Catholic wedding songs are some of the richest melodies in existence. Honor them by selecting a traditional organist or string ensemble to perform their complex layers, or select a simple piano or other solo instrumentalist to perform them in a more contemporary style. Most Catholic ceremonies tend to be complete church services, so you’ll likely need a Cantor to lead your guests in the traditional responses.
These beautiful hymns can be used as preludes or during other parts of the ceremony – many are familiar and make great congregational hymns. We’ve recommended them here because these versions are a bit more easy-going – perfect for the quiet anticipation of the bride and groom’s arrival.
Many of the ceremony song suggestions below work well for the interludes during a Catholic wedding ceremony (Offertory, Sign of Peace, Communion, etc.). Some are based on popular readings from the Bible that are often recommended for weddings, and could be used in place of the responsorial psalm. The best advice we can give when planning music for a Catholic ceremony is to be sure to have your song selections – especially if you’ve thrown in a contemporary favorite – approved by the church’s appointed wedding coordinator or priest before finalizing them with musicians or printing your programs.
If your Catholic church is anything like ours, you’ll need a bit of postlude music playing while your guests wait to be escorted out after Mass. Consider any of the Prelude or Ceremony pieces recommended above to be played after you’ve made your grand exit.