The Best Wedding Songs for a Church Ceremony
Much like a good soundtrack can make or break a movie,
the songs you choose for your wedding can add to the
tone, mood and overall feel of your ceremony and reception.
Choosing the right music might seem to be a daunting
task at first, but knowing this decision is among the
most important you make during the planning process
should help motivate you to delve into the project with
excitement and vigor.
When the ceremony is to be held in a church, temple
or other religious building, their might be songs that
every couple is required to use. However, if you speak
with those involved in the wedding, this can often be
changed to fit your needs and wants. Many times if the
music you desire is not religious, it is not a problem
for it to be added to the stock ceremony songs.
However, if your place of worship is not flexible with
their song choice and this matter is of particular importance
to you, another alternative to the big church wedding
would be to have a civil ceremony. When going this route,
most decisions are completely in your control, which
might lend itself to a more personal and meaningful
ceremony for you and your guests.
This is especially
true when considering the musical accompaniment to your
If you do choose to go with the religious ceremony,
choosing the band is one way to put your personal touch
on the musical selections. A string quartet might fit
your need. Or maybe an organist better meets your desires.
Having a harp play your soundtrack down the aisle is
always a classy and memorable way to begin your new
life as husband and wife. It is a calming instrument
that might ease your nerves and soothe your guests’
ears at the same time.
If you are among the lucky couples that get to choose
their music for a religious ceremony, many couples narrow
down their choices by considering songs that have meant
something to them during the course of their relationship.
“Here Comes the Bride” is no longer a requirement,
and might in fact be seen as a tacky, out dated decision.
Consider songs that have meaning to you and your groom
or bride-to-be, or possibly even some of your guests.
This is a great way to put a personal touch on your
ceremony and to make it feel more intimate and personal.
Some more tips for your church-ceremony music:
1) Remember that you will usually have music played
as guests arrive. Soft piano music does nicely or perhaps
even a harpist. For a more contemporary idea, make use
of a string quartet.
2) For the processional, use a softer song for accompanying
the entrance of the bridesmaids, followed by a short
fanfare announcing the bride.
3) It's common to have some soft music playing during
the unity candle ceremony or even a soloist's song.
However, remember that this ceremony doesn't take long,
so try to select a short song.
A church wedding is a beautiful experience; it's made
even more beautiful with the right musical selections.