Princeton University Religious Life

Music for your Wedding

Selecting the perfect musical accompaniment

Princeton University Chapel -- Mander Skinner Organ

Organ Music

All music for your wedding in the Princeton University Chapel is arranged under the direction of Eric Plutz, University Organist, whose authority is final.

The University organist or an organ scholar will play for your wedding.  Guest organists are not permitted.  The University organist will assign an organist for your wedding at least eight weeks prior to your wedding date.  The couple should then contact the assigned organist.   The organist will assist you in selecting and planning your music and will be present at the rehearsal as well as the wedding.

The organist for your wedding will play for 15 minutes prior to the start time (as your guests arrive).  You can allow the organist to choose this music or assist in choosing the music yourself.  The organist will play until he/she is signaled to begin the procession(s) and will continue to play prelude music until 15 minutes after the designated start time.  If the procession(s) have not begun by 15 minutes after the designated start time, the organist will stop playing the prelude music.  When signaled to begin the procession(s), the organist will resume by playing the chosen music at that time.

All processionals and recessionals must be selected from an offered musical list.  These pieces were selected from specific use in the Princeton University Chapel considering the magnificent Skinner/Mander organ, acoustics and the capacity to  shorten or lengthen the piece to the size and speed of the wedding procession.

If it is your desire not to have organ music at your wedding, please contact Eric Plutz no later than eight weeks prior to your wedding date.


Singers and Instrumentalists

All singers and instrumentalists must be booked through the University organist.  Guest singers and instrumentalists are not permitted.  The Princeton University Chapel can recommend a number of excellent singers and instrumentalists for your wedding.  All voice ranges and many instrumental combinations are available including brass, strings and harp.    

Additional charges will be incurred for music involving extraordinary rehearsal time for the Organist, Singer, Instrumentalists.