Are you looking forward to a church wedding sometime soon? Congratulations! Did you know that 53% of the happiest couples agree that, “God is at the center of our marriage,”?
Couples who attend church together on a regular basis are 35% less likely to divorce compared to those who don’t attend.
There are so many ways of incorporating Christian music into your wedding ceremony. Don’t wait for the reception, play amazing songs of love and praise during your wedding too.
Looking for great Christian wedding songs for the ceremony? Read on for our list of 10 wonderful Christian wedding songs from the 1980s and beyond.
A Bit of Christian Marriage History
Those of Christian faith believe marriage is a sacrament given from God. Marriage is the foundation of the family. When couples marry in the church, they profess their love before God and the community.
Each Christian denomination has different rules and traditions when it comes to marriage. Are you considering a Christian ceremony? Make sure you understand all the requirements.
Most churches require some sort of pre-marriage counseling. The Catholic Church sometimes calls this Pre-Cana counseling.
Beautiful Christian Wedding Songs
When it comes to your wedding, you want everything perfect. If you’re planning a Christian wedding, the music should be a reflection of your Christian love and values.
Music provides a lasting emotional connection, etching the wedding memories on your heart forever. Make sure you pick the right songs. And if you’re getting married in a church, get the pastor’s approval.
There are strict rules in some churches about what types of music are acceptable. With that in mind, let’s take a look at these Christian songs that are perfect for your wedding.
Perfect Wedding Processional Songs
Not everyone wants to walk down the aisle to the Wedding March. If you’re looking for a more contemporary processional song, there are plenty to choose from. There are even some nice Christian instrumentals if you don’t want a song.
Here are a few processional songs for your wedding:
The Lord’s Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer comes from the Bible and most Christian churches include it in the ceremony. What better way to process down the aisle than to Andrea Bocelli’s version of The Lord’s Prayer in song?
Alla Luce del Dio
Looking for something sweet and simple? This instrumental by Mark Magnuson is the perfect processional music. It’s from the Acoustic Lullabies album.
It’s a quiet acoustic guitar piece with an appropriate tempo for getting down the aisle.
This Hillsong United song comes from the album Across the Earth: Tear Down the Walls. The lyrics are perfect for meeting your love at the altar.
“I will be with the one I love, with unveiled face I’ll see Him, there my soul will be satisfied, soon and very soon.” These words are a wonderful accompaniment for your walk down the aisle.
Here’s an uplifting 1989 tune for walking down the aisle: Sweet Love by First Call. “Whisper to my spirit, tellin’ me you’re near, and your peace will find me here, waiting for your sweet love.”
The words are perfect as the groom waits at the altar for his bride.
During the Service
There’s only one song for the processional, but there’s often an opportunity for several songs during the service.
From the 1980s and beyond, there’s so much great Christian music, it’s hard to choose.
Will your service include the Hosanna?
If so, there’s nothing more perfect than Michael W. Smith’s song of the same name – Hosanna. This upbeat rendition of the Hosanna is perfect for your modern, but Christian ceremony.
We Will See Him as He Is
Will communion be part of your wedding ceremony? If so, consider We Will See Him as He Is for a moving post-communion song. This 1985 song was a top Christian hit.
How Great Thou Art
This classic hymnal as sung by Carrie Underwood will bring tears to your eyes. This is another great post-communion song.
“When Christ shall come with shouts of acclamation, and lead me home, what joy shall fill my heart, then I shall bow with humble adoration, and then proclaim, my God, how great Thou art.”
Everyone at the wedding ceremony will know this beautiful song.
The song was first a poem by Carl Gustaf Boberg published in 1891. It wasn’t sung in America until the 1950s, but it’s been a popular Christian song ever since.
Another classic Christian song appropriate for a wedding is Amazing Grace. Your guests should all know the words to this age-old song.
Recessional Songs for Christian Weddings
The ceremony is over and you’re headed into your new life, and your reception! You’ll think of that last song forever, so make it something great. Try one of these:
NEEDTOBREATHE’s Multiplied is a great recessional song for a Christian wedding. As you walk back down the aisle, you’ll sing the message of God’s love.
“Your love is like radiant diamonds, bursting inside us we cannot contain. Your love will surely come find us, like blazing wildfires singing your name.”
Ode to Joy
Another classic instrumental often used as a recessional is Ode to Joy by Beethoven. It’s hard to believe a deaf man composed this beautiful piece of music.
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Everyone is familiar with this song from Johann Sebastian Bach. If you’re lucky enough to have a full choir at your wedding, this makes for the perfect recessional.
The combination of music and lyrics transports you to another plane as you walk down the aisle.
“Holy wisdom, love most bright, drawn by thee, our souls aspiring, soar to uncreated light.” Your heart and soul will indeed soar.
Christian Wedding Songs for Your Big Day
There are so many great Christian wedding songs for your big day. From the 1980s and beyond, there are some classics perfect for your ceremony.
Try a nice instrumental for the processional song. If your service includes the Hosanna, then you can’t go wrong with Michael W. Smith. Use some appropriate Christian songs post-Communion.
Heading back down the aisle offers a chance at something upbeat, modern, and fun.
Remember to check with the pastor first!
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