Top 10 Wedding Recessional Songs


The events leading up to the “I do”s have been sweet, whimsical, and very sentimental – a quiet anticipation of everyone at the wedding ceremony until the exact moment you become husband and wife. And what joyous applause and tears of happiness soon come after the kiss! This moment should be celebrated with upbeat music that captures everything that is happening and what everyone is feeling. Here is a list of wedding recessional songs that will lift your hearts as you lift each other up as a newly married couple! This list has a song for everyone!

Top 10 Wedding Recessional Songs

"Wedding March" Composed by Felix Mendelssohn

If you want your wedding to be traditional, classical, and grand, bring out the organ and ask your mini-orchestra to play one of the most iconic wedding tunes of all time! Your wedding guests will look up in recognition of the most unforgettable wedding recessional song ever. You will definitely feel like royalty when this tune rolls out as you are showered with petals and rice grains on the way out of the church.

"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Michael Buble

Everyone, either gent or lady, young or old, swoons to the silky voice of Michael Buble, so you know his song is perfect to use for such romantic occasions. It talks about the preparation for being ready for the crazy ride – marriage and family life. It's a cheeky reflection into delving into a new kind of life by the newly-married couple, only complemented with the sweet voice and excitable jazz band. 

"X.O." by Beyonce

Using R&B love songs is a unique nod to how romantic the genre can actually be. Sensual and exciting, Queen B’s hit single has potential to be a frontrunner for hip, young couples’ wedding recessional songs. It is perfectly understandable, given her standing as a shining example of strong independent women, who chose a married life but won't put down their ambitions. It has a fun electronic-inspired beat that feels like puppy love! 

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered" by Stevie Wonder

The joyous and booming singing voice of Stevie Wonder will get everyone up on their feet. There's a reason this song is a romantic classic. You don't even need a full band to deliver the energy, just someone to deliver the honest lyrics and have people swaying to the beat. You may even see people burst into song! 

"All You Need is Love" by The Beatles

The Beatles obviously skipped some psychology lessons and showed Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs what really matters - just plain old, goopy-droopy love. Wedding recessional songs get an upgrade to the rocking 60's boyband. It's a song with a deep message that addresses the simplest joys of life is what really matters in this lifetime together. "There's nothing you can make that can't be made/No one you can save that can't be saved."

"I Do" by Colbie Caillat

If you find the title too obvious, then you should immediately give this track a listen - the lyrics are actually quite melancholy, but it is a sugar sweet song, all in all. It should be a wonderful song to listen for everyone who's just waiting for your story as husband and wife to unfold. Colbie Caillat has the perfect voice for a soothing melody on guitar strings. "I won't live without it, I won't let us go/Just look at what we got ourselves into/You make me wanna say I do love you."

"First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes

If you are an indie fan at heart and love the sweet pop-rock stylings for wedding recessional songs, then this popular Bright Eyes number may be just the thing for you. Slow yet cheerful, the lyrics are cute and will remind people of their own loves that they have found. “But now I don’t care I could go anywhere with you/And I’d probably be happy.

"Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap

A true millennial hit, this electro-pop earworm is a romantic hit that gets your blood pumping. The falsetto vocals are endearing, the dance beat is enough to get anyone swaying to the rhythm, and the lyrics are refreshingly honest. It's such a unique song that everyone will recognize and love it. "So stay there, 'cause I'll be coming over/And while our blood's still young/So young, it runs."

"Beautiful Day" by U2

Need a good, rocking track? This Bono-led hit is actually a peculiar favorite for wedding recessional songs! It's really no surprise, though - the romantic lyrics, the rock and roll beat, the joyous energy - whether in its original or reprised form, it's still universally enjoyed. 

"Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

Played during the iconic sitcom wedding of Mitch and Cam in Modern Family, the adorable rough-and-tumble country stylings and heartfelt lyrics make this a favorite and joyous number. The catchy beat, excitable singing voices, enthusiastic whistling, and amazing lyrics will lift up the mood in the wedding. Your audience will be smiling when they hear this song as a wedding recessional song! It’s truly a pleasant surprise that will bring out the square-dancer, no matter the age.