You did it! You're MARRIED. The celebration can truly
begin now. The wedding recessional music you choose will be a great
statement of how the two of you view this moment and what you hope
your marriage will be.
I recommend something that's relatively up-tempo. Next to the kiss, this is probably the most joyful time in the whole ceremony. Everyone is smiling now! Keep in mind the musicians you have for your wedding. I remember for my brother's wedding, they went out to Rick Astley's Together Forever. Not something your church organist is going to want to do, much less pull off successfully (unless you're going for comedic value or that "huh?" factor at this point). In my brother's case, they played the recording so I was off the hook!
But certainly in many ways, this song choice can be the most unique of the whole wedding ceremony. I played for one wedding once where they asked for the Hockey Night In Canada theme as their wedding recessional music! The husband owned a ball-hockey league. I wouldn't recommend choosing something like "The Fight Is On" or "Another One Bites The Dust"! Ha! But you can choose a great up-beat song that celebrates the beginning of a new level in your relationship.
Here's a list of some titles to get you started. If you have some ideas for other song titles for recessional music, let me know!
|Song Title||Music Style|
|Allegro Maestoso/With Trumpets and Horns, from Water Music (Handel)||Classical|
|Alleluia, from Exultante, Jubilate (Mozart)||Classical|
|Beautiful Day (U2)||Contemporary|
|Forever and Ever, Amen||Country|
|For Once In My Life||Golden Oldie|
|Happy Together||Golden Oldie|
|I've Got the World On A String||Golden Oldie|
|It Had to Be You||Golden Oldie|
|Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee||Classical|
|Let the Bright Seraphim (Handel)||Classical|
|Love is a Beautiful Thing||Contemporary|
|Love Will Keep Us Together||70s|
|Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (from "Mannequin")||80s|
|Oh Happy Day||Christian|
|Our Love Is Here To Stay||Golden Oldie|
|Presto from Organ Concerto Op 4, No 5 in F major||Classical|
|Rondeau (Masterpiece Theatre)||Classical|
|Stuck Like Glue||Country|
|This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)||70s|
|Trumpet Voluntary (Prince of Denmark's March)||Classical|
|Up Where We Belong (from "An Officer and a Gentleman")||80s|
|Wedding March (Mendelssohn)||Classical|
|We've Only Just Begun||70s|
|A Whole New World (from "Aladdin")||Contemporary|
|Yes We Can||Christian|
Is there a song title that's missing from this list? What recessional song do you have planned for your wedding? Or what's the most unusual recessional you've heard at a wedding? Tell others about it here!
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