Wedding music for your ceremony recession

Pav Chudiak

Last edited on 14 November 2017.

You’ve just tied the knot, now it’s time to show off to your besty’s, your new favourite besty! Channel those high emotions by choosing recession songs that are happy and uptempo and help your guests cheer you back down the aisle.


Walking back down the aisle: the recession

The recession usually lasts approximately 20 to 30 seconds with most couples heading off to take photos. However, it takes 5 to 10 minutes for your guests to leave the ceremony area and head to the canapés or pre-dinner drinks. Even though you may not be in the ceremony area your guests would love to have music playing that keeps the emotions of your guests running high. Depending on the style of wedding you’re having you’ll want to set the tone of what’s to come for the rest of the day/night. If your wedding is lively with a party atmosphere choosing un, uptempo, from the styles of music you like would be perfect. If you’re having a more intimate wedding, maybe some relaxing instrumental contemporary songs or recognisable traditional classical pieces would set the tone for the rest of the wedding. Whichever you choose, it’s your family and friends that will be enjoying this part of the ceremony. Music played with good vibes including songs from your favourite artists or favourite style of music would be great.

Keep in mind:

Whether you choose music that’s familiar to you and your guests or a unique song that’s just for you, it’s a magical moment and deserves a celebration. I mentioned it before, it’s a great time to set the tone of the rest of the days' festivities, i.e. If you’ve booked party band for the reception, choose an uptempo song that reflects you as a couple. If your wedding is low key or more traditional, background instrumental music or a classical music might be more suitable. 

Most of the songs listed below can easily be played by an acoustic guitarist/vocalist or if you choose the more traditional approach, a string duo or even an iPod through a clear, loudspeaker system could do the job.

11 great song choices:

  1. All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles
  2. Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
  3. You’ve Got The Love” by Florence + The Machine
  4. Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zero’s
  5. Spring” by Antonio Vivaldi
  6. Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder
  7. You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
  8. Crazy Love” by Van Morrison
  9. You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oats
  10. Treasure” by Bruno Mars
  11. Ode To Joy” by Ludwig Van Beethoven


Pav Chudiak is a Melbourne-based professional musician with over 20 years experience playing at all types of events. He is also a co-founder of and a tertiary music teacher of over 10 years.



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