Catholic Mass Weddings
Celebrations deserve the best, and live music is the perfect touch to make your wedding day memorable and happy.
Let Karen Addie help you choose music to match the mood you want to set for your ceremony on your special day.
Music begins as the first guests arrive and continues throughout the processional. Generally the prelude lasts from 30 to 45 minutes.
Musical selections generally must be approved by the music director of the church. Selections are classical and sacred, not secular. Some Catholic churches are very strict regarding what can be played. The great news is that there are endless beautiful pieces that are approved.
Signal Person: I always ask for a person who is NOT in the wedding party to signal me when the bridal party is ready. I need a very clear signal so I know when to begin this first processional selection. We play a special piece for each event of the processional, and it begins with the seating of the grandmothers or mothers.
The processional begins with:
- The priest, groom, and best man wait at the altar
- Mothers and grandmothers are seated
- Groomsmen then enter from the side and may accompany the bridesmaids
- Bridesmaids enter, starting with the maid who will stand farthest from the bride
- Ring bearer and flower girl enter and may be seated with their parents once they reach the altar
- The bride enters, accompanied by her father or other close male relative.
Musical selections orchestrate these events:
- Responsorial Psalm
- Gospel Acclimation (Celtic Alleluia)
- Unity Candle
- Sign of Peace
- Flowers to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Bride and groom are pronounced husband and wife and are presented to the guests! Music should be joyful and grand.
Music continues until the last person leaves. Sometimes brides and grooms choose to release guests row by row. This may require up to 20 or 30 more minutes of music.