Wedding Music Selections

Wedding Music Information 

During the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony a combination of congregational hymns, instrumental music, and Mass setting parts are to be used. Sacred music is preferred before, during, and after the liturgy; while popular and secular music should be redirected to the reception. Also, St. Patrick does not permit recorded music during liturgy. All music, including instrumental music, must be live.

Guidelines for Hiring Wedding Musicians 

At minimum, you will need to hire one cantor (vocalist) and one accompanist (piano). One musician must be hired through St. Patrick Catholic Church. You may have multiple instrumentalists, but it is requested that one instrumentalist is a pianist. Under normal circumstances, a musician may not serve as cantor and accompanist at the same time. 

In addition to the cantor and accompanist, other musicians (winds, strings, additional vocalists, etc.), family or friends, are welcome to be part of the wedding ceremony providing there is some assurance of musical ability. The process for hiring musicians is outlined below: 

  1. Contact musicians you wish to hire. A list of St. Patrick musicians can be obtained by contacting Amee Heigl, aheigl@st-patricks.org
  2. Confirm the date and time of your wedding with them and agree to their professional fee. You should have a check ready for them on the day of your rehearsal, if they are attending it, or on the wedding day itself. Musicians’ fees vary from one musician to another. 
  3. Consult with the musicians about your music selections. Put their name and phone number on your Liturgy Planning Sheet. It is considerate to give your musicians ample time to practice the music for your wedding; plan to give them the final selections at least one month prior to the wedding, or after you review your liturgy plans with the Director of Worship. 

Suggested Music Selections for Catholic Weddings 

The list of music selections below is a good guide, but does not include all possible options deemed liturgically appropriate for a Catholic wedding. If you are considering any options not found below, they will need to be approved by the Pastor and/or Director of Worship. 

Any options with JS #___ are from our hymnal. To hear examples, click “View Songs” on this page: https://www.ocp.org/en-us/hymnals/B20/journeysongs-third-edition.

Prelude(s): (A) on Planning Sheet: Choose 1-2 pieces or defer to the Accompanist to play some liturgically appropriate instrumental or vocal music before the wedding. The Preludes set the tone as people are gathering for the ceremony.  

  • Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod) 
  • Ave Maria (Schubert) 
  • I Will Be Here (Steven Curtis Chapman) 
  • Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (JS #709)
  • Panis Angelicus (Franck) 
  • The Lord’s Prayer (Malotte) 
  • The Prayer (Sager/Foster) 
  • When Love is Found (JS #543) 
  • Wherever You Go (JS #541)

Processional: (B) on Planning Sheet: Choose One Piece 

Note: This is usually an instrumental piece. Be aware that if you look for a recording of these pieces online they are often played by a full or small orchestra and not just by a pianist. Try searching for a recording of ‘piano only.’ Only one processional piece is accepted. These selections are somewhat interchangeable with the suggestions for the Recessional. 

  • Air from “Water Music” (Handel) 
  • Canon in D (Pachelbel) 
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach) 
  • O God Beyond All Praising instrumental or sung (JS #589)
  • Panis Angelicus (Franck) 
  • Trumpet Tune (Purcell) 
  • Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke) 

Gloria and Eucharistic Acclamations: Mass of Renewal (Stephan) 

Optional Procession to Blessed Virgin Mary / Bringing flowers to parents/grandparents

  • Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod) 
  • Ave Maria (Schubert) 
  • Bridal Prayer (Copeland) 
  • How Beautiful (Twila Paris) 
  • When Love is Found (JS #543)
  • Wherever You Go (JS #541)

Offertory Hymn:

  • Be Thou My Vision (JS #646)
  • For the Beauty of the Earth (JS #609)
  • Here I Am, Lord (JS #818)
  • Lord of All Hopefulness (JS #647)
  • Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (JS #709)
  • Prayer of St. Francis (JS #702)
  • The Servant Song (JS #816)
  • When Love is Found (JS #543)
  • Where Charity and Love Prevail (JS# 720)
  • Wherever You Go (JS #541) 

Communion Hymn: 

  • At That First Eucharist (JS #804)
  • Behold the Lamb (JS #785)
  • Bread of Life (JS #805)
  • Christ Before Us (JS #640)
  • Gift of Finest Wheat (JS #791) 
  • Love Has Come (JS #711)
  • One Bread, One Body (JS #793) 
  • Only A Shadow (JS #676)

Recessional: 

  • Allegro Maestoso (Handel) 
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach) 
  • O God Beyond All Praising instrumental or sung (JS #589)
  • Ode to Joy (Beethoven) 
  • Rondeau (Mouret) 
  • Spring – from “The Four Seasons” (Vivaldi) 
  • Trumpet Tune (Purcell) 
  • Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke) 
  • Wedding March (Mendelssohn) 

Wedding Musicians: 

  • Please contact Amee Heigl, Director of Worship for a list of St. Patrick musicians.