Music: Fun and Different Recessional Songs

Today’s post was completely inspired by this post from the awesome Nicole over at Big Day for $10k. In it, she listed some of the songs that she wants played at her wedding. Nicole's debating what songs to use for those important moments at the wedding, like the Processional Music (we listed some options here), the First Dance (we tackled it a bit here), the Mother/Son Dance (here’s our list of possibilities) and the Daddy/Daughter Dance (here’s a few of our ideas).

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Nicole has been trying to use familiar but not totally traditional songs. I loved that idea and wanted to show you some options for your ceremony – specifically, the recessional. Typically, the recessional signals the end of the ceremony. After the couple kisses, the officiant announces them to the crowd, and everyone walks down the aisle and exits the venue (usually, the song of choice is Clarke's “Trumpet Voluntary”).

After reading some of Nicole’s ideas, my mind immediately started churning and thinking of other fun and different recessional song possibilities. Here's a few that I came up with (because really, do you want to be the billionth couple to use The Beatle's “All You Need is Love” as a recessional song?):

  • Beatles – When I'm Sixty-Four: Fun, upbeat, and great lyrics. Why not start your marriage off with a song that everyone can sing along to (and doesn't make them want to gag and burn the movie “Love Actually”)?
  • Marvin Gaye – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You): Another retro choice that everyone knows and everyone loves and everyone will think is perfect.
  • 2 Unlimited – Get Ready for This: Definitely not traditional – but a crapload of fun and a good choice for the really irreverent couple!
  • Martina McBride – Blessed: A cheesy song that's the good kind of fromage (like white sharp cheddar or a tasty brie!). Think happiness + babies + Christmas + french fries.
  • U2 – Beautiful Day: A great song from a great band. This is a good choice if you're looking for a tune that everyone knows but won't freak out over because it's too random. Also, pretty lyrics!
  • Katrina & the Waves – Walking on Sunshine: “Whoa-O! And it's time to feel GOOD! Yeah!” Never has song about losin' your V been so cute and so upbeat. A good one for those couples interested in having a bit of bouncy fun on their exit.
  • Sister Sledge – We Are Family: Whee! Do you want to get the party started? Then this is the exit song to do it.
  • Counting Crows – Accidentally In Love: A nice little song that celebrates the randomness of falling in love (it was also used in the movie “Shrek”) and making your personalities work together.
  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – It's Your Love: From country's favorite married couple – this song is a bit softer (and definitely sexier) that your more traditional recessional music.

Tulle Nation, do you know what song you'll be using to signal your new marriage? Will you be using one song or an assortment of tunes? Are you going with any of the ones listed above? Why did you pick the one that you did? Share away!