Wedding Music

There are many hymns and readings suitable for weddings and blessings.  The list below are suggestions only.  You can listen to many of these on the Church of England website and others on YouTube.  Alternatively, our organist David Walker would be happy to play them over for you on the organ. We also have an excellent PA system and can play CDs. Bring your ideas so we can make your day special.

Processional (Entrance of the Bride) (abbreviated as necessary)

  • Wagner: Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin
  • Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • Sibelius: Finlandia
  • Pachelbel: Canon
  • Jeremiah Clarke: Prince of Denmark’s March
  • Haydn: St Anthony Chorale
  • Handel: Joys in Gentle Trains Appearing, from Athalia

On amplified digital piano, only at St Giles’, Uley: Moon River (Mancini); The Girl from Ipanema (Jobim); River Flows in You (Yiruma); Kinderszenen (extract, Schumann); or other suitable short piano pieces


  • Mendelssohn: Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Purcell: Trumpet Tune
  • Handel: Hornpipe (Water Music)
  • Handel: March from Scipio
  • Handel: Minuet from Samson
  • Handel: O had I Jubal's Lyre, from Joshua
  • The Rose and Laurel (regimental quick march)
  • Theodore Dubois: Toccata (from 12 Pieces pour Orgue)

Signing of Register interval (though you are welcome to leave choices to the organist)

almost any of the above processional pieces plus:

  • Handel: selection, e.g. Water Music, Largo, Air from Rinaldo
  • Handel: The Harmonious Blacksmith (Variations)
  • Bach: selection, e.g. from Six Little Preludes BWV 933-938
  • Bach: Air on the G string
  • Purcell: Rondeau (the theme used by Britten in his Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra)
  • Charpentier: Te Deum (Eurovision theme)
  • Samuel Wesley: Gavotte
  • Matthew Camidge: Gavotte

Hymn SuggestionsWedding at Holy Cross Church

  • Jerusalem
  • O Worship the King
  • Morning Has Broken
  • Come To A Wedding
  • Praise To The Lord, The Almighty
  • The Lord’s My Shepherd (tune: Crimond or Brother James’s Air)
  • O Praise Ye The Lord!
  • Give Me Joy In My Heart
  • God In The Planning And Purpose Of Life
  • All Things Bright And Beautiful
  • At Cana’s Wedding Long Ago
  • That Human Life Might Richer Be
  • Lord And Lover Of Creation
  • Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace
  • We Pledge To One Another
  • The Grace Of Life is Theirs
  • Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord
  • Amazing Grace
  • One More Step Along The World I Go
  • Lead us Heavenly Father
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  • For The Beauty Of The Earth
  • Love Divine All Loves Excelling
  • Lord Of All Hopefulness
  • The King Of Love My Shepherd Is
  • As Man And Woman We Were Made
  • Tell out my Soul
  • Now Thank We all our God
  • Alleluia Sing to Jesus
  • At the Name of Jesus
  • Come Down O Love Divine
  • Immortal Invisible
  • Dear Lord and Father
  • Guide me O thou great Redeemer
  • Lord of the Dance
  • O Jesus I have Promised
  • Praise my Soul the King of Heaven
  • Praise to the Lord