Information and Guidelines for selecting Music for a Wedding at St. Peter’s
Because a wedding is a service of worship, the guidelines for music are subject to the same standards as music for any other worship service at St. Peter’s: words of anthems and solos are to be from Holy Scripture, the Book of Common Prayer, or texts congruent with them. Instrumental music appropriate for liturgical occasions is to be used. Under the authority of the rector, the organist assigned to the wedding will determine the appropriateness of all music used.
All weddings at St. Peter’s desiring organ music must utilize the services of the Organist or the Assistant Organist at St. Peter’s. Singers and instrumentalists, such as harp, flute, trumpet, string quartet, etc., are to be arranged through the music department. The wedding organist is assigned on a rotational basis and may be confirmed by contacting the Assistant to the Clergy. Deviations from this practice must first be approved by the music department and the Assistant to the Clergy.
Some specific guidelines:
- Music with secular or commercial associations, especially textual, is not appropriate for worship and therefore, not appropriate for weddings at St. Peter’s.
- Electronic instruments, accompaniments, tracks or microphones for singers are not used at St. Peter’s.
- The organist’s fee includes only one consultation with the bride.
- In the rare event that guest soloists are approved by the music department, the organist’s fee includes only one rehearsal one hour before the prelude begins. It is very important that the soloist be well prepared.