Popular Christian Wedding Songs

Selecting the right Christian wedding songs can make or break a wedding. After all, the right music can really set the tone of a wedding ceremony. Think about everything from the church or venue in which you are having the ceremony, your tastes and the mood you want to create. The following are some of the more common Christian wedding songs people select and the reasons behind these decisions:

The Classics: Often, at a Christian wedding, it is normal to play some music for everything, from the opening of the wedding to the interlude and processional. Popular choices include such traditional songs as Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria" or "Amazing Grace." Additionally, some couples and churches may include popular Christian hymns.

Wagner: You really cannot talk about weddings without bringing up Richard Wagner. His wedding song, "Bridal Chorus," commonly referred to as "Here Comes the Bride," is one of the most popular songs for both secular and Christian weddings. This processional is so timeless because it can be played everywhere from a church to a beach.

Recent Christian Hits: The lyrics of a song are often one of the most important considerations when deciding on the music for your wedding. You can always go with songs that reference the union like Michael W. Smith's "For You" or Steve and Marijean Green's "Household of Faith." Or, you can select a song with Christian values that describes how you met or what you promise your partner, such as Steven Curtis Chapman's "I Will Be Here" and Phil & Brenda Nicholas's "I Do (Promise to Love You)." Often, if you go with a song that has lyrics, this will be played during the couple's first dance or during the wedding reception.

When it comes to the wedding ceremony songs, match the song to the right moments in the wedding. For example, when the wedding party walks down the aisle, you may want a slower-paced song than in the opening of the wedding. The close of the wedding often includes a song praising the world and love of God. Consult with the church, clergyman and officiant when it comes time to selecting the right music. They can give you feedback about what is and is not appropriate.

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