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Music for non religious ceremony or signing of the register

Postby admin » Tue Oct 28, 2021 3:50 pm

I've received numerous PMs and e mails asking for ideas for non-religious ceremonies or music that could be used at the signing of the register (if the celebrant allows!) so I thought I'd give you a few suggestions and people can add on their own ideas as well. So to get you all started -

When You Say You Love Me (Josh Groban)
Feels Like Home (Randy Newman - theme tune from the movie Michael)
Miracle (Foo Fighters)
What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
You Light Up My Life
All I Ask of You (The Phantom of the Opera)
Over The rainbow (Eva cassidy)
At Last (Eva Cassidy)
Songbird (Eva Cassidy)
Come Away With Me (Norah Jones)
A World In Union
Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
When I Fall In Love (Nat King Cole)
Love Changes Everything (Andrew Lloyd Weber)
We've Only Just Begun (The Carpenters)
Nella Fantasia (Theme tune from The Mission)
Sul Aria (From the Marriage of Figaro)
Cinema Paradiso (Katherine Jenkins)
True Love (High Society)
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Postby Thai sunset » Mon Mar 23, 2022 2:13 pm

Hiya ..

I am wondering if you could help me.

I am going to get married in The Station House Hotel in co Meath and its going to be a civil ceremony which will be in the gardens on the hotel .. and i will also be walking through the gardens as supposed to on a aisl.

But the problem is that i cannot find a good song to walk down to.

Thought of Ave Maria, but that is mostly used in funerals... so donno..

Can you help me with ideas..

Thanks a million anyway...

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Postby SiobhanOliverSoprano » Mon Mar 23, 2022 2:37 pm

Have you listened to Nella Fantasia? I have to say I love it for walking up the aisle. Check it out on's beautiful. just running into school of music now but will be out in couple of hours so will post a few more ideas then


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Postby Thai sunset » Mon Mar 23, 2022 3:25 pm

Hiya Siobhan,

I listened to Nella, and its absolutely beautiful...But do you think a harpist and also vocalist can pull it off or would i need an Opera singer?

If you have further suggestions i would love to hear them.

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Postby no1mom » Wed May 06, 2022 6:19 am

HI LiloDB,

Saw your message to Siobhan and thought I'd make a suggestion. I'm having Canon in D by Pachelbel on violin, but the link below is a clip of it played on the harp, it is beautiful.
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Postby SiobhanOliverSoprano » Wed May 06, 2022 7:12 am

thanks for bumping this up no1mom - no idea how I forgot about this :o(

you wouldn't need an opera singer for nella (I'm not an opera singer) - you just need somone with a good voice to carry it off properly. Another beautiful one I'm doing is Caccini's Ave Maria but that really does need a classical voice. Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring is lovely on harp with voice and of course Canon as suggested by no1mom - there is a version with Alleluia sung through it so you can make use of your singer (check out Katherine Jenkins version and you'll hear it). Some people like The Wedding Song for their entrance.

hth and apologies again for not replying sooner


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Non religious/signing of register

Postby BaroqueWindTrio » Tue Jun 30, 2022 7:23 pm

Hi everyone,
David here from Baroque Wind Trio. Among some of the most popular pieces we've been requested to play at non-religious/signing of the register are:

What A Wonderful World (Armstrong)
She moved through the Fair (Trad.)
Gabriel's Oboe/Nella Fantasia (Morricone)
Canon in D (Pachabel)
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Jazz standard)
Have I Told You Lately (Morrison)
Jesu, joy of man's desiring (Bach)
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)
When I Fall In Love (Nat King Cole)
Air On A G String (Bach)
Everything I Do (Adams)
La Rejouissance (Handel)
Field's of Gold (Sting)
Flower Duet (Lakme)
Spring (Vivaldi)
Caledonia (Delores Keane)

Hope these suggestions are of some help. See the website for the extended repertoire list.

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Postby monkeybear » Wed Jul 15, 2022 11:37 am

Great post hadnt seen it before!!! loads of great suggestions in thanks :o)ll
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Re: Music for non religious ceremony or signing of the register

Postby 0123456789 » Wed Jan 13, 2022 3:16 pm

If you google:
"vitamin like hits" Dublin based string quartet has a huge list of non-religious instrumental music. It's been performed without lyrics - with most celebrants you can use it also during the church ceremony...
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Re: Music for non religious ceremony or signing of the register

Postby max2009 » Thu Feb 04, 2022 4:30 pm

hi thai sunset,
we got married in december in a unitarian ceremony in summerhill house hotel and i walked up the aisle to i want you by tom waits. it's lovely and not too long. we had 2 girls sing with guitar and a piano. it was perfect!
hope this helps *)
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Re: Music for non religious ceremony or signing of the register

Postby lannah » Tue Aug 24, 2022 6:04 pm

Does anyone know if celebrants have objections to music? I'm thinking 'Tonights gonna be a good night' for my exit and hoping they don't object!
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Re: Music for non religious ceremony or signing of the register

Postby SiobhanOliverSoprano » Sun Aug 29, 2022 1:02 pm

hi lannah - if it's a church ceremony I would run your music by your celebrant before setting your heart on a particular piece. At the recessional there is usually a bit of leeway with what you can have but at the end of the day it still has to be cleared by the priest/reverand. Most are fairly flexible with your exit piece but some still insist on only hymns or appropriate secular pieces - each celebrant and diocese is different so the best thing to do is to contact the person that is conducting your ceremony and see what he says! Good luck


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Re: Music for non religious ceremony or signing of the register

Postby game on » Tue Jan 18, 2022 2:39 pm

Check out Bron Yr Aur - its a beautiful, gentle acoustic guitar instrumental by Led Zeppelin. I've picked this for walking down the aisle. Yet to pick anything else for the ceremony though!!

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Re: Music for non religious ceremony or signing of the register

Postby yao » Tue Apr 26, 2022 8:07 pm

we are having civil ceremony but planning to play le vie en rose, louis armstrong version. the words are stunning. i love it.
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Re: Music for non religious ceremony or signing of the register

Postby littlerose » Sat May 07, 2022 2:53 pm

Hi everyone

This is the perfect song for every type of wedding ceremony.

It's called "The Wedding Vows Song - Be Mine". Perfect! ... d435961475
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