Music at Weddings

The church organist, Dr. Gerald Manning, is normally available to play at all weddings, or will arrange for a competent substitute if he is unable to be present. However, if you wish to have someone other than our church organist play at your wedding, you must receive permission from the Rector of St. George’s. In a case such as this, the church organist still receives the regular fee. (This regulation complies with the Canadian College of Organists guidelines and is part of the organist's contract with St. George's Church.) The organist is not required to attend the wedding rehearsal.

If the wedding ceremony includes a soloist, the organist should be notified at least 6 weeks prior to the wedding concerning the selection of music and the scheduling of a rehearsal. If you wish our organist to provide a soloist for your wedding, please contact him as soon as possible so that he can make the arrangements (extra fees will apply).

A wedding is a religious ceremony; therefore, some music is not suitable, or may be inappropriate for the organ, although it may be fine for the reception. Playing recorded music over the P.A. system is also inappropriate for a wedding ceremony held in St. George’s.

 

Listed below are appropriate and effective pieces. Unless indicated, these pieces may serve either as processionals or recessionals. Please contact Dr. Manning with your selections at least 3 weeks prior to the date of your wedding.

  • It is recommended to have only one piece for the Bridal Procession: as the bride enters, the organ will increase in volume.

  • During the signing of the register, the organist will play a quiet piece of music. Two examples are included at the end of the recording in case you want to select a particular piece for him to play. “Canon in D” by Pachelbel could also be used for a quiet processional if desired.