WEDDING MUSIC GUIDELINES

REFERENCE

Music should be reviewed for appropriate musical and lyrical content by officiant and district music coordinator at least 6-8 weeks (or earlier) before wedding service.

Music may be one of many presentation;
  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Singing - choir, solo, duet, etc.
  • Instrumental solo, duet, ensemble
  • A combination of the above
It should be remembered that weddings are divine services and the guidelines for what instruments are permitted also applies. Drum sets, electric guitars, etc. should not be used. Music should remain sacred and classical in nature. Arrangements of NAC material/music is encouraged; these are the standard we adhere to.

Examples for processionals and recessionals:
1. Bridal Chorus - Wagner 8. Ave Verum Corpus - Mozart
2. Canon in D - Pachelbel 9. Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke and others
3 Jesu, joy of man's desiring - Bach 10. Hornpipe - Handel
4. Spring from Four Seasons - Vivaldi 11.  Wedding March - Mendelssohn
5. Air on G String - Bach 12.  Ode to Joy - Beethoven
6.  Sheep may safely graze - Bach 13.  Intermezzo - Mascagni
7.  Largo - Handel 14.  Promenade - Mussorgsky 

Exceptions may be made for music before the service or during the signing of the marriage license (after the wedding service, outside of the liturgy).  These selections should still be conservative in nature.
This would be the time (before or during signing) for non-sacred but wedding-appropriate songs sung by solo, duet, etc.

Examples of these types of selections could be:
1. I will be here - Steven Curtis Chapman 4.  From this moment - Shania Twain
2. Wedding Song (There is love)  5.  Because you loved me - Celine Dion
3.  All I ask of you - Andrew Lloyd Webber 6.  you raise me up

Classical solo music is also available:
1. Panis Angelicus 
2.  Laudate Dominum 
3.  The Lord's Prayer 

Each one must be prudent to not use illegal copies when performing. If the music comes from outside of our NAC approved and printed material originals must be purchased and utilized. For wedding services, since these are personal events, the cost for wedding music should be covered by the wedding couple and/or the performers and not the Church. This would apply to any new music that needs to be purchased that isn't currently in the church's library. This also applies to any CD recordings or tracks that may be used.

All selections should be conservative in nature and in keeping with Christ's doctrine.

The following is a suggested, partial list of wedding anthems;

ANTHEM COMPOSER 
If thou Art Neart  J.S. Bach 
With Peace and Joy  J.S. Bach 
Intermezzo  J. Rheinberger 
Air from the D. Major Suite  J.S. Bach
Air  E. Grieg 
Air from St. Paul  F. Mendolsohn 
Lord Thy Goodness Reigns  D.P.D. Bach 
Arioso in A  A. Corelli 
O God, Thou Faithful God  S. Karg - Elert 
Lord of Love unfailing  F.J. Haydn 
Largo  G.F. Handel 
Air and Gavotte  S. Wesley 
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring  J.S. Bach 
Adagio from Sonata #1  F. Mendelsohn 
Fugue & Finales Sonate #6 also Chorale  F. Mendelsohn 
Andante tranquillo from Sonata #3  F. Mendelsohn 
Take Thou My Hand and Lead me  Choir Book 
Praise My Soul The King of Heaven  J. Goss 
The Lord's Prayer  A.J. Malotte 
Lo Ere a Rose is Blooming  Brahms 
Recessional & Processional Pieces   
Festal March from "Rinaldo"  G.F. Handel 
Trumpet Tune and Air  H. Purcell 
Trumpet Voluntary  H. Purcell 
Psalm 19 (The Heavens Declare)  B. Marcello 
With Trumpets & Horns from "Water Music"  G.F. Handel 
Solo Music   
In Confidence and Trust  Bach 
O Perfect Love  J. Barnby 
Where'ere You Walk  G.F. Handel 
I'll Walk with God  N. Brodszky
Wedding Prayer  G. Dunlop 
Because  G. D'Hardelot 
Oh Promise Me  C. Scott 
I'll Walk Beside You  G. F. Handel
Wedding Hymn   
How Near to God  MC. Johnston 

June 28, 2012