Your parish family at Mount Carmel/ Blessed Sacrament is very happy that you have chosen to have your marriage blessed before God within our parish community.
Because you have chosen to celebrate this special moment in your lives in a church setting, only sacred music can be chosen for the wedding ceremony. One popular vocal piece is allowed if its lyrics speak of generic love. This piece can be part of the prelude or the entrance rite before the service begins. Or this piece may be used instrumentally as the recessional.
Prelude background music
At weddings, prelude music should be instrumental because it sets the mood for the wedding while guests are seated and while they greet each other. At our church, we have the option of using the grand piano downstairs or the organ or piano in the choir loft or any combination of these instruments.
There can be three separate entrances at a wedding service — the entrance of parents/ grandparents, the entrance of the bridal party, and the entrance of the bride. These entrances can be separated or combined by the music chosen.
Optional parent entrance: Vocals can be chosen for parents/ grandparents. One traditional vocal piece for this entrance is the “Ave Maria.” (Sometimes, parents prefer to enter without any attention or fanfare and just prefer to enter during prelude music with nothing special chosen)
Bridal party entrance & bride entrance
Option 1: The bridal party can enter to a “soft and dreamy” piece followed by a brief silence after which the bride enters to a different “soft and dreamy piece” or the bride can enter to a louder, more jubilant piece.
Option 2: The bridal party can enter to a louder more jubilant piece followed by a brief silence after which the bride can enter to a different more jubilant piece.
Option 3: The bridal party and the bride can enter to the same piece. This works especially if the bridal party is not comprised of many people. If this option is chosen, the entrance of the bride is usually marked with more volume or intensity.
The organ is best used for recessional music because it provides jubilation and energy. Guests are excited, applauding or speaking at this time, so vocal pieces are discouraged and would not be heard. Check the instrumental music listed below to find which are the most vibrant recessional pieces.
Sacred music during the wedding service
(Between the two readings)
- “Blest Are Those Who Love You”
- “We Praise You”
- “Blest Are Those Who Love the Lord and Walk in God’s Ways”
- “Every Moment In Your Eyes”
Song after the exchange of vows and rings
(Optional wedding candle)
- “Covenant Hymn”
- “Let Love Be Ours” (“Not for tongues of heaven’s angels…)
- “The Gift of Love”
- “Beginning Today”
- “Wherever You Go”
- “The Wedding Song”
- “Hallelujah” (w/wedding lyrics)
- “My Song Will Be For You Forever”
- “Love Never Ends”
- “Nuptial Blessing”
- “The Love of the Lord”
- “Love is the Sunlight”
Instrumental music for prelude or entrance
- “Air from Water Music” (Handel)
- “Jesu, Joy of Our Desiring” (Bach)
- “Canon in D” (Pachelbel)
- “Gabriel’s Oboe” (Morricone)
- “The Lover’s Waltz” (Ungar) (Piano)
Organ or piano instrumental of a sacred music composition
- “Somewhere in Time” (Theme)
- “Largo” (Handel)
- “Air on the G String” (Bach)
Instrumental music for bridal entrance or recessional
- “Wedding March” (Mendelssohn) (recessional only)
- “Hornpipe” (Handel)
- “Trumpet Voluntary” (Purcell)
- “Trumpet Tune” (Purcell)
- “Rondeau” (Mouret)
- “Spring” (Vivaldi)
- “Joyful, Joyful” (Beethoven)
Music for Sign of Peace
Diocesan rules do not allow an Exchange of Peace during the time of pandemic. If you wish to ritualize a giving of flowers or a gift to parents, etc. during this time, the following short pieces may be added:
- Any instrumental piece from prelude list
- “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
- “Prayer of St. Francis”
- “My Peace”
Secular acceptable music
Must have generic lyrics about love (suitable for prelude, entrance or closing but not during the service)
- “One Hand One Heart”
- “Perhaps Love”
- “Love Changes Everything”