The Catholic Church has very specific guidelines about what music is appropriate for weddings. In addition, each individual pastor is entitled to set further guidelines specific to his parish. It is standard procedure for all music choices to go through an approval process through the parish music director or pastor of the parish in which the wedding will be held.
Music Planning Form
It's helpful at the start to understand the flow of a Catholic liturgy before choosing music. This blank form
will help you get started. Then follow the links below to find suggested music for use in the liturgy.
There are so many choices for wedding music today that it can be overwhelming. This planning guide is the result of many years experience of providing music for weddings. I've narrowed the choices down to those most often requested, and have adhered to the requirements of the Catholic Church and our pastor at St. Martin of Tours. To view the music suggestions, simply click on the corresponding links. If there is other music you would like that is not on this list, please discuss it with me. My goal is to tailor the music to fit you. Some pieces may require advance notice in order for me to learn them in time.
Outline of Wedding Ceremony
, including the seating of the mothers
for the Bride and Bridesmaids
The Introductory Rites
The Liturgy of the Word
The Marriage Rite
Vows and Exchange of the Rings
The Lord's Prayer (In the interest of congregation participation, this is recited at St. Martin of Tours)
The Sign of Peace (It's rather awkward to sing while verbally wishing someone peace. I generally play quietly here.)
Asking for Intercession from Mary
The Final Blessing