Suggested music for the exit of the married couple
The list of possible hymns is fairly endless! If you do not have any personal favourites, you may wish to discuss some appropriate hymns with the Vicar (or other priest celebrating your wedding). Having a hymn is optional and you should aim to choose something your guests will know, or consider a soloist or choir to lead the singing.
The organist will generally play for about 15-20 minutes before the service as your guests arrive and during the signing of the wedding registers. If you have any music that you would particularly like to be played, please discuss this with the organist.
Is a choir or other vocalist available?
Many couples choose to engage the services of the church choir or a solo vocalist. The choir/vocalist can both perform an anthem(s) during the service (usually during the signing of the registers) and provide some hearty support during the hymns. Specific arrangements should be discussed with the Organist, Mr Rhys Arvidson, whose contact details are set out below. By way of guidance, the following is available:
St Peter's has a very competent mixed voice adult choir. You can hear the choir sing the mass setting and an anthem at High Mass (11.00am) every Sunday. You are encouraged to come to a service and listen to their talented singing in the liturgical context.
A choir of between 4 and 16 choristers is available. The number of choristers is a matter of choice for you. Clearly, the larger choir you engage, the greater the fee; most couples find that a choir of 4 or 8 is sufficient. The choir is able to sing both before and during the service. Generally, the choir will provide support during the hymns and perform one or two anthems. The choir has an extensive repertoire, but specializes in a capella music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The Director of Music will be happy to discuss any specific requests you have, or to make some appropriate suggestions if you have no particular preference.
The fee for the choir is not included in the Church's wedding fee. You should discuss fee arrangements with the Director of Music, as the fee will depend on the number of choristers and the amount of music that you wish the choir to perform. By way of guidance, the fee for a choir of 4 choristers performing up to 2 anthems is $320.
Either as an anthem, or in addition to the choir, you may wish to engage a solo vocalist. A solo vocalist will generally perform one or two pieces with the organ during the signing of the registers. A vocalist of each register is available and there is a wide range of music available. If you have a specific request, or would like some suggestions, please speak to the Director of Music. The fee for a solo vocalist is $150.
A trumpet soloist is also available. He will play with the organ if appropriate music is chosen for the entrance and/or exit of the bridal party, and can provide a solo during the signing of the registers. The fee for this is $200.
There are a number of copyright issues associated with the recording of the music during the wedding service. If you intend to record the service, additional fees may apply. Please discuss this with the Organist or Director of Music prior to your wedding.