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.
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)
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.
The songs below are traditional, classical wedding recessional songs:
Wedding March (Midsummer Night's Dream) - Mendelssohn
Alla Hornpipe (from Water Music Suite) - Handel
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
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)
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
One Love (People Get Ready) - Bob Marley
I Cross My Heart - George Strait
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.
Congratulations - Cliff Richard
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
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
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
Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain & Tennille
If none of the songs above quite do it for you and you are still at a loss, try one of the following pages:
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
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