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Music Suggestions & Planning

Karen and I have provided music for many, many weddings over the years. We've added this page to assist you in choosing music for your own wedding, or to get some new ideas for music. Here is a planning sheet and a list of some suggestions for the various parts of a wedding Mass or ceremony. This list is certainly not exhaustive, but contains solid choices that we’ve used successfully many times. We hope it helps!

 

Wedding Music Planning Sheet  (download and print the PDF)

 

SONG IDEAS AND SUGGESTIONS

 (all songs are in alphabetical order)

 

Prelude

(these are songs that would be played/sung as guests are being seated)

 

A Thousand Years – as sung by Christina Perri

Bless the Broken Road – as recorded by Selah

By Our Love (Nockels)

Doubly Good to You (Mullins) – as sung by Amy Grant

Holidays (Bringing Out the Decorations) (Bolduc) (from Time)

Holy, Holy, Holy – traditional (arr. Bolduc) (from Piano Hymns)

How Beautiful (Paris)

I Will Be Here (Chapman)

Love (Bolduc)

Love Never Fails (Heath)

Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow - traditional (arr. Bolduc) (from Piano Hymns)

Prelude in A-flat (Bolduc)

Set me as a Seal (Maher) – duet

Take My Life – as recorded by Chris Tomlin

When God Made You (Carswell (New Song)) - duet

 

Seating of Mothers / Grandmothers

Ave Maria (Bolduc)

Ave Maria (Schubert) (we sing in Latin)

Build a Family (Bolduc)

 

Processional Songs (Instrumental)

(these are songs that would be played as the bridal party and/or the bride is processing down the aisle at the beginning of the wedding - they can also be used for the Prelude)

 

Angel Eyes (Jim Brickman)

Bridal Chorus (Wagner) – traditional ‘Here comes the bride…’

Canon in D (Pachelbel)

Holy, Holy, Holy – traditional (arr. Bolduc) (from Piano Hymns)

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach, arr. Winston)

Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow - traditional (arr. Bolduc) (from Piano Hymns)

Princesses and Ballerinas, Ashlyn’s Dance (Bolduc) (from Time)

Procession in B-flat (Bolduc)

Snow on Thomas’ Pond (Bolduc) (from Piano Christmas 2)

Trumpet Tune (Purcell)

Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)

Wachet Auf (Bach)

 

Responsorial Psalm 

(at a Catholic wedding, the Responsorial Psalm is sung after the First Reading and before the Second Reading)

 

If Today (Bolduc)

The Goodness of the Lord (Bolduc)

The Lord Is Kind and Merciful (Bolduc)

We Will Serve the Lord (Booth)

We Will Serve the Lord (Haas)

 

Gospel Acclamation

(at a Catholic wedding the Gospel Acclamation is sung right before the proclamation of the Gospel)

 

Alleluia (Mass of Saint Joachim) (Bolduc)

Celtic Alleluia (Walker)

Love Has Come (Maher)

Word of God Speak – refrain only (Millard)

 

Lighting of the Unity Candle - (optional)

Build a Family (Bolduc)

In the Light of the Lord (Poirier)

The Prayer – short version (Foster/Sager)

We are One Body – refrain only (Scallon)

Wherever You Go (Norbet)

 

Offertory/Presentation of the Gifts/Communion

(during Catholic Mass)

 

Build a Family (Bolduc)

Holy is the Lord (Tomlin/Giglio)

How Great Is Our God (Tomlin/Reeves Cash)

I Am the Bread of Life (Talbot)

In the Light of the Lord (Poirier)

Reason to Live (Bolduc)

Take My Life (arr. Tomlin)

We are One Body (Scallon)

 

Recessional Songs (Instrumental)

(these are songs that would be played as the bridal party and the newly married bride and groom are processing down the aisle at the end of the wedding)

 

Allegro Maestoso (Handel)

Alleluia, Sing to Jesus/Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

He Is Exalted – instrumental (Paris)

Ode to Joy (Beethoven, arr. Bolduc)

Wedding March (Mendelssohn) – traditional wedding recessional

 

Also, from World Library Publications, here is a CD collection with various styles of music.  Some of my own titles are in this collection as well. (Ave Maria, Build a Family, The Goodness of the Lord, The Lord Is Kind and Merciful, and Love.)

 

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