best wedding recessional songs

101 Best Recessional Songs

 

 
You’ve thought of every detail of your wedding. Wait. Did you? What about the recessional song? Yes. What is a good song to walk out to after you’re married? There are so many to choose from. We’re here to help.

Walking to the altar is customarily set to music. That’s the processional song — you know, the one you dream about since you dreamed of your wedding. You’ve imagined all of the people walking down the aisle. Your entire wedding party walks down the aisle before you for that one magic moment.

But what happens after you’re announced as a couple? You need another song. Yes, another song. After the couple (that’s you) is announced by the officiant, the recessional begins. Then, the wedding party exits followed by the wedding guests from the front (family) to the back rows.

What is a Wedding Recessional Song?

Wedding Recessional Songs are played at a wedding ceremony after the bride and groom have been announced: husband and wife. Some modern couples prefer not to be announced this way. If you’re a same-sex couple, The Knot has three really great scripts to get you started. It’s your wedding — to celebrate you. Be sure to talk about your preferences with your professional wedding planner.

The wedding recessional song plays while the wedding couple walks down the aisle after the ceremony is complete; away from the altar. The song can continue to play as the wedding party also exits down the aisle. The guests follow.

best wedding recessional songs

 

Table of Contents:

101 Best Wedding Recessional Songs

Whichever song you chose to take that stroll down the aisle and out into your new lives is significant. Any couple can finish with the music of a thousand other weddings but you want to make a statement about your newly minted philosophy toward a marriage. Be bold. Be yourselves. Announce your betrothal with some edge.

We’ve chosen songs from our experience as a professional DJ over the years. If you have a special wedding recessional song that you think we should add to our list, please add your song suggestion through the comment section below. Don’t forget to let us know what song it should replace.

Please Note: Many songs listed below can be found with vocals and instrumental songs. If the link is for vocals, please search on Amazon for what you are looking for and vice-versa.

Recessional song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: May 29, 2021

SongAmazon Link
2Cellos
Livin' on a Prayer
2021, Instrumental
Alicia Keys
No One
2007, R&B
American Authors
Best Day Of My Life
2013, Rock
Andy Grammer
Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)
2015, Pop
Andy Grammer
I Am Yours
2019, Pop
BANNERS
If I Didn’t Have You
2021, Alternative Rock
Beatles
All You Need Is Love
1968, Rock
Beatles
Here Comes The Sun
1969, Rock
Ben Platt
Grow As We Go
2019, Pop
Ben Rector
Brand New
2015, Pop
Beyonce
Love On Top
2011, R&B
Black Eyed Peas
I Gotta Feeling
2009, Dance
Blake Shelton
God Gave Me You
2011, Country
Bright Eyes
First Day Of My Life
2005, Folk
Brooklyn Duo
Canon in D
2019, Classical
Charlotte Ave
Anyone / Still the One
2021, Country
Chris Brown
Forever
2007, Dance
Chris Stapleton
Millionaire
2017, Country
Christina Perri
A Thousand Years
2011, Pop
Colbie Caillat
I Do
2011, Pop
Coldplay
A Sky Full Of Stars
2014, Pop
Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
10,000 Hours (Piano Remix)
2019, Country
Dave Barnes
My Love Will Follow You
2021, Indie
David Arkenstone
Hand in Hand
2018, Celtic
Delta Rae
Walk With Me
2019, Country
Demi Lovato
Sunset
2021, Pop
Dixie Chicks
Cowboy Take Me Away
1999, Country
Earth Wind & Fire
September
1978, Pop
Ed Sheeran
How Would You Feel (Paean)
2017, Pop
Ed Sheeran
Perfect
2017, Pop
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Home
2009, Folk
Ella Henderson
Yours
2014, Pop
Etta James
At Last
1961, Soul
Florida Georgia Line
Grow Old
2016, Country
Frank Sinatra
Fly Me To The Moon
1964, Jazz
Hall & Oates
You Make My Dreams Come True
1980, Pop
Hauser
River Flows in You
2019, Classical
Heavy D. & the Boyz
Now That We Found Love
1991, Hip Hop
Henry Purcell
Trumpet Tune
1700, Classical
Hollow Coves
Evermore
2020, Indie
Imagine Dragons
On Top Of The World
2012, Pop
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Over The Rainbow
1990, World
Jack Johnson
Better Together
2005, Rock
Jackie Wilson
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher
1967, R&B
Jake Owen
Made for You
2019, Country
James Taylor
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
1975, Folk Rock
James Vincent McMorrow
Higher Love
2010, Folk
Jason Derulo
Marry Me
2014, R&B
Jason Maxwell
Fall Girl (Acoustic)
2019, Country
Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
Lucky
2011, Pop
Jason Mraz
I’m Yours
2008, Pop
Jennifer Hudson
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
2021, R&B
Jimmie Allen
Best Shot
2018, Country
John Mayer
Carry Me Away
2019, Pop
John Newman
Stand By Me
2020, Pop
Jon Danforth
To Whatever Comes After
2019, Folk
Joshua Radin
Brand New Day (Acoustic 2020)
2020, Pop
Juliet Roberts
Finally Mine
2018, Indie
Justin Timberlake
Can’t Stop The Feeling!
2016, Pop
K-Ci & JoJo
All My Life
1997, R&B
Khalid
Better
2018, R&B
Kina Grannis
Can’t Help Falling in Love
2018, Pop
Lexanna
Parachute (Acoustic)
2019, Country
Louis Armstrong
What A Wonderful World
1967, Pop
Lumineers
Ho Hey
2012, Folk
LunchMoney Lewis, Meghan Trainor
Ocean
2021, Pop
Maroon 5
Sugar
2015, Pop
Michael Buble
Everything
2007, Pop
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Say Hey (I Love You)
2008, Rock
Michael Shynes
Next to You
2019, Indie
Michelle Featherstone
We Are Man And Wife
2006, Folk
Music Travel Love
I Will Always Love You (Acoustic)
2021, Pop
Music Travel Love
The Only One
2019, Pop
Natalie Cole
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
1975, R&B
NEEDTOBREATHE, Carrie Underwood
I Wanna Remember
2021, Rock
Onerepublic
Good Life
2009, Pop
Ray LaMontagne
You Are The Best
2008, Rock
Reneé Dominique feat. Jason Mraz
Could I Love You Any More
2019, Pop
Ronan Keating & Shania Twain
Forever And Ever, Amen
2020, Country Pop
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Highland Cathedral
1998, Classical
Ruelle
I Get to Love You
2016, Indie
Russell Dickerson
Yours (Wedding Edition)
2017, Country
Rusted Root
Send Me On My Way
1994, Rock
Ryann Darling feat. Cory Ard
For a Lifetime
2018, Indie
Sailr
All My Life
2019, Pop
Sara Bareilles
I Choose You
2014, Pop
Sawyer Fredericks
What a Wonderful World
2021, Folk
Scotty McCreery
This Is It
2018, Country
Shania Twain
Forever And For Always
2002, Country
Sheffield
Forever From Now
2019, Folk
Stevie Wonder
Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours
1970, R&B
Sugarland
Stuck Like Glue
2010, Country
Taylor Swift
Lover
2019, Pop
The Cure
Just Like Heaven
1987, Indie
The Light the Heat
Rest of Our Lives
2019, Folk
The Verve
Bittersweet Symphony
1997, Pop
Train
Marry Me
2009, Rock
Turtles
Happy Together
1967, Pop
U2
Beautiful Day
2000, Rock
Us The Duo
No Matter Where You Are (Wedding Version)
2020, Folk Pop

 

Recessional Song Lyrics

Alicia Keys – No One

You and me together
Through the days and nights
I don’t worry ’cause
Everything’s gonna be alright

American Authors – Best Day Of My Life

I’m never gonna look back
Woah, never gonna give it up
No, please don’t wake me now
This is gonna be the best day of my life

Andy Grammer – Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)

Now all my dreams are coming true
I’ve been waiting for this moment
Feels good to be alive right about now

Andy Grammer – I Am Yours

I am yours
Now and always
Wouldn’t dream to be anything more

BANNERS – If I Didn’t Have You

Thought I had nothing to lose
But that’s not the truth
I don’t know what I’d do
If I didn’t have you

Beatles – All You Need Is Love

All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

Beatles – Here Comes The Sun

Here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Ben Platt – Grow As We Go

You can ebb and I can flow
And we’ll take it slow
And grow as we go

Ben Rector – Brand New

Like a heartbeat skip, like an open page
Like a one way trip on an aeroplane
It’s the way that I feel when I’m with you, brand new

Beyonce – Love On Top

Baby it’s you
You’re the one I love
You’re the one I need
You’re the only one I see

 

Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling

‘Cause I gotta feeling (woo-hoo)
That tonight’s gonna be a good night

Blake Shelton – God Gave Me You

And for when I think I lost my way
There are no words here left to say, it’s true
God gave me you

Bright Eyes – First Day Of My Life

This is the first day of my life
I’m glad I didn’t die before I met you
But now I don’t care, I could go anywhere with you
And I’d probably be happy

Chris Brown – Forever

It’s like I waited my whole life
For this one night (one night)
It’s gon’ be me you and the dance floor

Chris Stapleton – Millionaire

Down deep as a diamond mine
She’s my treasure so very rare
She’s made me a millionaire

Christina Perri – A Thousand Years

Darling, don’t be afraid
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

Colbie Caillat – I Do

No, I won’t live without it, I won’t let us go
Just look at what we got ourselves into
You make we wanna say I do

Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars

‘Cause you’re a sky full of stars
I want to die in your arms
‘Cause you get lighter the more it gets dark
I’m gonna give you my heart

Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber – 10,000 Hours (Piano Remix)

I’d spend ten thousand hours and ten thousand more
Oh, if that’s what it takes to learn that sweetheart of yours
And I might never get there, but I’m gonna try
If it’s ten thousand hours or the rest of my life

Dave Barnes – My Love Will Follow You

From this day on
My life long
Whatever we go through
My love will follow you

 

Delta Rae – Walk With Me

If you walk with me
Take my hand, I’ll stand by you
Hand in hand, I’ll walk with you

Demi Lovato – Sunset

We’re just ships in the night
Chasin’ after the light
Long as I got you, you got me

Dixie Chicks – Cowboy Take Me Away

I said, cowboy take me away
Fly this girl as high as you can into the wild blue
Set me free, oh, I pray
Closer to heaven above and closer to you

Earth Wind & Fire – September

Our hearts were ringing
In the key that our souls were singing
As we danced in the night

Ed Sheeran – How Would You Feel (Paean)

I’ll be taking my time, spending my life
Falling deeper in love with you
So tell me that you love me too

Ed Sheeran – Perfect

I found a love, to carry more than just my secrets
To carry love, to carry children of our own

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home

Oh, home, let me come home
Home is wherever I’m with you
La, la, la, la, take me home

Ella Henderson – Yours

And I know every day you say it
But I just want you to be sure
That I’m yours

Etta James – At Last

At last
My love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song

Florida Georgia Line – Grow Old

So let my shoulder hold your tears
Walk beside me through the years
Baby let’s see, where this love could lead

 

Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Moon

You are all I long for
All I worship and adore
In other words, please be true
In other words, I love you

Hall & Oates – You Make My Dreams Come True

I’m down on my daydream
Oh, that sleepwalk should be over by now, I know
Ah you
Yeah a-yeah, you make my dreams come true

Heavy D. & the Boyz – Now That We Found Love

All up in money my furnish was decades you hear what I’m sayin’
Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan
The whole New York City
I said I love you to death

Hollow Coves – Evermore

That day I came to find
That you are all
I was hoping for
It’s you I’ll call
My evermore

Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World

I’ve been waiting to smile
Been holding it in for a while
Take it with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Over The Rainbow

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops

Jack Johnson – Better Together

It’s not always easy and
Sometimes life can be deceiving
I’ll tell you one thing, it’s always better when we’re together

Jackie Wilson – (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher

You know your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on lifting (love keeps lifting me)
Higher (lifting me)

Jake Owen – Made for You

Oh like a ship without a sea
Or a song without a melody
I don’t know where I’d be or what I’d do
‘Cause I was made for you

James Taylor – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

How sweet it is to be loved by you
Feels so fine
How sweet it is to be loved by you

 

James Vincent McMorrow – Higher Love

We walk blind and we try to see
Falling behind in what could be
Bring me a higher love

Jason Derulo – Marry Me

Will forever be enough, so there ain’t no need to rush
But one day, I won’t be able to ask you loud enough
I’ll say, “Will you marry me?”

Jason Maxwell – Fall Girl (Acoustic)

I will stand by your side
Keep you safe every night
I’ll be your rock, be the strong hand that’s holding you

Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat – Lucky

Lucky we’re in love in every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday

Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

Baby, do you believe I’m yours?
You best believe, you best believe I’m yours

Jennifer Hudson – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

‘Cause baby there
Ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough (no)
To keep me from getting to you

Jimmie Allen – Best Shot

I’m not saying that I’m perfect
Oh ’cause girl you know I’m not
But I’ll love you with everything I’ve got
Girl, I’ll give you my best shot

John Mayer – Carry Me Away

Take me out and keep me up all night
Let me live on the wilder side of life
Carry me away

John Newman – Stand By Me

You stand by me
Through the longest nights
You stand by me
Through the hardest times

 

Joshua Radin – Brand New Day (Acoustic 2020)

It’s a brand new day
For the first time in such a long long time
I know I’ll be OK

Juliet Roberts – Finally Mine

I’ve been searching, and looking, and wishing and dreaming
For so long
All through the night, all I think about is you
And all through the day, finally
Finally mine

Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling!

Ooh, it’s something magical
It’s in the air, it’s in my blood, it’s rushing on
I don’t need no reason, don’t need control
I fly so high, no ceiling, when I’m in my zone

K-Ci & JoJo – All My Life

You’re all I’m thinking of
I praise the Lord above
For sending me your love
I cherish every hug
I really love you

Khalid – Better

We don’t got to hide
This is what you like, I admit
Nothin’ feels better than this

Kina Grannis – Can’t Help Falling in Love

So take my hand
Take my whole life, too
For I can’t help falling in love with you

Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World

The colors of the rainbow
So pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces
Of people going by
I see friends shaking hands, saying, “How do you do?”
They’re really saying, “I love you”

Lumineers – Ho Hey

I belong with you, you belong with me
You’re my sweetheart

LunchMoney Lewis, Meghan Trainor – Ocean

You’re just like the ocean
I’m drowning in your love
I’m just like a waterfall falling
Falling for you again

Maroon 5 – Sugar

I’m right here, ’cause I need
Little love, a little sympathy
Yeah you show me good loving, make it alright
Need a little sweetness in my life

 

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you

Michael Buble – Everything

And in this crazy life, and through these crazy times
It’s you, it’s you, you make me sing
You’re every line, you’re every word, you’re everything

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Say Hey (I Love You)

The more I see, the less I know
But I know one thing that I love you (baby girl)
I love you, I love you, I love you

Michael Shynes – Next to You

I’ll be buried next to you
The world will keep on turning too
But if I am next to you
I do not care

Michelle Featherstone – We Are Man And Wife

There is no doubt that
You are the one for me
Cause you are the love of my life

Music Travel Love – I Will Always Love You (Acoustic)

And I will always love you
I will always love you
You
My darling, you

Music Travel Love – The Only One

Don’t you know that I’ll always be there
Baby, I swear, ’till my days on this earth are done
You’re the only one

Natalie Cole – This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)

You gave me more joy then I ever dreamed of
And no one, no one can take the place of you
This will be
You and me

Onerepublic – Good Life

I say oh, got this feeling that you can’t fight
Like this city is on fire tonight
This could really be a good life

Ray LaMontagne – You Are The Best

It’s like you see right through me
And make it easier
You please me, you don’t even have to try
Oh, because
You are the best thing

 

Reneé Dominique feat. Jason Mraz – Could I Love You Any More

Seven billion people in the world
Finding you is like a miracle
Only this wonder remains
Could I love you any more?

Ronan Keating & Shania Twain – Forever And Ever, Amen

Oh darling, I’m gonna love you forever
Forever and ever, amen

Ruelle – I Get to Love You

I get to love you
It’s the best thing that I’ll ever do
I get to love you
It’s a promise I’m making to you

Russell Dickerson – Yours (Wedding Edition)

The best me has his arms around you
You make me better than I was before
Thank God I’m yours

Rusted Root – Send Me On My Way

I would like to hold my little hand
And we will run, we will, we will crawl
Send me on my way

Ryann Darling feat. Cory Ard – For a Lifetime

It’s like I can hardly breathe when you say my name
I know we’ve waited and we’ve prayed
And here we are
For a lifetime

Sara Bareilles – I Choose You

My whole heart
Will be yours forever
This is a beautiful start
To a lifelong love letter

Sawyer Fredericks – What a Wonderful World

Of people going by
I see friends shaking hands, saying how do you do
They’re really saying, I love you

Scotty McCreery – This Is It

Lookin’ out, can’t you see forever
Take my hand, just take it in
This is a moment we won’t forget

Shania Twain – Forever And For Always

‘Cause I’m keepin’ you forever and for always
We will be together all of our days
Wanna wake up every mornin’ to your sweet face
Always

 

Sheffield – Forever From Now

Of all the flowers that will bloom come May
You’re the prettiest I’ve found
I will love you forever from now
And I will hold you like no one’s around

Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours

You set my soul on fire
That’s why I know you’re my heart’s only desire
Oooh baby, here I am
Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours

Sugarland – Stuck Like Glue

There you go pulling me right back in
Right back in, right back in
And I know I’m never letting this go
I’m stuck on you

Taylor Swift – Lover

Can we always be this close forever and ever?
And ah, take me out, and take me home (forever and ever)
You’re my, my, my, my
Lover

The Cure – Just Like Heaven

And found myself alone, alone
Alone above a raging sea
That stole the only girl I loved
And drowned her deep inside of me

The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony

‘Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, that’s life
Tryna make ends meet, tryna find somebody then you die
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places where all the veins meet

Train – Marry Me

Promise me you’ll always be
Happy by my side
I promise to sing to you
When all the music dies
And marry me

Turtles – Happy Together

I can’t see me lovin’ nobody but you
For all my life
When you’re with me, baby the skies’ll be blue
For all my life

U2 – Beautiful Day

It’s a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away

Us The Duo – No Matter Where You Are (Wedding Version)

I’ll take care of you
And love you just because
You and I are better than forever
Nothing can stop us

 

What is a Good Song to Walk Out to After We are Married?

Traditional wedding recessional songs are fine. You may want that. We’ve included “Ode To Joy” by Ludwig van Beethoven, “Trumpet Tune” by Henry Purcell, and “Hornpipe” by George Frideric Handel.

Classical may not be your thing. Signaling the end of the wedding ceremony doesn’t have to be a total bummer. You can also choose fun songs for the recessional. These include the “Star Wars Theme” by John Williams, “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang, or “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by James Taylor.

The wedding recessional song ends with the ceremony but not the wedding. Next is the receiving line where the wedding couple thanks each guest for coming. And, don’t forget, the party! Yes, and we have more lists for epic dance parties and more at your reception.

 

Similar song lists for further reading:

The Recessional Is The First Impression You Make As A Couple

You two are not the cookie-cutter couple. Not by a long-shot. While you practice the wise “go along to get along” policy with regard to the dresses and flowers and ceremonial details — after all, the marriage is for you but the wedding is for your families — the line is drawn at the Recessional.
“I now pronounce you Husband and Wife” (or whatever variation) and the music that follows signals to your guests that this is no longer two people. You are one, unified couple. Your new life begins. It’s your rules now. We think you need an anthem.

 

Wedding Recessional: The Couple’s Wedding Exit Song

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Recessional songs are the perfect spot in the wedding ceremony for an anthem — an epic song to show your personality. Why not choose an anthem that reflects who you are as a couple? Here are a few ideas.

Nirvana – Come as You Are

You look amazing in your gown and tuxedo but underneath the glam are a pair of hearts clothed in flannel. You’re a grungy couple with just a hint of cynicism about the world and Cobain spoke to you both in your youth. From the iconic guitar opening to the world-weary vocals, this song announces to the world that you are coming as you are (“as you were, as a friend, as a known enemy”).

Chris Young – Gettin’ You Home

One of those connections (on top of your mutual love for trucker hats and watching the sunset while sipping lemonade on the back porch) is that you both have a pair of well-worn and cherished cowboy boots. Perhaps a bit of two-stepping down the aisle and out of the sanctuary is exactly the message you want to send to your friends and family?

 

The Ramones – Baby I Love You

This is the song our brains should play every time we get a crush on someone. The two of you took that simple, puppy love of staring across a crowded room and only seeing each other and built a solid life together. It’s also ear-wormy enough that your family and guests won’t want to wait until you’re fully out of the room before they get up and follow you, humming along. It’s a nod to John Hughes’ movie credits — and recessional moment.

The Dead Milkmen – Punk Rock Girl

Your courtship was that of a groom seeking someone to blow his mind with her amazing perspective on the world, life, and love. This Dead Milkmen hit says it all.

She’s So Hot…Boom! – Flight Of The Conchords

This anthem is a little unorthodox but so are you. You and your new spouse are irreverent, funny, and have few boundaries. So why not splash that excess of personality like paint on a Pollack and strut your stuff in style? Also, the bits at the reception from the show will guarantee a lot of laughs.

Journey – Any Way You Want It

Talk about hitting your stride with a bang! Steve Perry and Journey represent an attitude and the amount of hairspray you’re both wearing right now smells like the ’80s. Herald in your wedded journey with something that makes you put on mirrored sunglasses and jam your way out of the chapel. Use this to anoint your day and everyone else will be singing about “lovin’ things,” too.

The White Stripes – Fell In Love With A Girl

That opening guitar riff declares, in no uncertain terms, that you are both charging into your future together with which there is a reckoning. You are one of those couples — hip, powerful, and unified in your passionate embrace for life, love, and each other.


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