This is the moment you have been waiting for…you are finally married and the celebrations can begin! The registrars will ask your guests to stand, the wedding recessional music will start and you will both walk out of the building together as a newly wed couple.
You will both be so happy and excited and the music that you choose for your bridal recession should reflect this. A piece of wedding recessional music that is either loud, fast, toe tapping, sing-a-long or uplifting will work really well here.
There tends to be a greater variety in the piece of music that couples choose for their wedding recession. There are a couple of traditional pieces of classical wedding recessional music but there is not a standard piece of modern recessional music. The piece of music chosen for the departure of the bridal party tends to be more personal to the couple…the sky is your limit!
TOP 10 – Bridal Wedding Recessional Music and Departure Songs
1) Wedding March by F. Mendelssohn
One of the most beautiful and frequently requested recessional pieces, Wedding March is instantly recognisable as a traditional wedding favourite.
Originally from a suite of incidental music written for Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, it became popular after being played at Queen Victoria’s daughter’s wedding in 1858.
2) Greatest Day by Take ThatAs your ceremony comes to an end and you are finally married, a huge feeling of relief and happiness will overcome you. As you pass all your friends and family who are smiling and happy for you, you will know that you have the rest of this special day ahead of you.
This is the moment you will fully appreciate that this really is the Greatest Day of both of your lives. What better piece to walk out to then, is Greatest Day by Take That? Those who know the lyrics to the song will be able to recall them at the piece plays – “Let’s make a new start, the future is ours to find. Can you see it in my eyes?”
3) Feeling Good by Muse
This song defines happiness and for this reason has been covered by legendary singers such as Nina Simone, George Michael and Michael Buble.
The foot-tapping rhythm and sultry bass line is the perfect backing for the romantic journey arm in arm towards your drinks reception and is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face.
4) Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by G. Handel
Despite the title, this piece is most usually used as a recessional piece rather than for the entrance of the Bride. It was written as the opening of the third act of an Oratorio by Handel in 1748 to signify the arrival of the Queen of Sheeba.
It is a lively piece of classical music, which adds a touch of class and sophistication to the final part of the ceremony.
5) Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith
If you have seen the film Armageddon then you will know why many couples choose this as their recessional song. The intro is dramatic as well as being romantic, and the music is the perfect speed for a slow walk out, allowing you to enjoy every available moment.
It was written for the film in 1998 and was described as “one of the greatest songs of all time” by Simon Cowell.
6) All You Need Is Love by The Beatles
Throughout your whole engagement, everyone will have been dishing out the advice about what makes a good marriage. John Lennon came up with a song that says it all in one line! This song is perfect for ending your ceremony the way you intend to continue through your married life together as well as being uplifting and light hearted.
It was originally written by The Beatles when they were asked to produce a song that could be understood by all nationalities, and was used for the first televised satellite link up between 25 countries world wide.
7) Everything by Michael Buble
Michael Buble is one of the most requested artists at wedding receptions as his songs are romantic and heartfelt but also Jazzy and uplifting.
Michael said “I wrote everything about the great happiness of real love but at the same time I was making a statement about the world. We’re living in crazy times and I wanted to say that no matter what’s happening, this person in my life is what really makes it worth while.”
8) Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder
If you like Soul, this is the perfect song choice after being declared ‘Husband and Wife’ especially as the solo piano sound lends it a romantic twist.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered was the first single Stevie Wonder produced on his own, was released in 1970 and spent 6 weeks as US number 1. It is still hugely popular today and was even played after Barack Obama’s speeches during his Presidential campaign.
9) Angels by Robbie Williams
Every groom looks at his bride and sees an Angel standing before him on his Wedding day. Angels is a beautiful song that is perfect as a recessional piece.
Robbie Williams sang this very song at his own wedding to Ayda Field in 2010, he couldn’t have chosen a more romantic gesture!
10) I Get The Sweetest Feeling by Jackie Wilson
Released in 1967, this song was a big hit for Jackie Wilson. As a Motown song, it works really well on the piano and is loved by the people who knew it originally in their teenage flower power years as well as those who know it now as a golden oldie!
It provides a cheerful backing for leaving the Ceremony with happy memories that will last a life time.
For more ideas and over 300 piano recordings, you should check out this awesome online collection of wedding piano music.