Church Ceremony Layout

 

Processional / Entrance:

The processional music starts as soon as the first person in the bridal party enters the church and is played until the priest greets the couple and the Bride and Groom are sitting in their seats and the mass is ready to begin.

 

Lighting of Individual Candles

The bride(s)/groom(s) each light a candle representing themselves. *This generally takes about 20 – 30 seconds so an instrumental piece of music is ideal.


Responsorial Psalm:


Gospel Acclamation:


Lighting of Marriage Candle:

At this stage, the couple then light a third candle together, symbolising their union. The music here is generally an instrumental, again roughly 20-30 seconds.

 


Offertory:

 

Holy Holy :                   

 

Memorial Acclamation:           

 

Sign of peace:            (see suggestions on list below)

 

Communion:

Ideally at communion you should stick to liturgical music. You will need to pick one possibly two hymns depending on the number of guests receiving holy communion. I always think its best to pick two just to be on the safe side.


Signing of the Civil Register:

This is the stage where the couple sign the legal marriage documents, and as the mass part is over, generally there is more flexibility regarding song choice. Normally for the signing of the civil register you can pick a variety of songs (within reason). You will need to pick two songs, possibly three at this point.  However depending on how many pictures the photographer takes inside the church there may only be time to play one song


Recessional:

The bridal party exit! I find for the recessional/exit, it is best to stick to an upbeat song:

Christmas Hymns:

Christmas is such a lovely time of year to get married, and if you have chosen this time of year to get wed, you might want to add some Christmas hymns and songs to add to the festivity:      

 

 

Ceremony song (suggestions)

*Please consult your priest before picking your  songs, as some churches may want only liturgical music during the ceremony*

 Processional:

  • Instrumental 
  •  In a Country Church Yard
  •  She moved through the fair
  •  You raise me up
  •  The first time ever I saw your face
  •  To make you feel my love
  • At last 
  • A thousand years 
  • All of me 
  • How long will I love you 
  • Songbird 
  • Can't help falling in love with you 


Instrumentals

(Please email for a list of instrumentals)

 

Lighting of Individual Candles:   Instrumental or verse of a song

 

Responsorial psalm:

  • Hear I am lord             
  • Song of Ruth (wherever you go)
  • Only in god
  • Set your heart on the higher gifts 
  • Corinthian song (love is patient)
  • Eagles wings
  • Mo grathu
  • The lord is my sheppard 
  • As the deer pants
  • Wherever you go 

 

Gospel Acclamation:

(Alleluia)

 
Lighting of marriage candle: This is a generally an instrumental 

 

Offertory:

  • Take lord receive
  • Amazing grace
  • Ag criost an siol 
  • In bread we bring you lord
  • Take our bread
  • Servant Song


Sign of Peace: 

  • Peace perfect peace
  • Shalom, my friend
  • Just give me your hand,Tabhair dom do lámh. 
  • I wish you peace
  • or an instrumental 
  • May it be 

 

Communion:

  • Ave maria 
  • Lord You have my heart (recorded live at a wedding) http://soundcloud.com/catherinebyrne-church-singer...
  • One Bread, One cup (sample video on website)
  • The Prayer (sample video on website)
  • Amazing Grace
  • Shout to the lord
  • God in the planning 
  • Oceans (Where feet may fail)
  • You are mine (recorded live at a wedding) http://soundcloud.com/catherinebyrne-church-singer...
  • As I kneel before you (Sample on Website)
  • Make me a channel of your peace
  • Bind us together lord
  • Christ be beside me
  • Morning has broken 
  • Bless the lord 
  • Christ in me arise 
  • Wherever you go ( i will go)
  • Be still for the presence of the lord
  • Golden Rose
  • Pie Jesu 
  • Pains Angelicus 
  • Be thou my vision 
  • Only a shadow 
  • Bright blue rose 
  • Down to the river to pray 
  • I watch the sunrise
  • You raise me up
  • Red is the rose
  • Clouds of veil

 

The above songs are only suggestions, you can add any of the liturgical songs here. 

 

Signing of the civil register:

  • The rose 
  • The voyage 
  • Somewhere only know 
  • How long will i love you (ellie goulding)
  • Heaven (Brian Adams)
  • Ill always love you ( not the Whitney song)
  • Everything I do (I do it for you)
  • That’s what friends are for
  • Never enough - greatest showman
  • All I want is you (U2)
  • I won't give up (Jason mraz)
  • Tenerife sea (ed sheeran)
  • Fallen (from pretty women)
  • We’ve only just begun  ( Carpenters)
  • To make you feel my love (Bob Dylan, Adele)
  • Footprints in the sand (Leona Lewis)
  • Songbird (Fleetwoodmac and Eva Cassidy) (sample on website)
  • I cant help falling in love with you
  • I get to love you 
  • The light catches your face 
  • Chasing cars (recorded live at a wedding) https://soundcloud.com/catherinebyrne-church-singe...
  • Look after you (The fray)
  • When I see you smile
  • When you say nothing at all
  • From this moment
  • Diamond
  • Your song (Elton John)
  • Fields of gold (Eva Cassidy Version)
  • Isn’t she lovely
  • God only knows
  • In my life
  • Where ever you will go (the calling)
  • What a wonderful world
  • You make it real for me
  • When I fall in love 
  • Perfect moment
  • Endless love 
  • I say a little prayer 
  • Time after time
  • Blowers Daughter
  • The dance 
  • Come away with me
  • Feels like home 
  • More than words
  • Caledonia 
  • Falling slowly 
  • The water is wide 
  • Still the one ( Shania Twain)
  • Im yours
  • You do something to me (Paul Weller)
  • Circle of life
  • Luckiest (ben folds)
  • Love changes everything
  • You belong to me (jason wade)
  • Come what may
  • You make it real (James Morrison)
  • Man & Wife 
  • Moon river 
  • Kentish town waltz 
  • You light up my life 
  • Here we stand (wedding song) 
  • All of me (blake)
  • This I promise you (Ronan keating) 
  • On top of the world (Carpenters)
  • I wont let go (Rascal Flatts)
  • Higher love (james vincent mcmorrow version)
  • Raglan road 

 

Recessional:


  • Oh happy day
  • I wanna love you (Bob Marley )
  • All works out (riptide movement)
  • Wings (recorded live at a wedding in waterford) https://soundcloud.com/catherinebyrne-church-singe...
  • My girl 
  • Signed sealed delivered 
  • For once in my life 
  • Take my Hand ( Picture this )
  • Higher and higher 
  • Hold back the river (jamesbay)
  • Next to me (emelia sande)
  • This will be an everlasting love
  • Shine silently 
  • Thank you (dido)
  • The Greatest day (Take that)
  • Im yours
  • One day like this (elbow)
  • Perfect Day
  • Walking on sunshine
  • hey day
  • Love is all around us
  • Sky full of Stars (coldplay)
  • Happy together
  • Rather be (clean bandit)
  • You're my best friend (queen )
  • Everywhere (fleetwood mac)
  • Lovely Day 
  • Shotgun
  • Dreams - Cranberries 

 

Please note that any of the songs for the register can also be sung for the recessional

Christmas hymns:

  • Silent night 
  • Angels we have heard on high
  • Mary did you know
  • Oh Holy night 
  • Away in a manger
  • The first Noel
  • God rest ye merry gentlemen
  • Once in Royal Davids city
  • Hark the herald angels sing
  • It came upon a midnight clear
  • The little drummer boy
  • Marys boychild (long time ago in bethlehem)
  • Oh come all ye faithful
  • Joy to the world. 
  • A wiseman came travelling (in the tune of Chris de burg a Spaceman came travelling )

 

Please note if there is a song you would like sung that is not on the list above, let me know and I will learn it, however I would be grateful if you could give me at least 1 months notice

Civil / Humanist Ceremony

The beauty of a  Humanist or civil ceremony  is the flexibility you have regarding your musical choices , however with civil ceremonies  in some cases hymns, songs or religious references are not allowed.

 I have added a rough ceremony layout below. The  running order may vary , so please check with your registrar or celebrant. 


If you are having a rose / sand or handfasting you may also like to choose a song at this point. 

Processional: song 


Lighting of Marriage Candle: an instrumental works best at this point 


After Reading: song 


Unity Candles: instrumental

Signing the Register:  song 

Recessional: song 

Song Suggestions 

  • She moved through the fair    
  • The first time ever I saw your face
  • To make you feel my love  
  • All of me (Blake)
  • All of me (John legend)
  • A thousand Years (Christina Perri) (sample video on website)
  • Marry me (Train)
  • Bless the Broken Road ( Rascal Flatts) (sample video on website)
  • Beautiful in white (Shane Filan)
  • Warm (coronas)
  • How long will i love you (Ellie Goulding) 
  • Nella fantasia
  • Galileo 
  • Thinking out loud (Ed sheeran)
  • The One (Kodaline)
  • The rose 
  • The voyage 
  • Somewhere only know 
  • How long will i love you (ellie goulding)
  • Heaven (Brian Adams)
  • Ill always love you ( not the Whitney song)
  • Everything I do (I do it for you)
  • That’s what friends are for
  • All I want is you (U2)
  • I won't give up (Jason mraz)
  • Tenerife sea (ed sheeran)
  • Fallen (from pretty women)
  • We’ve only just begun  ( Carpenters)
  • To make you feel my love (Bob Dylan, Adele)
  • Footprints in the sand (Leona Lewis)
  • Songbird (Fleetwoodmac and Eva Cassidy) (sample on website)
  • I cant help falling in love with you
  • The light catches your face 
  • Chasing cars (recorded live at a wedding) https://soundcloud.com/catherinebyrne-church-singe...
  • Look after you (The fray)
  • When I see you smile
  • When you say nothing at all
  • From this moment
  • Diamond
  • Your song (Elton John)
  • Fields of gold (Eva Cassidy Version)
  • Isn’t she lovely
  • God only knows
  • In my life
  • Where ever you will go (the calling)
  • What a wonderful world
  • You make it real for me
  • When I fall in love 
  • Perfect moment
  • Endless love 
  • I say a little prayer 
  • Time after time
  • Blowers Daughter
  • The dance 
  • Come away with me
  • Feels like home 
  • More than words
  • Caledonia 
  • Falling slowly 
  • The water is wide 
  • Still the one ( Shania Twain)
  • Im yours
  • You do something to me (Paul Weller)
  • Circle of life
  • Luckiest (ben folds)
  • Love changes everything
  • You belong to me (jason wade)
  • Come what may
  • You make it real (James Morrison)
  • Man & Wife 
  • Moon river 
  • Kentish town waltz 
  • You light up my life 
  • Here we stand (wedding song) 
  • All of me (blake)
  • This I promise you (Ronan keating) 
  • On top of the world (Carpenters)
  • I wont let go (Rascal Flatts)
  • Higher love (james vincent mcmorrow version)
  • Raglan road 
  •  

    Recessional:

     

    • Oh happy day
    • I wanna love you (Bob Marley )
    • All works out (riptide movement)
    • Wings (recorded live at a wedding in waterford) https://soundcloud.com/catherinebyrne-church-singe...
    • My girl 
    • Signed sealed delivered 
    • For once in my life 
    • Higher and higher 
    • Hold back the river (jamesbay)
    • Next to me (emelia sande)
    • This will be an everlasting love
    • Shine silently 
    • Thank you (dido)
    • The Greatest day (Take that)
    • Im yours
    • One day like this (elbow)
    • Perfect Day
    • Walking on sunshine
    • hey day
    • Love is all around us
    • Sky full of Stars (coldplay)
    • Happy together
    • You're my best friend (queen )
    • Everywhere (fleetwood mac)
    • Lovely Day