Recessional Music

After you’ve kissed, been announced as husband and wife and turn to face your guests, it’s time for your big exit. Your recessional music should be up-tempo and celebratory (think of it as your “really big finish”). The music continues to play as you’re followed by your wedding party and parents. 




A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61 Wedding March (Felix Mendelssohn)

The Prince of Denmark’s March (Trumpet Voluntary in D major) (Jeremiah

Clarke)\ Fugue in E-Flat Major (from St. Anne), (Johann S. Bach)

Hallelujah Chorus (from The Messiah), (George F. Handel)

Concerto grosso in D Minor, Op. 2, No. 3 (Presto), (Francesco Geminiani)

Rondeau (from Abdelezar), (Henry Purcell)

Spring, Allegro, (from The Four Seasons), (Antonio Vivaldi)

The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (George F. Handel)

Sonata in G Major (Giuseppe Tartini)

Triumphal March (Edvard Grieg)

Rondeau (theme from Masterpiece Theater), (Jean Joseph Mouret)

Coronation March (from Crown imperial), (Sir William Walton)

Hornpipe (from Water Music Suite), (George F. Handel)

Allegro Maestoso (from Water Music Suite), (George F. Handel)

Trumpet Tune and Bell Symphony, (Henry Purcell)

Variations on the Canon by Pachelbel (George Winston)

Tuba Tune in D (Craig Sellar Lang)

Badinerie (from Orchestral Suite No. 2), (Johann S. Bach)

Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, Allegro, (Johann S. Bach)

Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, Allegro, (Johann S. Bach)

Ode to Joy (Ludwig van Beethoven)

Toccata (from Symphonie 5, opus 42), (Charles-Marie Widor)




Sunshine of My Life (Stevie Wonder)

When I’m Sixty-Four (The Beatles)

It Had To Be You (Harry Connick Jr.)

Anthem (Suzanne Ciani)

From This Moment On (Cole Porter)

Linus & Lucy (Peanuts Theme), (Vince Guaraldi)

Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Stevie Wonder)

Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)




Walking On Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves)

It’s The End of The World As We Know It (R.E.M.)

Beautiful Day (U2)

Little Martha (Allman Brothers Band)

Oh! You Pretty Things (David Bowie)




Now Thank We All Our God (Sigfried Karg-Elert)

Psalm 19 (Benedetto Marcello)

Joy (George Winston)

Exultate, Jubilate (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

Now Thank We All Our God (Johann S. Bach)

Siman Tov u’Mazel Tov (traditional Jewish)

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  1. This is a great list of wedding recessional music. I just had a long conversation on twitter last week with some other wedding planners, talking about the most unique recessional songs we’ve heard throughout the years. My top two would have to be “Hells Bells” by AC/DC and the theme song from the “Peanuts” cartoon 🙂

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