Our list comes from looking at the first five google searches on top wedding hymns. We collated all the lists and came up with the top 10. We’ve listed them alphabetically but the minimum number of mentions across all five lists was three.
Obviously hymns are a very personal choice and you might already some in mind particularly if you regularly attend church. Some of the hymns also have different music but you can easily research different versions and your minister can also help you with your choices.
We’ve done some research and explained the origins and a bit of information about the history of the song. We’ve also linked to a version of the hymn on YouTube and if there is a Wikipedia entry we’ve also linked that too.
All Things Bright & Beautiful
The hymn was first published in 1848. The piece can be sung to several melodies, in particular the 17th-century English melody “Royal Oak”, adapted by Martin Shaw, and “All Things Bright and Beautiful” by William Henry Monk. We’ve linked the version that we think is the most common. Take a look at Wikipedia if you want more detailed information about this song.
This hymn was first published in 1779 with words written by the English poet and Anglican clergyman John Newton. Amazing Grace is one of the most recognisable songs in the English-speaking world and all your guests will be familiar with this hymn (which may be a consideration to encourage your guests to join in enthusiastically). More details are available on Wikipedia.
For the Beauty of the Earth
This hymn was written by Folliott S. Pierpoint who was 29 at the time, Pierpoint was 29 at the time he wrote this hymn and he was inspired by the beauty of the countryside that surrounded him. Check out this link for more details on the history of the hymn.
Give Me Joy In My Heart
This is a very well known and simple hymn and it has lots of different versions of lyrics. Your church will probably have lyrics something like these we found on this link. The wikipedia quoted version is “Oil in my lamp” which we don’t think is as common in the UK. However the relevant page is here. We’ve linked a YouTube clip of the version most well known to us here.
Lord Of All Hopefulness
This hymn was written by Jan Struther and published in 1931. It is commonly set to the melody of an Irish folk song named Slane. You can find more details about this song from the Wiki page on this link.
Lord of the Dance
This is quite a modern hymn and was written by English songwriter Sydney Carter in 1963. He took the tune from an American Shaker song “Simple Gifts”. The hymn is very well known and most people will know the melody and some of the words. The hymn was inspired partly by Jesus and partly by a statue of the Hindu God Shiva which was on Carters desk. More details about the history of the hymn can be found here.
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Dating from the mid 18th century this is a hymn by Charles Wesley and judged to be one of his finest. It featured in the majority of hymn books from the 19th century and is very well known. More details can be found via wiki on this page.
Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace
The origins of this hymn is from an anonymous text that is usually called the Prayer of Saint Francis (widely known as the Christian prayer for peace). The earliest publication of the prayer is at the start of the 20th century in French and the most-prominent hymn version of the prayer is “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” adapted and set to a chant-like melody in 1967 by Sebastian Temple. More details can be found here.
Morning Has Broken
This is a popular and well-known hymn first published in 1931. It has words by English author Eleanor Farjeon and was set to a traditional Scottish Gaelic tune known as “Bunessan”. Another very well known and instantly recognisable hymn. To find out more about the history of the song take a look at the wiki page.
The King of Love my Shepherd is
This is an 1868 hymn with lyrics written by Henry Baker and based on the Welsh version of Psalm 23. There are two or three melodies used for this song but we’ve selected the one we’re most familiar with. More details of the song can be found on this link.
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