51 Praise-Worthy Christian Songs for Every Part of Your Wedding Day

From classic hymns to modern arrangements, these scripture-inspired songs are filled with meaning.
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Updated May 10, 2022

If you're planning a Christian wedding, chances are you'll wed in a church, but that doesn't mean you can't make your union feel personalized. There are lots of opportunities to incorporate Christian wedding songs into your ceremony, such as the lighting of the unity candle or communion during a full mass, not to mention all of the moments during your reception when you'll need music as well. We've rounded up a list of the best Christian songs for weddings, including classic hymns, instrumental renditions and contemporary wedding worship songs that will work for each part of your special day. And don't forget to check out The Knot Vendor Marketplace to find ceremony musicians, DJs and bands who can play these songs on your wedding day.

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Christian Wedding Ceremony Songs

These wedding songs for a Christian ceremony will give you the inspiration you need to create an ultra-personal day that speaks to your union with each other and God. If your ceremony will be held in a church, be sure to have your Christian wedding songs approved in advance, since some churches can be fairly strict when it comes to music.

1. "How Great Thou Art" by Carrie Underwood

Lyrics you'll love: Oh, Lord my God/When I in awesome wonder/Consider all the worlds/Thy hands have made/I see the stars/I hear the rolling thunder/Thy power throughout/The universe displayed

2. "Love Never Fails" by Brandon Heath

Lyrics you'll love: 'Cause love is right here/Love is alive/Love is the way/The truth, the life/Love is the river that flows through/Love is the arms that are holding you/And love is the place you will fly to/Love never fails you

3. "Amazing Grace" by Andrea Bocelli

Lyrics you'll love: Amazing grace how sweet the sound/That saved a wretch like me/I once was lost but now I'm found/Was blind but now I see.

4. "Wedding Song (There is Love)" by Peter, Paul & Mary

Lyrics you'll love: Well a man shall leave his mother and a woman leave her home/They shall travel on to where the two shall be as one/As it was in the beginning, is now until the end/Woman draws her life from man and gives it back again/And there's love

5. "The Lord's Prayer" by Andrea Bocelli feat. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Lyrics you'll love: Our Father, who art in heaven/Hallowed be thy Name/Thy kingdom come/Thy will be done/ On earth as it is in Heaven

6. "The Day Before You" by Matthew West

Lyrics you'll love: I had all but given up on finding the one/That I could fall into/On the day before you/I was ready to settle for less than love/And not much more/There was no such thing as a dream come true/But that was on the day before you

7. "I Choose You (The Wedding Song)" by Ryann Darling

Lyrics you'll love: And I'd say I do/For the rest of my life/With all that I have, I do/And I will/When the sky is falling/I promise you, I'm all in/No turning back/And every day, every moment/Every breath you take/I choose you

Christian Wedding Processional Songs

If the traditional "Wedding March" isn't your style, rest assured there are plenty of other Christian wedding songs to walk down the aisle to. Our playlist includes soft, sweet tunes that pair perfectly with your walk down the aisle, plus two beautiful, love scripture-oriented pieces if you prefer an instrumental Christian song.

8. "The Prayer" by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion

Lyrics you'll love: Can we touch the soul of heaven/Can we unite a sacred lesson/Every child creates a skylight of beauty/Can you hear cathedrals fallin'/All the universe is callin'

9. "Pie Jesu" performed by Joanna

Lyrics You'll Love: Instrumental

10. "Soon" by Hillsong United

Lyrics you'll love: I will be with the One I love/With unveiled face I'll see Him/There my soul will be satisfied/Soon and very soon

11. "When I Say I Do" by Matthew West

Lyrics you'll love: There must be a God/I believe it's true/Cause I can see His love/When I look at you/And He must have a plan/For this crazy life/Cause He brought you here/And placed you by my side

12. "Alla Luce del Dio" by Mark Magnuson

Lyrics you'll love: Instrumental

13. "I Will Be Here" by Steven Curtis Chapman

Lyrics you'll love: I will be here and you can cry on my shoulder/When the mirror tells us we're older/I will hold you and/I will be here to watch you grow in beauty/And tell you all the things you are to me/I will be here

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Christian Wedding Recessional Songs

Amp up the fun vibes and happy mood at the end of your ceremony by opting for one of these top Christian wedding songs for your recessional. Maybe you'll choose an upbeat song with meaningful lyrics that will propel you into your fabulous reception, or maybe you prefer powerful, lilting instrumentals like "Ode to Joy" or the "Hallelujah Chorus."

14. "City of Joy" by The Sound

Lyrics you'll love: Well I've heard about a place, where there's no more night/Where the lion and the lamb are sleeping side by side/Well I've heard that there are colors that no one can describe/We are bound for, we are bound for the City of Joy

15. "Multiplied" by NEEDTOBREATHE

Lyrics you'll love: God of mercy sweet love of mine/I have surrendered to Your design/May this offering stretch across the skies/And these Hallelujahs be multiplied

16. "Good Day for Marrying You" by Dave Barnes

Lyrics you'll love: I'll call my mama and daddy/Baby, you call yours too/Put on your white dress/Yeah 'cause, oh baby, it's a good day for marrying you

17. "Ode to Joy" by Beethoven, performed by Joanna

Lyrics you'll love: Instrumental

18. "Thankful for You" by tobyMac

Lyrics you'll love: But I can say without a doubt/I never had it figured out/Lord you open every door I've stepped through yea?/And I try to keep my head about it

19. "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach

Lyrics you'll love: Jesu, joy of man's desiring/Holy wisdom, love most bright/Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring/Soar to uncreated light

20. "Hallelujah Chorus" by Handel, performed by The Choir & Orchestra of Pro Christe

Lyrics you'll love: Instrumental

21. "Moon/Sun" by Trevor Hall

Lyrics you'll love: Here we go again, creation/Clap now for the jubilation/Look at all that light you making/Send it out no reservation/Like a river we let it flow

22. "This Is Amazing Grace" by Phil Wickham

Lyrics you'll love: This is amazing grace/This is unfailing love/That You would take my place/That You would bear my cross/You lay down Your life/That I would be set free/Oh, Jesus, I sing for/All that You've done for me

Christian Wedding Reception Songs

Consider these religious wedding songs as must-haves for the major moments during your reception. From your grand entrance as newlyweds to the cake-cutting and everything in between, these Christian wedding songs are sure to complement a faith-centered celebration.

23. "If God Made You" by Five for Fighting

Lyrics you'll love: Sunset sailing on April skies/Bloodshot fire clouds in her eyes/I can't say what I might believe/But if God made you He's in love with me

24. "I Will Praise You" by Rebecca St. James

Lyrics you'll love: Whatever the storm/Whatever is lost/Whatever it takes/Whatever the cost/I will praise You/I will praise You

25. "The Heart" by NEEDTOBREATHE

Lyrics you'll love: Long live the heart/Long live the soul/That knows what it wantsThat piece you can find/That part is the whole/It never lets go

26. "The King is Coming" by Newsboys

Lyrics you'll love: Freedom's song is ringing loud/Dead men waking up to the sound of You/And all our hearts can sing/All our hearts can sing is/Make a way for/Make a way for/Make a way for the King/The King is coming

27. "Hold Me" by Jamie Grace feat. tobyMac

Lyrics you'll love: Oo, I love the way You hold me/By my side You'll always be/You take each and everyday/Make it special in some way/I love the way You hold me

28. "Made to Love" by tobyMac

Lyrics you'll love: I was made to love you/I was made to find you/I was made just for you/Made to adore you

Christian First Dance Wedding Songs

Make your first dance a gorgeous reflection of your unity with these Christian love songs for your wedding. With incredible lyrics that will make your guests swoon during your special moment, any one of these options could be the perfect first dance song for you and your new spouse.

29. "Angel" by Casting Crowns

Lyrics you'll love: It was a day/Just like any other day/I was a boy/Just like every other boy/But when the girl/Unlike any I had seen/It's like she stepped out of a dream/And into my world

30. "Heaven's Knife" by Josh Garrels

Lyrics you'll love: Like the first man /I was cut so deep by Heaven's knife/When I awoke from my sleep/Oh my Lord, she's beautiful/She's a part of me/She's my wife

31. "You Hold Me Now" by Rebecca St. James

Lyrics you'll love: All my fears swept away/In the light of Your embrace/When Your love is all I need/And forever I am free

32. "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban

Lyrics you'll love: You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains/You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas/I am strong, when I am on your shoulders/You raise me up to more than I can be

33. "I Promise (Wedding Song)" by CeCe Winans

Lyrics you'll love: I will love you faithfully, forever unconditionally/And my love I promise/Everything I have is yours/You're everything I prayed and waited for/And my love I promise you

34. "Loyal" by Lauren Daigle

Lyrics you'll love: When my world shakes/Your love remains unshaken/So constant, so perfect, unwavering/When my world falls/Your love remains unfailing/So constant, so perfect, unwavering/So constant, so perfect, unwavering

35. "With Arms Wide Open" by Creed

Lyrics you'll love: Well I just heard the news today/It seems my life is going to change/I close my eyes, begin to pray/Then tears of joy stream down my face

36. "Bread and Wine" by Josh Garrels

Lyrics you'll love: If I fall, I fall alone, but two can help to bear the load/A threefold cord is hard to break/All I have I give to you if you will share your sorrows too/Then joy will be the crown upon our heads/My friend

37. "God Gave Me You" by Blake Shelton

Lyrics you'll love: Half of what I could be/I can't do without you/We are stitched together/And what love has tethered/I pray we never undo

38. "Household of Faith" by Steve Green and Marijean Green

Lyrics you'll love: We'll build a household of faith/That together we can make/And when the strong winds blow/It won't fall down/As one in Him will grow/And the whole world will know/We are a household of faith

39. "I Have and Always Will" by Dave Barnes

Lyrics you'll love: I guess it's because I just do/Following heaven's clues/This is a big mystery/How I found you found me

Christian Mother-Son Wedding Dance Songs

It can be difficult to find great Christian mother-son wedding songs, but we're here to help with several popular religious wedding songs that work well for this dance while honoring your special bond. (And for the record, we're totally obsessed with "Difference Maker," an upbeat Christian wedding song that speaks to a man's impending responsibilities with a fun, pop-inspired tune).

40. "Difference Maker" by NEEDTOBREATHE

Lyrics you'll love: Yeah, isn't it amazing how a man can find himself alone/Call into the darkness for an answer that he's never known/Yeah, isn't it amazing how God can take a broken man/Yeah, let him find a fortune, let him ruin it with his own two hands

41. "Because You Loved Me" by Céline Dion

Lyrics you'll love: You gave me wings and made me fly/You touched my hand I could touch the sky/I lost my faith, you gave it back to me/You said no star was out of reach

42. "When God Made You" by NewSong

Lyrics you'll love: Oh, I wonder what God was thinking/When he created you/I wonder if he knew everything I would need/Because he made all my dreams come true/When God made You/He must have been thinking about me

43. "A Mother's Love" by Mark Masri feat. Jim Brickman

Lyrics you'll love: You gave me the roots to start this life/and then you gave me wings to fly/And I learned to dream/Because you believed in me/There's no power like it on this earth/No treasure equal to its worth/The gift of a mother's love

44. "Love Will Be Our Home" by Sandi Patty

Lyrics you'll love: With love our hearts can be a family/And hope can bring this family face to face/And though we may be far apart our hearts can be as one/When love brings us together in one place

45. "Loved You Before" by Natalie Taylor

Lyrics you'll love: I love you, I love you, I love you, I do/I've loved you before I even knew you/I love you, I love you, I love you, I do/I've loved you before I even knew you

Christian Father-Daughter Wedding Dance Songs

The Christian father-daughter wedding songs on our list are poignant and beautiful—perfect for a father who has just witnessed his daughter's emotional wedding day. We're sure you'll find these options to be uplifting and meaningful for your father-daughter dance.

46. "Hundred More Years" by Francesca Battistelli

Lyrics you'll love: She'll grow up and she'll leave home but until that day/They can laugh/They can cry/The future looks so beautiful and bright/They can dance under the moonlight/'Cause God is smilin' down on them tonight

47. "You're My Little Girl" by Go Fish

Lyrics you'll love: Cause you're My little girl/You're the one that I created/No one in this world/Could ever be like you/>When you're crying in the night/All you need to do is call Me/I'll be there for you/Cause you're My little girl

48. "Through My Father's Eyes" by Holly Starr

Lyrics you'll love: He changed my life by changing my mind/He healed all that was broken inside/I'm loving what I can see with His spirit alive in me/I'm finding beauty for the first time/Looking through my Father's eyes

49. "Father's Love" by Bob Carlisle

Lyrics you'll love: There is no power on earth/like your fathers' love/So big and so strong as your father's love/A promise that's sacred/a promise from heaven above/No matter where you go.../always know You can depend on/your father's love

50. "Red Robin" by Clark Richard

Lyrics you'll love: She is just a baby/She's my little girl/She looks like her mommy/Sporting little curls/She's got lots to learn/Though she is sure to know/That I'll quietly spot her/Anywhere she goes

51. "She Walks with Me" by Michael W. Smith

Lyrics you'll love: And she walks with me/And she talks with me/And I hold her hand in mine/I know she'll find her way/Like the light of day/Cause it's love that makes her strong

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