Well Known Wedding Hymns and Songs for
A Church Wedding
A useful guide to choosing your wedding hymns
Choosing the music for your first dance, for the reception, or the songs for the DJ to play might be difficult enough to choose – however choosing the hymns for your wedding ceremony might be even more stressful.
Why is the process of choosing the wedding hymns for your church wedding so difficult? For most of your guests at the ceremony, their experience of church hymns is singing them in assembly at school, being taken to church as a young child, of other people’s weddings and funerals – or even from national or sporting events.
Most people – whether a regular churchgoer or not – will probably know or recognise the tune of some of the famous wedding hymns. But, it is likely that you might have no idea of the name of the hymn…and the thought of meeting the vicar or organist and humming bits of music to them can seem quite embarrassing!
Read on to find a list I have put together of some of the most popular wedding songs, hymns, anthems and solos heard at church weddings across the UK. The list is by no means complete, as there are hundreds of hymns, most of them known to just organists and choirmasters. But it just lists the names of the hymns that the couples we work with most frequently request for their church weddings.
There are a variety of recordings and videos of church wedding hymns from different musicians, but from a professional violinist and pianist these will sold even more romantic. These wedding hymn recordings are to help you remember which hymns you like. Put together a list of a few hymns, then search for them online to find the words of the hymns and whether they fit what you are trying to express as a couple.
Some hymns have grown in popularity over the years – and some even have two or three different tunes available. Make sure you specify which one you like, so there are no nasty surprises on the day.
At a church wedding, you will usually need to choose between 2-3 wedding hymns.
Scroll up to hear all of these hymns being sung
All Things Bright and Beautiful (Music by W. Monk)
And Did Those Feet In Ancient Times (Jerusalem)
Be Still for the Presence of the Lord
Come Down O Love Divine
Father Hear the Prayer We Offer (Sussex Tune)
For the Beauty of the Earth (Dix Tune)
For the Beauty of the Earth (England’s Lane Tune)
Give Me Joy In My Heart
Great is Thy Faithfulness
I Danced In The Morning (Lord Of The Dance)
Lead Us Heavenly Father Lead Us (Mannheim tune)
Lord Of All Hopefullness
Love Divine (Blaenwern Tune)
Love Divine (Music by J. Stainer)
Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace
Morning Has Broken
Now Thank We All Our God (Nun Danket Tune)
O Perfect Love
O Perfect Love (Highwood Tune)
O, Praise Ye The Lord (Laudate Dominum Tune)
One More Step Along The World I Go
Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
The King of Love My Shepherd Is
The Lord’s My Shepherd (Crimond Tune)
The Lord’s My Shepherd (to the Tune of Brother James’s Air)