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Practical arrangements

Everyone lives within the boundary of a Church of England parish, and it is the task of the local parish priest (Rector) to help couples wishing to be married in one of his churches. He will offer advice to help them in their task of preparing for the commitment of marriage.

The only exception is when a family has a long-standing connection with another parish church, and in that circumstance it is courteous to inform the local vicar. Normally the couple will marry in the church of the bride's family.

And where would you like to stage the reception?

How about our own Parish Hall, here beautifully decorated for Helen and Simon's wedding reception in September 2010

Some thoughts on Wedding music: hymns, arrival of the bride, playout etc...

As organist, I like to plan on the basis of who is coming.
For instance if there are relatives and friends from Scotland, it might be worth trying to make them welcome by playing some Scottish music.
The star ratings, where shown, are my opinion! The LINKS take you to YouTube. Clive Sawers - Organist, St Paul's.


Congregations need encouragement to sing! On one occasion I led the congregation in some practice about 10 minutes before the bride was due. Following a recent wedding when a large congregation failed to sing much, if at all, I shall probably re-start this practice (St Paul's)!


Before the bride arrives & possibly during signing of registers

Water Music - Handel *** Nimrod from Enigma Variations - Elgar - LINK **
Canon in D - Pachelbel - LINK ** Sheep May Safely Graze - Bach - LINK ***
Largo - Handel G - LINK *** Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach - LINK ***
Prelude, Air and Gavotte - Wesley - LINK ***

Note: Some of these are suitable also for the signing of the Registers


Arrival of the bride

There is so much good stuff - use it. Traditional "Here comes the Bride" is rather old hat and in Wagner's opera the couple split up immediately!


Do NOT have "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" it is too long and very difficult to "prune"! Have that at the exit if you like it.

A Prelude to 'Te Deum' - Charpentier M - LINK *** Grand March, from 'Aida' - Verdi G - LINK ***
The Prince of Denmark's March 'Trumpet Voluntary' - Clarke J- LINK **** Trumpet Tune - Stanley - LINK ***
Hornpipe in D, from 'The Water Music' - Handel GF - LINK ** Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin  - Wagner R - LINK **
La Rejouissance 'Music for the Royal Fireworks' - Handel GF - LINK ** Trumpet Tune in D - Purcell H - LINK ****


Have at least hymn of praise, one for prayerful guidance, and one to bless you.

Traditional hymns

Modern hymns (relatively)

Amazing grace ****    
And did those feet in ancient time (Jerusalem) **    
All things bright and beautiful *** I danced in the morning when the world was begun ***
Come down O love divine - LINK ** Morning has broken (PLEASE NOTE - THIS REQUIRES COPYRIGHT PERMISSION) ****
Dear Lord and Father of mankind - LINK *** Make me a channel of your peace ***
Father hear the prayer we offer ** Give me joy in my heart ***
Guide me, O thou great Redeemer (opened the Royal Wedding - April 2011) ***** One more step along the world I go ***
Immortal, invisible, God only wise ** Let love be real - TEXT - Sing it to the Londonderry Air - LINK *****
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us - LINK - CELTIC *** We pledge to one another - use Thaxted (Holzt - The Planets) - LINK ****
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy - LINK **** Jesus, stand among us at the meeting of our lives ***
Love Divine, all loves excelling - LINK ***** Bind us together, Lord *
Now thank we all our God - LINK *** Be our chief guest, Lord (We still do not know the tune for this hymn)  
O Perfect Love ** God of all living (We still do not know the tune for this hymn)  
O, praise ye the Lord ** The Lord's my Shepherd (Townend) - LINK (Added December 2011) *****
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven - LINK ***    
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation -  ***    
The Lord's my Shepherd (Brother James' Air) - LINK ***    
The king of love my shepherd is **    

Signing of Registers

Again, lots of choice here so find a piece that you like. There is rarely a choir available to sing (but see below) so bear that in mind. We have quite often had a guest singer at this point, usually someone in the family - it ALWAYS needs practice, but usually works well.


We WILL NOT allow a soloist to sing or play an instrument without practising with us first.

Bach JS - Jesu, joy of man's desiring - LINK *** I watch the sunrise - LINK  
Fauré G - Cantique de Jean Racine ** Ave Maria - Gounod - LINK  
Mozart WA - Ave verum corpus - LINK ** Air on a G string - Bach  
Mozart WA - Laudate Dominum - LINK ** Largo from Symphony No 9 -- Dvorak - LINK  
Rutter J - The Lord bless you and keep you - LINK **** Panis Angelicus - Franck - LINK  
Schubert F - Ave Maria - LINK *** Adagio in G minor - Albinoni - LINK  
Nocturne from String Quartet -- Borodin - LINK   Choral Prelude - Bach  
Benedictus - The Armed Man - K Jenkins   Gabriel's Oboe

Grand Exit

This is the big one so an opportunity for something special if you have a preference.

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - LINK ****    
Bach JS - Toccata in F - LINK ***    
Karg Elert S - Choral Improvisation on 'Nun danket alle Gott' - LINK **** Music for the Royal Fireworks - Handel  
Vierne L - Finale, from Symphony No. 1 - LINK ** March Pontificale - Widor - LINK  
Widor CM - Toccata, from Symphony No.5 - LINK ***** Strauss J - Radetsky March *
Ode to Joy - Beethoven **    
Clarke - Trumpet Voluntary - LINK **    
Wedding March from a Midsummer Night's Dream - Mendelssohn  **** The Ride of the Valkyrie - Wagner - LINK **
Disclaimer: The inclusion of items here does not guarantee their suitability for your wedding nor the organist's ability to play them in some instances!
In any case you may want something else! Please consult in sufficient time to avoid disappointment.
The organs at St Mary's and St Bartholomew's are not capable of delivering some of these pieces satisfactorily; PLEASE CHECK!

For more information






Wedding Hymn Top of the Pops! By how often each has been sung in our churches in 2011

Give me joy in my heart 5 These two always go with a swing!
One more step along the world I go 3
Amazing Grace 3  
Lord of the dance 2  
Morning has broken 2  
Lord of all hopefulness 1 A great hymn for your future
The Lord's my shepherd 1 The traditional tune (Crimond) is rather dull
But do watch this: LINK
Let love be real link to TEXT (scroll down) 1 Probably the best and most meaningful hymn


Book a Choir!
With the best will in the world it is becoming apparent that many who come to weddings are not familiar with the hymns or songs you have chosen. Sadly this can often result in a feeling that something is wrong or just plain embarrassment. If you feel this might be the case, why not engage a local choir to help? It can make all the difference and they can sing something special while you are signing the registers. They might even sing something different at your reception!

Here are links to some of the local choirs who would love to help out if they can...:

Ashburton Singers www.ashburtonsingers.co.uk/
New Century Singers (Bovey Tracey) www.newcenturysingers.org.uk
Bay Ladies Choir (Paignton) www.bayladieschoir.co.uk/
Yours in Harmony (Torbay) www.freewebs.com/yoursinharmony/

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