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Other music for your wedding

Other music for your weddingThere are several places in your wedding where music can be played, as well as the hymns that will be sung. There’s lots of scope to be creative with choices that make your wedding really personal to you.

Your vicar will be delighted to help you decide on all the music for your ceremony and will want to make sure everything works well together. Some churches have special facilities, for example, if you wanted any recorded music playing from a CD or MP3 player, but talk to your vicar about what may be possible in the church.

1. Choosing musicians and instruments
Some couples like to use the church’s musicians, like the organist or choir, throughout the whole service because their sound suits the church acoustics so well. If the church has musicians and you’d like them to be part of your ceremony, talk to the vicar about their availability, costs and capabilities for the music you have in mind.

But you might also like to hire your own musicians, and you can, from classical soloists to rock bands. You may have friends or relatives who are talented with a particular instrument and you’d like them to be involved in the service. The scope is very broad, but the vicar will be happy to support you in choosing suitable pieces for particular parts of the service.

2. Choosing music
Some popular choices of music are offered below, but you can discuss other ideas too with your vicar.

For the bride’s entrance
Music for this moment might be gentle, dramatic, emotional and touching, but always positive. The type of music you choose may depend on the size of the church and which songs or music really mean something to you both. These are some popular, classic pieces:

Clair de Lune, Debussy
Canon in D, Pachelbel
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, from ‘Solomon’, Handel
Trumpet Voluntary, aka the Prince of Denmark’s March, Jeremiah Clarke
Salut D’Amour, Elgar
Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin, Wagner
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, J S Bach

For signing the register
You and your two witnesses may move to a different part of the church, (or even go into a separate room), to sign the register. Either way, it is a moment of pause in the ceremony and music is often played at this point.

You can choose a hymn for your guests to sing, or have a piece of music played, either by a live musician, or from a CD/MP3 player if the church has the facilities.

For leaving the church
Music for this part of your ceremony is always upbeat and cheerful. These are some popular, traditional classics, but you can talk to your vicar if you’d like something different:-

Clair de Lune, Debussy
Canon in D, Pachelbel
Trumpet Voluntary, aka the Prince of Denmark’s March, Jeremiah Clarke
Wedding March- Incidental Music No.9 from Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mendelssohn
Salut D’Amour, Elgar
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, J S Bach
Toccata from Widor’s 5th Symphony in F

For something special
There may be another part of the service where a piece of music is appropriate for your ceremony, for example if you have chosen an additional reading and you’d like it read out while some music is played quietly in the background.

See what the vicar says about all your choices – they’ll want to ensure your service reflects your story, but also that it runs smoothly and looks and sounds the best that it possibly can in the church.

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