Help choosing your wedding music

We hope to be able to cater for any special music requirements you have, but please do be in touch with Margaret Smith, our Director of Music, as soon as you can, ideally three or four months before the service. 

Usual Order of Service

1. Welcome

2. Entry of the Bridal Party

3. Opening Hymn

4. Introduction and Declarations

5. First Reading

6. The Exchange of Vows and Rings

7. The Proclamation and Blessing of the Marriage

8. Second Hymn (optional)

9. Registration of the Marriage

10. Second Reading

11. The Address and the Prayers

12. Closing Hymn

13. Exit of Bride and Groom

Music suggestions 

At Entry of the Bride:

• Bridal Chorus, from Lohengrin (by Wagner)*

• March, from Scipio (Handel)**

• Trumpet Voluntary (John Stanley)*

• Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)*** (though this is quite long, and may work better as an exit piece)

During Signing of the Registers:

• Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)

• Air, from Water Music (Handel)

• Canon in D (Pachelbel)

At the Exit of Bride and Groom:

• Wedding March (Mendelssohn)*

• Now Thank We All Our God (Karg-Elert)** (joyful but less well known)

• Ode to Joy (Beethoven)**

• Any of the trumpet voluntaries, e.g. J Clarke, J Stanley or H Purcell make suitable entry and exit pieces*

* = traditional; ** = different; *** = problematic – see comments above

However, anything (within reason) is possible. If you have any ideas, please feel free to ask!


Normally two or three hymns are sung during the service. Please consult with us regarding the hymns you wish to sing.

Please complete the form in the wedding music leaflet and return it to the Director of Music c/o the Parish Office (address in the leaflet) and then contact her to discuss your requirements. 

To make your special day a musically memorable one please be in touch as soon as possible to arrange an informal meeting. Usually this would take place after a Sunday service when the Director of Music will be more than happy to play extracts from the pieces on this list and answer any questions you may have.

Please do not leave it too late; three or four months before your service is ideal.

Please bring a copy of your service sheet to your wedding rehearsal and let the organist have one before the wedding day.


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