Getting married at St. Mary's? You'll need to make arrangements for music at the ceremony. You can bring in musicians of your own if you already have someone in mind, or we can help you find St. Mary's students or professionals in the area who will do a good job.
The first thing to do is contact Mike@aggiecatholic.org to set up an initial meeting to get the process started.
Some things to start thinking about:
What type of Wedding Liturgy will it be? You'll decide this in consultation with the priest/deacon officiating the wedding. The two options for the ceremony are:
Nuptual Mass - this is normally the case if both bride and groom are Catholic; OR
Nuptual Liturgy Outside of Mass (i.e. without Communion) - this is often the case if one of the spouses is not Catholic.
Do you already have particular songs in mind?
There is a wide range of music possibilities, both instrumental and sung. Mike can give you suggestions when you meet. Also the musician(s) you make arrangements to use will often have a list of songs/suggestions.
Keep in mind the wedding liturgy is an act of Catholic worship of God, so the music should be something acceptable for use at a Mass. Pop songs, romantic love songs, the Aggie War Hymn, choreographed dances, etc. are great for the reception, but not for use at the ceremony.
Because Catholic liturgy is meant to consist of our genuine human acts of praise/worship/offering to God, music should be done by a live person. Pre-recorded music/tracks are generally not allowed in Catholic liturgy.
What style of music or instruments you would like?
There is no right/wrong answer as to what the musical ensemble should be. Various combinations can work well. Some examples:
A pianist and a singer/cantor makes for a very elegant, classy wedding. You might add an instrument if the budget allows (such as a cello, violin or flute). This format is probably the most frequently used at St. Mary's.
If you want a more traditional or grandiose processional or recessional, some pianists are also able to play the pipe organ.
A guitar-based group can have a very upbeat and joyful sound.
A string trio or quartet can be hired if you would like a more instrumental wedding (i.e. without a cantor).
Keep in mind you'll need to compensate each musician for their time/talent (each musician sets their own fee, based on their experience, etc, there's not a set amount).
This page only pertains to making MUSIC arrangements for the wedding.
For everything else (i.e. reserving the Church for your wedding; enrolling in a required wedding preparation programs or retreat; etc) go to our Marraige Ministry page and fill out the form.
Contact the main reception desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979-846-5717 if you are experiencing difficulty with the form/page.