Wedding Recessional Music


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
Celebrate Contemporary
Forever and Ever, Amen Country
For Once In My Life Golden Oldie
Happy Together Golden Oldie
I'm Yours Contemporary
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
Sh-Boom Golden Oldie
Something Beautiful Christian
Stuck Like Glue Country
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) 70s
Toccata (Widor) Classical
Together Forever 80s
Trumpet Tune Classical
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

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