Wedding exit or recessional songs are integral part of the whole process. The recessional takes place at the conclusion of the ceremony. The wedding party walks back down the isle by following the lead of the freshly married couple. The officiant is the last to exit. To make this moment memorable you need to have a carefully chosen exit song.
You may wonder what type of song will be best suited as recessional. It can vary according to your taste or choice. It can be a classical instrumental or a funny modern song. For your convenience, we have chosen some of the best and popular recessional songs for you. Go through the list and decide for yourself.
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Classical Wedding Exit Songs
The Four Seasons by Vivaldi
“The Four Seasons” is a collection of four violin concertos. It was composed in 1723 by “The Red Priest”, famous Italian musician Antonio Lucio Vivaldi. Each concerto of the song represents one season and is different from another. These are in the following order: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
Air on the G String – Johann Sebastian Bach
“Air on the G String” is a great piece of Western Classical music. It was composed by Bach for his patron Prince Leopold between 1717 and 1723 (the exact year is unknown). It is used in a 1977 Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me.
"The Four Seasons" by Vivaldi
Wedding March – Mendelssohn
This song was written in 1842 by Felix Mendelssohn. It was for the performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This song is widely popular as a wedding exit song. It gained popularity after being used in the marriage of Victoria, The Princes Royal and Prince William of Prussia.
Queen of Sheba by Handel
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
“The Arrival of Queen of Sheba” is a sinfonia by Geroge Frideric Handel used in his oratorio “Solomon”. The oratorio has been soon forgotten by people but the sinfonia is still alive despite of long passage of time. It was first performed in London in 1749.
Ode to Joy – from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is an example of highest class of Western music. It is the best of all the great works of Beethoven. There are voices in it from “Ode to Joy”, a poem written by Friedrich Schiller in 1785. This “Ode to Joy” part is often used as a recessional song during a wedding ceremony.
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Eine Klein Nachtmusik – Mozart
The classical master Mozart’s “Eine Klein Nachtmusik” (A Little Night Music) would be great as a wedding exit song. He composed it in Vienna in 1787. It is one of Mozart's most popular songs and has been popular for ages in Europe and America.
Modern Wedding Exit Songs
All You Need is Love – Beatles
Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is a 1967 album of the famous British band Beatles. The song “When I’m Sixty-Four” is in it. It was written by Paul McCartney. It is a song in which a young man expresses his desire of growing old with his beloved. McCartney’s children recorded the song in 2006 as a surprise present for him for his 64th birthday.
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
This song is a very optimistic one. “What a Wonderful World” was written by Bob Thiele and George D. Weiss. It was sung and recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1967.
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Love and Marriage – Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra introduced the song “Love and Marriage” in a television show in 1955. This song has two versions—both of which are equally suited as a wedding recessional song.
This Will Be An Everlasting Love – Natalie Cole
The 1975 disco song “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" by Natalie Cole is one of the best exist songs available. This famous song was composed by Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy. It is from Cole’s album Inseparable.
Strike It Up – Black Box
The Italo house music band “Black Box” released its debut album Dreamland in 1991. It was released worldwide. The song “Strike it Up” is the most popular single from the album.
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Waiting for Tonight – J Lo
Jennifer Lopez played the role of the singer-songwriter Selena in a biopic of the same name in 1996. The role inspired her to release her own songs and restart her career as a singer. He recorded an album named On the 6. Before recording it, she came to know that her album has only been accepted by the producers because she was a movie star. So, she gave extra efforts to prove her talent as a singer. She was successful. On the 6 was a hit. The song “Waiting For Tonight” is the best song of the album.
Celebration – Kool & the Gang
“Celebration” was a super hit song from the 80’s. This song of “Kool & the Gang “is from their album Celebrate. This song was #1 for two weeks in Billboard Hot 100 chart from February 7th. “Celebration” is widely used in weddings and various types of parties.
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That's Amore – Dean Martin
The song “That’s Amore” is the most popular single from Dean Martin. The song is jovial in nature and a bit comic too. This 1952 song was a major hit.
Stolen by Dashboard Confessional
The song “Stolen” was released in 2007. It was from “Dashboard Confessional”. It is in the album “Dusk and Summer”, their fourth studio album. The genre of the sing is alternative rock.
Highway to Hell – AC/DC
It is the title song from the 1979 AC/DC album Highway to Hell. the song is well known for the guitar riff. It reflects the fast, restless lives of the singers.
The lead vocal of the song is Ben Scott and the lead guitar is Angus Young. The song was composed by Bon Scott, Angus Young, and Malcolm Young.
Highway to Hell by AC/DC
What Is Your Decision Now?
Now, after finishing my long article, have you selected your song of choice for the wedding recessional ceremony?
If yes, then feel free to let us know. If your song of choice is not on the above list, then you can try similar songs. There are also many other songs which would be a great fit for a wedding exit, such as "I Got You" by James Brown, "In My Life" by Beatles, "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC, "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" by Stevie Wonder, or "Beautiful Day" by U2.
Roz on February 23, 2015:
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