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.
"This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" by Natalie Cole
We're pretty sure this song has been in every great rom-com made in the last three decades—it's iconic! Celebrate your first kiss as newlyweds and dance down the aisle as this plays in the background.
"Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap
Looking for an indie or alternative wedding recessional song? "Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap is always one of our favorite feel-good songs. Imagine the opening guitar notes starting right after you say I do—what a moment. At 3:50, this song is long enough for you, your wedding party, and your guests to exit the ceremony venue.
"Hero" by Enrique Iglesias
If you're feeling extra-sentimental about your wedding recessional song, "Hero" is an incredibly romantic choice. Skip ahead to the chorus at 1:03 and get ready for the waterworks.
"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.
"Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" by Selena
If you don't want to waste any time getting the party started, use this as your wedding recessional song to set the energetic mood as you walk down the aisle as newlyweds.
"Paper Rings" by Taylor Swift
Your wedding is going to be a great day, but in the end, what really matters is that you're marrying your true love—fancy celebration or not. "Paper Rings" sums it up perfectly with the chorus lyrics: "I like shiny things / but I'd marry you with paper rings / Uh huh, that's right / Darling, you're the one I want, and / I hate accidents except when we went from friends to this."
"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.
"Oh What a World" by Kasey Musgraves
Play this sweet country song if you're envisioning a romantic, low-key vibe during your wedding ceremony.
"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."
"Your Love" by Nicki Minaj
If you forgot about this song, let us point out that it's still just as catchy 10 years later. It's a playful, unexpected track for your wedding recessional! Use the radio edit version to keep the lyrics PG.
"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!