Music at your wedding is a very personal choice.
Weddings over the centuries have included everything from classical soloists to rock bands. Your Vicar will be able to advise you, whether you want a traditional wedding or something with a bit of a difference. The following may be helpful information to get you started.
There are usually two or three hymns sung during a wedding service. Try to find hymns that are familiar to your guests - and are easy to sing!
The Vicar or the organist at the church where you are to be married will be pleased to help you decide.
You can also listen to some of the most well-loved church wedding hymns on this site, which may help you make your choice.
Organ music is the traditional choice for weddings and most churches which have an organ also have an organist. Organists, (or Directors of Music in some of the larger churches), can advise you on hymns and processional music. Their capabilities and the type of organ they have in church need to be taken into account, so do seek their opinion even if you have already decided which hymns you’d most like to have.
We met separately with Robert Jones, St. Bride’s Director of Music, and other helpful people in the church during the planning. At St. Bride’s, the door is always open.
Steve Brown, married in London
The Church Choir
Some churches have a choir which can be present at your wedding and help lead the hymn singing. Some choirs can also sing a suitable piece by themselves during the service, such as when you are signing the Register.
To accompany the bride’s walk down the aisle, many couples still choose the traditional "Bridal March" by Wagner and Mendelssohn’s "Wedding March". However, there is scope for other music, so if you would like to explore something different, please talk to your church about this. Some churches will also play recorded music. Speak to your Vicar about what they can do.
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