Recessional Songs

Recessional songs are the music played as the newlywed couple descend down the aisle followed by their guests - and it should be triumphant!

Recessional songs

Recessional songs, better known as wedding exit songs, are played as the couple walk back down the aisle as newlyweds and the guests clap wildly. Happy, celebratory and bursting with love, your recessional song should reflect the excitement you’re feeling inside. You just got married to the love of your life! We promise you won’t stop smiling.

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At the top of the aisle, you’ll normally wait with your partner and your guests will gather outside to throw confetti. This means you could get away with choosing a couple of wedding songs for the recessional depending on how long you think it’ll take everyone to congregate.

How to Choose Your Recessional Song

One of our favourite choices is All You Need is Love. You might remember this Beatles’ classic sung by the gospel choir during the wedding scene in Love, Actually. Brownie points to any best man who recreates that! But there are loads of amazing wedding exit song choices from We Go Together from the movie Grease to Taylor Swift’s Love Story.

Children’s movie actually prove a beloved source of recessional songs. The Lion King and Toy Story make the list, but can you guess which songs? Don’t forget classical music choices too, just remember the tone should be triumphant and the tempo relatively upbeat.

The Best Wedding Exit Songs

Our playlist of wedding exit songs to help you pick your favourite from is below. Enjoy listening!

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  1. All You Need Is Love – The Beatles
  2. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) – Stevie Wonder
  3. Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from “Solomon” – Bela Banafalvi & Budapest Strings
  4. It Had to Be You – Harry Connick, Jr.
  5. You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
  6. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
  7. “Ode to Joy” from Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125: Choral) – Beethoven
  8. Beautiful Day – U2
  9. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do – ABBA
  10. Hakuna Matata – The Lion King
  11. Love Story – Taylor Swift
  12. We Go Together – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
  13. Love and Marriage – Frank Sinatra
  14. Salut D’amour – Elgar
  15. Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
  16. Canon and Gigue in D Major: I. Canon – J.S. Bach Orchestra
  17. Accidentally In Love – Counting Crows
  18. Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  19. Be Our Guest – Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach & Chorus – Beauty an
  20. Bring Me Sunshine – Morecambe & Wise
  21. For Once in My Life – Stevie Wonder
  22. Living on A Prayer – Bon Jovi
  23. I Was Born To Love You – Freddie Mercury
  24. If I Fall to Your Heart – Derwent Hannon
  25. Wedding Day – Bee Gees
  26. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61 Incidental Music: No. 9 Wedding March – Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & George Szell
  27. She Is Love – Oasis
  28. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Posthorn-Serenade – Mozart
  29. Love Lust – King Charles
  30. The Best of Me – Cliff Richard
  31. On This Day – David Pomeranz
  32. Recessional: Rondeau (Mouret) – Wedding Music Experts: The O’Neill Brothers
  33. You’ve Got A Friend In Me (From “Toy Story”/ Soundtrack) – Randy Newman
  34. Amazed – Lonestar
  35. Any Other Name – Original – Thomas Newman
  36. Up Around the Bend – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  37. Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F, BWV 1046: 1. (without tempo indication) – The English Concert & Trevor Pinnock
  38. I Was Born To Love You (Extended Version) – Freddie Mercury
  39. Oh My Love – The Score
  40. Bel Air – Lana Del Rey
  41. Best Day of My Life – American Authors
  42. Love You I Do – Jennifer Hudson
  43. Music for the Royal Fireworks – Suite, HWV 351: IV. La réjouissance – Karl Münchinger & Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
  44. Rule the World – Take That
  45. The Edge Of Glory  – Lady Gaga
  46. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  47. Evergreen (Love Theme from “A Star Is Born”) (Live) – Barbra Streisand
  48. Verdi: Aida: Triumphal March & Ballet – Giuseppe Verdi