Listen Up! Here’s a Playlist of the Best Recessional Songs

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Picture this: It's your wedding ceremony, you and your fiancé have just been pronounced husband and wife, you share a passionate kiss and your guests go wild. Pretty amazing, right? Now, what song do you imagine playing as you take your first steps as a married couple for your recessional? Unless you have a special tune picked out already, it can be daunting to find just the right music to set the mood for that all-important moment. Now that traditional recessional music, like Mendelssohn's “Wedding March,” isn't the only option, the choices can get downright overwhelming. For your listening and selecting pleasure, we curated a special playlist of wedding recessional songs on Spotify of more contemporary recessional songs for you to choose from!

Motown hits are always full of joy and celebration and are perfect for the moment. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's duet “You're All I Need to Get By,” Stevie Wonder's “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours),” and Bill Withers' “Just The Two Of Us” are infectious and upbeat. More modern picks, like Regina Spektor's “Us,” Bright Eyes' “First Day of My Life,” and One Republic's “Good Life” would sound great either played over a speaker system or performed by a live string quartet. Dance your way down the aisle with hits like U2's “Beautiful Day” or Beyoncé and Jay Z's “Crazy in Love, “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros or “You've Got the Love” by Florence + The Machine.

The Spotify playlist also includes fun classics such as Hall & Oates' “You Make My Dreams Come True,” Journey's “Don't Stop Believin'” and Michael Jackson's “Love Never Felt So Good” and sweetly romantic melodies such as Ingrid Michaelson's “The Way I Am,” Ray LaMontagne's “You Are the Best Thing” and Coldplay's “Strawberry Swing.” Vintage hits “Do You Believe in Magic” by The Lovin' Spoonful, “Gimme Some Lovin'” by The Spencer Davis Group and King Harvest's “Dancing in the Moonlight” round out our picks for recessional songs with a twist.

Whether you find “the one” for your recessional or stumble upon the perfect first-dance song, we know you'll enjoy these tunes.

This article was written by Terri Pous for

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