Music for Weddings
Getting married is one of the most significant days in your life, so getting the music right is very important.
Choosing the hymns or songs for your friends and family to sing at your wedding is a personal choice. You may want to include hymns that have a special meaning to you or that you have especially enjoyed singing.
If you print the words of the hymns in your service booklet, you need to make sure that you do so legally.
If the words were written by someone who is still alive, or who died within the last 70 years, those words or lyrics are copyright protected and you will need to get permission from the copyright owner to print the words.
The good news is that the majority of copyright hymns and worship songs are covered by the Church Copyright Licence (CCL). Find out from your church whether they possess a CCL. You will also need to check whether the hymn or song you choose is covered by the CCL licence. You can do this by going to the Church Copyright Licence website.
If your church does not hold a CCL, or the hymns or songs you have chosen are not covered (Morning has broken is classic example of a hymn not covered by the CCL) you will need to seek the permission directly of the copyright owner.
Hymns written by authors who died over 70 years ago, such as Praise my soul, the king of Heaven or Dear Lord and father of mankind are no longer copyright and so may be included in your wedding booklet without further permission.
If your church holds a Church Copyright Licence (CCL) this also allows you to audio/video record your wedding service.
However if the wedding is being recorded by a professional videographer, it is recommended that you obtain a Wedding Video-Recording Licence (WVRL).
This is because editorial control of the video is not usually in the hands of the church. Furthermore, unlike the CCL, the WVRL also covers the wedding reception and the music overdubs which are often added on professional made videos.
Wedding couples can purchase their licence directly from www.wvrl.co.uk.
Further useful information and help for choosing music at your wedding can be found at: www.yourchurchwedding.org.
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