100+ Wedding Recessional Songs to Exit The Ceremony

100+ Wedding Recessional Songs to Exit The Ceremony

Song ideas to round off your wedding ceremony in style

Once you've finally tied the knot with the love of your life in front of all your nearest and dearest, it's time to play the perfect exit music for your return journey up the aisle - and to narrow down your search, we've put together our list of over 100 of the best wedding recessional songs.

Why are recessional songs so important?

As important as wedding processional songs are for marking that moment the bride and groom first lay eyes on one another in all their finery, your recessional song will be the soundtrack to you taking your first steps as a newlywed couple. Whether you're looking for pop songs, rock songs, love songs or party songs, it's important that you find a recessional song that really means something to you both.

Use this list of wedding songs to find the perfect music to take your new husband or wife by the hand to, as you head back up the aisle to your beautiful new future together.

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Modern Recessional Songs

We all love a good dance song at weddings - so why wait until your wedding reception to get your guests bopping in their seats? These chart-toppers all feature either hooky-as-heck choruses, irresistible beats or a winning combination of the two - the perfect way to get your wedding party started in style whilst showing everyone you're crazy in love:

  • Run - Taylor Swift (Taylor's Version)
    Run - Taylor Swift (Taylor's Version)
    Play
  • Smiling All The Way Back Home - Tom Odell
    Smiling All The Way Back Home - Tom Odell
    Play
  • Quietly Yours - Birdy
    Quietly Yours - Birdy
    Play
  • Nervous - John Legend
    Nervous - John Legend
    Play
  • Adore You - Harry Styles
    Adore You - Harry Styles
    Play
  • Best Day Of My Life - American Authors
    Best Day Of My Life - American Authors
    Play
  • Sky Full Of Stars - Coldplay
    Sky Full Of Stars - Coldplay
    Play
  • Grow Old With Me - Tom Odell
    Grow Old With Me - Tom Odell
    Play
  • Happy - Pharrell Williams
    Happy - Pharrell Williams
    Play
  • Came Here For Love - Sigala, Ella Eyre
    Came Here For Love - Sigala, Ella Eyre
    Play
  • Firework - Katy Perry
    Firework - Katy Perry
    Play
  • Perfect - Ed Sheeran
    Perfect - Ed Sheeran
    Play
  • Treasure - Bruno Mars
    Treasure - Bruno Mars
    Play
  • Love Story - Taylor Swift
    Love Story - Taylor Swift
    Play

Classical Recessional Songs

If you're planning a traditional white wedding, it stands to reason that you'd want to walk back down the aisle to a classical recessional song or piece of music which has stood the test of time - as we're sure you as a couple will too! Here are some of our favourite choices for classical recessional songs which will give your ceremony a real sense of occasion:

  • Ode To Joy - Beethoven
    Ode To Joy - Beethoven
    Play
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Posthorn-Serenade - Mozart
    Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Posthorn-Serenade - Mozart
    Play
  • Hallelujah Chorus - George F. Handel
    Hallelujah Chorus - George F. Handel
    Play
  • Spring - Vivaldi
    Spring - Vivaldi
    Play
  • Exultate Jubilate - Mozart
    Exultate Jubilate - Mozart
    Play
  • Waltz Of The Flowers (Nutcracker) - Tchaikovsky
    Waltz Of The Flowers (Nutcracker) - Tchaikovsky
    Play
  • Andante From Divertimento No.1 - Mozart
    Andante From Divertimento No.1 - Mozart
    Play
  • Gigue From Suite 3. In D Major - J.S. Bach
    Gigue From Suite 3. In D Major - J.S. Bach
    Play
  • La Rejouissance - Handel
    La Rejouissance - Handel
    Play
  • Toccata In D Minor - Widor
    Toccata In D Minor - Widor
    Play

Indie

Are you a cool and edgy bride and groom who want to make sure every wedding song choice passes the hipness test? Look no further than our best ceremony exit songs from the indie genre - show your love for one another whilst retaining your street cred:

  • Dog Days Are Over - Florence & The Machine
    Dog Days Are Over - Florence & The Machine
    Play
  • One Day Like This - Elbow
    One Day Like This - Elbow
    Play
  • Paradise - George Ezra
    Paradise - George Ezra
    Play
  • True Love Way - Kings Of Leon
    True Love Way - Kings Of Leon
    Play
  • Rooting For You - London Grammar
    Rooting For You - London Grammar
    Play
  • Electric Feel - MGMT
    Electric Feel - MGMT
    Play
  • Still Together - Mac DeMarco
    Still Together - Mac DeMarco
    Play
  • Don’t Delete The Kisses - Wolf Alice
    Don’t Delete The Kisses - Wolf Alice
    Play
  • Cornerstone - Arctic Monkeys
    Cornerstone - Arctic Monkeys
    Play
  • Walking On A Dream - Empire Of The Sun
    Walking On A Dream - Empire Of The Sun
    Play

Read More: Top 100 Indie Wedding Playlist Songs

Rock

Looking for some music with a little more impact to shake everyone up after you've exchanged vows with your partner? Scroll through these head-banging rock recessional songs on this wedding playlist for some music to make you strut back up the aisle as your guests prepare to put the 'party' in 'wedding party':

  •  Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush
    Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush
    Play
  • Wait For Me - The Amazons
    Wait For Me - The Amazons
    Play
  • You’re The One - Black Keys
    You’re The One - Black Keys
    Play
  • Beautiful Day - U2
    Beautiful Day - U2
    Play
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
    Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
    Play
  • Accidentally In Love - Counting Crows
    Accidentally In Love - Counting Crows
    Play
  • On Top Of The World - Imagine Dragons
    On Top Of The World - Imagine Dragons
    Play
  • I Believe In A Thing Called Love - The Darkness
    I Believe In A Thing Called Love - The Darkness
    Play
  • Livin’ On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
    Livin’ On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
    Play
  • Heaven - Bryan Adams
    Heaven - Bryan Adams
    Play
  • The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
    The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
    Play
  • Thunderstruck - AC/DC
    Thunderstruck - AC/DC
    Play
  • Forever - Stratovarius
    Forever - Stratovarius
    Play

Recessional songs for the one you love

Acoustic

The gentle tenderness of acoustic wedding music will make you never want to let go of your partner's hand again! If you have a rustic or DIY style wedding in mind, then the best recessional songs for you would come from a predominantly acoustic genre such as folk - or you could ask your wedding DJ for an acoustic cover version of a popular song, giving it that warm, intimate edge:

  • Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles (Acoustic Cover)
    Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles (Acoustic Cover)
    Play
  • This Love - Maroon 5
    This Love - Maroon 5
    Play
  • Little Bit Of Love - Tom Grennan
    Little Bit Of Love - Tom Grennan
    Play
  • Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra (Acoustic Cover)
    Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra (Acoustic Cover)
    Play
  • Dancing In The Moonlight - Toploader
    Dancing In The Moonlight - Toploader
    Play
  • Today Was A Fairytale - Taylor Swift
    Today Was A Fairytale - Taylor Swift
    Play
  • Shotgun - George Ezra
    Shotgun - George Ezra
    Play
  • Sweet Creature - Harry Styles
    Sweet Creature - Harry Styles
    Play
  • Never Going Back Again - Fleetwood Mac
    Never Going Back Again - Fleetwood Mac
    Play
  • My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
    My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
    Play

Read More: 100+ Best Acoustic Wedding Songs

Country & Western

Some of the greatest love songs of all time come from the Country & Western genre, which makes each song on this playlist a prime candidate for a wedding recessional song. No one in attendance at your ceremony will be able to resist the toe-tapping rhythms - your first steps as newlyweds will have an undeniable spring in them:

  • The Rest Of Our Life - Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
    The Rest Of Our Life - Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
    Play
  • Unforgettable - Thomas Rhett
    Unforgettable - Thomas Rhett
    Play
  • Millionaire - Chris Stapleton
    Millionaire - Chris Stapleton
    Play
  • Good As You - Kane Brown
    Good As You - Kane Brown
    Play
  • The Bones - Maren Morris
    The Bones - Maren Morris
    Play
  • You Look So Good In Love - George Strait
    You Look So Good In Love - George Strait
    Play
  • How Many Love Songs - The Shires
    How Many Love Songs - The Shires
    Play
  • For Ever & Ever, Amen - Randy Travis
    For Ever & Ever, Amen - Randy Travis
    Play
  • Cowboy Take Me Away - Dixie Chicks
    Cowboy Take Me Away - Dixie Chicks
    Play
  • Simple - Florida Georgia Line
    Simple - Florida Georgia Line
    Play

Romantic Wedding Songs

Let's face it - there are few things in this life more romantic than a love song, and there are few occasions more romantic than your wedding day, so this is a match made in heaven for you newlyweds! The lovelorn lyrics and soaring choruses on this list of wedding songs will help set that cosy, candlelit tone you've been searching for to make your dreams of a romantic stroll up the aisle come true:

  • Save The Last Dance For Me - Michael Buble
    Save The Last Dance For Me - Michael Buble
    Play
  • I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher
    I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher
    Play
  • My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
    My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
    Play
  • Greatest Day - Take That
    Greatest Day - Take That
    Play
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye
    Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye
    Play
  • Love Is All Around - Wet Wet Wet
    Love Is All Around - Wet Wet Wet
    Play
  • Woman - John Lennon
    Woman - John Lennon
    Play
  • Maybe I’m Amazed - Paul McCartney
    Maybe I’m Amazed - Paul McCartney
    Play
  • Conversations In The Dark - John Legend
    Conversations In The Dark - John Legend
    Play
  • Endless Love - Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
    Endless Love - Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
    Play

Wedding exit songs to give everyone a good time

Unique

Nothing says 'I choose you' quite like a unique wedding recessional song - it's almost like a private joke between you and your love, only this time your friends and family are being allowed in on it! Give your wedding guests a glimpse into your world after you tie the knot with one of these surprising yet sweet wedding songs from our selection:

  • The Universal - Blur
    The Universal - Blur
    Play
  • Cause I’m A Man - Tame Impala
    Cause I’m A Man - Tame Impala
    Play
  • I Still Believe In You - Flyte
    I Still Believe In You - Flyte
    Play
  • Outro - M83
    Outro - M83
    Play
  • Elephant Gun - Beirut
    Elephant Gun - Beirut
    Play
  • Soulful Strut - Young-Holt Unlimited
    Soulful Strut - Young-Holt Unlimited
    Play
  • Starlings - Elbow
    Starlings - Elbow
    Play
  • Still D.R.E. - Dr. Dre, Snoog Dog
    Still D.R.E. - Dr. Dre, Snoog Dog
    Play
  • Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You) - Bombay Bicycle Club
    Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You) - Bombay Bicycle Club
    Play
  • Carry You - The Teskey Brothers
    Carry You - The Teskey Brothers
    Play

T.V. & Film

If you're a couple whose love story is something straight out of the Notebook or Love Actually, you're going to want a ceremony exit song that'll make your walk up the aisle suitably cinematic. While the end credits may be rolling over your single lives, a wedding recessional song from our T.V. and film song list will show your friends and family that your story as a bride and groom is only just beginning:

  • Hakuna Matata - Lion King
    Hakuna Matata - Lion King
    Play
  • We Go Together - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (Greece)
    We Go Together - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (Greece)
    Play
  • Jurassic Park Theme - John Williams
    Jurassic Park Theme - John Williams
    Play
  • Married Life - Michael Giacchino (UP!)
    Married Life - Michael Giacchino (UP!)
    Play
  • Mr Blue Sky - ELO (Guardians Of The Galaxy)
    Mr Blue Sky - ELO (Guardians Of The Galaxy)
    Play
  • Don’t Stop Believin’ - Journey (The Wedding Singer)
    Don’t Stop Believin’ - Journey (The Wedding Singer)
    Play
  • A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes - Cinderella
    A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes - Cinderella
    Play
  • Anyone Else But You - The Moldy Peaches (Juno)
    Anyone Else But You - The Moldy Peaches (Juno)
    Play
  • City Of Stars - Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone (La La Land)
    City Of Stars - Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone (La La Land)
    Play
  • The Bear Necessities - The Jungle Book
    The Bear Necessities - The Jungle Book
    Play

Golden Oldies

Everybody attending your ceremony will recognise these timeless wedding recessional songs, so you're bound to get a good response from your guests. Starting a new chapter at any stage in your life is bound to make you feel nostalgic - and these wedding songs from days gone by will capture that feeling perfectly as you walk back up the aisle:

  • All My Loving - The Beatles
    All My Loving - The Beatles
    Play
  • Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
    Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
    Play
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) - Stevie Wonder
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) - Stevie Wonder
    Play
  • This Will Be (An Ever Lasting Love) - Natalie Cole
    This Will Be (An Ever Lasting Love) - Natalie Cole
    Play
  • Higher & Higher - Jackie Wilson
    Higher & Higher - Jackie Wilson
    Play
  • Lovely Day - Bill Withers
    Lovely Day - Bill Withers
    Play
  • Happy Together - The Turtles
    Happy Together - The Turtles
    Play
  • You & Me - The Wannadies
    You & Me - The Wannadies
    Play
  • Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
    Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
    Play
  • Walking On Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves
    Walking On Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves
    Play

Funny Wedding Songs

Who says the best wedding recessional songs have to be serious? The only thing that matters is that everyone you've invited to your wedding has a seriously good time! Give your guests the gift of laughter after the emotional high point of saying 'I do' and show off your fun side as a couple with these funny wedding songs:

  • Love On Top - Beyonce
    Love On Top - Beyonce
    Play
  • We Are Family - Sister Sledge
    We Are Family - Sister Sledge
    Play
  • Bye, Bye, Bye - NSYNC
    Bye, Bye, Bye - NSYNC
    Play
  • I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do - ABBA
    I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do - ABBA
    Play
  • Oh Happy Days - Edwin Hawkins Singers
    Oh Happy Days - Edwin Hawkins Singers
    Play
  • Yellow Submarine - The Beatles
    Yellow Submarine - The Beatles
    Play
  • Someone You Loved - Lewis Capaldi
    Someone You Loved - Lewis Capaldi
    Play
  • You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
    You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
    Play
  • Escape (The Piña Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes
    Escape (The Piña Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes
    Play
  • Get Lucky - Daft Punk
    Get Lucky - Daft Punk
    Play

We hope these playlists of the best wedding recessional songs help give you some ideas of how to round off your wedding ceremony and get your guests in the mood for the fun that awaits them at your reception - and we also wish you, the happy couple, all the best for the big day ahead!

If you're looking for more wedding song ideas, check out our list of first dance songs and father and daughter songs.