1. One of the outstanding reasons to have a church wedding is the fact that marriage is an ordinance of God, and its solemnization at the alter is a placing of the marriage relationship under the blessing and commandment of God. A church wedding is to be a worship service, and only worshipful music should be used. Because it is a service of worship, the church wedding is no place for secular love songs or pop music.
2. The dignity of the house of God and the deep significance of the service are basic guides for planning wedding music. Whether the mood is lofty and serious or joyful and festive, all music should be performed with the underlying thought of glorifying God.
3. The hymnal is one source book for wedding music. However, any good standard sacred music source furnishes ample material for use in a church wedding ceremony. Since the traditional and familiar wedding marches are secular, the current trend is to use stately, dignified music of praise and adoration; however, the traditional "Bridal Chorus" may be used as the processional, and the traditional "Wedding March" may be used as the recessional.
4. All music to be used at the ceremony must be approved by the Minister of Music at least thirty (30) days prior to the wedding. It is recommended that the church organist be used. If an outside organist is used, he or she must be someone familiar with our church organ and must be approved for the wedding. The use of an outside organist must be approved by the Minister of Music and/or the church organist at least thirty (30) days prior to the wedding.
5. Usually, the church organist and/or pianist select the music to be played before the ceremony, unless the couple prefer other appropriate selections. For weddings in the sanctuary, the prelude music usually begins twenty (20) minutes before the announced time of the wedding or as the first guest arrives.
6. Prerecorded music on tape or CD, including accompaniment tracks, is discouraged. Use of these media can involve significant technical and timing issues. All such music must be pre-approved.
7. The Minister of Music is available upon request for assistance in selecting appropriate music.
8. A date and time for consultation with the Minister of Music can be arranged by calling the church office.
9. A suggested list of appropriate wedding music is available.
10. If church musicians are hired and then canceled within thirty (30) days before the wedding, one-half of their fees will be due. (This will be deducted from the deposit).