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45 Perfect Wedding Recessional Songs

Looking for the perfect song to play as you leave your wedding ceremony as a married couple? The best wedding recessional songs will accompany you as you walk back down the aisle with your spouse.

Here are some of our favorite songs to play as you exit your wedding ceremony into married life! 

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Your wedding day is the best day of your life, so celebrate it! Make the most of the moment by playing the perfect wedding exit song once your ceremony is over.

The wedding recessional is when you and your newly married spouse walk off with the wedding party to go to the reception. Usually a song plays that sets the tone for the end of the ceremony.

Your recessional song choice is a personal decision between you and your spouse! Walk off as a newly married couple to a song that describes your relationship, or find your favorite among out list of wedding recessional songs.

You can use a religious song for your walk back down the aisle, or choose a modern love song. Anything that best fits your relationship is great! If you both love the Beatles, consider a Beatles song!

Here are some of our favorite songs for recessional music. Add these songs to your wedding music for a truly special moment. These are 45 of our favorite wedding recessional songs.

“Ode to Joy” by Ludwig van Beethoven

This classic song is perfect for your grand wedding ceremony exit! This is a traditional wedding recessional song to play at your ceremony.

“Coronation March” (from Crown Imperial) by Sir William Walton

This is a classic wedding recessional song that has been played at weddings all over the world! This is one of the classic wedding songs that a lot of people use!

“Wedding Song” by Noel Paul Stookey

Lyrics: “A man shall leave his mother and a woman leave her home/And they shall travel on to where the two shall be as one/As it was in the beginning is now and til the end/Woman draws her life from man and gives it back again/And there is Love, there is Love”

“XO” by Beyoncé

Lyrics: “In the darkest night hour/I’ll search through the crowd/Your face is all that I see/I’ll give you everything/Baby love me lights out”

“A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay

Lyrics: “’Cause you’re a sky, ’cause you’re a sky full of stars/I’m gonna give you my heart/’Cause you’re a sky, ’cause you’re a sky full of stars/’Cause you light up the path”

“Butterflies” by Kacey Musgraves

Lyrics: “Now you’re liftin’ me up, ‘stead of holdin’ me down/Stealin’ my heart, ‘stead of stealin’ my crown/Untangled all the strings, round my wings, that were tied/I didn’t know him and I didn’t know me/Cloud nine, was always out of reach/Now I remember what it feels like to fly/You give me butterflies”

“All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA

Lyrics: “Girl, let’s talk about love/Is it anything and everything you hoped for?/Or do the feeling haunt you?/I know the feeling haunt you/This maybe the night that my dreams might let me know/All the stars are closer, all the stars are closer, all the stars are closer”

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake

Lyrics: “Under the lights when everything goes/Nowhere to hide when I’m getting you close/When we move, well, you already know/So just imagine, just imagine, just imagine/Nothing I can see but you when you dance, dance, dance”

“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

Lyrics: “The colors of the rainbow/So pretty in the sky/Are also on the faces/Of people going by/I see friends shaking hands/Saying, “How do you do?”/They’re really saying/”I love you”

“Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra

Lyrics: “Fly me to the moon/Let me play among the stars/Let me see what spring is like/On a-Jupiter and Mars/In other words, hold my hand/In other words, baby, kiss me”

You can’t go wrong playing Frank Sinatra songs at a wedding!

“The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson

Lyrics: “I like the groove of your walk,/Your talk, your dress/I feel your fever/From miles around/I’ll pick you up in my car/And we’ll paint the town/Just kiss me baby/And tell me twice/That you’re the one for me”

“Marry You” by Bruno Mars

Lyrics: “It’s a beautiful night, we’re looking for something dumb to do/Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you/Is it the look in your eyes or is it this dancing juice?/Who cares, baby, I think I wanna marry you”

“Save The Last Dance For Me” by Michael Buble

Lyrics: “But don’t forget who’s takin’ you home/And in whose arms you’re gonna be/So darling, save the last dance for me”

“Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles

Lyrics: “Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here/Here comes the sun do, do, do/Here comes the sun/And I say it’s all right”

“You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates

Lyrics: “What I want you’ve got/And it might be hard to handle/Like the flame that burns the candle/The candle feeds the flame, yeah, yeah/What I’ve got’s full stock/Of thoughts and dreams that scatter/Then you pull them all together/And how I can’t explain/Well, well you/You make my dreams come true”

“Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding

Lyrics: “You’re the fear, I don’t care/’Cause I’ve never been so high/Follow me through the dark/Let me take you past our satellites/You can see the world you brought to life, to life/So love me like you do, lo-lo-love me like you do/Love me like you do, lo-lo-love me like you do”

“Better” by Khalid

Lyrics: “Love to see you shine in the night like the diamond you are/I’m on the other side, it’s alright, just hold me in the dark/No one’s got to know what we do, hit me up when you’re bored/’Cause I live down the street, so we meet when you need it, it’s yours/All I hear is/Nothin’ feels better than this”

“Wildest Dreams” by Taylor Swift

Lyrics: “Say you’ll remember me standing in a nice dress/Staring at the sunset, babe/Red lips and rosy cheeks/Say you’ll see me again/Even if it’s just in your wildest dreams, ah-ha/Wildest dreams, ah-ha”

“Fallin’ for You” by Colbie Caillat

Lyrics: “I’ve been spending all my time/Just thinking about ya/I don’t know what to do/I think I’m fallin’ for you/I’ve been waiting all my life/And now I found ya/I don’t know what to do/I think I’m fallin’ for you/I’m fallin’ for you”

“Adore You” by Harry Styles

Lyrics: “Honey/I’d walk through fire for you/Just let me adore you/Oh, honey/I’d walk through fire for you/Just let me adore you/Like it’s the only thing I’ll ever do”

“Electric Love” by BØRNS

Lyrics: “Baby, you’re like lightning in a bottle/I can’t let you go now that I got it/And all I need is to be struck/By your electric love (Ohh)/Baby, your electric love (Ahh)/Electric love”

“No One” by Alicia Keys

Lyrics: “You and me together/Through the days and nights/I don’t worry ’cause/Everything’s gonna be alright/People keep talking, they can say what they like/But all I know is everything’s gonna be alright/No one, no one, no one/Can get in the way of what I’m feeling”

“Lover” by  Taylor Swift

Lyrics: “And I’m highly suspicious that everyone who sees you wants you/I’ve loved you three summers now, honey, but I want ’em all/Can I go where you go?/Can we always be this close forever and ever?/And ah, take me out, and take me home (forever and ever)/You’re my, my, my, my/Lover”

“I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do” by ABBA

Lyrics: “I can’t conceal it, don’t you see, can’t you feel it?/Don’t you too?/I do, I do, I do, I do, I do/Oh, I’ve been dreaming through my lonely past/Now I just made it, I found you at last”

“We Go Together” by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

Lyrics: “Our names are signed/Boogedy boogedy boogedy boogedy/Shooby doo-wop she-bop/Chang chang changitty chang sha-bop/We’ll always be like one, wa-wa-wa-one/When we go out at night/And stars are shinin’ bright/Up in the skies above/Or at the high school dance/Where you can find romance/Maybe it might be love”

“Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves

Lyrics: “Now I’m walking on sunshine/I’m walking on sunshine/I’m walking on sunshine/And it’s starting to feel good, hey/All right now/And it’s starting to feel good”

“Anything Could Happen” by Ellie Goulding

Lyrics: “Anything could happen/Anything could/Baby, I’ll give you everything you need/I’ll give you everything you need, oh/I’ll give you everything you need/But I don’t think I need you”

“Celebration” by Kool & The Gang

Lyrics: “There’s a party goin’ on right here/A celebration to last throughout the years/So bring your good times and your laughter too/We gonna celebrate your party with you/Come on now/Celebration/Let’s all celebrate and have a good time”

“Rather Be” by Clean Bandit

Lyrics: “If you gave me a chance I would take it/It’s a shot in the dark but I’ll make it/Know with all of your heart, you can’t shame me/When I am with you, there’s no place I rather be”

“I Got a Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas

Lyrics: “Tonight’s the night, let’s live it up/I got my money, let’s spend it up (fee-)/Go out and smash it, like “Oh my God”/Jump out that sofa, let’s kick it, off”

“Crazy in Love” by Beyonce and Jay Z

Lyrics: “I look and stare so deep in your eyes/I touch on you more and more every time/When you leave, I’m begging you not to go/Call your name two, three times in a row/Such a funny thing for me to try to explain/How I’m feeling and my pride is the one to blame/’Cause I know I don’t understand/Just how your love can do what no one else can”

“1901” by Phoenix

Lyrics: “Counting all different ideas drifting away/Past and present, they don’t matter/Now the future’s sorted out/Watch her moving in elliptical pattern/Think it’s not what you say/What you say is way too complicated/For a minute, thought I couldn’t tell how to fall out”

“God Only Knows” by Beach Boys

Lyrics: “I may not always love you/But long as there are stars above you/You never need to doubt it/I’ll make you so sure about it/God only knows what I’d be without you”

“Best Day Of Life” by American Authors

Lyrics: “I stretched my hands out to the sky/We danced with monsters through the night/I’m never gonna look back/Woah, never gonna give it up/No, please don’t wake me now/This is gonna be the best day of my life/My li-i-i-i-i-ife”

“All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles

Lyrics: “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done/Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung/Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game/It’s easy”

“On Top Of The World” by Imagine Dragons

Lyrics: “You’ll never know what went well/Then again it just depends on/How long of time is left for you/I’ve had the highest mountains/I’ve had the deepest rivers/You can have it all but not til you move it/Now take it in but don’t look down/’Cause I’m on top of the world”

“God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton

Lyrics: “I’ve been a walkin’ heartache/I’ve made a mess of me/The person that I’ve been lately/Ain’t who I wanna be/But you stay here right beside me/And watch as the storm blows through/And I need you/’Cause God gave me you for the ups and downs/God gave me you for the days of doubt”

“Lovely Day” by Bill Withers

Lyrics: “When I wake up in the morning, love/And the sunlight hurts my eyes/And something without warning, love/Bears heavy on my mind/Then I look at you/And the world’s alright with me/Just one look at you/And I know it’s gonna be/A lovely day”

“Paradise” by Coldplay

Lyrics: “When she was just a girl she expected the world/But it flew away from her reach/So she ran away in her sleep and dreamed of/Para-para-paradise, para-para-paradise, para-para-paradise/Every time she closed her eyes”

“I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown

Lyrics: “When I hold you in my arms/I know that I can’t do no wrong/And when I hold you in my arms/My love won’t do you no harm/And I feel nice, like sugar and spice/I feel nice, like sugar and spice/So nice, so nice, I got you”

“I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston

Lyrics: “And when the night falls/Loneliness calls/Oh, I wanna dance with somebody/I wanna feel the heat with somebody/Yeah, I wanna dance with somebody/With somebody who loves me”

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams

Lyrics: “It might seem crazy what I am ’bout to say/Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break/I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space/With the air, like I don’t care, baby by the way/Huh (Because I’m happy)”

“Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder

Lyrics: “Isn’t she lovely?/Isn’t she wonderful?/Isn’t she precious?/Less than one minute old/I never thought through love we’d be/Making one as lovely as she/But isn’t she lovely made from love?”

“September” by Earth, Wind & Fire

Lyrics: “Do you remember, 21st night of September?/Love was changing the mind of pretenders/While chasing the clouds away/Our hearts were ringing/In the key that our souls were singing/As we danced in the night/Remember/How the stars stole the night away, oh yeah”

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Caroline Kinsley

Caroline Kinsley is a recent graduate from the University of Delaware. With a degree in media communications, Caroline’s passions are marketing and journalism. Caroline has always loved the wedding planning process, being the daughter of an event planner. In addition to contributions to Yeah Weddings, Caroline Kinsley has published articles in Delaware Today Magazine, Her Campus, and YOUR Magazine.

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