A Guide for Planning
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
1600 W. Oakland Avenue
Austin, Minnesota This is a day, Lord, gladly awaited;
Thankful our hearts, Lord, joyous our praise.
See here before you two whom we cherish;
Keep them beside you all of their days.
From “This is a Day, Lord, Gladly Awaited”, text by
Jeffery Rowthorn (Evangelical Lutheran Worship #586)
2Planning Music for your Wedding
First Things First…
As you begin to think about the music you would like for your wedding, please keep these things in mind:
Your wedding is a service of worship in which God is present. The focus of the service is Christ, with God’s Word clearly proclaimed.
Your wedding is a public service in which the congregation – your friends and family – will play an active part.
Your wedding service includes prayers that your relationship with each other may be a reflection of the love of Christ. You will be joined to each other for the sake of others.
Your wedding is a service of celebration!
Therefore, plan for your music to:
Have Christ as the center. A good place to begin is to look at the scripture readings that you will choose with help from your pastor.
Looking for a theme relating to your scripture texts may help you to select your wedding music.
Express praise toward, or faith in God. Songs with scriptural texts or hymn texts are very appropriate for a wedding ceremony. Popular love songs work best at your reception or wedding dance.
Include your family and friends! Consider including hymns in your wedding service – this invites the congregation to be an active part of the ceremony. Hymns can be used in a variety of ways – with a soloist singing a verse, as a response to the readings or message, or as your recessional.
3Timeline and Planning Tips…
1. As soon as you have reserved the church for your wedding, call Ruth Monson
(437-4516). Ruth can assist you in planning your music and help you find musicians.
2. One of the church’s musicians will serve as the primary musician
(organist/pianist) for your wedding. You can directly contact one of our organists or pianists, or you can call Ruth for help to line up a musician. If you desire to use an outside musician for your wedding, you must first speak with Ruth or one of the pastors.
3. If you plan to have extra musicians involved in the service, line them up early. Our Savior’s has many talented musicians (some of their music is found on the “Wedding Sampler” CD). See Ruth for suggestions of local soloists and instrumentalists (flute, oboe, saxophone, strings and string quartet, harp, brass, handbells).
4. Listen to the Our Savior’s “Wedding Sampler” CD, or go to
where you will find excerpts of solo and duet vocal music. If you have other music that you would like for your wedding, call or email Ruth (437-4516 or email@example.com).
5. Our Savior’s discourages the use of CD’s, CD accompaniment tracks or other recorded music.
6. On the “Wedding Sampler” you will also find music for your processional (as the wedding party enters the sanctuary) and recessional (as you leave the sanctuary). Usually, the organ is used for the processional and recessional, but most of this music can also be played on the piano, or by an instrumental ensemble. A hymn of joy can serve as a terrific recessional.
7. You will also find a variety of hymns recorded on the “Wedding Sampler”.
These hymns are taken from the red hymnal (Evangelical Lutheran Worship) and the blue hymnal (With One Voice).
4Your Wedding Service…
The prelude music usually begins 15-20 minutes prior to the start of your service, as guests are being seated. Generally, the organist will play a variety of music during this time; titles do not need to be listed in your program. This is also a great time to include an instrumental or vocal solo.
The processional music is played as the wedding party enters the sanctuary.
Traditionally, the organist or pianist plays the processional music, but an instrumentalist or vocalist could be used as well. A hymn of joy sung by the congregation can work well as a processional, too. The title of this music may be included in your wedding program.
Hymns may be sung at various places in the ceremony. They serve to give the congregation an active role in your worship service. Listen to the “Wedding
Sampler” for hymn suggestions. An instrumentalist could be added to the hymns, or a soloist could be used to sing a verse of a hymn.
5Vocal and Instrumental Music
A vocal or instrumental solo, duet, or ensemble can provide music:
During the prelude
Prior to the processional
Following the opening prayer
Following the reading of scripture
Following the message
During the lighting of the unity candle
During Holy Communion
At the end of the service as a blessing or a sending song
Listen to the “Wedding Sampler” for vocal solo suggestions.
The recessional music is played as the wedding party leaves the sanctuary. This title may be included in your program. For examples of recessional music, listen to the “Wedding Sampler” CD.
Postlude music is played as your guests are escorted out of the sanctuary. The titles for these pieces do not need to appear in your wedding program. Generally, the organist will play for 10-15 minutes after the ceremony.
6The “Wedding Sampler”
The “Wedding Sampler” CD is available in the church office for you to borrow as you plan your wedding music. The same music can be found on the OSLC website
( Included in the sampler is vocal solo/duet music, hymns, processional and recessional music.
On the following pages you will find the titles for the music on the “Wedding Sampler” CD.
7Vocal Solos/Duets for Weddings
(from the “Wedding Sampler” CD)
1. “A Choral Benediction” by Besig (solo or duet) (2:00)
2. “A Simple Song” by Bernstein (with optional flute) (4:00)
3. “An Irish Blessing” by Nuss (solo or duet) (1:30)
4. “Beloved, God’s Chosen” by Hobby (2:00)
5. “Blessing” by Bart (2:30)
6. “Borning Cry” by Ylvisaker/Kallman (solo or duet with optional flute)
7. “By My Side” by Porter (1:30)
8. “Come, Lord Jesus to This Place” by Busarow (solo, with optional instrument) (2:45)
9. “Cord of Three Strands by Elenburg/Mikrut/Kadidlo (solo or duet) (3:30)
10. “The Gift of Love” by Hopson (solo, with optional instrument) (2:45)
11. “Grow Old With Me” by Lennon (solo or duet) (2:30)
12. “Here in the Spirit’s Presence” by Handel/Rowan (2:30)
13. “Household of Faith” by Rosasco (solo or duet) (2:00)
14. “How Beautiful” by Paris (solo or duet) (4:30)
15. “In Love We Choose to Live” by Cotter (solo or duet) (2:45)
16. “In This Very Room” by Harris (3:00)
17. “Irish Wedding Song” by Betteridge (solo, with optional instrument)
18. “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach (solo, with optional instrument)
19. “Lord, Give Them This Day” by Billman (1:45)
20. “Love Will Stay” by Cain (2:30)
821. “O God of Love” by Hancock/Bouman (solo, with optional instrument)
22. “Shine on Us” by Smith (solo or duet) (3:45)
23. “This Day” by Alexander (3:30)
24. “This is the Day” by Brown (3:00)
25. “Two Hearts, One Love” by Cain (solo or duet) (2:30)
26. “Unity Candle Song” by Haan (1:15)
27. “Walk with Them, Lord” by Besig (2:00)
28. “Wedding Prayer” by Hopkins (2:45)
29. “Wedding Song” by Schutz (1:30)
30. “Wherever You Go” by Norbet (3:00)
31. “You Visit the Earth” by Greene/Scott (2:30)
Thanks to the Our Savior’s musicians who helped to prepare this sampler: Lisa and John
Deyo, Dan Kahl, Pam Koser, Brian Koser (saxophone), Ruth Monson (organ and piano),
Kaye Perry and Brad Weber, and to John Deyo for recording this sampler. Accompanist for “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and “This Day” was Daneil Steinert.
For information about ordering any of the above music, please contact Ruth Monson
(437-4516 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
9Hymns for Weddings
(from the “Wedding Sampler” CD)
32. “Although I Speak with Angel’s Tongue” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship #644)
33. “For the Beauty of the Earth” (ELW #879)
34. “Go, My Children, with My Blessing” (ELW #543)
35. “Hear Us Now, Our God and Father” (ELW #585)
36. “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” (ELW #836)
37. “Let All Things Now Living” (ELW #881)
38. “Lord of All Hopefulness” (ELW #765)
39. “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” (ELW #631)
40. “Now Thank We All Our God” (ELW #840)
41. “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” (ELW #858/859)
42. “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” (ELW #502)
43. “This Is a Day, Lord, Gladly Awaited” (ELW #586)
44. “What Wondrous Love Is This” (ELW #666)
45. “When Love Is Found” (With One Voice #749)
Evangelical Lutheran Worship (red hymnal) and With One Voice (blue hymnal) are located in the hymnal racks in the church sanctuary.
10 Processional Music
(As the wedding party enters the church sanctuary)
46. “Air” from Water Music by Handel
47. “Arioso” by Bach
48. “Bridal March” by Wagner
49. “Canon in D” by Pachelbel
50. “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach
51. “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven” by Hustad
(As the wedding party leaves the church sanctuary)
52. “Hornpipe” from Water Music by Handel
53. “Fanfare” by Lemmens
54. “God of Grace and God of Glory” by Manz
55. “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” by Burkhardt
56. “Prelude and Fugue in C” by Bach
57. “Prelude and Fugue in F” by Bach
58. “Psalm 19” by Marcello
59. “Trumpet Voluntary in D” by Clarke
60. “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn
11 This wedding music planner is intended as a guideline to help you with your musical choices within the context of the Christian wedding service. Every wedding is unique, and I will be happy to assist you in your wedding music planning to help make this special day a meaningful and joyous celebration!
In Christ’s love,
437-4516 (church) or
This planning guide has been reviewed and endorsed by the Worship Committee of Our Savior’s Lutheran
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