St Anastasia Music Guidelines for Weddings

Congratulations on your engagement! This page provides some basic information to begin the discussion for the music for your Sacrament of Marriage.  Click here to download the Wedding Packet

  • Musicians serving at your wedding are from St. Anastasia Catholic Church Music Ministry. We maintain a roster of singers and professional musicians. Guest musicians are permitted with the Director of Music’s approval.
  • The number of musical selections at your wedding will be determined by the type of ceremony you have planned. A Nuptial Mass is Solemn Mass including Communion rites. The Responsorial Psalm should be sung.
  • Only ONE selection will be played during the procession of the Bridal Party and the Bride. A wedding is a Mass, and comparatively, as there is one gathering, processional hymn for the party of altar servers, deacons, and priests, we encourage only one processional piece for the ceremony.
  • Two popular pieces – the “Bridal Chorus” by Richard Wagner (also known as “Here Comes the Bride”), and the “Wedding March” by Felix Mendelssohn, are not used at St. Anastasia Catholic Church. These pieces are distinctly secular, and while secular music may be suited for use at a wedding reception, it is not considered appropriate for the sacred Liturgy. Remember a Catholic wedding is a liturgy and all music and actions should be easily identified as prayer. The following suggestions constitute a shortlist of appropriate musical selections for the wedding ceremony.

 Processional Music:

Trumpet Voluntary in D MajorJeremiahClarke/Henry Purcell
Trumpet TuneHenry Purcell
RondeauJean-Joseph Mouret
Trumpet VoluntaryJohn Stanley
Jesu Joy of Man’s DesiringJohann Sebastian Bach
Kanon in DJohann Pachelbel
AndanteGeorge F Handel
Air on the G StringJohann Sebastian Bach
MarcheTheodore Salome
Triumphal MarchEdward Elgar

 Processional Music:

If Thou Art NearBach
Panis AngelicusCesar Franck
Ave VerumWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ave MariaFranz Schubert
Ave MariaBach/Gounod
The Gift of LoveBrian Wren
God is LoveDavid Haas
I Have Loved YouMichael Joncas
Covenant HymnGary Daigle

 Processional Music:

Ode to JoyLudwig Van Beethoven
Toccata from Symphony No 5Charles-Marie Widor
Trumpet TunePurcell
Allegro VivaceHandel
FanfareJacques Lemmens
Allegro vivace for Water MusicHandel
Allegro from Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in GHandel
Crown ImperialWilliam Walton
Postlude in DHenry Smart


  • The organist fee includes one consultation. The current fee is $150.00. If guest musicians are assisting, a rehearsal is required prior to the wedding day, and the rehearsal fee is $75 per hour. Rehearsals will take place at St. Anastasia Catholic Church. In certain circumstances, this rehearsal may be waived, at the discretion of the Director of Music.
  • Additional optional Professional Musicians from the parish roster include a violinist. The fee is $150.00. There are no rehearsal fees if only our parish musicians are hired.
  • All fees should be paid in full no later than 2 weeks prior to the wedding date.
  • Please note that musicians do not attend the “wedding rehearsal” unless specifically requested by the wedding party. A $75.00 fee incurs.

Please Note: All recordings use musicians and instruments from St Anastasia Catholic Church. The recordings are used for families selecting music for a particular celebration, and therefore, educational in nature. The recordings are not for sale or distribution. If you would like additional information about purchasing some of this music, we can direct you to sources.

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