I was asked in a comment on the PTRA thread about what music Melanie and I will have at our wedding Mass. I thought others might be interested as well. We tried to focus on music with a liturgical or at least Christian basis. Thus, we decided against the Lohengrin march and Pachelbel’s Canon in D. Instead we chose the following.
Prelude: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Processional: Trumpet Tune
Sung Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 128 “Blessed are they who fear the Lord”
Offertory Song: Ubi Caritas
Communion Song: Pange Lingua
Dedication to Mary: Ave Maria (This one is a particular composition by Alice Strejcek, a native Czech, classically trained in Italy, and now a parishioner who will also perform it for us. She is amazingly talented and we are very excited by this gift.)
Recessional Song: Ode to Joy
In addition all of the Mass prayers will be sung in Latin (and Greek for the Kyrie).
I know that Trumpet Tune isn’t really a hymn per se, but it was difficult to find something that the musicians knew and that worked as a processional. As I’ve mentioned before, we plan to come down the aisle together with the priests and altar servers and best man and maid of honor. We don’t have a wedding party beyond that and the mothers of the bride and groom are not going to process down the aisle either. Simplicity is the watchword.