Choosing hymns for your wedding

When selecting hymns for your wedding, you will probably want to consider how the words reflect your understanding of what the day is about, and perhaps how they relate to the reading you have chosen.

It is also advisable to choose hymns that are fairly well-known. If you are having the choir, this will help the congregation to sing, but the right hymns can make all the difference.

The following hymns are some suggestions, with brief comments about each hymn.

You may choose to omit a verse or two – this is quite acceptable, but should be discussed with the minister first.

There are many other hymns you may know and like – do discuss these with the minister if you think they would be appropriate.

We advise you not to use hymn words found elsewhere on the internet, as these are often a bit random, and will need careful checking.

We can send you the most suitable words for the hymns you choose by email.

All creatures of our God and King
A joyful hymn of praise for God’s creation.

All things bright and beautiful
A well-known hymn that many people learnt at Sunday School.

Amazing Grace
About the journey to faith and God’s generosity in accepting us as we are.

And did those feet (Jerusalem)
A hymn written by William Blake, based on the suggestion that Jesus may have walked here.

Dear Lord and Father of mankind, forgive our foolish ways
A quieter hymn seeking God’s forgiveness for the past, and peace for the future.

Give me joy in my heart (Sing Hosanna!)
A joyful song seeking God’s goodness in our lives.

Great is Thy faithfulness
A hymn expressing God’s good ness to us, and his trustworthiness

Guide me, O Thou Great Redeemer
A Welsh hymn that asks for God’s guidance throughout life.

I danced in the morning (Lord of the Dance)
A joyful song that takes us through the life of Christ.

Lord, the light of your love (Shine, Jesus, shine)
A modern hymn, asking that God may be seen in us and in our lives.

Love divine, all loves excelling
A popular wedding hymn of praise for the love of God in our lives. There are two tunes to this hymn – please check..

Lord of all hopefulness
A hymn asking for God’s presence each day, bringing joy, love, strength and peace.

Make me a channel of your peace.
A hymn asking for God’s help that we might be a source of peace, love and hope to those around us.

Morning has broken
A hymn that calls on all creation to echo God’s praise.

O Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end
A hymn declaring our commitment to Christ. There are several tunes to this hymn. Please discuss this with us to ensure the right one.

O Lord my God (How Great Thou art)
The most requested hymn on Songs of Praise – a hymn that expresses worship God for His creation and for His Son.

One more step along the world I go
A hymn sung often in schools that seeks God’s help in the days to come.

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
A popular hymn of praise to God, and a prayer for the future.

The King of love my shepherd is
Based on Psalm 23 and the story of the lost sheep, this hymn tells of God’s goodness through good times and bad.

The Lord’s my shepherd
Another setting of Psalm 23.

The love we share, the love we come to celebrate
Modern words, specifically about marriage, to the tune “Danny Boy”

These vows of love are taken
Modern words, specifically about marriage, to the tune “Thaxted” from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst, also used for “I vow to thee my country”

We gather here, we gather now
Modern words, specifically about marriage, to the tune “Jerusalem”.