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Wedding Music at St Mary's

Your Wedding Music​



The wedding service itself is the most important part of your day - without this, you wouldn’t be married!

"We cannot thank you enough for your enthusiasm and helpfulness in making the music really come to life for the service ... it really was a fantastic surprise to hear how well the music came together which, together with the choir, inspired the rest of the congregation to sing along with such enthusiasm" - April 2018

To help make the marriage ceremony an occasion for you and your invited guests to remember, we have the resources to help you with your music selection, as well as to make the music sound great on the day.

Some couples already know or have some idea of which hymns and music they would like to have; others would like some help.  Whichever category you come under, we have some suggestions below for you to choose from to help you on your way - and most of the music items are linked to an audio file so you can hear what each piece sounds like (don't feel you have to listen to the whole piece - just take a sample!)​; for the hymns, some have audio links and there is also a link to  a PDF file at the top of the list of hymns so you can see the full texts.

When you have made your choices or if you would like help to make your choices please contact the organist Mrs. Leo Gibb by telephone:  01590 626603 or by email:

At least one face to face meeting in the church, with the organist, is highly recommended. If we can get to know each other and make choices together, the music for your wedding is more likely to be exactly how you would like it to be!


Entrance of the Bride – some suggestions:

Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin - Wagner
Canon in D - Pachelbel
Trumpet Tune in D - Purcell
Trumpet Voluntary (“Prince of Denmark’s March”) – Clarke

        and many more on request


During the Signing of the Registers


If you choose a choral piece, you will have needed to book the choir several months in advance to ensure that as many voices as possible are able to make that date.

This is the opportunity to choose a piece, or pieces, choral or instrumental, which mean a lot to both of you. Don’r be afraid to ask for music memories from school days, or even something you might not think ‘suitable’ for the occasion.  You can discuss possible choices with the organist; your choice can nearly always be accommodated.  You may want to invite your own soloists to play or sing during the signing.  It is nearly always possible to arrange this, but if your soloist requires accompaniment for their piece then a time for rehearsal must be arranged with the organist well before the wedding date. Church wardens also need to be aware of any additional seating, music stands etc. which may need placing.


Some classical choral suggestions are:


Ave Verum Corpus - Mozart
Brother James’ Air (“The Lord’s My Shepherd”) - Bain
For the Beauty of the Earth - Rutter
God be in my head - Rutter
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring - Bach
Make me a Channel of Your Peace
O Perfect Love
Panis Angelicus - Franck
The Lord Bless You and Keep You – Rutter


Organ only:  Discuss any ‘organ only’ choices and ideas with your organist


Hymns  (Click here to open a PDF file with the texts of the hymns)

All things bright and beautiful
Amazing Grace
Be still, for the presence of the Lord
Christ triumphant, ever-reigning
Come to a Wedding (Sound track has different words, but the tune is correct)
Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Father, hear the prayer we offer
For the beauty of the earth
Give me joy in my heart
God, in the planning of purpose and life
God is love: let heaven adore Him
Great is Thy faithfulness
Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer
Jesus, the Lord of love and life
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
Lord and lover of creation
Lord for the years, Your love has kept and guided
Lord of all hopefulness
Love divine, all loves excelling
Make me a channel of Your peace
May the mind of Christ my Saviour
Morning has broken
Now thank we all our God
O God beyond all praising
O perfect Love
O praise ye the Lord
O worship the King
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
Praise the Lord, ye heavens adore Him
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
The King of love my Shepherd is
The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want
To God be the glory
We pledge to one another




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