Wedding Music Requirements
Marriage is a sacred union between two individuals. The sacrament of marriage and the music selected in a Catholic wedding should be appropriate for the occasion. While many of the popular love songs have a special meaning to the couple they are better suited for the reception.
Music at a wedding has the power to encourage or stifle the participation of the congregation. The norm in the Roman Catholic Liturgy is music that encourages participation of the assembly. The majority of the music selected during the Liturgy should be singable for the assembly gathered. Careful planning and thoughtful choices can make your wedding a more meaningful and joyous occasion if everyone present is actively participating.
The music chosen should be suitable for the occasion and the religious nature of the celebration. The text and lyric of a song are important just as the quality of the music. Just because the music is sacred in nature, doesn't mean it is appropriate at a certain point in the ceremony.
Couples are to set up an appointment with the Director of Music at Saint Elizabeth prior to any planning. David Downing will assist you in choosing suitable music for your wedding Liturgy. A large number of selections are listed below. The Director of Music can also assist you in making arrangements for vocalists and accompanists. He must approve all selections and musicians for the ceremony. More details may be discussed in a meeting with the couple.
pdf Wedding Song List (86 KB) at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton