Best Wedding Exit or Recessional Songs

Updated on September 4, 2019

Wedding Recesionals

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.

Cast Your Vote!

Recessional Song should be..

See results

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.

Listen to "Ode to Joy"

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.

Romantic songs are great to set the mood of a wedding.
Romantic songs are great to set the mood of a wedding. | Source

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.

Video: Love and Marriage

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.

Natalie Cole in Action

J Lo Is Here

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.

"Kool" is Supercool!

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.

Watch It!

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.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      5 years ago

      Ginny T. - Rebecca surely is taletned! We, of the marketing department, love her!! How one manages to capture the most wonderful moments in a snap, I'll never know! I'm sure this photo session was a blast! These three are quite special and so fun! What great photos


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)