Music for Wedding Masses and Nuptial Ceremonies


For well over millennia, music has provided spiritual enhancement to the liturgy of the Catholic Church. At St. Mary’s, we aspire to have the highest quality music for this special occasion in your life. Careful attention is taken when selecting music and musicians. The following are guidelines that will make music planning for your wedding as easy as possible.

  • St. Mary’s Music Director will be responsible for all music and musicians for services. To make an appointment, call 251-432-8678, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least six weeks prior to the wedding to determine music, singers, and instrumentalists needed. All musicians will be hired by the Music Director who is responsible for disbursing fees, arranging rehearsals, and providing all musical materials needed. Only musicians approved by the Music Director and the Pastor of St. Mary’s may perform in church services.
  • All music performed in Catholic weddings must be sacred, or absolute music that is appropriate for the liturgy. The “Bridal Chorus”, or “Here Comes the Bride” by R. Wagner, and “Wedding March” by F. Mendelssohn are not allowed because of the secular subject matter associated with those pieces. Below suggestions for appropriate music for Catholic Church services can be found. There are other options, though additional fees may apply for the preparation needed for non-standard repertoire. All music must be approved by the Music Director, and cannot be secular popular music, and cannot be selections from movies, operas, or musicals.
  • St. Mary’s staff organist has first choice for performing all wedding music when the organ is required. The fee for the staff organist is $250. If the organist is needed to attend and play the wedding rehearsal, a fee of $50 will be added. If an outside organist is wanted, a $50 fee will be paid to the St. Mary’s organist to ensure proper care of the organ.
  • Musician fees must be paid before the ceremony, and is customary to be cash or check placed on the music stand in the choir loft. Music will not be performed without advanced payment. Fees for singers and instrumentalists differ, but are approximately $100-$250 per service for most instrumentalists, and $50-$100 for most vocalists.


Wedding Music Suggestions




Dona Nobis Pachem.....Palestrina


Trumpet Voluntary.....Clark

Trumpet Air.....Purcell

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring.....Bach

Thanks Be to Thee (Largo).....Handel


Canon in D.....Pachelbel

Bist du Bei Mir.....Bach

Air II (Water Music).....Handel

My Heart Ever Faithful.....Bach

Ave Maria.....Schubert

Pains Angelicus.....Franck

O Perfect Love.....Barnby


Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.....Beethoven

Psalm XVIII.....Marcello

Prelude and Fugue in F Major.....Bach

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus.......Prichard

Wedding Day at Troldhaugen.....Grieg

O God, Our Help in Ages Past.....Croft

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling......Zundel



My Heart Ever Faithful.....Bach

Ave Maria.....Schubert

Panis Angelicus.....Franck

O Perfect Love.....Barnbey

Whither Thou Goest.....Singer

The Gift of Love.....Stevens


Altar Flowers.....Overholt

Though I May Speak (O Waly Waly).....English Folk Melody

Like  a Shepherd Lead Us......Bradbury

Ave Verum Corpus.....Mozart

Wedding Calendar

If you would like to schedule a wedding or have any questions, please contact Laurel Wallace at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the parish office at (251)432-8678.

Wedding Fees, Guidelines, and Contracts

St. Mary Catholic Church was built in 1926 and boasts unique Spanish Mission Revival Architecture. The church has been home to countless beautiful weddings over the decades with accommodation for over 500 guests. Recent renovations have included a new ceiling, stained glass window restoration, upgraded lighting, a new sound system, a completely restored historic pipe organ, and a newly renovated powder room andprivate bridal entrance. We would love for you to celebrate your wedding in our beautiful church.

St. Mary Parish provides a coordinator for weddings and special events to include music, rehearsal, floral, and photography recommendations.  Please see the following links for more information on the applicable fees and guidlines.

Please Note: there are different fees for contributing Parishioners vs. Non-Parishioners.

ACTIVE  PARISHIONER  RATES  apply  only  to  those  registered  members  of  St.  Mary’s  Parish that  have  parish  records  of  contributions  dating  a  minimum  of  1  year  prior  to  the  date  of wedding.      

There  are  no  exceptions.


Wedding Policies and Guidlines

Wedding Contract for Facility Usage


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