• Wedding Music: 30 Modern, Upbeat Recessional Songs For Newlyweds

    Today we’re talking wedding music and oh how I love these posts.

    Not only because our resident expert, John from Aria Melody DJ, knows how to compile killer playlists to suit a wide variety of tastes but also because music seems to really resonate with you lovely readers.

    I can’t tell you how much I love reading through your heart felt comments and hearing your song choices for (and from) your own weddings. (You can find all the Wedding Music Tips, Advice and Playlists on Bridal Musings here.)

    Now onto today’s playlist ~ it’s a fun one, Recessional Songs!







    Gem Photo via Style Me Pretty

    It’s the moment after you say ‘I do’, the joyous climax to your ceremony ~ finally, you’re pronounced husband & wife, wife & wife or husband & husband. Your friends and family erupt in a wave of applause!

    We’ve compiled a list of our favorite modern recessional songs from client playlists and music libraries ~ upbeat, happy and celebratory!







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    O’Malley Photographers via Bridal Musings ~ see the full gorgeous wedding here!







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    You can always ask your DJ to edit a specific portion of your favorite song – the key is to time it so the moment the ceremony ends (the DJ should always get the exact cue to hit ‘play’), the song makes it feel big and joyous.

    We covered everything from the classics (Stevie Wonder, The Turtles, The Beatles) to happy-go-lucky (Hall & Oates, Colby Callait, Kyle Andrews) to left-of-center (Sondre Lerche, Angels & Airwaves, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros). 

    If you have a Spotify account you can listen directly on the page using the widget below. If you don’t, why not sign up ~ it’s free!

    John selected 27 awesome tracks for this playlist but to make it up to a nice round number, I added three of my own suggestions ~ bonus tracks, if you will…

    Mine are the last 3 on the list, #28 Ho-Hey by The Lumineers, #29 Everlasting Love by Love Affair and  #30 You and Me by The Wannadies.

    Here’s a handy cut out and keep / ‘pinnable’ / shareable list of all 30 songs:







    My personal favourites are:

    #2 Joy ~ such a great build up and fun, quirky  tune.

    #15 Sweet disposition ~ love the 80s vibe

    #22 Happy Together ~ it’s all about the sweet lyrics

    #30 You And Me ~ it kicks in at 50 seconds with ‘Aaaand it’s always you and me always and forever!’ Perfect.

    #26 Dog Days Are Over ~ watch this epic proposal film (featuring a certain DJ) and you’ll see why I love it so much!

    Okay so over to you, what are your top picks?  

    What song will you (or did you) walk back up the aisle to as newlyweds?!

    As always we’d LOVE to hear from you, so share your thoughts below or join us on Facebook for more wedding music chat.

    Thanks to Aria Melody DJ for sharing his musical know-how, be sure to check out his awesome blog for even more wedding music.

    In case you missed them, here are some of the previous Wedding Music guest posts and playlists on Bridal Musings:

    13 Alternative ‘Here Comes The Bride’ Processional Songs

    20 Of The Best Songs For Father / Daughter Dances

    20 Awesome Songs For Mother / Son Dances (by Colleen from Soundtrack To I Do)

    ~ And, just for fun, The Top 15 Most Inappropriate Wedding Songs

    ps. If you don’t have a Spotify account, I’d seriously consider signing up ~ it’s free and it’s so helpful for creating playlists for your wedding (or parties) without having to buy or download loads of songs.



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  • http://twitter.com/BurnettsBoards Sara

    Great post! I’ve always been a fan of the upbeat processional :-D

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  • http://twitter.com/Soundtrack2IDo Colleen

    Great choices!! I love so many of those!

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  • Shannon Spiegel

    i’m actually thinking of using Dog Days Are Over!

    • Bpollesch

      i just decided on it as well, different!

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  • Merridith

    Such an awesome list! Helping my soon to be sister in law find songs. Our recessional was Hey Ya haha. I think I’ll recommend “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” to her for recessional and “I Do” by Colbie Caillet for walking into the reception. Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Rebekah477

    Great post! Thanks so much for the suggestions and for making it easy to listen to them! My favorites are:
    “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates
    “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap
    “Happy Together” by The Turtles
    “You and Me Song” by Karaoke All-Stars

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  • Mspoisonivy

    This is an awesome post! We are going to play the chorus of We Are Young, since that will be my new last name!

  • http://twitter.com/Em_Sinc/status/337547001610768384/ @Em_Sinc

    What’s your favorite processional song? http://t.co/2QDeUtVQcb

  • Kinsey

    We’re using “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story (played on harp and viola). It’s my fiance’s favorite childhood movie.

  • NYCbride

    I really want to walk down the aisle to Tom Petty’s “here comes my girl” but I need help editing it so its not as long! Anyone ever heard of a shorter version?

  • Lauren

    We are using “Is This Love” by Bob Marley – we both love reggae so it is very fitting! I am having the hardest time figuring out the Processional music for the bridal party though!

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  • mbear

    We played “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz during our recessional. We edited out ‘damn’ since it was in a church :)

  • Katie

    This is a great list. I’m actually considering Moth’s Wings for the walk down the aisle! I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought it would be a good wedding song!

  • Gessika

    I want to use “this I promise you” by Ronan Keating as my entering song and my exit song “gone, gond gone” by Phillip Phillips… yay or nay??

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