Are you planning a traditional church wedding? Getting married in a church that’s significant to you and your family is a beautiful way to start your new life as husband and wife. You will be creating memories that will stay with you for years to come – from the moment the bride joins her husband-to-be at the altar to the moment they exit the church for the first time as man and wife. So it’s worth taking a little time to ensure that the hymns which accompany your ceremony are ones that have meaning to you as a couple. To help you decide, here is our pick of the best.
Here Comes the Bride – the Wedding March
An obvious choice, but one that’s still worth mentioning for its enduring, timeless appeal. Written by Wagner for the opera Lohengrin, it’s the hymn that thousands of brides choose to accompany them down the aisle every year.
All Things Bright And Beautiful
A great choice for couples who have lots of non-regular church goers on their guestlist, this is a hymn that most people will remember from school – and a catchy tune that will have everyone joining in.
Another hymn that will be instantly recognisable even to your guests who don’t go to church, Amazing Grace has a haunting and romantic quality that makes it the perfect choice for your wedding day.
A more classic hymn based on a poem by William Blake, Jerusalem has a grand and empowering quality that makes it a great choice for building up anticipation at the beginning of your ceremony.
Give Me Joy In My Heart
A fun and upbeat choice that’s great for weddings with lots of younger guests, the lively Give Me Joy In My Heart is sure to create a party atmosphere on your wedding day.
Lord of the Dance
Another great choice for anyone with guests who are worried they won’t know any of the hymns, Lord of the Dance is a well known and catchy tune that will get your guests in the mood for dancing and celebrating your special day.
At Canas Wedding Long Ago
One of the few hymns that talks directly of romantic love between two people, At Canas Wedding is a sweet and romantic song that’s not too difficult to sing – a great accompaniment for any moment during your wedding.
By Vows of Love Together Bound
Another romantic hymn that extols the virtues of marriage and love, By Vows of Love Together Bound is a popular choice for weddings – particularly the moment where the bride and groom walk back down the aisle as husband and wife.
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
An evocative hymn that’s particularly popular at weddings with connections to the Armed Forces, Make Me a Channel of Your Peace is a devoted ode to peace and love that sets the perfect tone for the start of your married life.
Morning Has Broken
A sweet, inspiring hymn that evokes thoughts of fresh starts and new life, this hymn is a great choice for brides and grooms embarking on their journey together. It’s also available as a popular cover by Cat Stevens for those who want a more contemporary touch.