Saturday, March 7, 2009

Ultimate List of Recessional Songs!

The Best Wedding Recessional Songs

The Recessional

The Recessional takes place immediately after the bride and groom are pronounced husband and wife and presented to the guests (right after the big kiss!).

This is the joyous climax to one of your life’s most memorable moments. Typically you will be introduced, your recessional song will fire up, your honored guests will erupt in a wave of applause and hand in hand you will head out into your adoring throng.

While most couple’s choose a processional song that is traditional, elegant and low-key the recessional is an entirely different situation.

I like to think of this song as a segue, a bridge between the religious reverence and quiet tone of the ceremony and the party that is chafing at the bit just waiting to begin. The recessional music is usually an upbeat, celebratory tune, full of joy and happiness.

Obviously this selection is typically more jubilant, upbeat and celebratory than other music used during the ceremony. It is now time to rejoice and it’s perfectly alright to show this in your choice of music.

Points to ponder when considering a Recessional song:

o Will this song be familiar to your guests?

o Does it reflect our personality as a couple?

o Will some segment of your crowd consider it offensive … and do you care?

o Do you prefer one of the traditional favorites or would you like to make a statement with something more contemporary?

The possibilities are virtually endless and range from the tradition of Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to classic pop like Stevie Wonder’s “Signed Sealed Delivered, I’m Yours” and the contemporary sound of Jack Johnson’s “Better Together.”

Classical Recessional Songs

If you’re looking for something traditional the top choice for the recessional is Mendelssohn's Wedding March. Close behind in second place it’s basically a tie between Ludwig Van Beethoven's Ode to Joy and Clarke's Trumpet Voluntary. (Prince Charles and Diana used the latter as did Maurtis and Marilene of the Dutch royal family)

Other Classic choices:

Hornpipe from Water Music Suite – Handel

Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah

The Four Seasons – A collection of four violin concertos

Air on the G String – Johann Sebastian Bach

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel

Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 – Bach

Eine Klein Nachtmusik – Mozart

Gigue – Bach

La Rejouissance – Handel

Ode to Joy – from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Rondeau – Wynton Marsalis

Trumpet Tune – Henry Purcell

Trumpet Tune in D Major – Jeremiah Clarke

Those are fine choices but this is a time where you can get creative so don’t stifle your imagination.

Many couples choose to use contemporary songs as part of their recessional. If that’s what you would like to do, consider playing James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)," U2's "Beautiful Day," or our most popular recessional selection, Signed Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” from Stevie Wonder!

In most cases you will need only one song for your recessional.

Browse through the following list and let it inspire you with possibilities:

Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

When I’m 64 - Beatles

I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher

All You Need is Love – Beatles

How Sweet It Is – James Taylor or Marvin Gaye

Love & Marriage – Frank Sinatra

This Will Be An Everlasting Love – Natalie Cole

Finally – Ce Ce Penniston (especially good if you’ve had a long relationship or engagement)

Get Ready For This – 2 Unlimited

Sandstorm – Da Rude

Strike It Up – Black Box

Waiting For Tonight – J Lo

Celebration – Kool & the Gang

5th of Beethoven – Walter Murphy

At Last – Etta James

I Got You – James Brown

I’m A Believer – Smashmouth or The Monkees

In My Life – Beatles

It Had To Be You – Harry Connick Jr

It’s The End of the World As I know It – R.E.M.

Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & the Waves

Tequila – The Champs (Glen Campbell was a member)

Highway to Hell – ACDC

Thunderstruck – ACDC

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder

Signed, Sealed Delivered, I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder

One More Time – Daft Punk

Love To – Mika

Let’s Get Loud – J Lo

Ch Ch Check It Out – Beastie Boys

Gonna Fly Now (Rocky Theme) – Bill Conti

Love Train – O’Jays

Love’s Theme (Instrumental) – Love Unlimited Orchestra

Enter Sandman – Metallica

Beautiful Day – U2

Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve

Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne

You Shook Me All Night Now – ACDC

Another One Bites The Dust – Queen

Welcome To The Jungle – Guns n Roses

Cruisin – Gwenyth Paltrow/Huey Lewis

Clocks – Coldplay

All You Need Is Love – Beatles

Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra

Forever Young – Bob Dylan or Neil Young

Happy Together – The Turtles

Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

Roam – B-52’s

Wedding Day – Bee Gees

Stolen – Dashboard Confessional

We Are Family – Dream Girls

When I’m Gone – 3 Doors Down

With or Without You – U2

You’re My Best Friend – Queen

Would You Go With Me – Josh Turner

My Best Friend – Tim McGraw

You Belong To Me – Jason Wade

I Do – 98 Degrees

Stay Down – Luther Vandross

Stuck On You – Lionel Ritchie

Thank You For Loving Me – Bon Jovi

Her & Now – Luther Vandross

How Did You know – Gary Valenciano (Filipino)

I’ll Be There For You – Bon Jovi

Too Late To Turn Back Now – Eddy Cornelius

L-O-V-E – Michael Buble

Like A Star – Corrine Bailey Rae

Living on A Prayer – Bon Jovi

Love Story – Taylor Swift

Love Is A Beautiful Thing – Phil Vasser

Miracle – Foo Fighters

Mud On The Tires – Brad Paisley

Paradise By The Dashboard Lights – Meatloaf

Better Life – Keith Urban

Can’t Help Falling In Love – UB 40

From This Moment – Shania Twain

When – Alan Jackson

Shambala – 3 Dog Night

Some Kind Of Wonderful – Huey Lewis

Just Like Heaven – Cure

Let My love Open The Door – Pete Townsend

Hero – Mariah Carey

Keeper Of The Stars – Tracy Byrd

Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen

Come & Get Your Love – Redbone

Joy to the World – Three Dog Night

Lovely Day – Bill Withers

Secret Garden – Bruce Springsteen

Final Countdown – Europe

Wouldn’t It Be Nice – Beach Boys

Nothing’s Going to Stop Us Now – Starship

In My Life – Beatles

God Only Knows – Beach Boys

Your Precious Love – Marvin Gaye/Tami Terrell

I Melt With You – Modern Romance

Is This Love – Bob Marley

Here Comes The Sun – Beatles

Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

Hold My Hand – Hootie & the Blowfish

Crazy Game of Poker – Counting Crows

This Will Be Our Year – Zombies

Accidentally In Love – Counting Crows

Low Rider – War

We Go Together – the Grease Soundtrack

Hero – Wallflowers

Show Me Love – Robin

R&B/Contemporary Choices

Here I Am – Leona Lewis

How Do I Breathe – Mario

Let’s Get Married - Jagged Edge

Promise – Ciara or Jagged Edge

So Amazing – Beyonce/Luther Vandross

Sweet Escape – Gwen Stefani

Truly Madly Deeply – Cascada

This I swear – Nick Lachey

The Good Life – Kanye West

The Arms Of One – Xscape

Until The End Of Time – Justin Timberlake/Beyonce

Crazy In Love – Beyonce

Get This Party Started – Pink

Kanye West – Gold Digger

Hot In Here – Nelly

Angel – Shaggy

Party Like A Rockstar – Shop Boyz

Pon de Replay – Rhianna

Yeah – Usher

Temperature – Sean Paul

Way You Move – Outkast

Cupid – 112

Everytime We Touch – Cascada

Don’t Change – Musiq Soulchild

Forever – Mariah Carey/R Kelly

Anyone Else But You – Mouldy Peaches

Chariot – Gavin DeGraw

Flower In The Window – Travis

Just Like Heaven – Katie Melua

Hesitating Beauty – Wilco/Billy Bragg

Melon Collie & Infinite Sadness – Smashing Pumpkins

Blinking Lights – Eels

Fresh Feeling – Eels

Do You Realize – Flaming Lips

I Found A Reason – Cat Power

A Moment Like This - Kelly Clarkson

This Years Love – David Grey

There She Goes – The La’s

Mesh & Lace – Nouvelle Vouge

I Wanna Know All Of You – Hardy

Human – Killers

#41 – Dave Mathews

Love & Memories – Oar

Love Your Ways – Salmonella Dub

Sail Away – David Grey

It’s You It’s Me - Kaskade

Feel free to move further away from the radio charts. You may want to consider incorporating soundtrack songs from movies or television. We’ve used the following tracks with great success.

I find that TV theme music is a powerful way to transport you and your guests back to what often seems to be a kinder, gentler time in your past.

You may want to consider the Theme from:

2001 A Space Odyssey

Austin Powers

St. Elmo’s Fire

Star Wars: The Imperial March or Throne Room

Indiana Jones

Mission Impossible

Rocky (Gonna Fly Now) or (Eye Of The Tiger)

The Jeffersons

The Newly-wed Game



The Apprentice

Hockey Night In Canada

Peter Gunn


Afterwards, you will move into the postlude.