Following is a list of some music appropriate for
a Catholic wedding; an MP3 sample is provided with many selections. You
will also find links to more comprehensive lists of Catholic wedding
music from major Catholic music publishers.
Before you choose your wedding music, however, you
may want to read the following articles:
On this page you'll find liturgical music written especially for
weddings, along with the option to purchase CDs, sheet music, and more.
Obviously, your music options are not limited to the selections listed
on this page.
Browse a large collection of wedding music
resources from OCP Publications, including United As One (Volumes 1 and
2), a collection of music specifically for Catholic weddings; sample
clips are provided for many songs. Click on a letter of the alphabet to
see all the wedding-related resources beginning with that letter.
Gathered in the Love of Christ/ Canon in D
Begins with Pachelbel's Canon in D, then transitions into "Gathered in
the Love of Christ." The lyrics, which are taken from 1 John, are not
part of the short sample available here, but they include the lines, "We
are the dwelling place that love has made. . . If we live in God, then
we must love each other. . . ." Sheet
music available from the publisher (scroll down the page).
A wedding song based on the wedding at Cana. Lines include: "Lord of
light, O come to this wedding; take the doubt and darkness away; turn
the water of lifeless living to the wine of gladness, we pray."
More than sixty-one vocal and instrumental
musical pieces, most of them appropriate for prelude or
processional music. (Note that selections originally written for
plays, such as the wedding marches by Wagner and Mendelssohn,
are generally discouraged at Catholic weddings.) Press the
"play" button on the album cover to see a complete list of songs
and to listen to short samples of each.
Settings for a Catholic Wedding Mass
Mass "settings" are collections of music intended
to be used together during a Catholic Mass.
If you are planning to have your wedding
at a more traditional Catholic parish (one that uses the
Tridentine Rite), or if you know musicians who can handle Latin
chant, then you might want to consider the two Latin settings
for Mass on this album ("Mass of the Angels" and "Simple Mass").
Although this book was written for those in the
Church who work with couples planning their wedding, couples may
find it useful for what its publisher describes as "...an
extensive list of congregational psalms, acclamations, hymns and
songs." Order it from Amazon by clicking on the title above.