Recessional Music that Rocks!

Rock that wedding!Lately I’ve noticed that couples are getting a bit more adventurous with their music. Sure there are many couples who go traditional for all their music choices and even more that stick with classics for the processional and brides entrance. And what’s not to love about the pomp and circumstance of tried and true pieces that evoke great emotion? Many couples, however, opt for something still jubilant yet less traditional for their recessional.


Dance down your aisle (and what an aisle)!Every moment in a wedding is special and has its certain Je ne sais quoi. The recessional owns so many emotions from relief to excitement and everything in between. Happy is the term I think I have heard most people use to describe that moment. So to start off my list of recessional music that makes you feel happy and triumphant, I nominate “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Here are ideas to get you thinking about ways to close your ceremony with recessional music that rocks!

  • Songs by your favorite artist. Who cares if it isn’t wedding music, per se. If you love, love, love Dave Mathews Band (you know who you are), pick one of their songs as your recessional. Maybe you can’t get enough of The Beatles, they have lots of great songs for the occasion. Love the B-52’s—why not!
  • Songs that speak your feeling. Can’t believe you finally made it down the aisle, how about Shania Twain’s “Looks like we made it”—yes I have a couple using that song ☺. Or maybe Colbie Caillat’s “I Do” suits you better.
  • Your song. Sure it is traditional to have your first dance to your song, but if it fits the bill, why not use it for your recessional? No reason you can’t also use it as your first dance.
  • Songs you can dance to. I love it when the couple and wedding party dance down the aisle. Select a piece that has dance stamped all over it and you are sure to get everyone in the room to rock! Think Outkast “Hey Ya” or Beyoncé anything. Or go retro with The Isley Brothers “Shout.” Have fun!

What are your favorite recessional pieces? Share with us in the comment section. We’d love to hear from you!

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XOXO Rachel

Published by Rachel Mueller-Lust

I'm a writer, artist, executive & life coach, wedding officiant & Life-Cycle Celebrant®, psychologist, media researcher and teacher. I explore language, relationship & connection, living a fulfilling life and the beauty & wonder of the world.

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