For A Christian Couple On Their Wedding Day
Marriage and weddings
Christians believe that marriage is a gift from God, one that should not be taken for granted. It is the right atmosphere to engage in sexual relations and to build a family life. Getting married in a church, in front of God, is very important.
A marriage is a public declaration of love and commitment. This declaration is made in front of friends and family in a church ceremony.
The history of marriage
Marriage vows, in the form “To have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part”, have been recited at UK church weddings since 1552.
But before the wedding service was written into the Book of Common Prayer, marriages were much more informal: couples could simply promise themselves to one another at any time or place and the spoken word was as good as the written contract.
In this audio clip, three academics – Janet Soskice, Reader in Modern Theology and Philosophical Theology, Cambridge University; Frederik Pedersen, Lecturer in History, Aberdeen University; and Christina Hardyment, social historian and journalist – discuss the history of and the role of state and church in marriage.The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is God's doing: “God himself is the author of marriage”, which is his way of showing love for those he created. Because a marriage is a divine institution it can never be broken, even if the partners are legally divorced: as long as they are both alive, the Church considers them bound together by God.
Catholics are encouraged to marry other Catholics in order to attain a “perfect union of mind and full communion of life”, but it is also the priest's duty to remember that marriage is part of God's natural law and to support the couple if they do choose to marry.
Today in countries throughout the world it is common for Catholics to enter into a 'mixed marriage' (a marriage between a Catholic and a baptised non-Catholic).
Couples entering into a mixed marriage are usually allowed to marry in a Catholic church provided they have embraced the following principles:
- They have chosen to marry of their own accord with no external pressure
- They intend to remain together for life
- They intend to be faithful to each other
- They intend to have children if the bride is of childbearing age
When one member of the couple is not a Catholic, a dispensation is required for a mixed marriage to take place. This is normally granted by the priest who is conducting the marriage.
If one of the partners is not baptised (they belong to a non-Christian religion, or to none) a dispensation for 'disparity of the cult' is required. This must be granted by the bishop. It is usually a straightforward matter as long as the dispensation is applied for in time. The priest will usually take care of the paperwork.
Catholic teaching on marriage to non-Catholics
The Catechism of the Catholic Church recognises that mixed marriages can pose difficulties but it also points towards the importance of growing together through dialogue and a common faith in Jesus Christ.
The Catechism also makes a distinction between a mixed marriage and a marriage with 'disparity of cult' (a marriage between a Catholic and non-baptised person).
Priests are required by the Church to ensure that such marriages will not endanger the faith of the Catholic partner. In practice, priests will judge each situation on a case by case basis.If difficulties arise, it is the pastoral duty of the priest to raise questions and initiate a frank discussion with the couple.
He would use the same logic as any other situation in life where the faith of a Catholic could be in jeopardy.
While the Church urges caution in the case of marriages between Catholics and non-Catholics, it does not prevent a Catholic from marrying the person of their choice.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church sets out the position:
Before a marriage takes place, a couple must spend time with the priest to talk about the sanctity of marriage and their role within the church in preparation for their life together. Questions concerning family and children, money issues, lifestyle choices and religion will be asked.
These marriage preparations are known as pre-Cana. It is an educational and maturing process for married life. Pre-Cana can take place over six months or an intensive weekend course and is mandatory for Catholics wishing to get married.
Whilst a couple is engaged but not yet married, they are expected to refrain from sexual activity: “They should reserve for marriage the expressions of affection that belong to married love”. This is because the Church teaches that sex is part of the procreation process and should only happen within the right framework, which is marriage.
A Catholic wedding ceremony
There are two types of Catholic marriage ceremony. One is with Mass and celebrates the Eucharist, which lasts for about an hour. The other is without Mass and only takes about 20 minutes.
The ceremony including Mass is as follows:
- Entrance rite: there is a procession, which may include a hymn. The priest greets the congregation then the Penitential rite and opening prayers are said.
- Liturgy of the Word: Bible readings, one from the Old Testament, a responsorial psalm, a New Testament reading, a Gospel acclamation, a Gospel reading and a homily (a practical sermon, not a theological one)
- The rite of marriage: questions are asked about the couples' faithfulness to one another and their willingness to bring up children. Then the vows are made and the rings are exchanged.
- Liturgy of the Eucharist: gifts are presented and the altar is prepared. Then the Eucharist prayer is said. Then the following are sung: Sanctus Sanctus, Memorial acclamation and Great Amen.
- Communion rite: The Lord's Prayer is said which is followed by a nuptial blessing. Then follows the Sign of Peace, Agnus Dei and Communion Hymn (sung).
- Concluding rite: The final blessing is made, there is a dismissal and the couple kiss. There is a recessional hymn which accompanies everyone the church.
In a wedding without Mass, the Liturgy of the Eucharist is missed out.
Official Catholic doctrine regarding marriage
Christian Wedding Anniversary Wishes – Religious Messages
Christian Wedding Anniversary Wishes : Every Christian have this holy event called wedding in their life. The wedding is a bondage between man and woman decreed by God in the bible and accepted by all Christians.
It is quite common for all Christians to attend a marriage ceremony every now and then. When a Christian couple spends years together as a husband and wife, they need to be appreciated and praised.
Be it your own anniversary or mom and dad, brother or sister, family member, friend, coworker either a couple you know, religious Christian wedding wishes or messages can make their wedding anniversary moments even more wonderful.
Most of all, by wishing them good luck and happiness, you are also appreciating god’s divine decree and the holy ritual itself for making the world a place for love.
Religious Christian Anniversary Messages
Our sweet Lord made you two as an example for the rest of us. I wish you live forever until we forget to count your anniversaries. Happy wedding anniversary dear!
Even after all these years, whenever I see you two, I can see the eternal rays of love God is sending from heaven. May this last forever! Happy anniversary!
Years ago, two holy souls were bonded together in a holy Christian ritual. Today I’m wishing them a happy wedding anniversary. May God shower you with joy and love for the rest of your life.You have passed the test of time, survived together all these years. Don’t stop here. Keep showing the world what wedding means for a devoted Christian. God bless you!
Happy wedding anniversary to the most beautiful Christian couple ever. Wish you many more years together. May God be with you for eternity!
You are the perfect Christian couple I have ever seen. On this special occasion, I want to wish both of you a happy forever together!
Only love in its truest form and the blessings of Lord Jesus can make a marriage so happy. I am honored to be around to see both you together all these years. Happy wedding anniversary!
You two are the most blessed man and wife on this earth. Keep this love alive for the rest of your life. Wish you all the best!
You are one of the best Christian couple I have ever known. Every true Christian deserves such kind of marriage in their life. Stay together forever. Wish you a blessed life together.
Two devoted Christians make the best couple. You are the best example of this. Keep inspiring us. May you two be together and God be with you for many more anniversaries to come!
Christian Anniversary Wishes for Husband/Wife
Christian couples are one of the happiest couples among all the religions. If you are one of those happy Christian husband and wife who have spent a long journey together, you should check out these wedding anniversary wishes for that special occasion.
Finding a devoted husband you is the best achievement in my life. I thank god everyday because he’s been so kind to me. Happy wedding anniversary dear!
For me, heaven is being you and hell is being without you. Only god knows how much I’m in love with you! Let us pray to lord for all that he has blessed us with all these years.Firstly, I’m lucky to be born to Christian parents, Secondly I’m lucky to be married to a Christian husband, thirdly, I’m lucky that god kept you close to me all these years.
For me, you are the light that keeps guiding me towards salvation. I love you. Happy wedding anniversary!
I’m not afraid of anything as long as god keeps us close to each other. Happy wedding anniversary my love!
May god bless us for many more years so we can serve his holy purpose on this earth! It’s a pleasure to have a companion you in this journey.
I loved god unconditionally and thought he was so unrewarding. Then he sent you for me and showed me his generosity has no limits.
You are a devoted Christian and a devoted wife. May god bless me the strength to keep you close and happy as long as I live! Happy wedding anniversary!
I am more than lucky to have a god loving companion you. A Christian husband is the best thing any woman can ask for. Happy wedding anniversary dear husband!
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Christian Anniversary Wishes for Mom/Dad
Your mom and dad are the ones who have passed the test of time together and raised you as a true Christian. So when it comes to their wedding anniversaries put aside all your shyness and wish them the most unforgettable Christian wedding anniversary wish.
Whenever I look at you, I realize how much blessed I am. Stay together forever this. Happy wedding anniversary dear mom and dad!
Firstly I am proud because I am a Christian. Secondly, I’m proud because I have a mom and dad you. I want to see you two together till I close my eyes. Happy wedding anniversary!Dear parents, you have loved each other all these years and raised us in a truly Christian family. We thank god every day and pray to him that he always keeps you together.
Happy wedding anniversary! May God bless us with many more years so we can wish more anniversaries this!
True love isn’t hard to find. You just have to look into the couple who truly loves our Lord. They are the one that never leaves each other.
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Happy marriages are hard to find. Whoever said that wasn’t surely raised by a true Christian couple. Luckily, I was! Happy anniversary!
You were together when I was born, together when I was a little child and still together when I’m all grown up. I pray to god that you stay together till I close my eyes.
Thanks to that holy Christian ritual called a wedding. I have been born and brought up by two amazing people you. I wish you an eternity together.
Christian Wedding Anniversary Wishes for a Friend
If your friends are having a wedding anniversary, it’s your duty to let them know how much you appreciate their marriage. Let them know how blessed they are and how much God loves them. Here are some Christian Wedding Anniversary Wishes for a friend.
God loves you more than you know. Maybe this is the reason why you have such a happy and wonderful marriage life. Happy wedding anniversary!
Your love for God has been awarded an everlasting happy marriage. May you always be happy for the rest of your life!Happy wedding anniversary to the most amazing and god loving person I have ever known. God is always with you. May your marriage life become more wonderful!
Your marriage was a tree gifted to you by God. Every anniversary is one sweet fruit of it. May we live long to have more fruits from that tree!
I’m lucky to have seen such a wonderful and devoted couple in my life. Wish you all the happiness on this special occasion.
Only true Christians can have a successful marriage yours. God bless us all just you. Happy wedding anniversary!
I knew you would have a happy married life. Because our Lord never disappoints his devoted pupils. Happy wedding anniversary!
I want to wish you a million wedding anniversaries. Stay close to your partner forever. Pray to god and thank him for what he has given to you.
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Christian Anniversary Wishes for Couple
These days it’s hard to find couples who are happily married together. But there are some who have kept faith in the holy ritual of Christianity and never gave up on each other. These husbands and wives are jewels. Never miss the chance to appreciate their love.
The relation of husband and wife is the most wonderful relation decided by God himself. This bondage is even more beautiful when two beautiful souls you come together. Happy wedding anniversary!
God has been so much kind to both of you as he blessed two of you with the company of each other for life.If it wasn’t for you two, I would never realize the holy purpose of a man and wife sharing their rest of the life together, under one roof. Happy wedding anniversary dear!
On this very special day, I want you to thank god for he has given you the perfect partners. Stay close to god just you’ve stayed close to each other all these years.
Every relation has ups and downs. But remember always, if God Almighty wants to keep you close to each other, nothing can make you leave each other. Happy wedding anniversary!
May your love for each other exist for eternity! Happy wedding anniversary! God bless both of you.
Let God’s love brighten your life of a husband and wife in the years yet to come, just he did all these years.
Love that exists between a husband and a wife comes directly from heaven. You two have always made me realize this truth. Happy wedding anniversary!
Christians are religious people. They love God and love the idea of marriage because God himself has talked about it in the holy bible. This world is more beautiful with more God-loving, happily-married Christians.
15 Christian Wedding Gift Ideas That Will Delight The New Couple
Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I love finding a wedding gift for the new couple that is special and meaningful. Not that there’s anything wrong with picking something out from their registry….it’s just that sometimes I want to give something more than a basic set of bath towels, if you know what I mean?
Something beautiful. Something thoughtful. Something inspirational.
But those kinds of gifts are harder to find in my experience. So with that in mind, I’ve done some intentional research to come up with these 15 gifts that fall into those categories. And while they are not all distinctly Christian, many of them offer a blessing or prayer or some other way of encouraging the wedding couple in their faith.
I hope you find something that inspires you here!
1. Luxuriously Soft Scripture Throw Blanket | Jeremiah 29:11
As I happen to be a “blanket girl” myself, I loved this idea. It’s soft, warm, AND beautiful! Plus, what a perfect reminder of the good plans God has for the new couple. Available—>HERE
2. Marriage Takes Three
Here’s a classy, symbolic gift to remind the newlyweds to have Christ always at the center of their marriage. The two entwined hearts with the cross in the middle is inspired by the poem, “Marriage Takes Three.” Available—>HERE
3. Love Birds & I Corinthians 13 Canvas Wall Art
Here’s a unique and lovely gift idea! Aren’t those lovebirds too sweet, though?? I how it’s personalized too with the names and date of the wedding couple. Also, this one comes in a variety of color options. Available—>HERE
4. 100 ways to Love Your Husband & 100 Ways to Love Your Wife
★★★★★ “Practical but profound!” by TiaThe advice in this book is so practical but still profound! These are great reminders for all married women. A book you can continually reference throughout the journey of your marriage.
★★★★★ “Great read!” By Carrie
Easy reading but wonderful words for any. It’s good to review at least once a year.
A great wedding gift!
My husband and I had no idea when we first wrote the books that they’d become such best-sellers! We simply wanted to share the many wonderful ways a couple can keep their marriage strong for a lifetime.
Small, practical, and inspiring truths to help build a lasting love story! On Amazon here OR buy the bundle at a 23% discount HERE—>100 Ways to Love Marriage bundle
5. Personalized by Name Cutting Board for Kitchen
I thought this was such a fantastic idea! Around here, we often use our cutting board as a “serving tray” — how much better to personalize it with the couples’ name? Yes! Available—>HERE
6. Mr & Mrs. Always & Forever Wood Puzzle Piece Plaque Frame
Romantic, cute, and a terrific way to show off your wedding photo. Way more than your average picture frame, that’s for sure! Available—->HERE
7. Personalized Matching – Hubby & Wifey – Coffee Mug
I have a “Wifey” cup that I enjoy, but this idea is even better! A “his and hers” option with the wedding date written in as well. Pretty sweet! Available—>HERE
8. Personally Yours Marriage Prayer & Scripture
Here’s another way to encourage the new couple! By surrounding their wedding photo with a prayer and Bible verse. (Can you tell I’m really into unique picture frames?) Available—>HERE
9. Pray Book Ends
We received bookends as a wedding gift, but ours were elephants (seriously). Not saying they weren’t interesting…but I would have preferred these prayer ones!
Wedding Prayer – Beautiful Ceremony Blessing
More than ever today, as a husband and wife unite in marriage, they need the prayers and blessings of friends and loved ones to help them build a strong foundation of godly love established on Christ, their Rock.
If you want to give something special and lasting to a couple on their wedding day, here are two sample prayers you can offer on their behalf.
Feel free to use these prayers and marriage blessings as a part of your own ceremony!
A Wedding Day Prayer
As this couple begins their lives together on their wedding day, I pray that their hearts will unite as one with You in their desire to make You the center. May this day be the start of something beautiful, a celebration un any other.
As they offer their vows to one another in the sight of God and others, give them a clear understanding of their commitment to each other.
May their loyalty in marriage mirror Your own love and faithfulness to all Your children.Let them know that two are better than one as they mutually invest in and depend on each other—but that the third strand of their marriage ties should always be You.
May their love— the wedding rings they will wear—be a circle that never ends. Grow that love relationship into one that is patient and kind, not boastful or proud, one that is unselfish and trusting, and a love that protects and perseveres through every season of life.
I pray you will give this couple unforgettable moments, unending dedication, and unselfish motives as they pledge their devotion to each another.
In every way possible, make the house they build together a godly home—a place where hurts are healed with grace, a place where hearts are sealed with forgiveness, and a place where emotions feel safe when shared with honesty and gentleness.
Keep their communication open—with You, and with each other as they make prayer a constant priority.
Lord, today and every day, let laughter echo in the halls of their hearts and home; let joy fill every room; and let the radiance of Your face shine on them, bless them, and give them a gracious peace that passes all understanding.
Light a fire of passion that prompts them to love you with all their heart, soul, and strength, and one that engulfs their own union as man and wife in purity and oneness. Help them to bear each other’s burdens, even as they cast their cares on Your shoulders.
May they always choose to see the best in each other, even in the worst of times.
May they visualize their marriage as more than just a bonding of two lives, but as two on mission for You, Lord—a lighthouse of refuge, a welcome place for encouragement, and a testimony to Your power and grace.Help them to cherish their wedding day as a sacred memorial, and their union as a treasure to protect at all costs. Make it a reminder of hope that keeps on going and faith that keeps on growing.
Help them to believe that all things are possible through Christ, the One who began the good work in them.
Lord, on their wedding day, may every word spoken and every precious token remind them of the One who holds all things together and who makes all things good. Together as this couple stands side by side, and hand in hand, hold them tightly and never let them go. Fill their hearts with unceasing gratitude. Be their vision, their strength, and their constant companion.
In Jesus’s name,
A Wedding Ceremony Prayer
Father in Heaven, thank You for this husband, ______, and wife, _______, and their commitment to Christian marriage. As we look ahead, we pray that their future will never lack the convictions that make a marriage strong.
Bless this husband, ______. Bless him as provider and protector. Sustain him in all the pressures that come with the task of stewarding a family. May his strength be his wife’s boast and pride, and may he so live that his wife may find in him the haven for which the heart of a woman truly longs.
Bless this wife, ______. Give her a tenderness that makes her great, a deep sense of understanding, and a strong faith in You. Give her that inner beauty of a soul that never fades, that eternal youth that is found in holding fast to the things that never age. May she so live that her husband may be pleased to reverence her in the shrine of his heart.
Teach them that marriage is not living for each other. It is two people uniting and joining hands to serve You. Give them a great spiritual purpose in life. May they seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness, knowing that You will sustain them through all of life’s challenges.
May they minimize each other’s weaknesses and be swift to praise and magnify each other’s strengths so that they might view each other through a lover’s kind and patient eyes. Help them every day to be kind and gentle, more You. Give them a little something to forgive each day, that their love might learn to be long-suffering.
Bless them and develop their characters as they walk together with You. Give them enough hurts to keep them humane, enough failures to keep their hands clenched tightly in Yours, and enough of success to make them sure they walk with You throughout all of their life.
May they never take each other’s love for granted but always experience that breathless wonder that exclaims, ” all this world, you have chosen me.” Then, when life is done and the sun is setting, may they be found then as now, still hand in hand, still very proud, still thanking You for each other.May they travel together as friends and lovers, brother and sister, husband and wife, father and mother, and as servants of Christ until He shall return or until that day when one shall lay the other into the arms of God. This we ask through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, the Great Lover of our souls. Amen.
excerpt by Lysa Terkeurst
Rebecca Barlow Jordan is an inspirational author, speaker, and passionate follower of Jesus who loves to encourage others heart to heart.
She has written 11 books and over 1700 other articles, greeting cards, and other inspirational pieces. Her daily devotional Daily in Your Presence is available for delivery through Crosswalk.com.
You can find out more about Rebecca at www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com.
Publication date: June 30, 2017
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A Couple’s Guide To Christian Wedding Songs (43 Top Songs for 2019)
‘Marriage is a gift of God in creation through which husband and wife may know the grace of God. It is given that as man and woman grow together in love and trust, they shall be united with one another in heart, body, and mind’ – The Marriage Service from Common Worship.
For religious people, marriage is a celebration of God’s love for His children. If there is a detail that can greatly influence the ceremony itself and the reception afterward it is music.
It sets the overall atmosphere and sends a powerful message about your life and feelings you share. Of course, such important day needs the future spouses to be extra scrupulous choosing the accompanying music.
Let your Christian faith shine through on your wedding day with our collection of Christian wedding songs!
Our Top 5 Christian wedding songs are as follows:
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It is highly possible, that both of you are a bit tired of the good old Wedding March. Maybe you want something more original, or maybe you are simply into something more up-to-date. Don’t worry, there are enough contemporary Christian wedding songs to choose from.
They will make your wedding ceremony a unique romantic event. The heart-melting Christian tunes and soft ballads will let you feel all the goodness of the world. The chords of Christian songs will make your eyes shine and your heart sing with joy on this glorious day.
So what exactly can you try?
- Moriah Peters – I’ll Wait For You
- Dave Barnes – God Gave Me You
First of all, there is a number of instrumental Christian pieces. They are perfect for a traditional white-dress ceremony.
Even the churches with very strict rules usually allow instrumental music. If this is the issue, simply stick to the classics, “Ode to Joy” or the “Hallelujah Chorus.” As instrumental music doesn’t have any words, it is a perfect choice for the exchanging of vows.
It wouldn’t interrupt your love speeches. At the same time, a correctly chosen melody would help you to create the right atmosphere, filling you with joy and awe. There are many classical instrumental pieces by such well-known composers as Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel.
But if you research the matter, modern-day composers also offer a large variety of suitable music.
If you are looking for a powerful, yet tender melody, try Hans Zimmer, Yan Tiersen, and other film soundtrack composers. There are many heart-warming masterpieces among Oscar-winning and Grammy-winning tracks. Moreover, such tunes can create a very special atmosphere without words.
One of the points is, you can use them as a tool of silent, yet potent communication. Music speaks a universal language. Even though such instrumental music pieces don’t have any words, in our imagination, they tell a story. They are still a part of some well-known love stories.
It might be a flaw, but this drawback could easily become an advantage. If the music you choose is a soundtrack from your favorite film, an instrumental track may make both of you smile. It might be your own little secret joke.
Associations and past experience mean a lot when it comes to music.Although there are numerous pieces that don’t have any words from the very beginning, you shouldn’t forget, that actually any music piece can be made instrumental. Even the most popular song, devoid of lyrics, will do, and it will bring the feelings associated with the story.
Probably, one of the most powerful Christian songs, that can be often heard without the lyrics, is ‘Hallelujah’. The song is slow and sad, a most romantic tune, full of gratitude to the One above. It is very mainstream but quite well-known and amazingly beautiful.
After all, the wedding is the time to be grateful for all the love that we share.
Another kind of instrumental music, that is closely associated with the church you might consider is pipe organ music. It is a great choice for the official ceremony. Mostly it includes pieces that have been tested by centuries and considered classical. Still, there are more modern pieces by contemporary authors.
The hallmark of these powerful instrumental masterpieces is that they are probably the closest to our idea of heavenly music. It is no coincidence that the largest and most beautiful cathedrals have pipe organs. The aura they create makes you think of heaven and angels singing. They are perfect for a processional music, especially when the bride makes her appearance.
Just imagine her there, moving gracefully down the aisle! She is so beautiful in her long wedding gown, modest, but yet so elegant, two little flower girls throwing petals at her feet. Such a majestic sight will make any heart beat faster. It will fill everyone with joy and humility at the thought of the Lord’s greatness and goodness.
Organ music makes us tremble as if God has spoken to us in person.
Probably the best feature of modern Christian wedding is that it allows a variety of music. When you have said the words, and the newlyweds step the church, here comes the time for less humble feelings.
This is when the celebration begins! Of course, you may choose any modern tune, but you might still want to find a way to show your gratitude to the Lord on this happy day. There are many modern Christian bands, singing about their love of God in every musical style one can imagine. Wedding recession is the moment to celebrate life.
This is the time for a glorious song, full of positive vibes – and maybe some more variety of styles. After all, there are lots of ways to show your love to the Lord and each other.
- Lauren Daigle – You Say
- Phil Wickham – Till I Found You
Christian pop music is definitely on the rise. Lots of musicians have contributed to this style, so the choice is difficult.
Steven Curtis Chapman, Sidewalk Prophets, Hillsong United, Newsong or Francesca Battistelli, and much more! These artists and bands praise the Lord with modern rhythms and rhymes, and you are almost certain to find something to enjoy.
After all, pop music is made to be popular by definition, so it is highly possible that you and your guests will find it enjoyable. Moreover, many popular artists, such as Elton John and Stevie Wonder, have songs, that can be described as Christian pop music.Their mood and lyrics are more than appropriate for such an event. You are sure to find mother son dance songs and father-daughter dance. Of course, the list wouldn’t be complete without first dance songs. Wedding songs are an important part of your happy day.
Another option for a couple, willing to get a bit into the rhythm is Christian rock. These days it is, probably, one of the most popular (and commercially successful) styles of Christian music. If you are into a wedding song Christian rock music, you can find some mainstream songs and authors to suit your needs.
Imagine recession or your first dance at the sound of Cliff Richard, the Skillet or Fireflight. All of these artists have contributed to Christian rock. The style is experiencing a real renaissance, so examples are numerous.
Rock ballads are perfect for the first dance, or as a cake-cutting song, and if your officiant approves, may liven up your proceedings to the altar.
You both dig country music? There are Christian country bands to make you and your guests feel the aura of the West and American South. So-called ‘inspirational country’ is for you. It combines music from the plantations of the Deep South with cowboy music to express faith and Christian love. Some of these bands and singers are more well-known.
For example, country idol Dolly Parton, or a Grammy-winning American Idol star Carrie Underwood. Others less so, but if you are a country music fan you are sure to find something to enjoy. Let the sound of banjos and acoustic guitars, fiddles, and harmonicas fill your wedding reception. Christian country has the very best of heart-warming ballads.
Of course, there are lots of Christian music styles, that are less common for a wedding. If you are into something more original, but still want to express your gratitude to the Lord and his wisdom. There are Christian hip-hop, metal, and punk, ska and even techno!
If you are looking for something more traditional, it is probably the gospel music that comes to mind among all other kinds of music. First of all, Gospel music historically has the strongest connections to the church service that one can imagine.Especially if we take Christian wedding traditions. At the same time, many famous artists have gospel music. Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, R.Kelly, Whitney Houston, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, and Dolly Parton.
It is almost impossible to choose only a few tracks among such glorious collection.
One of the most memorable moments for any couple is the first dance of the newly wedded couple. A soft, sweet tune would make this special moment a perfect one.
Feel the grace of Lord, as you lovingly sway on the dancefloor, surrounded by the circle of your nearest and dearest. You might almost hear God in these magic chords. Choose the song carefully.
The lyrics will tell your guests so much about the overwhelming emotions you feel for each other.
The choice is even more challenging if the bride and groom-to-be are deeply religious people. It is possible that you want to emphasize your love for God Almighty on this special day.
The choice of music, in that case, is more than just a way to tell about respect and adoration that you feel for each other.
Christian wedding songs also help the newlyweds to express the love and gratitude to Lord.We have prepared a thorough guide to choose the best Christian music for your wedding. Some of these songs are more popular and can be heard even at civil ceremonies.
Others are less known outside of the religious community. Anyway, Christian wedding songs would be perfect for any wedding or a wedding anniversary.
It would suit any occasion when two people want to show the world their feelings and God’s goodness.
How to choose perfect Christian songs for weddings?
They say that the wedding day is full of love and God’s glory. The chosen Christian wedding songs should probably be joyous, but at the same time not very quick. It needs to get everyone move gracefully and with dignity, as befits the moment. The pace is important, and so are the lyrics.
Even if you believe you know your favorite song by heart, make sure it is appropriate to the occasion. It might be wise to do a bit of research behind the lyrics. Sometimes the most charming tunes come from a broken heart. This might be not the point you want to start your married life with. Make sure you proofread for any phrases or topics, that would be inadequate for the event.
Even if you choose instrumental versions of some well-known songs, be aware of the lyrics that have been.
There are so many special moments, creating the magical unity of two people in face of men and God. The proceeding song, as you two, will be walking down the aisle. The exchange of wedding vows.
The first kiss as husband and wife, the first dance, the cake cutting – all these moments need their own melody.
A melody that celebrates the romantic love you feel for each other, and also God’s love for His children.
Choosing a song for a Christian wedding, it might be a good idea to start with consulting your officiant. Some churches have an official list of approved religious music to accompany the ceremonies.In that case, the music for the ceremony itself is limited to the contents of the list. At the same time, if the list exists, it will give your inspiration a boost in the right direction. Some churches are fine with instrumental music that has no lyrics.
There’s always the wedding reception to set your imagination free.
As one part of the wedding ceremony follows another, songs would change in the order you’ve arranged them into. Choosing the sequence, don’t forget to consider the proximity of different songs to each other. Songs might sound perfect on their own, but not together.
Extreme changes of tempo and/or genre make the wedding ceremony seem ragged and poorly prepared. Remember, that songs with a similar tempo, same genre or from the same time period blend in more easily. It is always a good idea to play the list several times one song after another.
Just to make sure the flow is logical, smooth and soft.
Once again, because this point is really important. As you both are Christian, there is a high chance that your wedding will take place in a church.
It means – don’t forget to consult the minister about your choice of music for the event. Even if you have asked already and your church has no strict restrictions about the music.
Still – remember to approve your final list of wedding music long before the ceremony. This way you will have time to make necessary changes.
Think about your love, about every moment you have shared together, and about all the moments that are to come… It doesn’t have to be a happy song – your first dance is a reflection of your unity, and there may be different circumstances, surrounding the wedding ceremony. But remember, that the only thing that is important now is your present happiness together. Don’t be shy to tell the world how much you appreciate its goodness.
To sum it all up, music has a unique potential to influence the atmosphere and mood of those who listen. It is probably one of God’s most powerful ways to communicate with us. It is His way to speak directly to our hearts and souls.There are hundreds and thousands of Christian wedding songs to make your wedding the most unique event. Songs that are sure to fill your hearts with joy and happiness.
So as you say your vows, praise the Lord, for He is the one that bonded you in his wisdom.
Christian music for the wedding ceremony and reception is probably one of the best choices. It can show your love to each other and gratitude to the Lord above on your special day.
Let Christian faith shine on the day that two hearts start beating as one. The day you take a vow in eyes of God and men.
The day you start to walk through life hand in hand, for better or for worse, till death does you part.
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