Wedding Music Overview
Music adds dignity, reverence, and joy to your wedding liturgy. A wedding is an exchange of vows and an act of worship in which the bride, groom, family, and friends, come together to offer thanks and to ask God’s blessing. Such a moment in the life of the church has liturgical and musical requirements: sung texts must be sacred (drawn from or inspired by scripture), and instrumental music must fit the solemnity and action of the wedding liturgy.
Wedding Liturgy Form
The St. Alphonsus staff has created a Wedding Liturgy Form with a list of wedding music options and audio clips to listen to for your convenience. After listening to the clips, please enter your selections and click ‘submit’. To guarantee maximum availability of musicians, please submit this form at least 2 months before your wedding.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do we have to hire additional instruments?
No. The organist and cantor are already included in your fee and are sufficient for any selection offered here, unless otherwise indicated.
We would like to hire additional instruments, singers, or the St. Alphonsus Choir. How do we do that?
If you wish to include a larger instrumental ensemble or choir, there are many additional options. Please contact music director Brian Bloye for more information.
What if we want to include music not found in the provided clips?
It is possible to choose music that is not provided here; for example, favorite church hymns or alternative instrumental selections. However, the music must always adhere to the guidelines stated above, and must also be judged practical, given musical forces and liturgical constraints.
Can we have a guest soloist sing at the wedding?
Since your fee already includes a professional cantor from St. Alphonsus, we recommend that you choose one special song for your guest. Often the Ave Maria, psalm, or a communion hymn work quite well. Both you and your guest should feel confident about his or her ability to sing in front of you and your wedding guests. He or she should be familiar with the Catholic liturgy and its music. Guest singers will have an opportunity for a brief rehearsal about 45 minutes before the wedding.
I have further questions. Who should I contact?
Phone: 773.525.0709 extension 140