218 Best Wedding Ceremony Recessional Songs (Music for 2022)

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Just after saying “I Do!” to the love of your life, it’s time to walk back down the aisle as a newly married couple. We have put together a list of the best wedding ceremony recessional songs for your big exit.

Here is what we will cover in this article:

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Walking back down the aisle is one of the happiest times in a couple’s life. An upbeat or happy song would be perfect for the ceremony recessional.

Upbeat Wedding Exit Songs (Fun Recessional Songs)

Many couples choose a fun upbeat song for the ceremony recessional. We reached out to a group of wedding DJs and married couples to get their opinion on the best songs to use. Here are some of the more popular recessional songs:

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Choose a wedding ceremony recessional song that fits your personality. This is your wedding day, there are no rules!

Instrumental Wedding Recessional Songs (Traditional – Classical Ceremony Exit Music)

If you are getting married in a church, or simply want a more traditional song to walk back down the aisle to, we have put together some of the more popular classical music selections to use for the wedding ceremony recessional (the bride and groom exit song).

Country Wedding Recessional Songs

If you are a fan of country music (or having a rustic wedding), you will love some of these country songs to use for the ceremony exit.

If you want even more country wedding songs to use for your big day, check out this article: 470 Best Country Wedding Songs.

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The amazing couple walking back down the aisle after their beautiful wedding ceremony

Funny Wedding Recessional Songs

This list of ceremony recessional songs is perfect for a couple with a sense of humor who wants to keep things a little more light-hearted.

R&B and Hip Hop Wedding Recessional Songs

Catholic Wedding Recessional Songs

We love these bridal processional songs:

Recessional Wedding Songs (Piano)

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Non Traditional Wedding Recessional Songs (Unique)

If you are looking for wedding recessional music that is a little less traditional or unique, you will love these songs!

Modern Wedding Recessional Songs For The Bride and Groom

Rock Recessional Songs For Wedding Party Exit (The Couple Too!)

If you are looking for rock-style wedding songs to walk out to after the ceremony, this is the song list for you:

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Pick a song that you love for your walk back down the aisle

Disney Wedding Recessional Songs

Wedding Recessional Songs From Movies and TV Soundtracks

These are some of the more famous songs that you know from your favorite movies or tv shows.

Jim and Pam’s wedding scene from The Office

If you need ideas for the wedding ceremony processional, we put together this awesome article: 109 Best Wedding Songs for The Bridal Processional.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) About The Wedding Ceremony Recessional (Plus Tips)

Here are a few tips for your wedding ceremony recessional, plus answers to some of the most common questions.

Tips for getting the best photos of your wedding recessional exit

If you want the photos of your wedding exit to look their best, follow these tips for walking back down the aisle:

  • Look up when walking back down the aisle. Look wherever you want (at each other, straight ahead, at your family and friends, etc.). Just don’t stare at your feet.
  • Stop half way down the aisle and give each other a kiss (or a dip). Your friends and family will all be turned around looking at. They will cheer and clap. You will absolutely love these photos!
  • Don’t walk too fast. Give you photographer a chance to get a few awesome photos. Walking at a normal speed is perfect.
  • Your wedding party should leave a little space in between each couple when walking back down the aisle. We recommend leaving about 20-25 feet in between each couple.
  • Tell your wedding party to look up when walking back down the aisle.
  • Anyone carrying a bouquet should carry it low (you want to make sure that it is not covering part of your face).
  • Practice all of these quick tips at your ceremony rehearsal.
A bride and groom doing their big wedding ceremony exit.
Make sure you look up when walking down the aisle. Your friends and family (and photographer) want to see your smiling faces 🙂

Should recessional songs be upbeat?

Your wedding recessional music should reflect your personality as a couple. Using upbeat music is not required, but many couples choose an upbeat song because walking back down the aisle as newlyweds is a very exciting time.

All of your friends and family are cheering and clapping, so upbeat or happy wedding recessional songs usually fit the moment.

Are recessional songs instrumental?

Typically wedding ceremony recessional songs are instrumental if you are getting married in a church (but it doesn’t have to be). If you are getting married at a modern wedding venue (or pretty much anywhere that is not a church), your recessional song can be anything you want it to be.

What song is played at the end of a wedding ceremony?

Any song can be played at the end of a wedding ceremony, but if you are talking about the traditional wedding march that many movies or tv shows used to use, it is called “Wedding March” by Felix Mendelssohn (From A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

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