If you do not wish to use the online process you may download the planning form and return it to our parish musicians. (Please note all guidleines and regulations will still apply)

Wedding Music Planning Form


The Historic Church of Saint Patrick

Fields in RED must be filled in.

Wedding Date: Time:
(Please select one)Mass Ceremony    Number of Guests:
Bride's Name: Phone:
Groom's Name: Phone:
Email Address:
Presider (Priest or Deacon):
Name of additional instrumentalists (trumpet etc.)

The number of bridesmaids, flower girls and ring bearers is extremely important if you want a smooth entrance.
It is your responsibility to let us know if this number changes. Otherwise, your maid of honor
may be walking up to your bridal entrance!

Number of Bridesmaids including maid or matron of honor:
Junior Bridesmaid(s):
Flower girl(s):
Ring bearer(s):

Receiving Line:
We will have a receiving line at church or dismiss pew by pew
We will have our receiving line at the reception

In the following area, please select the pieces you wish for each section. If you fill in an "other" song choice, please be sure to check its appropriateness with us prior to printing your program.

Wedding Prelude Music

Prelude music begins 15 minutes before the processional as guest are being seated.
FOUR pieces are chosen as prelude which includes seating the mother(s).
Appropriate hymns may also be selected from the Journeysongs Hymnal

1. Prelude: CHOOSE (4)
Sonata Pathetique (Beethoven)
Expression (Helen Jane Long)
Bist Du Bei Mir (Bach)
Prelude in Classic Style
The Irish Wedding Song (Traditional)
Aria (Air from 2nd Suite in D) (Bach)
Air (Handel)
Panis Angelicus (Franck)
Together (Strader)
The Prayer (Bayer-Sager/Foster)

3. Processional for the Wedding Party: CHOOSE (1)
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring (Bach)
Trumpet Tune (Purcell)

4. Processional for the Brides Entrance: CHOOSE (1)
Trumpet Voluntary (includes fanfare) (Clarke)
Te Deum (Charpentier)
Bridal March for Lohengrin (Wagner)
Rigaudon (Campra)

The entrance song should be an appropriate hymn of praise or hymn of petition, asking God’s blessing on the couple to be married. Because it is to be sung by all members of the congregation, the words should be printed in your program. The words can be found in the Journey Songs Hymal .

5. Entrance Song:/ to be included at ALL masses, optional for ceremonies: Choose (1)
Love Divine, All Love’s Excelling (Hyfrydol)
Gather Us In (Haugen)
All Are Welcome (Haugen)
For the Beauty of the Earth (Kocher)
How Can I Keep from Singing? (Lowry)
Lord of All Hopefulness (Traditional Irish Melody)
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You (Hymn of Joy—Beethoven)

The Liturgy of the Word

This part of the liturgy consists of readings from scripture, a responsorial psalm, the wedding rite, and the prayer of the faithful (petitions). The responsorial psalm is a response to the first reading, with verses sung by the vocalist and a brief refrain.

6. Responsorial Psalms: CHOOSE (1)
Blest Are Those Who Love You (Haugen)
Love Never Fails (Schott)
I Have Loved You (Joncas)
You Are Mine (Haas)
The Greatest Gift (Marchionda)
Like a Seal on Your Heart (Landry)

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

If your wedding includes the Celebration of The Mass, the liturgy continues with the Eucharistic Prayer and Communion. As the altar and gifts are prepared a musical selection is sung. If you are having a ceremony, you will not need to select music for sections 7, 8 or 9.

7. Offertory Songs: CHOOSE (1)
Wherever You Go (Haas)
Loving and Forgiving (Soper)
You Are Near (Schutte)
Surely The Presence of the Lord is in this Place (Wolfe)
The Gift of Love (American Folk Tune)
Where Love is Found (Schutte)

The communion rite is the "coming together as one" to receive the Body and Blood of Christ. You may choose a vocal solo or an instrumental piece.

8. Communion Songs: CHOOSE (1)
Wherever You Go (Haas)
Your Words Are Spirit and Life (Farrell)
The Supper of the Lord
Remembrance (Mahr)
Old Irish Blessing (Agay)
Covenant Hymn (Daigle)

If desired, a devotional to the Blessed Virgin Mary occurs AFTER the final blessing.

9. Songs for Devotion to Mary: optional CHOOSE (1)
Ave Maria (Shubert)
Hail Mary Gentle Woman (Landry)


The recessional accompanies the procession of the wedding party out of the church at the conclusion of the liturgy. If you have invited more than 100 guests, you may also choose a postlude piece to follow the recessional.

10. Recessional and Postlude (choose 1 or 2 - see above directions)
Hornpipe (Handel)
Rondeau (Mouret)
La Rejouissance (Handel)
Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
Hymn of Joy (Beethoven)
Festive Trumpet Tune (German)
Rigaudon (Campra)
Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
(Other Recessional)
(Other Postlude)

As suggested earlier, you may also select other hymns for most parts of your wedding from the Journeysongs hymnal. Some other popular choices include: Wherever You Go, Loving and Forgiving, We Have Been Told, Bread of Life, Your Words Are Spirit and Life, The Supper of the Lord, You Are Near, Lord of All Hopefulness, On Eagle's Wings, Blest Are They, Beautiful Savior, Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, and Praise to the Lord.