Choosing the music for your wedding can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Check out this guide to the best wedding recessional songs for help.

The music you feature in your wedding will set the mood for the entire event. After you’ve said your vows and been deemed husband and wife by the officiant, it’s time to take your first steps as a married couple. It can be daunting to choose a single song to represent this joyous milestone in your life, but it doesn’t have to be.

How We Chose Our Ratings For The Best Wedding Recessional Songs

Below you’ll find our top ten favorite recessional songs followed by a rating out of five stars. Songs with the highest scores are at the top of the list, but all of these are excellent picks.

To pick our ratings, we’ve looked at how well each song fits for a variety of wedding themes and considered the overall mood it portrays.

Wedding Recessional Songs

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Love on Top by Beyonce Knowles

Happy by
Pharrell Williams

You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oates

Forever and Ever Amen by Randy Travis

Time of My Life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

Can't Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake

You're the One That I Want by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

Somewhere Over the Rainbow/ Wonderful World by Israel Kamakawiwo

Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder

Top 10 Wedding Recessional Songs

Here are our top 10 wedding recessional songs that will put a smile on your face as you walk down the aisle as newlyweds. Follow your taste, and choose something upbeat and celebratory.

Love on Top by Beyonce Knowles

This song is a true testament to unconditional love and is great for wedding recessional songs. This upbeat song by pop queen Beyonce is full of positivity and good vibes. Beyonce’s powerful voice fills listeners with happiness, and her timeless lyrics are inspiring for newlyweds.


Despite being a pop song, “Love on Top” has a powerful message about the power of love to bring happiness into our lives. The quick-paced tempo of this song will make for a quick recession from the ceremony. Plus, this song is sure to bring smiles to guests and wedding party members alike.


Unlike some songs on this list, this piece is well suited for both formal and casual affairs. While it may seem slightly out of place in the most formal of occasions, it is still classy enough to prove it fits in just fine. Because this song is so versatile, we’ve given it five stars.

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  • Upbeat and very versatile
  • Might be out of place in formal occasions

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Happy by Pharrell Williams

Perhaps our favorite choice on this entire list of wedding recessional songs is Happy by Pharrell Williams. As the title of the song suggests, this song will embody the joy you feel as you walk down the aisle hand in hand as newlyweds. 


The upbeat tones and joyful lyrics of this song make it an excellent choice to inspire unending smiles that will look great in the pictures your photographer takes. This choice may seem an odd fit for formal weddings, but keep in mind that the recessional song should be upbeat and filled with joy.


After all, you’ve just married the love of your life.Inspire joy among your guests and raise the energy throughout your wedding guests with this excellent song about happiness. We’ve rated it five out of five stars.

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  • It just makes you feel happy
  • Weak sauce

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You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oates

This tune from Hall and Oates is all about the intense bond between lovers. The lyrics and upbeat tempo make this song a fun addition to the end of any wedding ceremony. However, if you are looking for something formal, try looking elsewhere. 


When taken in the context of a newlywed couple, this song inspires feelings of well-being and happiness. It speaks openly about the joyful dreaminess that is typically associated with the “honeymoon” phase of marriage. 


This song is an excellent choice for the end of your wedding ceremony because it will remind you and your wedding guests how perfect you and your new spouse are for one another. It is an anthem of love between man and wife. 


We give this cheery tune a solid 4.9 stars. While we love the fun mood this song sets, it may not be what every couple is looking for at their wedding.

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  • GREAT song about loyalty and devotion
  • Sweet but not for everyday

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Forever and Ever Amen by Randy Travis

If you are craving a country classic to walk down the aisle to, this track by Randy Travis makes a beautiful recessional piece. The message found in this song’s lyrics is perfect for setting a mood of joy and never-ending love you feel after saying “I do.” 


The upbeat tempo of this song paired with the strong vocals of Randy Travis makes it easy to walk down the aisle with bliss. Additionally, if your wedding has a country-western vibe to it, this song will fit in perfectly.


 As a bonus, many older members of your family are likely to recognize this song and be filled with joyous memories of their own love lives. 


Because this song is limited to those who want to feature uniquely country music, we’ve given it 4.8 stars. The tempo and lyrical content are perfect for walking down the aisle with your new spouse, but this song definitely won’t fit every wedding occasion.

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  • Great Song
  • Not something that would make me want to get up and dance and enjoy life

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If you are familiar with the movie Dirty Dancing, you’ll recognize this song from the final dance shared by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. In the film, you can feel the connection between the two characters as they dance together.


And, if you choose this song as your recessional song, your guests are sure to embrace the relationship between you and your spouse. 


This song starts out a little slow, but don’t let that deter you from making the most of this romantic piece. This song highlights the importance of the moments shared by bride and groom, and how they bring immense joy to one another. 


Out of the wide variety of wedding recessional songs that you could choose, this is one of our all-time favorites. For its dreamy romantic qualities, we’ve given this track 4.8 stars out of 5.

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  • This is a classic song, and anyone who has seen the movie can't hear this song without envisioning the two's performance
  • Some review had quality issues about downloaded song

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Can't Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake

Over the last several years, Justin Timberlake has proven himself to be quite the musician. This upbeat single carries that truth even further. This song is all about feeling good, being happy, and dancing. 


While it may not be specifically about love or marriage, this song makes the perfect backdrop for walking down the aisle as newlyweds. Weddings are a celebration of love, and this song definitely puts you in the mood to celebrate. 


Fill your guests and yourself with smiles a mile wide by choosing this incredibly high energy piece as your recessional song. While we love the energy that Timberlake brings to the table with this single, we’ve only given it 4.7 stars. 

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ll in all, the mood set by this song is excellent, but it may be too fast-paced for some people.

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  • Best song i have heard in a long time
  • It's a good song but not JUSTIN at his best

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You're the One That I Want
by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

From the musical movie Grease comes this well-known tune by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. While this song may be considered a tad bit risque as a wedding recessional song, it certainly makes a fun choice. 


The upbeat quality of this song and its love-fueled lyrics make it a fantastic option for those who want to add a little something extra to the end of their wedding ceremony. Also, because this song appears at the end of the movie Grease, it naturally lends a feeling of wrapping things up. 


On the other hand, because this song’s lyrics speak openly about “shaping up” some may feel that it is inappropriate for a wedding. However, we like the strong connection that is made with the main lyric “You’re the one that I want.”


If you and your future spouse have a good sense of humor, consider marching down the aisle to this fun and upbeat tune. 4.7 stars.

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  • High quality
  • Has sound quality issues

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A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

Made famous by the movie Breaking Dawn Part 1 (from the Twilight series), this song by Christina Perri features a slower tempo and more somber feel than others on this list. However, for extraordinarily formal weddings, this song can fit in well without having to resort to traditional classics like Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” 


Additionally, the lyrics to this song are beautiful when taken in the context of two people who have just vowed their lives together. In essence, this majestic song embodies the eternal bond between husband and wife. 


Because some people will inevitably be put off by the slow tempo of this song, we’ve given it 4.6 stars. The lyrics in “A Thousand Years” are beautiful, timeless, and will likely bring tears to the eyes of many. However, unlike many other songs on this list, this one does not exude an energetic sense of joy.

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  • Could listen to it for a thousand years
  • Personal taste is subjective, so for what it's worth I would have to say that it's not one of my favs but people seem to like it

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow/

Wonderful World by Israel Kamakawiwo

This unique cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Wonderful World” by ​Israel Kamakawiwo is upbeat, tender, and inspiring. Featuring the tonality found only from a ukelele, this island-inspired song is perfect for destination weddings and summer days. 


While the lyrics of this song are not explicitly dedicated to love, they do inspire a romantic sense of serenity that lends itself well to visions of future happiness. The casual nature of this song makes it best suited for informal weddings.


Also, the airiness conveyed by Kamakawiwo’s unique style makes it an excellent choice for outdoor weddings.  This song is an inspiring choice for many but comes with a light, summery feel to it. Because of its limited usefulness, we’ve only given it 4.5 stars. But, it is undoubtedly still an excellent option for newlyweds getting married in tropical destinations

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  • Uplifting version of an old favorite
  • Sound quality too compressed... no dynamic range

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” is a well-known song by Stevie Wonder that makes an excellent choice for your wedding recessional song. The lyrics to this song are a declaration of a man's love for the woman he cares about most. He has realized where he wants to be and how much the woman means to him. 


This song has a quick tempo and is an excellent choice for making a rapid recession from the ceremony and into the reception. Delight your guests with this familiar tune and smile for the camera as you march joyfully out of the service with your loved one. 


Because the lyrics of this song could bring up unwanted memories of hard times, we’ve given it 4.5 stars. Overall, this upbeat tune is a great song that represents unconditional love; precisely the emotions you want to evoke in a wedding.

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  • Perfect for wedding music
  • Some had a hard time downloading it

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Buyer’s Guide For Wedding Recessional Songs

When choosing a wedding recessional song, it is essential that you follow your instincts. Your wedding day is all about creating powerful memories that you can think of with a smile. Pick music that you and your partner love, and that fits with the theme of your wedding. 

When considering which song to use for your wedding recession, you should carefully consider how to purchase it. If you are using live music or a DJ contact your musicians to inquire about song availability. If you are using a stereo or speaker set up on your own, digital music files are usually the easiest to deal with. 

When searching for music you love, make sure that you are purchasing the correct version of a song. Listen to it all the way through before making a final choice. Also, decide if you need to make any adjustments in tempo or length of the song. 

If you do need adjustments made to the song you love, consider looking for help from a professional DJ. Otherwise, you can use music editing software to shorten the length of a single, start it at a mid-point, or even adjust the tempo slightly. 

If you and your soon-to-be-spouse have very different taste in music, try your best to find a good middle ground. Sometimes, seeking music outside of your favorites will lead to a discovery of new favorites. Plus, using a unique song in your wedding will make that memory stand out even more than it already will. 

Overall, choosing the music for your wedding day should be one of the best parts of planning your wedding. Sit down with your fiance one day and spend some time listening to a vast array of music until you find songs that you both love. By making this time unique, you’re making even more memories to hold near and dear to your heart.

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