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.

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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: March 30, 2021

SongAmazon Link
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
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
Bill Withers
Lovely Day
1977, 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
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
Florence + The Machine
Dog Days Are Over
2008, Pop
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
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
1967, R&B
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
The Only One
2019, Pop
Natalie Cole
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
1975, R&B
Onerepublic
Good Life
2009, Pop
Pharrell Williams
Happy
2014, Soul
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

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.

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.

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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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