Church exit soundtrack – Handel or Stevie Wonder?

Marking the end of your wedding ceremony, your recessional music should inspire your guests to stand up and cheer as you make your way out of the church. While the processional song tends to be softer, the exit is a triumphant and cheerful moment, and the music naturally tends to be more upbeat – after all, you just got hitched to the love of your life and it is time for the celebrations to start!

I wonder what song was playing here.

I wonder what song was playing here.

Keeping it classic

When it comes to traditional recessional songs, two composers really stand out: Handel and Bach. Below is a list of some of their most beautiful work, all frequently used by newlyweds around the world:

  • Allegro Maestoso by Handel
  • Hallelujah Chorus by Handel
  • Hornpipe by Handel
  • Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 by Bach
  • Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 by Bach
  • Fugue in E-Flat Major by Bach

My personal favourite is The Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba by Handel, which, despite the name, is the perfect light and happy exit song for a traditional wedding.

Mixing it up

The main advantage of side stepping the classics is the fact that you can choose a song with lyrics. That way you have more than music to convey what you want the world to know during that special moment. It also allows for you and your fiancé to choose a song that is more of a personal statement. Basically any genre will work, as the suggestions below reveal:

  • Ain’t That a Kick in the Head by Dean Martin
  • I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do by Abba
  • Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered. I’m Yours by Stevie Wonder
  • A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay

Imagine having Coldplay at your wedding…

Last tip: keep in mind that it should be a song with an immediate impact. The exit is a rather swift affair, so unless you are walking down a very long aisle, choosing a song because you love the second verse might not be the best idea!

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