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The Best Wedding Recessional Songs of 2024

Choosing the right music for the end of your wedding ceremony is important. It’s the moment you and your partner walk together as a married couple for the first time. It can be challenging to find the right song for you, but luckily, you’re not alone in this search!


The WeddingWire app and 2024 Couples' Choice Awards provide a look into popular choices among couples. This includes upbeat and soft songs from rock, indie, country, R&B, and pop. Consider walking out to "Best Day of My Life" by American Authors or enjoying "All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles.


A bride and groom walk down the aisle together.
Photo by Rebeca Velie

Maybe you'll like "Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake for its fun vibe or "You Make Me Feel So Young" by Frank Sinatra for a classic touch.


No matter what feeling you’re aiming for after your ceremony, these songs are a great way to kick off your search for the perfect sound—and maybe end it, too!


Key Takeaways


  • You can pick fun songs like "Best Day of My Life" or classics from Frank Sinatra for your recessional walk.

  • Mixing music styles, such as pop and R&B, ensures all guests enjoy some songs.

  • Choose a song that means a lot to you—it will always remind you of your wedding day.

  • Having your ceremony music performed by live musicians like Joseph & Erika can add a personal touch to your special moment.


The Best Wedding Recessional Songs


"Marry You" by Bruno Mars



This catchy pop song is a lively and unmistakable anthem of spontaneous love and thrilling proposals. It sets a joyously bold tone for the start of your forever after.


"Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake



If you want something upbeat, this global hit radiates pure happiness and infectious dance vibes, making it impossible not to feel uplifted as you make your grand exit.


"All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles



The Beatles capture the essence of love’s simplicity and its profound impact in their smash hit from the ’60s. Its universal message is a perfect send-off into married life. 


"Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé



Celebrate your marriage with Queen Bey’s high-energy track that reflects the exhilaration and intensity of your love. Beyoncé’s powerful vocals ensure a memorable and lively recessional.


"Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles



With its optimistic melody and comforting lyrics, this classic symbolizes new beginnings and the dawn of a new life together.


"Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" by Stevie Wonder



For a musical vow that everyone will enjoy, look no further than Stevie Wonder’s Motown hit. Its jubilant energy and promise of lifelong commitment will reinforce the promises you made to each other.


"Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley



Looking for a soft and sweet exit song? “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley is a timeless ballad that speaks to the soul, celebrating a love that feels destined and eternal. Its gentle pace offers tenderness amidst the joy.


"I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz



With its laid-back vibe and endearing lyrics, this song captures the essence of giving your heart to someone fully and joyfully.


"Happy Together" by The Turtles



This song's cheerful melody and lyrics about perfect companionship create an uplifting atmosphere for walking down the aisle as newlyweds.


"The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson



Michael Jackson's energetic and flirtatious tune embodies the excitement and elation of being in love, perfect for a lively celebration of marriage.


"You Make My Dreams" by Hall & Oates



An upbeat and catchy declaration of dreams coming true, perfect for celebrating the realization of finding 'the one.'


"This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" by Natalie Cole



Natalie Cole's enthusiastic and soulful delivery makes this a vibrant and optimistic celebration of love that still feels fresh and exciting.


"Sky Full of Stars" by Coldplay



A euphoric, anthem-like song, “Sky Full of Stars” captures the magical feeling of love that's as vast and beautiful as a night sky adorned with stars.


"God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys



This beautifully harmonious and emotionally rich song conveys the depth and unending nature of true love.


"Best Day of My Life" by American Authors



This quirky, cheerful song is a great choice to kickstart your first moments as a married couple. Its catchy lyrics will get guests excited to hear what your wedding reception songs have in store.  


"You Make Me Feel So Young" by Frank Sinatra



Frank Sinatra's timeless voice brings a classic touch to any wedding, celebrating love's ability to make us feel eternally youthful and vibrant.


"No One" by Alicia Keys



Keys’ soulful voice reinforces the strength and depth of commitment in her powerful ballad, celebrating love’s triumph over all troubles.


"Halo" by Beyoncé



A song that wraps the couple in a luminous aura of love, "Halo" is an anthem of profound connection and admiration.


"Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap



Its ethereal vibe and uplifting melody make it a perfect soundtrack for those moments of blissful love and hopeful beginnings.


"Hero" by Enrique Iglesias



With its romantic lyrics and emotive delivery, "Hero" is a grand declaration of being there for each other, making it a touching choice for a recessional.


"You Send Me" by Aretha Franklin



Aretha's soulful rendition of this classic tune offers a heartfelt and smooth transition into married life, filled with love and promise.


"Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" by Selena



This lively and joyful song embodies the excitement and happiness of love, bringing a festive and celebratory spirit to your wedding exit.


"Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille



A pop anthem that promises enduring love, its upbeat tempo and catchy chorus are perfect for celebrating your commitment.


"Walking On Sunshine" by Katrina & The Waves



This irresistibly upbeat song is all about feeling good and basking in the glow of love, making it an excellent choice for a sunny recessional.


"Dancing in the Moonlight" by Toploader



A feel-good song that captures the light-hearted and carefree essence of love under the moonlight, perfect for a night to remember.


"(What A) Wonderful World" by Sam Cooke



Sam Cooke's smooth voice and the song's optimistic lyrics paint a picture of a world brightened by love, ideal for a hopeful walk into the future.


"I Choose You" by Sara Bareilles



A sweet and sincere declaration of choosing one's partner every day, highlighting the beauty and decision of commitment.


"The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson



A simple and charming tune that celebrates love for exactly who the person is, making for a sweetly personal recessional choice.


"Electric Love" by BØRNS



An electrifying and vibrant track that captures the exhilarating buzz of love, perfect for an energetic and memorable exit.


"Your Love" by Nicki Minaj



This song combines hip-hop with a loving message, creating a unique and modern recessional choice that's both bold and romantic.


"Paper Rings" by Taylor Swift



Swift's catchy and spirited song celebrates love in its most joyful and unpretentious form, making it a fun choice for a modern love story.


"Head Over Boots" by Jon Pardi



A country tune that's all about sincere and down-to-earth love, perfect for couples looking for a rustic and heartfelt recessional.


"Another Love Song" by Ne-Yo



Ne-Yo's smooth vocals and the upbeat melody make this a fresh and lively celebration of finding new love.


"Oh, What a World" by Kasey Musgraves



A song that marvels at the beauty of love and the world, offering a dreamy and reflective walk down the aisle.


"Love On Top" by Beyoncé



Beyoncé brings unstoppable energy and joy with this uplifting track, celebrating love's ability to lift spirits to the highest heights.


"Feel So Close" by Calvin Harris



An anthem of closeness and euphoria, this song captures the ecstatic feeling of being in love and physically embodies the joy of the moment.


Conclusion


Picking the right wedding exit song is essential for ending your ceremony on a high note, and the choices are limitless. With a live acoustic duo on your side, you can choose from modern tunes like “Best Day of My Life” and “Crazy in Love” or a classic song like “You Send Me.” What’s important is that you select a song that speaks to your love story as you walk back down the aisle.  



A bride and groom walk through a receiving line in front of a church.
Photo by Rebecca Love

Your wedding day will sound as great as it feels with the right music, so keep looking until you find a song that means something to both of you. The song you choose will stay with you forever and remind you of your special moment.

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