Music Suggestions


For your wedding you will generally need music for the entrance of the bride into the church, up to three hymns and music as you leave. You may also want to choose some music for during the signing of the registers, particularly if you are having the choir. Select the tabs below for further details.
Before the Service 
If you have particular music that you would like played as your guests arrive please discuss it with me to see if it can be played. Otherwise my choice of quiet organ music will be played during this time.

Entrance of the Bride 
The music for the entrance of the Bride needs to be a ‘striking’ piece to ensure that the congregation realise that the service is starting – it is their cue to stand up to welcome the bride! It only needs to be quite short (about 1 to 1½ minutes) so will generally be an extract rather than a complete item.

Some suggested items are listed below with sound samples you can listen to.
Bridal March from Lohengrin - Wagner, R.
-- the traditional ‘Here comes the bride…’
Trumpet Voluntary - Stanley, J.
Prince of Denmark’s March - Clarke, J.
Canon in D - Pachelbel, J.
-- the last section is all that is required
Trumpet Tune - Purcell, H.
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel, G.F.
Hornpipe in D from The Water Music - Handel, G.F.
March from 'Scipio' - Handel, G. F.
Prelude from the Te Deum - Charpentier, M-A.
Hymns 
It is normal to have either two or three hymns for your wedding. In choosing hymns it may be helpful to consider whether your guests are likely to know them, particularly if you are not having the choir. The list below includes hymns that have proved popular for use at weddings and is provided to help you choose, not to limit your choice. If you have favourites of your own that are not on this list please feel free to request them.

Use the links below to open each hymn up in a new window where you will be able to see the words, where copyright permits, and listen to the most popular tunes.

All things bright and beautiful
And did those feet (Jerusalem)
At the name of Jesus
Be thou my vision
Bind us together
Come down, O love Divine
Come to a wedding
Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Father, hear the prayer we offer
Give me joy in my heart (Sing Hosanna)
Guide me, O thou great redeemer
Immortal, invisible, God only wise
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
Lord of all hopefulness
Love Divine all loves excelling
Make me a channel of your peace
Morning has broken
Now thank we all our God
O Jesus, I have promised
O perfect love
Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven
Praise the Lord, the heavens adore Him
Seek ye first the kingdom of God
The King of love my shepherd is
Thine for ever! God of love

Please note that the words to many hymns are protected by copyright and you may need to obtain permission to reproduce them in your order of service.
Leaving the Church 
As the finale to the service this needs to be a ‘grand and triumphal’ piece. It can take quite some time for the congregation to leave the church so this will generally need to be a long item to avoid either endless repetition or finishing before the your guests have all left the church.

Some suggested items are listed below with sound samples you can listen to.
Wedding March from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ - Mendelssohn, F.
-- the traditional wedding march
Imperial March - Elgar, E.
Toccata from “Twelve Pieces” - Dubois, T.
Grand March from Aida - Verdi, G.
March of the Priests from ‘Athalie’ - Mendelssohn, F.
Nun Danket (March Triomphale) - Karg-Elert, S.
Toccata from Symphonie Nº5 - Widor, C-M.
Register Signing 
If you are having the church choir at your wedding you may like them to sing during the signing of the registers.

Some suggested items are listed below with sound samples you can listen to.
A Clare Benediction – Rutter, J.
Lead me, Lord – Wesley, S.S.
The Lord’s my Shepherd – Townend, S.
Jesu, joy of man's desiring – Bach, J.S.
Christ be With Me – Pachelbel, J. / Rawsthorne, N.
If you are not having the choir, or you don’t want them to sing at this point then you can put forward a suggestion of your own, otherwise quiet organ music will be played during the register signing.