The wedding recessional only lasts for a few moments, but its memories will stay engraved in your mind forever.
Looking at your wedding guests clapping and smiling as you exit the wedding hall with your groom is a sight to behold.
Some couples will want their guests cheerful and excited to dance their hearts out in the reception. Others will want their guests in tears, overcome with emotion for the newly married couple.
No matter how you want your guests to feel at that special moment, you’ll find a suitable choice in our list here.
Here are our favorite song options for your wedding recessional!
“Best Day of My Life” – American Authors
If you want a mic-drop wedding recessional, “Best Day of My Life” might be the right song for you.
Its rhythm will get everyone dancing, and the singer’s raspy, rough voice will accompany you and the groom out of the wedding hall.
The song is cheerful, wild, yet romantic enough for a wedding.
“This Will Be” – Natalie Cole
“This Will Be” by Natalie Cole is a wonderful song to end your wedding ceremony. It’ll certainly get everyone in the mood for dancing for the reception afterward.
“All You Need Is Love” – The Beatles
“All You Need Is Love” is a timeless song by The Beatles.
It has a calm rhythm, so may be better suited for the reception, but it serves well as a recessional wedding song as well.
“First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes
If you want everyone in tears as you head back up the aisle, this is the tune for you.
The singer’s voice is mellow and soft, and the guitar tones are romantic enough to create a memorable recessional.
“Better Together”- Jack Johnson
“Love is the answer, at least for most of the questions in my heart / Like why are we here? And where do we go? / And how come it’s so hard? / 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.”
The lyrics seem perfect for a wedding recessional, don’t they?
“Here Comes the Sun” – The Beatles
“Here Comes the Sun” is widely known as a wedding entrance song, but if you want it for your wedding recessional, why not?
It’s certainly light-hearted enough to make all your guests smile.
“How Sweet It Is” – James Taylor
“How sweet it is to be loved by you / How sweet it is to be loved by you / I needed the shelter of someone’s arms / And there you were / I needed someone to understand my ups and downs / And there you were.”
The steady rhythm of this song, along with James Taylor’s heavenly voice, is the perfect match for your wedding recessional.
“I Love You Will Still Sound the Same” – Oh Honey
This song by Oh Honey was made for weddings and we firmly believe it’s one of the best songs you can exit your wedding ceremony to.
Take a look at the lyrics: “So when our eyes have seen their better days / And our hearing starts to fade / Put your arms ’round my neck, and your heart on my chest / ‘I Love You’ will still sound the same.”
“Gone, Gone, Gone“ – Philip Philips
If you want to go out of your wedding hall on a high note with everyone clapping and dancing, then “Gone Gone Gone” is the song for you.
It’d also be a wonderful choice for the reception when everyone hits the dance floor!
“I Would Do Anything for You” – Foster the People
This song by Foster the People is upbeat yet charming.
Its lyrics are awe-worthy and romantic enough for a wedding recessional: “Ooh-la-love, I’ve fallen in love, and it’s better this time than ever before / Ooh-la-love, I’ve fallen in love, and it’s better this time than I’ve ever known / Give it up for you / I would give it up for you.”
“She Is Love”- Parachute
If you prefer slow wedding recessional songs, “She Is Love” by Parachute is a good option to consider. Its lyrics are romantic and slow, and the singer’s voice is gentle and soft.
“Make You Mine” – Us The Duo
We could definitely imagine a bride and groom walking back up the aisle with Us the Duo singing this song in the background.
Have some fireworks erupt, and you’ll have a recessional you’ll never forget!
“Love Love Love” – Avalanche City
We’d love to attend a beach wedding with “Love Love Love” accompanying the newly-wed couple out of their ceremony.
It’s romantic, gentle, and lively enough to resonate with the waves.
“Wedding Recessional” – Matthew Dury, Genevieve Baker
If you dream of a grand recessional on your wedding day, then choose this piece played by Matthew Dury and Genevieve Baker!
It’s a timeless classic that’ll have you walking out of the hall on an elegant note.
“Wedding Recessional” – Marc Vaillancourt
We’ve always been piano fans; that’s why we love this wedding recessional piece played by Marc Vaillancourt.
There’s just something about a piano piece that stirs emotion, not to mention the effortless classical and romantic vibes. Perfection!
“I Do” – Colbie Caillat
Playing “I Do” at a wedding is just like playing “All I Want for Christmas Is You” at Christmas time. It’s like the song has been made for it, which is actually true.
Caillat’s lyrics are romantic enough for your recessional, and the music is upbeat enough for your wedding reception.
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered” – Rufus Wainwright
Lyrics: “Like a fool I went and stayed too long / Now I’m wondering if your love’s still strong / Ooh baby, here I am / Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours”
Rufus Wainwright’s voice seems more suited to a wedding recessional than Stevie Wonder’s voice. It’s powerful with just the right amount of emotion.
“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” – Joseph Vincent
Well, we’d definitely choose this popular song for a wedding recessional.
Its lyrics are simply written to be played at a wedding: “You’re just too good to be true / Can’t take my eyes off of you / You’d be like / Heaven to touch / I wanna hold you so much.”
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Michael Buble
Ahhh Bublé, the classic romantic.
This song may be more suited for your reception, but many brides have chosen it for their recessional because of its cheerful vibes.
If you don’t want your guests in tears while you walk back up the aisle, this is the one for you.
“I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz’s joyful voice, paired with romantic lyrics, maybe the best way to end your wedding ceremony.
Plus, if you want to get the guests excited about dancing at the reception, this song is the one!
“Hey Soul Sister,” – Steve Acho
“Hey, Soul Sister” is originally an upbeat song, but Steve Acho’s acoustic cover gave it new life.
Our favorite lyrics: “The way you move ain’t fair you know / Hey soul sister, I don’t wanna miss a single thing you do tonight.”
“Lucky” – Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat
You may have heard a cover of “Lucky” on Glee many moons ago.
Well, the original version will be perfect for your wedding recessional with its emotional lyrics and steady guitar rhythm.
“Perfect Duet” – Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé
Who wouldn’t want to walk out of their wedding hall with Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé singing in the background?
With these lyrics, we’d undoubtedly want it: “‘Cause we were just kids when we fell in love / Not knowing what it was / I will not give you up this time.”
“Hold On, We’re Going Home” – Drake, Majid Jordan
If you want a unique song for your recessional, this is the one.
“I got my eyes on you / You’re everything that I see / I want your hot love and emotion endlessly / I can’t get over you / You left your mark on me / I want your hot love and emotion endlessly.”
“Put It All on Me” – Ed Sheeran, Ella Mai
This beautiful duet from Ed Sheeran and Ella Mai may be what you’re looking for for your recessional.
It’s both emotional and joyful, just like your wedding should be.
“I Choose You” – Sara Bareilles
If you want to walk out of the wedding hall on a joyous note, “I Choose You” is the answer.
Plus, it’ll get the guests all hyped up for the reception.
“Love” – Matt White
“Love” is one of the best love songs we’ve ever heard. It’s been around since 2004, and it gets better every time you listen to it.
“Good Day for Marrying You” – Dave Barnes
It’s indeed a good day for marrying you”
The song was made for weddings, and Dave Barnes’ cheerful voice will get everyone in the dancing mood.
“Love Is A Verb” – John Mayer
If you want your recessional to be an emotional moment, “Love Is A Verb” is your best option.
It’s soft and slow enough to create that warm fuzzy ambiance you envision.
“The Way I Am” – Ingrid Michaelson
Ingrid Michaelson’s voice is emotional and soft, just like your recessional should be.
This song’s rhythm is slow, but it’s joyful and ideal for weddings.
“You And I” – Ingrid Michaelson
“You and I” is one of Ingrid Michaelson’s best songs, with its humorous lyrics and romantic vibes.
Imagine walking out of the hall to these words: “Oh, let’s get rich and buy our parents / Homes in the South of France / Let’s get rich and give everybody nice sweaters / And teach them how to dance. Cool, isn’t it?”
“Best Days” – Matt White
“Best Days” is an intimate song that’d be perfect for a smaller wedding.
If you’re having a simple ceremony with just your close friends, the song would make perfect recessional music.
“Loving You, Loving Me” – Dave Barnes
“It’s just me and you and the moonlight / I’m starin’ at ya, starin’ at the stars tonight / The sun that fell so hard has now disappeared / And you and I can start this evening right.”
Simply wonderful lyrics to start the best night of your lives with!
“White Dress” – Ben Rector
“White Dress” was likely written for a wedding anniversary, with its reminiscent, romantic lyrics.
It’d be a beautiful way to mark the start of your lives together.
“Forever Like That” – Ben Rector
This song by Ben Rector is slow and romantic.
It’d make an excellent wedding recessional song, but it’d be perfect for your first dance too.
“Valentine” – Kina Grannis
You may want to get married on Valentine’s day for this one.
Although Grannis sings, “I don’t need no ring,” she makes her love obvious throughout the song!
“Loving You Is Easy” – Ben Rector
Welcoming your new life to Ben Rector’s voice seems like a great start!
“Loving You Is Easy” will make your recessional as emotional and cheerful as you’d want it to be.
“XO” -John Mayer
“XO” is undoubtedly one of John Mayer’s best hits!
Its lyrics make for a fitting recessional song: “Your love is bright as ever / Even in the shadows / Baby, kiss me / Before they turn the lights out / Your heart is glowing / And I’m crashing into you / Baby, kiss me kiss me / Before they turn the lights out.”
“Falling in Love” – Us The Duo
“Falling in Love” by Us the Duo makes you want to dance your heart out, doesn’t it? A great choice for that joyous ‘just married’ moment.
“Meant to Be” – JJ Heller
“Meant to Be” has lyrics that depict the perfect life of a happily wed couple: “You and me / You and me / We were meant to be / Coffee in the morning / Ice cream at night / Make sure the kitchen’s clean / Then we turn out the light / Raindrops on the window / We’re on the couch.”
Warm and romantic, this song is sure to create the perfect atmosphere for your ceremony exit.