Recessional Songs as Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours

Pick a song that will play as you exit the wedding ceremony after the I dos and you are officially married. What song will play to end the ceremony and set the tone for the reception?

wedding recessional exit songs

Quick Tips

When picking out the song to leave the ceremony as a married couple, you must consider the following 3 factors:

1. Does the song have a special meaning to both of you?
2. What is the tempo of the song (fast or slow) to determine the mood of the walk?
3. Does the song’s genre and meaning match your music tastes and relationship?

As an experienced wedding DJ, I’ve assembled a list of recessional songs. Songs are selected by the meaning of the song and popular hits by today’s couples. Besides new and trending, additional lists are grouped by genre to match your taste in music.

New Recessional Songs

  1. “Dreaming” by Marshmello, P!NK, Sting (Dance – 2023)
  2. “Run Away With Me” by Cold War Kids (Rock – 2023)
  3. “Beside You” by James Blunt (Pop – 2023)
  4. “You & I” by Rita Ora (Pop – 2023)
  5. “That Part” by Lauren Spencer Smith (Pop – 2023)
  6. “Rest of Our Lives (Instrumental)” by The Light the Heat (Indie – 2023)
  7. “You Make My Dreams (Come True)” by Wendlo (Pop – 2023)
  8. “You Plus Me” by Plain White T’s (Rock – 2023)
  9. “A Sky Full of Stars (Piano Version)” by Linneo (New Age – 2023)
  10. “Wings” by Jonas Brothers (Pop – 2023)
  11. “First Day of My Life” by Brooklyn Duo (Classical – 2022)

Below is a list of popular and unique alternative recessional songs. The songs on the left are popular recessionals. The songs on the right are similar alternative tracks in the same music style, tempo, and mood – but not played at every wedding.

Popular SongsUnique Alternatives
1. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – S. Wonder
2. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
3. You Make My Dreams (Come True) – Hall & Oates
4. Best Day Of My Life – American Authors
5. Marry You – Bruno Mars
6. Forever – Chris Brown
7. You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
8. Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
9. You’re My Best Friend – Queen
10. Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
11. I’m A Believer – Smash Mouth
12. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
13. On Top Of The World – Imagine Dragons
14. Here Comes The Sun – Beatles
15. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – J. Taylor
16. Electric Love – Borns
17. A Sky Full Of Stars – Coldplay
18. Accidentally In Love – Counting Crows
19. Higher Love – Kygo and Whitney Houston
20. Forever And Ever, Amen – Randy Travis
21. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Gaye & Terrell
22. Beautiful Day – U2
23. I Do – Colbie Caillat
24. Just The Two Of Us – Washington Jr. & Withers
25. Lovely Day – Bill Withers
26. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher – J. Wilson
27. Love On Top – Beyonce
1. For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
2. The Best – Tina Turner
3. Whenever I Call You “Friend” – K. Loggins, S. Nicks
4. You – A Great Big World
5. Good Day for Marrying You – Dave Barnes
6. Down – Jay Sean
7. What Would I Do Without You – Drew Holcomb
8. Honeybee – The Head and The Heart
9. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship
10. I’ll Be There – Jesse Glynne
11. Follow Me – Uncle Kracker
12. Got My Mind Set On You – George Harrison
13. Good Life – OneRepublic
14. All You Need Is Love – Katy Perry
15. Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer
16. Let’s Get Married – Bleachers
17. I’m In Love With You – The 1975
18. Only Wanna Be With You – Post Malone
19. One in a Million – Bebe Rexha, David Guetta
20. Thank God – Kane Brown & Katelyn Brown
21. Best of My Love – The Emotions
22. If I Didn’t Have You – BANNERS
23. Say Hey (I Love You) – Michael Franti
24. Better – Khalid
25. Good Day – Nappy Roots
26. Ain’t Nobody – Rufus & Chaka Khan
27. Forever – Ciara & Lil Baby

Recessional Songs by Genre

Instrumental Classical

  1. First Day of My Life – Brooklyn Duo
  2. Livin’ on a Prayer – 2Cellos
  3. Canon in D – Brooklyn Duo
  4. River Flows in You – Hauser
  5. Wildest Dreams – Duomo
  6. Highland Cathedral – Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
  7. Trumpet Tune – Henry Purcell

R&B

  1. Forever – Lee Fields
  2. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Jennifer Hudson
  3. Better – Khalid
  4. Marry Me – Jason Derulo
  5. Love On Top – Beyonce
  6. Forever – Chris Brown
  7. No One – Alicia Keys
  8. All My Life – K-Ci & JoJo
  9. September – Earth Wind & Fire
  10. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
  11. Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder
  12. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
  13. At Last – Etta James

Rock

  1. I’m In Love With You – The 1975
  2. Beautiful Thing – Old Foes
  3. I Wanna Remember (Acoustic) – NEEDTOBREATHE, Carrie Underwood
  4. If I Didn’t Have You – BANNERS
  5. Best Day Of My Life – American Authors
  6. Marry Me – Train
  7. Say Hey (I Love You) – Michael Franti & Spearhead
  8. You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
  9. Better Together – Jack Johnson
  10. Beautiful Day – U2
  11. Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root
  12. Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles

Pop

  1. Songbird – Rita Wilson, Josh Groban
  2. All You Need Is Love – Katy Perry
  3. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Music Travel Love, Felix Irwan
  4. Ocean – LunchMoney Lewis, Meghan Trainor
  5. Forever And Ever, Amen – Ronan Keating & Shania Twain
  6. Brand New Day (Acoustic 2020) – Joshua Radin
  7. All My Life – Sailr
  8. Grow As We Go – Ben Platt
  9. I Am Yours – Andy Grammer
  10. Could I Love You Any More – Reneé Dominique feat. Jason Mraz
  11. Lover – Taylor Swift
  12. Carry Me Away – John Mayer
  13. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Kina Grannis
  14. How Would You Feel (Paean) – Ed Sheeran
  15. Can’t Stop The Feeling! – Justin Timberlake
  16. Brand New – Ben Rector
  17. I Choose You – Sara Bareilles
  18. A Sky Full Of Stars – Coldplay
  19. Yours – Ella Henderson
  20. On Top Of The World – Imagine Dragons
  21. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  22. Good Life – Onerepublic
  23. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  24. Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
  25. You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall & Oates
  26. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  27. Happy Together – The Turtles
  28. Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra

Country

  1. Keep Her – Johnny and Heidi
  2. Thank God – Kane Brown & Katelyn Brown
  3. Found It In You – Tiera Kennedy
  4. Anyone / Still the One – Charlotte Ave
  5. 10,000 Hours (Piano Remix) – Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
  6. Walk With Me – Delta Rae
  7. Made for You – Jake Owen
  8. Best Shot – Jimmie Allen
  9. This Is It – Scotty McCreery
  10. Yours (Wedding Edition) – Russell Dickerson
  11. Millionaire – Chris Stapleton
  12. Grow Old – Florida Georgia Line
  13. God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton
  14. Stuck Like Glue – Sugarland
  15. Forever And For Always – Shania Twain
  16. Cowboy Take Me Away – The Chicks

Indie

  1. One Life – James Bay
  2. What a Wonderful World – Sawyer Fredericks
  3. My Love Will Follow You – Dave Barnes
  4. No Matter Where You Are (Wedding Version) – Us The Duo
  5. Evermore – Hollow Coves
  6. To Whatever Comes After – Jon Danforth
  7. Forever From Now – Sheffield
  8. Rest of Our Lives – The Light the Heat
  9. Finally Mine – Juliet Roberts
  10. For a Lifetime – Ryann Darling feat. Cory Ard
  11. I Get to Love You – Ruelle
  12. Ho Hey – The Lumineers
  13. Higher Love – James Vincent McMorrow
  14. Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  15. We Are Man And Wife – Michelle Featherstone
  16. First Day Of My Life – Bright Eyes
  17. Just Like Heaven – The Cure
  18. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – James Taylor

Mixed-Genre

  1. Cowboy Take Me Away – Virgo Rising
  2. Hand in Hand – David Arkenstone
  3. Now That We Found Love – Heavy D. & the Boyz
  4. Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Do you have a favorite recessional song? Please share your song below in the comments!

Tip

If you are having your wedding in a church, the music must meet specific guidelines. Be sure to check out our list of wedding songs to play in churches and also tracks for a Catholic wedding.

Tip

After you pick your song to exit to, don’t forget about the song to play as you and your wedding party walk down the aisle – the processional.

Tip

A popular event during a wedding ceremony is the unity ceremony. The unity ceremony signifies the union of two becoming one. Highlight your unity ceremony with a special song.

Fun Facts

Wedding recessional songs are played at a wedding ceremony after the wedding couple has been announced to family and friends as officially married. 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.

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, and “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by James Taylor.

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. The recessional song is played after the “I Dos” as you leave the altar and exit.

The recessional order is as follows after the announcement of the newlyweds: 1. Wedding couple 2. Flower girl and ring bearer 3. Bridesmaids and Groomsmen 4. Maid/Matron of Honor and Best Man 5. Parents 6. Grandparents 7. Guests.

Sorry, but you do need to choose a recessional song. It marks the end of the wedding ceremony. The song also honors your union and marks the beginning of your new life together as a married couple. Thus, choose a song that signifies your love for each other.

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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