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.

If you want to use recorded music played over the church PA for any part of your service then you will need to arrange this with whoever is leading your wedding service. But please let me know as well so that I am aware of the arrangements and know when I need to play the organ and when not to.

Select the tabs below for further details of organ and/or choir music suggestions.

Before the Service 

If you have particular music that you would like me to play as your guests arrive please discuss it with me. Otherwise quiet organ music of my choice will be played during this time.

Entrance of the Bride 

The music for the entrance of the Bride should 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 often 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…’

Prince of Denmark’s March - Clarke, J.

Trumpet Tune - Purcell, H.

Hornpipe in D from The Water Music - Handel, G.F.

Prelude from the Te Deum - Charpentier, M-A.

Trumpet Voluntary - Stanley, J.

Canon in D - Pachelbel, J.
-- the last section is all that is required

The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel, G.F.

March from 'Scipio' - Handel, G. F.

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)
As man and woman we were made
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
Toccata from “Twelve Pieces” - Dubois, T.
March of the Priests from ‘Athalie’ - Mendelssohn, F.
Toccata from Symphonie Nº5 - Widor, C-M.
Imperial March - Elgar, E.
Grand March from Aida - Verdi, G.
Nun Danket (March Triomphale) - Karg-Elert, S.
Register Signing 
If you are having the church choir at your wedding you may like them to sing during the signing of the registers.

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 of my choice will be played during the register signing.

Some suggested items for the choir to sing are listed below with sound samples you can listen to.
A Clare Benediction – Rutter, J.
The Lord’s my Shepherd – Townend, S.
Christ be With Me – Pachelbel, J. / Rawsthorne, N.
Lead me, Lord – Wesley, S.S.
Jesu, joy of man's desiring – Bach, J.S.