Weddings

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Noel Jones, AAGO, our Director of Music, is available to serve as organists for all weddings at the church and makes all arrangements to help you make this special day memorable.

Weddings may be simple, accompanied by the music of the organ, or ornate with singers and instrumentalists.  You may even have a choir, if you like.

To make this process as simple as possible, we will guide you through the steps of music planning in a music planning meeting, most often held right after a Sunday Mass.  But this can also be done over the telephone when necessary when members of the wedding party live out of town.  Weddings at Catholic Churches are easier to plan then most because many decisions about when to have music and what it may be are standard.  Once we determine exactly what your wedding liturgy will be, a ceremony or a ceremony as part of a Mass, we can quickly come up with a plan for you.

Music during the Mass and Ceremony must be Sacred music with texts that fit the liturgy.  

If there are favorite religious songs that you wish to have sung or played, we will work with you to determine if they may be included in the ceremony.  We will seriously consider all your requests and work with you to make this a memorable occasion for you.

Please contact us at your earliest convenience:  noeljones@usit.net and 423 887 7594.  


Your initial choices:

Either the Wedding Liturgy or the Wedding Liturgy with Mass may be as simple as having an organist, or as involved as having singer, a choir and instrumentalists.  St. John Neumann has a rich tradition of music and from the musical resources at the parish you will find that you have the opportunity to have a trumpeter, a brass ensemble, a solo violinist, a string quartet or even an orchestra at your wedding.  Singers may sing the Responsorial Psalm, and Ave Maria or the choir may sing some of the beautiful music of the church for your wedding.


Choosing music for weddings can be stressful, as we all have an idea in our minds as to what we think wedding music is, based on movies and weddings we have attended.  All religious faiths have traditions, but they also have rules.  In the initial planning of your wedding learned what is involved in preparing for a Catholic wedding.   It is our responsibility to help you choose music for your wedding that fits the liturgy of the church and will provide you with many happy memories of the day.  Here is an outline of the musical parts of the Wedding Liturgy, followed by suggestions.


A. Wedding Liturgy

Music:

• Prelude
• Processional
-----This may be in one of two recommended formats. The common form is that the groom enters the front of the church with the Priest, then the women of the bridal party enter from the rear of the church.  The second form, now suggested by the United States Bishops, is that the Groom and his family and attendants enter from the rear of the church followed by the Bride and her family and attendants.
• Prayer to the Blessed Virgin*
-----The couple may present a floral bouquet to the Blessed Virgin.  During this an Ave Maria is often sung or played.
• Recessional
-----Joyous music is played as the Bride and Groom leave the sanctuary and process down the aisle.


B. Wedding Liturgy with Mass

Music:

• Prelude
• Processional
-----This may be in one of two recommended formats. The common form is that the groom enters the front of the church with the Priest, then the women of the bridal party enter from the rear of the church.  The second form, now suggested by the United States Bishops, is that the Groom and his family and attendants enter from the rear of the church followed by the Bride and her family and attendants.
• Responsorial Psalm*
-----The psalm is always said, but it may be intoned and sung by one of our singers


• Prayer to the Blessed Virgin*
-----The couple may present a floral bouquet to the Blessed Virgin.  During this an Ave Maria is often sung or played.
• Recessional
-----Joyous music is played as the Bride and Groom leave the sanctuary and process down the aisle.

*are elements that are optional



PROCESSIONAL

--Music: The "traditional marches" were once very commonly heard at US weddings, however, today more often  trumpet tunes of Purcell, the Riguadon of Campra and Psalm 19 of Marcello and other music is played on the organ or with instruments.  The traditional marches were once banned in the church as they are part of secular operas, but that connection is largely forgotten, but for many years Catholic Weddings

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Some quick guidelines and ideas:

St. Clement's Church in Chicago has an excellent guide to wedding music.  You may find their guidelines helpful to gain an understanding of what music is appropriate for a church wedding....and what music is more appropriate for the reception.


St. Clement's Wedding Guide Site


Music for a Catholic Wedding by Lucy Carroll


Wedding Music Samples


SJN has soloists and instrumentalists for your wedding.


Processional

Thaxted Gustav Holst - Organ

Trumpet Voluntary, Jeremiah Clark - Organ or Organ and Trumpet

Trumpet Tune by David Johnson - Organ or Organ and Trumpet

Riguadon by Campra- Organ or Organ and Brass


Recessional

Trumpet Tune - C.S. Lang - Organ

Trumpet Tune In D Henry Purcell - Organ or Organ and Trumpet

Rondeau by Mouret - Organ or Organ and Trumpet

Allegro from the Water Music of Handel - Organ or Organ and Trumpet

Vocal Solos - During Mass
Panis Angelicus - Cesar Franck
Ave Maria - Bach-Gounod
Ave Maria - Schubert