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How To Choose The Perfect Hymns For Your Wedding

Updated: Apr 12

Singing hymns at your wedding is a traditional part of a Church / Religious Wedding Service and although a church wedding ceremony itself is fairly short there is quite a lot of talking with bible readings, prayers, the, all important, exchange of vows. Therefore, hymns can be a great way to lighten the service, get your guests standing up and feeling part of the ceremony. It's also a great way you can help personalize your wedding service.

There are usually two or three hymns sung during a church wedding ceremony but you can choose to sing more. I know I did at my wedding. But you do need to consider how long you want the service to be as the seats can sometimes be very hard!

The first hymn usually comes at the beginning after the welcome; the second is sung during or after the signing of the register and the last hymn usually comes just before the final blessing at the end of the ceremony.

I would always suggest that you pick well-known hymns. as there is nothing worse than your guests fumbling through a song they don't know.

You might also consider asking the resident choir (if there is one) or a local choir to come along and sing. This will also take the pressure off your guests and may help everyone to relax. Please remember there may be an additional charge for this.


Can We Sing Hymns at Our Civil Service?

I'm often asked this question and the answer is quite simply No. A civil ceremony must be "secular in nature" and free of any religious connotations, including music, readings and your vows. This means that if your ceremony at a registry office or licensed venue that isn't a church, you won't be allowed hymns. Please also remember that wonderful tunes like Ave Maria or Zadok the Priest also have religious origins so will probably not be allowed even if they are played instrumentally.

The registrar has the authority to reject any of your musical choices so I would always suggest you run all your musical / song choices past them first to avoid any complications during the ceremony itself.


Some well known & Loved Hymns

  • All Creatures of our God & King

  • All Things Bright & Beautiful

  • Amazing Grace

  • And Can It Be (Amazing Love)

  • Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord

  • Be Thou My Vision

  • Bind Us Together

  • Dear Lord & Father of Mankind

  • Fill Your Hearts With Joy & Gladness

  • Give Me Joy In My Heart

  • Give Me Oil In My Lamp

  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness

  • Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer (Bread O heaven)

  • Hail Redeemer, King Divine

  • Here I Am To Workshop (Light Of The World)

  • Here is Love, Vast As The Ocean

  • How Deep The Father's Love For Us

  • How Great Thou Art

  • I Vow to They My Country

  • In Christ Alone

  • Jerusalem

  • Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

  • Lord of All Hopefulness

  • Lord of The Dance

  • Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

  • Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace

  • Morning Has Broken

  • One More Step Along The World I Go

  • Praise, My Soul, The King of Heaven

  • Shine, Jesus, Shine

  • Tell Out My Soul

  • The King of Love My Shepherd

  • To God Be Thy Glory

Please do check with your local clergy that the music you have chosen is suitable and they are happy with the choices you have made.

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