Etiquette and things you should know
Choosing music at your wedding service doesnt have to be a worrying matter but, like most other decisions you will be making for your wedding day, it does need some thought and a little research.
Bear in mind the size and musical facilities of your venue when selecting your music. It is important that you meet and discuss the music with a choirmaster or the churchs organist.
Here are some of the things you should consider when planning the music
It is usual for up to three hymns to be sung during the wedding service (sometimes more). These are the ones you may not have sung since primary school, or the favourites which everyone will know and be able to join in with.
Hymns are like verses of poetry set to music. Some of the most evocative hymn verses have been set to a variety of tunes over time so be careful to check precisely which music you wish to use.
On this site hymn tunes are listed individually by their traditional names to avoid any confusion. Make sure you decide how many verses you want. Sometimes there are verses which are inappropriate to a wedding day, and sometimes you may just decide there are too many verses. Again, make sure everyone knows which verses you are including. Some versions in different hymnbooks have slight variations in the words used. Again, check with your choirmaster or organist.
Anthems are choral pieces, accompanied by an organ or piano, (or unaccompanied) usually sung by the choir during the signing of the register. This is the choir's chance to show off their skills. However the bride and groom may not even hear this music if they are in another room filling in forms. If there is something you particularly want to hear, make sure they wait for you to re-appear before starting.
A Voluntary is an instrumental piece of music without any words, usually played while entering or leaving the church
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