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The Best Exit: Wedding Recessional Songs

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When it comes to wedding planning, one of our favorite details to discuss is music! Below, we’ve compiled a list of recessional songs that the team has collaborated on for the couple to be, that is planning their big day and stuck on this decision!

Musician with guitar at wedding ceremony set up, white chairs and green floral decor

 Here are a few of our team’s favorite wedding recessional songs that you can quickly download for your wedding!

Gone, Gone, Gone by Phillip Phillips

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Wedding Collectionby the Vitamin String Quartet

You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne

Wild Horses (2009 Digital Remaster) by The Rolling Stones

Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) by James Taylor

Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles

Paradise by Coldplay

Groom’s Entrance: Notion by Kings of Leon

Bridesmaid Entrance: Painting By Chagall by The Weepies

Bridal Entrance: Glory Bound by The Wailin’ Jennys

First Dance: I’ve Got A Rock And Roll Heart by Eric Clapton

Father & Daughter Dance: Sweet Pea by Amos Lee

Mother & Son Dance: Loves Me Like A Rock by Paul Simon

“Paradise”, by Coldplay

You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall & Oates

  • Sarah Chancey’s current favorite is “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Phillip Phillips. If you are wanting to go the traditional route, she loves anything performed by a string quartet. For instrumental covers of pretty much any song ever created, check out Vitamin String Quartet.
  • Skylar Caitlin gushed that music speaks to her soul! It’s no wonder she chose such an upbeat and joyful song like “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles.  She particularly loves the instrumental versions. Skylar feels like you can’t help but celebrate when you hear this song!

If you are on the hunt for the perfect exit song, think about what speaks to you and your fiance. Save “your song” for the first dance, but use a song that easily transitions your ceremony into party time. We suggest keeping it upbeat, giving your wedding party something to groove down the aisle to!

Outdoor wedding ceremony set up with circular arch, white seating and flower petals scattered

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE RECESSIONAL SONGS? WE’D LOVE TO HEAR in the comments below!

 
Happy Wedding Planning Y’all,
The Chancey Charm Team

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17 thoughts on “The Best Exit: Wedding Recessional Songs”

  1. Never heard of a grooms song or a bridesmaids song. Is that a popular thing to do?

    Our “walk down the aisle” song is going to be “How Long Will I Love You” – Ellie Goulding’s cover of The Waterboys classic. It’s one of the most beautiful options I’ve ever heard.

    Don’t know what we’re doing for a recessional yet. I love Kate Herzig’s “Best Day of Your Life” and I also love “You Are The Best Thing” … Hall and Oates “You Make My Dreams” is also an excellent choice.

  2. Great choices, Paul! Ellie Goulding has a special place in my heart. Her voice is so unique and ethereal!

    If you have a long aisle walk, then it would be interesting to do a groom’s song or a bridesmaid’s song. For the bridesmaids, it might be something fun to consider especially if there are more than the usual amount (four to five).

    XO,
    Jehnel

  3. For the seating of our mothers and our bridesmaids entrance we are using “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. We have 8 including the flower girl. I will be walking to “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Ingrid Michaelson. And our recessional is going to be “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor.

  4. we are going to have smash mouth ‘im a believer’ as our recessional song. we have got a bit of a movie theme for the music (by accident!). We want to have a boogie down the aisle! hehe!

  5. Im looking for an exit song have no clue its a destination wedding don’t want traditional anything…..any thoughts?

  6. I really don’t care for the traditional ceremony music. My FH and I have decided on Queen’s version of the Wedding March (from the Flash Gordon Soundtrack). Tradition combined with electric guitars, perfectly us.

    FH will be dancing with his mother to “Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys” by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. I still don’t know what my dance will be with my step-dad.

  7. walking down to the piano instrumental of tale as old as time (Beauty and the Beast/ Disney Freak) Recessional song this will be an ever lasting love natalie cole. father daughter dance is my little girl by tim mcgraw. first dance is all of me by john legend. dont know mother son dance yet!

  8. I’m planning on going down a different route…
    Currently planning on playing Led Zepplin – “Rock & Roll” or “Black Dog”…
    Nearly got the Fiance on board! Think it would be awesome to walk back down the Aisle to something so full of energy. Can keep the softly softly music for her entrance 🙂

  9. Bridal party is walking down the isle to the instrumental version of “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera (my favorite!!) I am Walking down the isle to the instrumental version of “Only Hope” by Switchfoot. Father daughter dance is “My Little Girl” Tim McGraw. Mother son dance is “Footprints in the sand” by Leona Lewis because his mother passed away and he will be dancing with his sister. And our recessional song is “You are the best thing” by Ray La Montagne 🙂

  10. These are all amazing choices. We are going to be going with:
    Walking down the isle to: “A Thousand Years” – The Piano Guys
    Bridal Party entrance/Bride and Groom Entrance- “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – Michael Bible
    First dance – “Beautiful in White” – Westlife
    Cake cutting – “You’re My Best friend” – Queen
    Bridal Bouquet Toss – “Somebody Loves You” – Betty Who
    Garter Removal and Toss – “My Girl”- The Temptations
    Hope these help spark some ideas!

  11. I am walking down the aisle to the opening credit music to Steel Magnolias. My son is walking me down the aisle, and the movie has always held a special place in our hearts. Haven’t figured out a recessional yet, but I’m leaning towards Sara Bareilles “I Choose You” or the theme from Up (“Married People”).

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