Wedding Recessional Music

Your wedding recessional music will play as you walk back down the isle usually after the kiss or the announcement. There are some occasions where your guests will exit first while you sign the register inside the church, and therefore you will have no formal recessional.

They will then be handed some confetti outside the church and will shower you as you exit. You can then play your choice of wedding recessional song.

Whichever way you decide to do it (will depend on how much you stick to tradition), your wedding recessional music should be festive, joyous and upbeat. The formality of the big day is now over and you are man and wife! Your choice of recessional song should reflect the way you feel at that moment.

Wedding Recessional Music

Don't hesitate to choose a non-traditional classical piece or a contemporary wedding recessional song even if the rest of your wedding has been traditional. This moment marks the end of the ceremony and the start of your life together as husband and wife. As always, just check with your officiant that the song you have chosen is allowed.

The song you choose for your wedding recessional is normally played all the way through and is not faded. You can even choose more than one song to be played one after the other to continue the celebratory mood into your postlude (the music played right after the recessional until your guests leave for the reception)

Wedding Recessional Music Choices:

Below is a list of wedding recessional music to enhance this joyous moment. You can click on the links to listen to the songs and then download them.

Traditional Wedding Recessional Music:

The songs below are traditional, classical wedding recessional songs:

Wedding March (Midsummer Night's Dream) - Mendelssohn

Alla Hornpipe (from Water Music Suite) - Handel

Trumpet Tune - Purcell

Wedding March - Wagner

Instrumental & Non-Traditional Classical Recessional Songs:

The following songs are instrumentals (mostly soundtracks from movies) as well as non-traditional, but appropriate songs for your walk back down the aisle:

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel

Ode To Joy - Beethoven

St. Anthony Chorale - Haydn

Trumpet Voluntary - Clark

Sonata in G - Tartini

Autumn (From The Four Seasons) - Vivaldi

Spring (From The Four Seasons) - Vivaldi

Badinerie (from Suite No. 2 in B minor) - Bach

Danza Pastorale (From The Four Seasons) - Vivaldi

Serenade To Spring - Secret Garden

Florin Dance - Mark Knopfler (from The Princess Bride)

Love's Theme - Love Unlimited Orchestra

Meryton Townhall - Jean-Yves Thibaudet (from Pride & Prejudice)

Basingstoke Assembly - Adrian Johnston (from Becoming Jane)

Contemporary Recessional Wedding Music:

The following songs are non traditional and include selections from various genres like Rock, Country, R&B, Vocal, Folk and Pop. Take a listen to them in the widget below:


Walking On Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves

Can't get enough of your love, Babe - Barry White

At Last - Etta James

One Love (People Get Ready) - Bob Marley

I Cross My Heart - George Strait

Beautiful Day - U2

This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) - Natalie Cole

All You Need is Love - Beatles

Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams

Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship

I'm A Believer - The Monkees or Smashmouth

My First, My Last, My Everything - Barry White

Forever and Ever, Amen - Randy Travis

I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown

It Had To Be You - Harry Connick Jr. or The Wedding Singers

Fools Rush In - UB40 or Elvis Presley

It's The End of The World As We Know It - R.E.M.

When I'm 64 - The Beatles

Congratulations - Cliff Richard

Breathless - The Corrs

I Believe In A Thing Called Love - The Darkness

Cowboy Take Me Away - Dixie Chicks

I Only Wanna Be With You - Dusty Springfield

Hawaiian Wedding Song - Various

Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac

Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra

Here Comes The Sun - George Harrison or Nina Simone

Just Like Starting Over - John Lennon (great wedding recessional music for second marriages)

Love At First Sight - Kylie Minogue

Ray Of Light - Madonna

Chapel Of Love - Various

You're The One That I Want - Olivia Newton-John

Such Great Heights - Postal Service

Another One Bites The Dust - Queen

Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen or Michael Buble

I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher or UB40

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder

Happy Together - Turtles

Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain & Tennille

Island In the Sun - Weezer

Lovely Day - Bill Withers


More Recessional Music Choices:

If none of the songs above quite do it for you and you are still at a loss, try one of the following pages:

25 Upbeat Recessional Songs
Beach Wedding Recessionals
Country Wedding Recessional Songs

Plan the rest of your ceremony music:

Now that you have chosen the perfect confetti music, choose the rest of your wedding ceremony songs:


Wedding Ceremony Music for Prelude

Wedding Processional / Bride's Entrance

Wedding Ceremony Hymns

Unity Candle Music

Wedding Ceremony Postlude






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