If you’re marrying in church, you’ll need to choose at least two hymns, and possibly up to four, depending on the length of the service. Your minister or the church music director will be able to make suggestions, but here are some of our favourites. If most of your guests aren’t regular church goers, try to stick to more well known choices with easy tunes. Remember, some words are associated with more than one tune, so do make sure that if you have a favourite, the organist knows which tune you’re expecting.
For civil ceremonies, don’t forget that you won’t be allowed songs or music with any religious connotations. If you’re not sure whether a certain piece is allowed, check with the registrar beforehand to avoid disappointment on the day.
Wedding Hymns bring the service to life and can give your guests a break from the intensive legalities of the wedding. Similar to wedding readings the list of possible wedding hymns is endless and it can be difficult to find a few which you and your groom like and all your guests know and enjoy!
If you wish to reproduce the words of hymns in your wedding Order of Service you will need to check whether or not the author of the hymn is protected by copyright which lasts for 70 years after the death of the author. If it is protected you will need to contact the copyright holder for permission to print the words. For the hymns reproduced in this section you will find authorship and copyright information (if appropriate) given under each text. Further guidance about copyright can be found at www.cmpa-europe.org.
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