Music Suggestions for Weddings

"I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine." Song of Solomon 6:3

We use all our senses to enjoy and remember the momentous events of our lives.  The individual components of a wedding -- from the Scripture readings to the flowers to the music -- guide our focus on the spirtuality, solemnity, and joy of the celebration.

To help you choose appropriate and beautiful music that will enhance your Wedding Mass or Ceremony, we have compiled a guide to music selections with a range of styles.  Song links are included so you may listen on YouTube to help you make your choices.  Our Director Liturgical of Music is happy to help guide you in making your musical selections and answer questions.  Email Gina Kolenda or call her at 781-598-4313 ext. 204.

 

Prelude

See the many beautiful suggestions below. You may select up to 20 minutes of prelude music. If you prefer not to make specific selections, the organist/keyboardist will play appropriate Prelude music.
 

Seating of the Mothers

Choose one. Here are the most popular choices, but others are included below.
Ave Maria (Franz Schubert): Vocal, Piano Solo, Violin
Hail Mary Gentle Woman


Wedding Party Processional 

Choose one. Here are the most popular choices, but others are included below.
Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
Trumpet Voluntary (Purcell)
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
 

Procession of the Bride 

Choose one. Here are the most popular choices, but many other options included below.
Bridal March (Johnathan Cain)
Canon in D (Pachabel)
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)
Rondeau (Mouret)
 

Responsorial Psalm

Choose one.
This is the Day (Joncas)
Blest Are Those Who Love You (Haugen)
How Good is the Lord to All (LaRosa)
The Goodness of the Lord (Soper)
The Lord is My Shepherd (Blakesley)
This is the Day (Hart) (Hit the blue arrow to play the song)
 

Gospel Acclamation 

Alleluia (Mass of Christ the Savior)
Alleluia (Mass of Restoration) (Blakesley)
Verse (All who live in love live in God and God in them)
 

Presentation of the Gifts

Choose one. Here are some appropriate choices, but you might also like some choices from the “Communion” section below, too.
All I Ask of You (Norbet)
I Have Loved You (Joncas)
Prayer of St. Francis (Make Me a Channel of Your Peace)
Servant Song 
Where Love is Found (Schutte)
 

Communion Songs

If your Wedding is a Mass, please choose one. Here are some very appropriate choices.
Many and One (Agrisano)
One Bread One Body
Love Divine All Loves Excelling (Hyfrydol)
Love One Another (Dufford)
Love Goes On (Farrell)
Age to Age
Table of Plenty (Schutte)
Panis Angelicus (Frank)
O Perfect Love (Barnby) (appropriate for any part of Mass)
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
Amazing Grace
I have loved you (Joncas)
Sing a new Song (Schutte)
 

Reflection Songs

If your wedding is a Mass, please choose one to be sung as a meditation after Communion.  Also, if you would like a song after the exchange of rings (especially if your service is not a Mass), here are some very appropriate choices. We aim to guide you toward songs that are liturgically appropriate. Other songs might be best reserved for your Reception. (Song titles marked with * are mp3 soudbites.)

All That We Have Seen (Hart)
Be Thou My Vision
Bridal Prayer (Copeland)
Wedding Song “There is Love” (Stookey)
One Thing Remains (Redman/Stanfill)
Goodness Love and Mercy (Tomlin)
The Blessing / Irish Blessing (Elevation Worship)/
The King of Love My Shepherd Is (Starting timestamp 4:03)
Set Your Heart on the Higher Gifts
 

Recessional

Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
Ode to Joy (L. Beethoven)
La Rejouissance (Handel)
Be My Heart Ever Faithful (Bach)
 

Additional Music Suggestions for Preludes, Entrances & Recessionals

Spring (Vivaldi)
Ave Maria (Bach/Gounot): Piano onlyWith solo instrumentWith singer
For the Beauty of the Earth (Kocher)
Arioso (J.S. Bach)
Canon in D (Johann Pachelbel)
Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)
Prince of Denmark March (Clarke)
March from Judas Maccabaeus (Handel)
Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
Prelude to Te Deum (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)
Trumpet Tune in D (David Johnson)
Trumpet Voluntary (Andante), John Stanley
Trumpet March (Jean-Baptiste Lully)
Hornpipe, from Water Music Suite (Handel)
Rondeau from Symphony of Fanfares (Mouret)