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50 Wedding Recessional Songs for 2023

Author: Molly Malsom

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You’ve done it! You and your partner have said ‘I Do’ and you are officially married. Congratulations!

Now it’s time to walk back down the aisle together as a married couple after your ceremony, but what wedding recessional song will you choose to accompany such a moment? Your wedding recession is an important part of the day, which means the song you choose is just as important as the wedding songs you walk down the aisle to, first dance songs and the wedding song you play for your father daughter dance.

The wedding recessional is the moment your wedding ceremony flips from the serious – but still incredibly romantic – part of the wedding and leads into the wedding breakfast and an evening of partying and celebrating. There are so many wedding recessional songs to choose from, but which one is the perfect match for you as a couple to walk down the aisle to?

How To Pick A Wedding Recessional Song?

Wedding recessional songs

When it comes to choosing your wedding recessional song, there are a few things you need to consider. Do you imagine you and your newlywed dancing down the aisle to an upbeat pop song, or a graceful promenade to an upbeat classical piece? If you had live musicians playing the rest of the songs for your wedding ceremony, do you want them to play your recessional song too, or simply play a song through speakers?

Once you have decided on your wedding recessional song or musical piece, you will need to decide which part of the song you want playing as you walk. Do you just want the wedding recessional song playing from the beginning, or perhaps the chorus is more fitting?

If you aren’t sure where to start when it comes to choosing your perfect wedding exit song, don’t worry! We have a few musical ideas to help you walk back down the aisle together in absolute wedding style. From classic and traditional to modern and unusual, take a look at our favourite wedding recessional songs!

Classical Wedding Recessional Songs

Many couples choose to stick with traditional options when it comes to their ceremony, which is why a number of classical wedding recessional songs tend to be more popular. You may recognise quite of a few of these pieces, with songs from the likes of Bach and Handel. However, if you want a more unique take on classical recessional songs, we have also found some of our favourite classical takes on popular chart toppers!

  • Toccata From Organ Symphony No. 5 by Widor
  • Coronation March by Sir William Walton
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart
  • Air On The G String by Bach
  • Wedding Recessional by Matthew Dury
  • Ave Maria by Schubert
  • Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn
  • Prelude From Cello Suite No. 1 by Bach
  • Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba by George Handel
  • Wedding Day At Troldhaugen by Edvard Grieg
  • Ode To Joy by Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • Sonata In G Major by Giuseppe Tartini
  • Arioso by Bach
  • Meditation by Jules Massenet
  • Allegro Maestoso by George Handel
  • Meant To Be by Vitamin String Quartet
  • Wildest Dreams by Duomo
  • We Found Love by 2Cellos
  • Never Enough by Justin Paul
  • Something Just Like This by Vitamin String Quartet

Modern Wedding Recessional Songs

Prefer something more modern with meaningful lyrics? No problem. We’ve put together our playlist of romantic wedding recessional songs from your favourite artists. Whether you’d prefer something slower like Colbie Caillat’s I Do, or something you can dance down the aisle together to like Love On Top by Beyonce, we’ve gathered plenty of modern wedding recessional songs to suit everyone’s musical tastes!

  • Better Together by Jack Johnson
  • Drunk In Love by Beyonce
  • That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars
  • I’m Yours by Jason Maraz
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie wonder
  • Love On Top by Beyonce
  • Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
  • Beautiful Day by U2
  • I Do by Colbie Caillat
  • Best Day Of My Life by American Authors
  • Marry You by Bruno Mars
  • You and I by Ingrid Michaelson
  • Little of Your Love by HAIM
  • On Top Of The World by Imagine Dragons
  • Crazy In Love by Beyonce
  • Sweet Creature by Harry Styles
  • Treasure by Bruno Mars
  • I Choose You by Sara Bareilles
  • I Really Like You by Carly Rae Jepson
  • Afterglow by Ed Sheeran
  • I Like Me Better by Lauv
  • XO by Beyonce
  • Be Alright by Ariana Grande
  • Viva La Vida by Coldplay
  • Paper Rings by Taylor Swift
  • Best Part by Daniel Caesar, H.E.R
  • Magic by Alayna
  • Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake
  • Sugar by Maroon 5
  • Stuck With U by Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber


Written by

Molly Malsom

Molly is a University graduate with a degree in Magazine Journalism and Production. Having contributed to Calm Moment and Visit Cheltenham, she now works for the For Better For Worse marketing team while freelance writing in her spare time.

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