintan O'Carroll

Chant Alleluia – Traditional chant melody

Alleluia from Mass of Light by David Haas


If you are celebrating a wedding mass, the Holy, Holy; Memorial Acclamation; Amen and Lamb of God will be sung by the congregation. A cantor can assist the congregation in singing their parts. Additional instruments may also be used to augment the piano or organ.


Mass of Creation by Marty Haugen

Holy, Holy Christ Has Died

Community Mass by Richard Proulx

Holy, Holy Christ Has Died

People's Mass by Jan Vermulst

Holy, Holy Christ Has Died

Lamb of God from Mass of Creation by Marty Haugen

Lamb of God from Holy Cross Mass by David Clark Isele


If you are celebrating a wedding mass, a communion processional may be sung by the cantor and congregation as the congregation comes forward to receive communion.


Eat This Bread by Jacques Berthier

Taste and See by James Moore

You Satisfy the Hungry Heart by Robert Kreutz


The following pieces are just a small sampling of other selections that can be incorporated in your wedding liturgy.


A Nuptial Blessing by Michael Joncas

The Gift of Love by Hal Hopson

May Love Be Ours, Lord by Michael Joncas

Wedding Hymn by George Friederich Handel

Unity Candle Song by Raymond Haan

Ave Maria by Franz Schubert

Ave Maria by Bach/ Gounod

Wedding Song by Heinrich Schutz

God Is Love by David Haas

Covenant Hymn by Gary Daigle

Love One Another by James Chepponis

Ubi Caritas by Jacques Berthier

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