A Guide to Wedding Hymns

I would put a list of hymns on this site, but it has already been done here:–

Your Church Wedding

Image grab of The Church of England Wedding web site
There are a few hymns missing from their site, and a few traps for the unwary:
Other hymns, and my comments
  1. All Things Bright and Beautiful[+]
    There are two tunes common in hymnbooks: (All Things Bright and Beautiful (which you can hear on the Your Church Wedding site, and England's Lane which is beautiful, but more old-fashioned)

    Make sure you specify the tune to your organist!

    Oremus Hymnal link

    The Net Hymnal link
  2. Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind (t. Repton)[+]
    Unaccountably missing from the Church of England's list:

    Oremus Hymnal link

    Net Hymnal link
  3. Guide me, O thou great Redeemer[+]
    Unaccountably missing from the Church of England's list:

    Oremus Hymnal link

    Cyberhymnal link

  4. I vow to thee my country (t. Thaxted)[+]
    The C of E site has alternative words. The original words are also worth considering:

    Oremus Hymnal link

    Cyberhymnal link

    - see also "We pledge to one another", found on the YourChurchWedding site
  5. The Lord’s My Shepherd (t. Crimond)[+]
    Crimond is the standard tune for The Lord’s My Shepherd - the one everyone knows. I've no idea what tune Your Church Wedding has: I've never heard it before!

    Oremus Hymnal link

    Net Hymnal link
  6. Love Divine, all love's excelling[+]
    There are two common tunes: (Love Divine and Blaenwern). It is Blaenwern you hear on Your Church Wedding. Make sure you specify the tune to your organist!

    Oremus Hymnal link

    Nethymnal link

    Words by Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788)
    Music by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

    Wesley’s words were written for the tune Fairest Isle, from Purcell’s semi-opera King Arthur, where the words are as follows:

    “Fairest isle, all isles excelling,
    Seat of pleasure and of love:
    Venus here will quit her dwelling,
    And forsake her Cyprian grove.
    Cupid from his fav’rite nation
    Care and envy will remove;
    Jealousy, that poisons passion,
    And despair that dies for love.”

    Why should the devil have all the best tunes?
  7. O Perfect Love[+]
    The most perfect wedding hymn - but saddled with a tune that nobody knows. But one can be clever, and sing this to the tune of the Londonderry Air - O Danny Boy, which everyone knows - sing verse 1 to the first half of the tune. Verse 2 to the second half, and repeat the second half of the tune to verse 3.

    Oremus Hymnal link

    Net Hymnal link

    There is a solo song setting of these words, which could be sung to the tune O Danny Boy, or to the setting by Harry Burleigh