15 Best Christian Wedding Songs

by Pamela Rose Williams on September 23, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

Looking for some good Christian wedding songs?  Well, I’m glad you stopped by WCWTK because I have chosen fifteen best Christian wedding songs and have listed them here for you.  Planning a wedding takes time; don’t forget to give some attention to the music, it will set the mood for a wonderful wedding ceremony. Many of these wedding songs include lyrics that are based upon verses in the Bible.  See if your favorite is listed here.

Featured Song:

Butterfly Waltz (Brian Crain)
I have chosen this song to feature because it is not as well known as the others that I list. It was written in 1999 by Brian Crain, a very talented composer. While I am not sure whether or not he is a Christian, this piece is absolutely appropriate for a Christian Wedding. It is well suited for a processional and may be used as music during a prelude set as well. It would be lovely as a string quartet, but a simple piano arrangement would be pretty too. Listen to this wonderful instrumental on the video on the upper right of the page. Imagine the wedding processional to this great new composition.

Ave Maria (Franz Schubert)

This lovely hymn is popular at Catholic weddings and is usually sung by a soloist while the Bride and Groom visit the Holy Family or Blessed Virgin altar during the ceremony.  The hymn is based on the words of a Latin prayer and therefore the most famous version is usually sung in Latin.  Below are sample lyrics of the first verse of in Latin and in English.

Sample Lyrics:

(Latin)
Ave Maria
Gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Ave, ave dominus
Dominus tecum
Benedicta tu in mulieribus
Et benedictus
Et benedictus fructus ventris
Ventris tuae, Jesus.
Ave Maria

(English)
Ave Maria! Maiden mild!
Listen to a maiden’s prayer!
Thou canst hear though from the wild,
Thou canst save amid despair.
Safe may we sleep beneath thy care,
Though banish’d, outcast and reviled –
Maiden! hear a maiden’s prayer;
Mother, hear a suppliant child!
Ave Maria!

Listen to a MIDI file of this hymn here: Ave Maria

Be Thou My Vision (Dallan Forgaill)

This is a lovely eight century traditional hymn with Irish roots.  While it is commonly sung in most churches today, it is a great hymn to be sung for special music or as a congregational hymn at any wedding.

View lyrics and sing along with this video: Be Thou My Vision

Bind Us Together (Bob Gillman)

Sample Lyrics:

Bind us together, Lord,
bind us together
with cords that cannot be broken;
bind us together, Lord
bind us together,
O bind us together with love.  

There is only one God,
there is only one King,
there is only one Body
that is why we sing:
Bind us together….

Listen to a MIDI file of this hymn here: Bind Us Together

Household of Faith (Brent Lamb & John Rosasco)

Sample Lyrics:

Here we are at the start committing to each other
By His word and from our hearts
We will be a family in a house that will be a home
And with faith we’ll build it strong

Chorus:
We’ll build a household of faith
That together we can make
And when the strong winds blow it won’t fall down
As one in Him we’ll grow and the whole world will know
We are a household of faith

Now to be a family we’ve got to love each other
At any cost unselfishly
And our home must be a place that fully abounds with grace
A reflection of His face

Listen to Steve Green and his wife sing this song here: Household of Faith

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Johann Sebastian Bach)

This traditional wedding processional was written by the late great Johann Sebastian Bach. It is perfect for a wedding ceremony.

Listen to a MIDI of this traditional instrumental here: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Let Us Break Bread Together (Negro Spiritual arranged by William Farley Smith)

Sample Lyrics:

Let us break bread together on our knees,
Let us break bred together on our knees;
When I fall on my knees,
With my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me.

Let us drink the cup together on our knees,
Let us drink the cup together on our knees;
When I fall on my knees,
With my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me.

Love Divine, All Love Excelling (Charles Wesley & John Zundel )

Sample Lyrics:

Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down;
fix in us thy humble dwelling;
all thy faithful mercies crown!

Jesus thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation;
enter every trembling heart.

Listen to this hymn here: Love Divine (Mormon Tabernacle Choir)

Love Will Be Our Home (Sandi Patty)

Sample Lyrics:

If home is really where the heart is
Then home must be a place that we all share
for even with our difference our hearts are much the same
And where love is we come together there.

Wherever there is laughter ringing
Someone smiling, someone dreaming
We can live together there
Love will be our home.
Where there are children singing
Where a tender heart is beating
We can live together there
Love will be our home

Listen to a quick sound bite of this song here: Love Will Be Our Home

Make Us One (Cindy Morgan)

Sample Lyrics:

Children below
Fresh from the foe
Hand´ neath the moonlight
Lord please make us one

We hear the tide
Roll throught the night
Come lead the weary
Lord please make us one

Children rejoice
Come to the voice
Song of the angels
Healing the broken ones

See all lyrics and sing along with this video: Make Us One

Now Thank We All Our God

This traditional hymn is a frequent recessional at a wedding.  Very popular at a Lutheran wedding.

See all lyrics and read some history at this link: Now Thank We All Our God

Ode to Joy (Ludwig van Beethoven & Henry J. van Dyke)

This classical piece taken from Beethoven’s 9th symphony is a great hymn of faith and is wonderful as a recessional.  It might also be sung as a congregational or solo piece during the wedding ceremony.  This symphony was inspired by Schiller’s poem “The Ode to Joy” beginning in 1793. Beethoven worked on this symphony for nearly 20 years before it was complete. [1] Part IV of the symphony is where we find the music to go with the following lyrics that were penned by Henry J. van Dyke in 1907:

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee,
Op’ning to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
Earth and heav’n reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee,
Center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
Flow’ry meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain
Call us to rejoice in Thee.

Listen to a MIDI of this music here: Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

The Lord’s Prayer (The Holy Bible; music by Albert Hay Malotte)

This hymn, based on the model for prayer found in the Bible is a wonderful addition to any wedding.  The words were set to music in 1935 by Albert Hay Malotte. It is especially nice when it is sung as a special music piece.  I found a great video with words that is sung as a trio by contemporary Christian artists Steven Curtis Chapman, Nicole Mullen and Natalie Grant. You can enjoy it here: The Lord’s Prayer

“Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. “ ~ Matthew 6:9-13 KJV

The Prayer (David Foster & Carol Bayer Sager)

This composition from 1801 was made popular as a duet sung by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli.  It gained popularity when it was a featured song in the animated film “Quest for Camelot” in 1999. It is beautiful when sung as a duet with both the English and Italian lyrics.  It could be thought of as a prayer to our Heavenly Father from the Bride and Groom.

Sample Lyrics:

I pray you’ll be our eyes, and watch us where we go.
And help us to be wise in times when we don’t know
Let this be our prayer, when we lose our way
Lead us to the place, guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe

La luce che tu hai
I pray we’ll find your light
nel cuore restera
and hold it in our hearts.
a ricordarci che
When stars go out each night,
eterna stella sei

The Wedding Song (Paul Stookey)

Another song based upon what the Bible says about marriage was written in 1972 by Paul Stookey of the singing group “Peter, Paul and Mary”.  The Wedding Song is also known by its subtitle: There is Love. When I sang for weddings with a group of my close friends in the 1970’s and 80’s, the song was almost always requested by the bride and groom.  Although it is almost 30 years old it has not lost its meaning or beauty.  It is set to a simple folk tune with easy harmonies and is a great reminder that the words of the Bible never grow old.  They are the words that bring truth to the world and have the power to save.

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. ~Genesis 2:23-24 KJV

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. ~Matthew 18:20

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. ~John 15:9

Watch a video and listen to Peter, Paul and Mary sing it here: The Wedding Song

What’s Your Favorite Christian Wedding Song?

Share your favorite song in the comments below. We love to hear from our readers! You might also find the links listed under “Related Posts” below helpful.

Resources:

The Holy Bible, King James Version

youtube.com “Butterfly Waltz”  by Brian Crain

[1] All About Beethoven



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{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

Jack Wellman September 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

Superb work Pam. I love all of these and it would be hard to pick a favorite wouldn’t it? Beethoven’s 5th Symphony is my favorite but Ode to Joy is marvelous, but the Bind Us Together Lord song is so touching and relevant. Well done friend. Thank you.

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Pam September 23, 2011 at 10:29 am

Thanks Jack … it was tough choosing just 15 because my collection of music that I have done for years and years is quite large.

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Nebo September 25, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Unfailing Love by Jimmy needham

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Pam Williams September 26, 2011 at 9:36 am

Thanks for the comment Nebo. Would you believe “Unfailing Love” is my #16? I really like Jimmy’s music. So glad you took the time to share that. Blessings to you.

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Dan November 1, 2011 at 11:01 am

You need to add the wedding cake cutting song “as we break bread” it is a beautiful song!

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Pam November 1, 2011 at 11:37 am

Hi Dan, Thank you for suggesting this one. Are you speaking of the song “As We Break This Bread”? I agree this is a lovely one.

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judy December 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Ode to Joy gets my vote every time. A wedding is such a joyous event. I remember as a child my aunt married with Pat Boone’s ‘Friendly Persuasion’ which seemed lovely at the time.

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Pamela Rose Williams May 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

“Friendly Persuasion”, well that is unique. Thanks for sharing Judy

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Evonne April 23, 2012 at 10:09 am

almost 11 years ago now, I walked down the aisle to Cindy Morgan’s ‘Make us one’, at the time I had never heard of it as a wedding song before but it was so appropriate to us. Not surprised that others have used it too. I would still love to know if there is a story behind the lyrics though?? thanks

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Pamela Rose Williams May 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Make us One is lovely and I think it is quite appropriate for a wedding. Thanks for leaving your comment for us Evonne.

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Will May 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Worst list ever. Seriously !

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Jack May 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Thank you Will. I know this is not my place to say but what list of songs would you include sir.

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Pamela Rose Williams May 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Jack, you took the words right out of my mouth. Will, please share what songs you might have included had you been the author . I am looking forward to seeing them.

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Reagan May 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

Another great one is “The Marriage Prayer” by John Waller. His wife sings it with him. My fiancé and I are having it played at our wedding for the unity candle/personal communion.

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Pamela Rose Williams May 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Oh yes Reagan, that is a lovely one … I love John’s voice. Excellent choice for the unity candle ceremony! Thanks for leaving your fav

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Richard C May 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Just a small point, the English translation of Ave Maria is from another song. The English reads as follows:

Ave Maria
(Hail, Mary)
Gratia plena
(full of grace)
Maria, gratia plena
(Mary, full of grace)
Maria, gratia plena
(Mary, full of grace)
Ave, ave dominus
(hail, hail the Lord)
Dominus tecum
(the Lord is with thee)
Benedicta tu in mulieribus
(blessed art thou amongst women)
Et benedictus
(and blessed)
Et benedictus fructus ventris
(and blessed is the fruit of thy womb)
Ventris tuae, Jesus.
(of thy womb, Jesus)
Ave Maria
(Hail, Mary)

It’s just a stylized setting of the Hail, Mary prayer.

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Pamela Rose Williams August 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Thank you Richard, you are quite correct.

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lucy July 7, 2012 at 7:34 pm

i promise by cece winans

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Pamela Rose Williams August 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm

CeCe Winans is an amazing artist. Thanks for this Lucy.

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sasha July 19, 2012 at 2:27 am

my husband and I sang a song at our wedding 12 years ago by geoff moore and the distance called If You Could See What I See. perfect for a wedding.

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Pamela Rose Williams August 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Thank you Sasha, great addition!

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Jeff August 9, 2012 at 9:34 am

I will be getting married in a couple of weeks and one of the songs we have picked for our wedding is “When God Made You” by Newsong and Natalie Grant.

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Pamela Rose Williams August 9, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Thanks for sharing Jeff … I sang in a duet of that one not too long ago for a wedding. I pray blessings on you and your bride as you begin your new life together. Enjoy your wedding day — it will be over in the blink of an eye. And by the way, Natalie Grant is one of my favorite artists and she is just as lovely in person as she is on recording!

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Dave August 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Do you know this wedding song from the 70’s-
the chorus has these words:
“It’s not that I love you less than the best, for each day I love you more and more. But there can only be one first place in my heart and you know who that’s for. Jesus is number one in my life so second place will have to do for you. And I’m counting on spending the rest of my life in love with the two of you!”
I need the lyrics. Help, please.

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Pamela Rose Williams September 6, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Oh Dave I am sorry for I do not know that one. Anyone else able to help out here?

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Pam October 23, 2012 at 1:36 am

Its called “Love Song For Number Two” by Mickey & Becki Moore

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Natalie September 5, 2012 at 12:38 am

I am getting married in July of next year and our song will be, “When I say I do”, by Matthew West.

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Pamela Rose Williams September 6, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I pray God blesses you and your beloved Natalie. Matthew West is a fine musician and that is a lovely song. Thanks for sharing.

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gwen September 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm

what a great website – thank you so much!

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Kris H September 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Perfect Union – by Matthew Ward

To Keep Love Alive – Out of the Grey

How Beautiful – Twila Paris

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Lynne November 29, 2012 at 1:59 am

Hi there

One that many folks overlook, but has such beautiful words:
“A page is turned” by Bebo Norman

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Leah January 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Phil and Brenda have some really nice urban sounding love songs..
Here’s one on YouTube.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bDTHpCgCaA

Some other nice one’s by Nicholas are…
Dedicated, A Love Like This, One Life-One Love, Closer I Get To You

Blessings

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Violeta February 26, 2013 at 4:52 am

the wedding songs that I loke too aside from your list are; “Household of Faith” and the song “Unfailing Love”

Thanks, this website is great!

violy

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susan March 3, 2013 at 11:04 am

I am searching for the hymn that has thses words somewhere in it “give me love in my heart dear Jesus, give me love in kmy heart I pray”

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Tim March 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Nearly 22 years ago my wife and I chose the “Song of Ruth” for our wedding. The words are still meaningful to us.

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Nicole forester May 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I am getting married may 25th and wanted to use your last featured song, could you tell me the name of it? I think it was michael w smith
Thanks!

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shar rappa May 12, 2013 at 9:48 pm

i NEED MUSIC FOR ”lOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU’….ITS LISTED IN A 1870 HYMNAL ON THE INTERNET BUT I NEED TO FIND THE MUSIC FOR IT FOR MY WEDDING 7/13/13…PLS HELP IF SOMEONE HAS THE SHEET MUSIC/TKS/SHAR

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Perry May 15, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Thanks for the list! I love Schubert and Beethoven’s songs!

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Lori June 24, 2013 at 11:57 pm

Looking for female artist Pre-80’s recording of “The
Greatest of these is Love” based on the
Corinthians verse.

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Leah August 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I’m getting married next month and need to find a song to dance to with my father…I absolutely LOVE the Prayer, but would that be a weird song to dance to with him?

Thanks!

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Pamela Rose Williams August 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I don’t think that would be weird at all Leah. Lovely song and I think every parent has a prayer for their child, especially on their wedding day.

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Pamela Rose Williams August 23, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Hello again Leah, I was thinking of you and thought you might like to read my article that was posted over at Faith and Entertainment, entitled “8 Great Christian Father Daughter Songs”. Perhaps there is something there you would like for your wedding. Here is a link: http://www.faithandentertainment.com/8-great-christian-father-daughter-songs/

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Christina August 22, 2013 at 10:15 pm

I’ve been looking for a long time for the words to a song. I believe it is called “Love One Another”. Some of the lyrics are: “Love one another, love one another, as I have loved you. And care for each other, care for each other, as I have cared for you. And bear one another’s burdens, and share each other’s joys, and love one another, love one another, and bring each other home.”

I know some have used it as a wedding song. I heard it many years ago – maybe 28 or so? Do you have any knowledge of this song or where I can get a copy or the lyrics?

Thank you!

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Charles December 17, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Christina, I don’t know if you will see my response more than a year later to your question, but here is the answer. My wife and I chose this beautiful song for our wedding 36 years ago exactly today. The music is in a minor key and the lyrics are these: (Refrain) “Love one another, love one another, as I have loved you. And care for each other, care for each other, as I have cared for you. And bear one another’s burdens and share each other’s joys. And love one another, love one another, and bring each other home. Forgive each other here as I’ve forgiven you; befriend each other here as I’ve been Friend to you; pray together here as I have prayed for you, and serve each other here as I have served you.” Repeat Refrain. I myself have been trying to identify the original composer of the song and to find the original music. It was a new song in the late 1970s when we were married in our home church in Pasadena, California. Blessings to you.

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Charles December 20, 2014 at 12:01 am

Since posting my original response two days ago (Charles, December 17, 2014), I’ve found the original author of this song and the original LP! The songwriter is Sister Germaine Habjan who wrote this song “Love One Another” as part of her Folk Mass LP called “Songs of Salvation” in 1965. You can download the original music at https://www.vulcanhammer.org/2013/03/08/sister-germaine-songs-of-salvation/ You can also read more of Sister Germaine’s amazing personal story at the same website. Blessings, Charles

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Kirk Shrewsbury September 6, 2013 at 3:53 am

Do you know a song with these lurics? I can’t find it.

What does it mean to you,
Two people who say I do?
Do you think that their promise,
Will last till they die?
I know two people who do.

Then there is a chorus and a second verse

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'Nita October 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm

“Somewhere” from West Side Story

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Kirk Shrewsbury October 13, 2013 at 9:25 pm

I found the song I was asking about above. It is Precious Promises by Nancy Honeytree.

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Sandee Q. October 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm

“Cherish The Treasure” is my favorite…

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