Listen Up! Here's a Playlist of the Best Recessional Songs


Picture this: It's your wedding ceremony, you and your fiancé have just been pronounced husband and wife, you share a passionate kiss, and your guests go wild. Pretty amazing, right? Now, what song do you imagine playing as you take your first steps as a married couple for your recessional? Unless you have a special tune picked out already, it can be daunting to find just the right music to set the mood for that all-important moment. Now that traditional recessional music, like Mendelssohn's "Wedding March," isn't the only option, the choices can get downright overwhelming. For your listening and selecting pleasure, we curated a special playlist of more contemporary recessional songs for you to choose from!

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Motown hits are always full of joy and celebration, and are perfect for the moment. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's duet "You're All I Need to Get By," Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)," and Bill Withers' "Just The Two Of Us" are infectious and upbeat. More modern picks, like Regina Spektor's "Us," Bright Eyes' "First Day of My Life," and One Republic's "Good Life" would sound great either played over a speaker system or performed by a live string quartet. Some of our other favorites that we included are fun classics — think Hall & Oates' "You Make My Dreams Come True," Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," and Ingrid Michaelson's "The Way I Am."

Whether you find "the one" for your recessional or stumble upon the perfect first-dance song in our playlist, below, we know you'll enjoy the sweet, romantic tunes. Enjoy!

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