bride and groom during recessional

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After your wedding ceremony has come to a close and you've officially said "I do," it's time to get the party started! And what better way to kick off the celebrations than with a killer wedding recessional song to accompany your walk up the aisle? We've pulled together a list of our favorite wedding recessional songs that will set the tone for the festivities to come. Whether you want something classic and soulful or a modern hit to get everyone up and out of their seats, you're guaranteed to find a wedding recessional song that's right for you.

Make your debut as newlyweds with these uplifting and romantic wedding recessional songs.

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

This Elvis classic is a mellow and romantic wedding recessional song choice. It's one of our favorites that is sure to have your guests crying happy tears.

"Marry You" by Bruno Mars

Is there a Bruno Mars song that doesn't make us want to get up and dance? "Marry You" is one of the best wedding recessional songs to kick off your 'just married' celebration!

"You Send Me" by Aretha Franklin

Put an old-school spin on your recessional song with Aretha Franklin's cover of "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke.

"Head Over Boots" by Jon Pardi

Are you wearing cowboy boots at your wedding? If so, then we bet you'll love this country song by Jon Pardi. It has an "old-school country" vibe to it, not to mention lyrics that are fitting for any rustic couple: "You're the rock in my roll / You're good for my soul, it's true / I'm head over boots for you."

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

We can't think of a better addition to our list of wedding recessional songs than this Stevie Wonder classic. It's guaranteed to get everyone on their feet and dancing!

"No One" by Alicia Keys

Take your first steps as newlyweds with this R&B favorite. From the piano notes to the lyrics to Alicia's soulful voice, this recessional song is all about romance.

"Sky Full of Stars" by Coldplay

Jump on the celestial wedding trend with this playful song by Coldplay. It's simple yet sweet, with lyrics like "'Cause you're a sky, you're a sky full of stars / Such a heavenly view / You're such a heavenly view."

"You Make My Dreams" by Hall & Oates

If you're an '80s kid, you'll want to add this to your list of possible wedding reception songs ASAP. "You Make My Dreams" is an upbeat crowd fave that's a perfect ending to your wedding ceremony.

"I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz

"I'm Yours" is a bubbly and uplifting song to set the mood for your first steps as newlyweds. There's nothing sweeter than these lyrics: "So I won't hesitate no more, no more / It cannot wait, I'm sure / There's no need to complicate / Our time is short / This is our fate, I'm yours."

"Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille

This kitschy '70s tune is one of the best recessional songs if you want something offbeat and playful. It might even result in an impromptu singalong by your guests!

"I Choose You" by Sara Bareilles

This gets our vote for one of the cutest recessional songs not only because of the lyrics, but also because of the music video—Sara Bareilles helped two couples get engaged and captured it all on film!

“The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson

Indie couples probably already know that this Ingrid Michaelson song captures the whole meaning of marriage: loving each other for who you really are. For that reason alone, it's one of our top picks for wedding recessional songs!

"Halo" by Beyoncé

Queen Bey never fails to disappoint. This power ballad is also romantic and meaningful with the lyrics, "Everywhere I'm looking now / I'm surrounded by your embrace / Baby, I can see your halo / You know you're my saving grace."

“Electric Love” by BØRNS

If you're looking for a non-traditional recessional song, "Electric Love" is a fun and unexpected selection! We love the catchy guitar and lyrics: "Baby you're like lightning in a bottle / I can't let you go now that I got it / All I need is to be struck / By your electric love."

"Walking On Sunshine" by Katrina & The Waves

When it comes to feel-good songs, "Walking On Sunshine" is second to none. Everyone knows the lyrics and your guests won't be able to resist getting up and dancing as you walk down the aisle. Turn this one up loud to get the party started!

"(What A) Wonderful World" by Sam Cooke

This song is for anyone who loves the golden oldies. The King of Soul sums it up best: "But I do know that I love you / And I know that if you love me too / What a wonderful world this would be."

"Dancing in the Moonlight" by Toploader

The best wedding recessional songs make you feel in love and on top of the world. "Dancing in the Moonlight" is an instant mood booster (as if you weren't already having the best day ever!) and will get everyone excited for your wedding reception.

"Happy Together" by The Turtles

This one is self-explanatory: "Happy Together" is all about spending the rest of your life with the one who makes you happy! The chorus is so uplifting, with the lyrics: "I can't see me lovin' nobody but you / For all my life / When you're with me, baby the skies'll be blue / For all my life."

"God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys

We can't help but smile whenever we hear this Beach Boys hit. "God Only Knows" is a true classic that would be perfect for your recesional but would also be super-sweet as a first dance song.

"Another Love Song" by Ne-Yo

If you want to skip the mushy-gushy moments and head straight to the party, Ne-Yo's new song is the perfect choice to kick off the celebration!