Wedding Recessional Songs

Your wedding recessional songs will play as the wedding party, including the bride and groom, walk back down the aisle and exit in celebratory fashion. The songs you pick for this portion of the ceremony will likely be more upbeat and joyous. As it is now time to relax and enjoy the rest of your day.

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Traditional/Classical Recessional Songs

Wedding March
Artist: Felix Mendelssohn
Genre: Classical

The #1 most recognizable wedding recessional song - Wedding March has been used in thousands of weddings in the Western world.

Ode To Joy
Artist: Beethoven
Genre: Classical

Simply put it the title, an "Ode to Joy" is a perfect piece to play as the wedding party walks back down the aisle and out the door. Various versions by more modern artists might give you a more robust and upbeat tempo, if that's what you're seeking for the recessional.

Hallelujah Chorus
Artist: George Frederic Handel
Genre: Classical

Another popular classical piece for wedding recessional music. This piece will signal the closing of the ceremony as the wedding party turns to walk back down the aisle. The Hallelujah Chorus is likely to prompt guests to get out of their seats and applaud.

The Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary)
Artist: Jeremiah Clarke
Genre: Classical

An elegant piece fit for royalty - and it just so happens that it was played for royalty at the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles back in 1981.

Coronation March
Artist: Giacomo Meyerbeer
Genre: Classical

Certainly one of the more upbeat classical pieces on the list, the Coronation March is a perfect signal that the bride and groom are now married and exiting the ceremony stage.

Hornpipe from Water Music
Artist: George Frederic Handel
Genre: Classical

Joyous, upbeat and recognizable - Hornpipe from Handel's Water Music can be heard in many television and radio commercials, as well as Disney World's Electric Water Pageant (now retired).

Four Seasons (Spring)
Artist: Antonio Vivaldi
Genre: Classical

Vivaldi's Four Seasons plays a distinct tune for each "season" of the composure. Spring is by far favored more for weddings and would work fantastically for recessional music.

Upbeat Wedding Recessional Songs

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Artist: Pharrell Williams
Genre: Neo Soul, Funk
Release: 2013

Happy was immensely successful in early 2014 - It topped Billboard's Hot 100 chart and hundreds of Youtube uploads were made of people dancing to this song. Why? Because the beat makes people HAPPY!

Best Day of My Life
Artist: American Authors
Genre: Indie Rock, Folk Rock
Release: 2013

A perfect title for a wedding - Best Day of My Life offers great lyrics and a happy beat to get guests off their feet clapping. This song was used heavily in '13/'14 in commercials, the Superbowl, trailers, and movies, making it one of the most recognizable songs on this list - making it a "safe" choice for general enthusiasm.

I Do
Artist: Colbie Caillat
Genre: Pop, Acoustic
Release: 2011

"You make me wanna say I Do, I do, I do do do do". MADE for weddings, no? This song is a welcome change of pace with a great acoustical performance by Colbie Caillat that would do nicely as the bride and groom exit the ceremony.

Beautiful Day
Artist: U2
Genre: Rock
Release: 2000

It has been some time since U2 was awarded 3 Grammies in 2001 for this song, but even today it is extremely well-known and a popular play choice for wedding recessional music. In my humble opinion, this song would be great to open on the chorus right when the bride and groom share their kiss.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Artist: Stevie Wonder
Genre: Soul
Release: 1970

Definitely an upbeat song with good lyrics that would work well for your recessional or reception dance segment. Stevie Wonder sings about how "his future is in your hands" and he's totally "yours".

Ever Ever After
Artist: Carrie Underwood
Genre: Country Pop
Release: 2007

This song was released for Disney's live-action musical Enchanted soundtrack in 2007. Disney seems to have a knack for producing fantastic love songs for weddings. Great lyrics for your recessional exit.

I'm A Believer
Artist: Smashmouth
Genre: Pop, Punk, Pop Rock
Release: 2001

Written by Niel Diamond and performed by The Monkees, Smashmouth created a fantastic new version of I'm A Believer in 2001. There are many covers by different artists, but this is a personal favorite. This song reminds couples about the first time they met and fell in love.

Artist: Phillip Phillips
Genre: Pop Rock, Folk Rock
Release: 2012

Season 11 American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is gonna make this place your Home! A little more upbeat love song with lyrics that fit with weddings.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Artist: Michael Buble
Genre: Big Band
Release: 2003

Michael Buble creates some great covers of older albums. No matter which version, this song has a "happy" vibe and gets feet tapping and in the mood for the party following the ceremony.

Alternative Wedding Recessional Music

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All My Life
Artist: K-Ci & JoJo
Genre: R&B, Soul
Release: 1998

Yes, to be honest, this song has been played at MANY weddings. However, there is a reason for that...this song is perfect for weddings! The lyrics of this song can make many sob while watching the bride and groom exit down the aisle. While not completely original, this song would be great to fit into your wedding music playlist.

Bless The Broken Road
Artist: Rascal Flatts
Genre: Country
Release: 2004

This song was originally written by Marcus Hummon, but the Rascal Flatt's version is by far the most successful and popular - it was #1 on the Billboard country music charts in 2005. As romantic country songs go, this is definitely worth consideration for your ceremony.

From This Moment
Artist: Shania Twain
Genre: Country Pop
Release: 1998

"Right beside you is where I belong, from this moment on". Shania Twain has a beautfiul voice - combined with these lyrics that are truly fitting for a wedding song. I see another tear-jerker forming!

All For Love
Artist: Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting
Genre: Rock
Release: 1993

When this song was released by these three artist, it's obvious that it become a worldwide hit. This was a romantic song created for The 3 Musketeers released in 1993. It topped international ratings and peaked #1 on Billboard's Hot 100.

I'm Yours
Artist: Jason Mraz
Genre: Pop, Rock, Reggae
Release: 2008

A fun, acoustical song great for a fun and relaxing exit of the bride and groom. I can see this song as a popular choice for a beach/outdoor wedding.

Wake Me Up
Artist: Avicci
Genre: Country, Soul
Release: 2013

While the lyrics don't exactly scream "wedding song", this is a happy, popular and upbeat melody that many will enjoy.

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