According to statistics from the Church of England, only 1.1million people in the UK attend a CofE church every week, despite 69% of the UK population defining themselves as Christian. It's hardly surprising, then, that many young brides and grooms simply don't have experience of singing hymns beyond their school days, if then.
So, when you're faced with a fat hymn book and loads of internet sites, how can you choose the best hymns for your special day? Here's our top five wedding hymn tips:
1. Ask the clergyman taking your service for advice. Every vicar or priest has their favourites, as do the organists, and they also know what sounds great in their particular church acoustic.
2. Also ask your friends and family which ones they like; if they know a hymn, chances are, they'll be happy to sing it at your wedding!
3. Take a look at our wedding hymns list here at Singers4Weddings. We've listed the top wedding hymns we as asked to sing, and we know they have really great, rousing tunes that encourage people to have a good sing! Trust us on this, a slow, low hymn can seem to go on for ever…
4. Listen to the hymns being sung before you decide. You can search YouTube with the hymn title, but be aware that some hymns have more than one tune. The rule we follow is; if the bride knows it, and her mother know it too, choose that tune!
5. Finally, bear in mind the golden rule of hymns for weddings: you don't need to sing ALL the verses! Ask your organist or clergy which ones are usually cut, and only print the verses you want in the Order of Service. That way, your wedding ceremony singers and your guests are, literally, singing from the same hymn sheet!