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Choosing wedding songs is easily one of the most fun parts of planning your big day, but arguably one of the most challenging. Do you choose songs you listened to a lot when you first started dating? Songs that make you think of your partner or that tell your love story? What about the love songs you’ve always imagined accompanying your wedding day? Which ones should you use as your recessional songs?

If these questions have your head spinning take a deep breath, we’re here to walk you through it. First and foremost, recessional songs are the songs that play when you’ve finished your vows and you’re walking back down the aisle as a married couple. They should feel exciting, triumphant, and—importantly—should have guests feeling ready to join the reception. With that in mind, we’ve got a list of 70 ideas from genres spanning classic, modern, and unconventional to help you choose!

Check Out Our Top 10 Recessional Songs:

    1. You’ve Got The Love – Florence + The Machine
    2. Little of Your Love – HAIM
    3. Something to Talk About – Bonnie Raitt
    4. Smooth Sailin’ – Leon Bridges
    5. Golden Days – Whitney
    6. Sweet Creature – Harry Styles
    7. What I Like About You – The Romantics
  1. Shake – The Head and The Heart
  2. Your Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
  3. Electric Love – BØRNS

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Recessional Wedding Music

These songs didn’t make the cut for our top 10, but that doesn’t mean we love them any less.

Here Comes Your Man – Pixies

Best Day Of My Life – American Authors

I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons

Just Like Heaven – The Cure

That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars

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Want to Want Me – Jason Derulo

Love Love Love – Avalanche City

You’re My Best Friend – Queen

You and I – Ingrid Michaelson

Us – Regina Spektor

Life Is Better With You – Michael Franti & Spearhead

Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder

Bright – Echosmith

The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson

Free – Donavon Frankenreiter

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I Believe In A Thing Called Love – The Darkness

(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson

Love On Top – Beyoncé

Such Great Heights – The Postal Service

Whole Wild World – Bahamas

I Mean You – Hunter Hayes

One Love – Bob Marley & The Wailers

Still Into You – Paramore

Happy Together – The Turtles

On Top Of The World – Imagine Dragons

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Here (In Your Arms) – Hellogoodbye

Rhythm Of Love – Plain White T’s

Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

Everything – Michael Buble

I Really Like You – Carly Rae Jepsen

Never Gonna Give You Up – The Black Keys

Heaven Is a Place On Earth – Belinda Carlisle

Hold My Hand – Jess Glynne

Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

photo by Emilie White

All We Got – Chance the Rapper

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John & Kiki Dee

You Yes You – Tune-Yards

Heart It Races – Dr. Dog

I Would Die 4 U – Prince

Adventures of You and Me – Ryan Bingham

Do You Love Me – Guster

Mess Is Mine – Vance Joy

Gimme Some Lovin’ – The Spencer Davis Group

Love Love Love – Of Monsters and Men

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Half of My Heart – John Mayer

I Saw The Light – Todd Rundgren

Good Together – HONNE

Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys

What Is Life – George Harrison

Dreams Come True – Brandon Flowers

Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

The Gardener – Tallest Man on Earth

Before Our Time – Jon Foreman

Everyday – Dave Matthews Band

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I Found You – Alabama Shakes

All For You – Sister Hazel

Deeper Than Holler – Randy Travis

Accidentally In Love – Counting Crows

Good Time – Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen

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