Music Tips for Christmas Weddings

by dave

Music for Christmas WeddingsWondering what kind of music to use for your Christmas season wedding?

If your church wedding is planned near or during the Christmas season, you may be wondering whether to use Christmas music and if so, how much.


Of course, the answer is that it’s up to you. But here are some tips:

  • Use Christmas music sparingly. The types of joy expressed in weddings and at Christmas are related but different enough that they don’t mix well. Just like Christmas and Easter are related, but we don’t celebrate them at the same time.
  • If you use Christmas music, make sure it’s appropriate for a church!
  • Don’t use Christmas music too early. The retail world may believe Christmas starts shortly after Halloween, but the church has not fallen into that trap. The choices below could be used in advance of Christmas, just don’t go overboard. But be very careful with other Christmas-sounding music.
  • You can have some music with a Christmas flavor without going overboard. Your best choices would be music that isn’t too “Christmas-y”.

These tips will help you get some Christmas “atmosphere” without changing the nature or spirit of the wedding ceremony—which is focused on Christ’s love for His church (symbolically, His “bride”) with the couple to be married as an example.

I recommend that you keep Christmas or Christmas-sounding music to before the ceremony begins or maybe the processional (there are a few—but not many—pieces of music that would make a good Christmas-time processional).

I’ll provide specific music ideas in an upcoming article.

Anything else?

Have you been to a church wedding near Christmas? How was the music? I’d love to hear what others have done. Please leave a comment – they’re always welcome and appreciated!

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Randy Miramontez October 26, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Not sure if I would want to use xmas music at a wedding, but like you said it’s all up to the bride and groom. It is their day after all.


dave October 26, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Depending how close to Christmas the ceremony is, the temptation to use some sort of Christmas music could be strong. But my recommendations acknowledge the proximity to Christmas without losing sight of what the wedding is all about.

Thanks for the comment!


Shelley December 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Try “What Child is This” – the tune is from “Greensleeves,” a medieval madrigal about love. Also, Ave Maria would be good, as well.


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