St Giles’ is a beautiful place to get married and Ashley, our organist and Director of Music, is always excited to find out what he’ll be playing for your special day. With music playing such a big part in the wedding service, however, it can be a challenge trying to choose between your favourite tunes!
To help make that choice a little easier, here’s a small selection of YouTube links with traditional organ music for church weddings – they will sound better in real life! St Giles’ can also provide extra musicians, bell-ringers and an experienced church choir – they can all make your day that little bit more special.
You may also have heard that St Giles’ is famous for the creation of ‘Organoke’, our karaoke night featuring the mighty organ. Ashley has also played the organ since the age of 12 and has played some very interesting music at weddings since then. On that basis, there’s very little music that we can’t recreate live on your wedding day, within reason. Happy listening!
Organ Piece Suggestions
Wherever possible, the recordings below are played on the organ. The suggestions are in three groups – Entrance, Signing of the Registers and Exit – but some pieces are suitable for more than one group – it’s your wedding!
Signing of the Registers
Ashley will usually play a variety of softer music for around five minutes whilst the registers are signed and photographs taken. Here’s a list of the most popular pieces.
Latest ‘alternative’ tunes played at St Giles’ weddings
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen (Yes – this actually happened!)
Here’s a list of the most popular hymns for weddings. Usually, there’s space for 2 or 3 hymns during the wedding service.