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 priest, 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 Major JeremiahClarke/Henry Purcell
Trumpet Tune Henry Purcell
Rondeau Jean-Joseph Mouret
Trumpet Voluntary John Stanley
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring Johann Sebastian Bach
Kanon in D Johann Pachelbel
Andante George F Handel
Air on the G String Johann Sebastian Bach
Marche Theodore Salome
Triumphal March Edward Elgar

Processional Music

If Thou Art Near Bach
Panis Angelicus Cesar Franck
Ave Verum Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ave Maria Franz Schubert
Ave Maria Bach/Gounod
The Gift of Love Brian Wren
God is Love David Haas
I Have Loved You Michael Joncas
Covenant Hymn Gary Daigle

Processional Music

Ode to Joy Ludwig Van Beethoven
Hompipe Handel
Toccata from Symphony No 5 Charles-Marie Widor
Trumpet Tune Purcell
Allegro Vivace Handel
Fanfare Jacques Lemmens
Allegro vivace for Water Music Handel
Allegro from Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Handel
Crown Imperial William Walton
Postlude in D Henry 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.