Piano Wedding Music--UPDATE!

For the update--SCROLL to the BOTTOM, please. With a full time church job, you'd expect my summer weekends to be busy playing for weddings. My how things have changed!

Church weddings seem anything but the norm, however, when I do play, it is often the piano, rather than the organ.

Since I've been asked more than once what piano music I play for weddings, I decided to compile a list of books here so that when I'm asked, I'll have a complete answer. Below are two lists, the first lists favorite books accumulated over the years. The second features various selections requested by wedding couples or family members.

 Favorite Books:

1) Lorie Line  Over the years, I have collected about every book she publishes. Below is a list of my favorite singles found in various books. Of all of them, the book I could not live without is Now and Then which features 100 Years, Clocks, You Raise Me Up, For Good and more. At her website, you can also find downloadable single sheets if you need just one piece.

  • Ode to Joy
  • Seventh Heaven
  • You Raise Me Up
  • For Good
  • The Prayer
2) Contemporary Wedding Songs arr Phillip Keveren features 17 beautiful arrangements of all time favorites such as I Will Be Here, Unchained Melody, Valentine, Longer and more.
3) Wedding Treasures arr Melody Bober provides accessible and fresh arrangements of classics such as Trumpet Voluntary, Jesus Joy, of Man's Desiring, Wedding March, Arioso, Sheep May Safely Graze and more.
4) A Day to Remember Vols I and II arr The O'Neill Brothers. A bride purchased the first book for me and later I bought the second. Many pieces double what is listed above. However, chord symbols are included to help those who would rather not read the bass clef. The second volume includes a lovely arrangement of I Can Only Imagine which I've played at funerals many times.
4) Classics There's nothing like some tried and true Classical favorites...
  • Debussy's Arabesque
  • JS Bach's Prelude in C
  • Pachelbel Canon arr by Nancy Faber ( a fresh pop-jazz arrangement)
  • Hornpipe by Handel arr Duro
  • Rondo in D by Mouret

Some of Many Requests:

  • Claire De Lune by Debussy (I created an abridged version--too long and too much work to get it up and running)
  • You and Me by Lifehouse
  • Angel sung by Casting Crowns
  • Marry Me sung by Train
  • Angel Eyes by Brickman
  • Glasgow Love Theme by Armstrong (From "Love Actually")
  • How Beautiful arr Mark Hayes
  • You are Everything by West and Mizell
  • Feather Theme from "Forest Gump"
  • Many times brides ask for the traditional Here Comes the Bride Processional. Recently, I decided this needed to be updated so below is my own arrangement. Suddenly this is much more fun to play again
Just heard about two more books that I have NOT purchased, however, I own many books by Labenske and Berry. Labenske's pieces are always refreshing and Berry creates accessible arrangements that please.
If anyone purchases either book--would love to hear about them!
Tip: Although I own the books/pieces listed above, I have a large wedding binder that holds copies of each piece (in the order they will be played) so I can travel "lightly" to each wedding.
What selections or books would you add to my lists?