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Catholic Weddings within a Mass
The Catholic Church has very specific guidelines about what music is appropriate for weddings.  In addition, each individual pastor is entitled to set further guidelines specific to his parish.   It is standard procedure for all music choices to go through an approval process through the parish music director or pastor of the parish in which the wedding will be held.

Music Planning Form

It's helpful at the start to understand the flow of a Catholic liturgy before choosing music.  This blank form will help you get started.   Then follow the links below to find suggested music for use in the liturgy.


There are so many choices for wedding music today that it can be overwhelming.  This planning guide is the result of many years experience of providing music for weddings.  I've narrowed the choices down to those most often requested, and have adhered to the requirements of the Catholic Church and our pastor at St. Martin of Tours.  To view the music suggestions, simply click on the corresponding links.  If there is other music you would like that is not on this list, please discuss it with me.  My goal is to tailor the music to fit you.  Some pieces may require advance notice in order for me to learn them in time.

Outline of Wedding

        Prelude Music, including the seating of the mothers
        Processionals for the Bride and Bridesmaids
The Introductory Rites
The Liturgy of the Word
        First Reading
        Responsorial Psalm
        Second Reading
        Gospel Acclamation
        Gospel Reading
        Vows and Exchange of the Rings
        Unity Candle
The Liturgy of the Eucharist
        Presentation and Preparation of the Gifts
        The Eucharistic Prayer
        The Lord's Prayer (In the interest of congregation participation, this is recited at St. Martin of Tours)
        The Sign of Peace (It's rather awkward to sing while verbally wishing someone peace.  I generally play quietly here.)
        The Communion Rite
 Asking for Intercession from Mary
The Final Blessing