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Entering The Married Life: 50 Of The Best Ceremony Exit Songs

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A newlywed couple exiting the wedding while the ceremony exit song is playing.


Once the officiant announces that you and your beloved are finally hitched (and with a nice kiss to seal the deal too 💋), it’s time to finally step into your new married life, and it all starts with picking the right ceremony exit song to accompany your walk back up the wedding aisle together. 

Yet, for the first song that you’ll hear as a married couple, picking the right song can be tricky, especially if you’re still in the planning phase of your nuptials. 

After all, this is the song that will serve as the soundtrack of your announcement as newlyweds, so you want to make sure that it’s the perfect pick! (Hey, no pressure) 

Luckily for you, we went ahead and narrowed down the best ceremony exit songs regardless of your music taste. Handpicked and personally tested (well, by our DJs that is), these songs should help welcome you into your new life together.

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Traditional Ceremony Exit Songs

If you and your partner are opting for a traditional white wedding, then it stands to reason that a traditional or classical piece of music will be playing during your wedding recessional. In that case, here are some traditional ceremony exit songs that have stood the test of time, and are a welcome addition to any wedding. Cue all the honored guests standing up and clapping! 

  1. “Wedding March” – Felix Mendelssohn
  2. “Trumpet Voluntary” – Jeremiah Clarke
  3. “Ode to Joy” – Ludwig van Beethoven
  4. “Canon in D” – Johann Pachelbel
  5. “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” – Henry van Dyke
  6. “Hornpipe” – George Frideric Handel
  7. “Spring” from The Four Seasons – Antonio Vivaldi
  8. “Rondeau” – Jean-Joseph Mouret
  9. “Trumpet Tune” – Henry Purcell
  10. “Air on the G String” – Johann Sebastian Bach

Romantic Ceremony Exit Songs

Marriages are all about love, so why not ask your DJ for a romantic wedding recessional tune to accompany your walk up the aisle? After all, there are a few occasions that are more romantic than your wedding day, so time to go all-out by wearing your heart on your sleeve and showing everybody how in love you are! 

  1. “Perfect” – Ed Sheeran
  2. “At Last” – Etta James
  3. “Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers
  4. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley
  5. “Better Together” – Jack Johnson
  6. “A Thousand Years” – Christina Perri
  7. “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz
  8. “Just the Way You Are” – Bruno Mars
  9. “All You Need Is Love” – The Beatles
  10. “Everything” – Michael Bublé

Rock Ceremony Exit Songs

Planning to shake things up once you’ve exchanged vows with your partner and everybody has started crying? Then how about these rocking ceremony exit songs? Whether you want to skip, dance, or even head bang your way up the aisle, we have a good feeling that these hits will make your guests start grooving with you, and who doesn’t want that? 

  1. “Beautiful Day” – U2
  2. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses
  3. “Best Day of My Life” – American Authors
  4. “Love On Top” – Beyoncé
  5. “You Shook Me All Night Long” – AC/DC
  6. “Walking on Sunshine” – Katrina and The Waves
  7. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” – Stevie Wonder
  8. “Happy Together” – The Turtles
  9. “Hooked on a Feeling” – Blue Swede
  10. “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” – Natalie Cole

Instrumental Ceremony Exit Songs

If you don’t want to worry about the lyrics and just want to savor the melody with your partner, then maybe an instrumental song is the perfect choice for you. What makes instrumentals particularly great ceremony exit music is that since there are no words to think about, all of the attention will be focused on you and your partner. You can even pick an instrumental rendition of a well-known song for an extra elegant feel! 

  1. “Claire de Lune” – Claude Debussy
  2. “A Sky Full of Stars” – Coldplay (Instrumental)
  3. “Your Hand in Mine” – Explosions in the Sky
  4. “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” – Iron & Wine
  5. “First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes (Instrumental)
  6. “Marry Me” – Train (Instrumental)
  7. “City of Stars” – La La Land Soundtrack (Instrumental)
  8. “All of Me” – John Legend (Piano Instrumental)
  9. “Hoppípolla” – Sigur Rós
  10. “Unfinished Sympathy” – Massive Attack (Instrumental)

Modern Ceremony Exit Songs

The serious part is over – so why not start the party even before the reception starts? 🎉 If you’re the type of couple who can’t wait to celebrate their marriage, then you can get your boogie on with these modern and upbeat ceremony music! Whether you want something more light-hearted or free-spirited, these tunes should match the energy you want to show while strutting up the aisle together! 

  1. “Shut Up and Dance” – WALK THE MOON
  2. “Happy” – Pharrell Williams
  3. “Ho Hey” – The Lumineers
  4. “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” – Justin Timberlake
  5. “Best Day of My Life” – American Authors
  6. “I Gotta Feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas
  7. “All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor
  8. “Sugar” – Maroon 5
  9. “Love Me Like You Do” – Ellie Goulding
  10. “Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
A newlywed couple during the ceremony exit.

Tips For Picking The Best Ceremony Exit Song

  • Consider Your Style: First and foremost, pick a ceremony exit song that shows your personality as newlyweds. Remember that the ceremony exit music is the first song you’ll hear as an officially-married couple, so make sure it’s one you’ll want to remember for the rest of your life!

  • Match the Mood: Next, think about the theme of the wedding and the mood you want to convey. Do you want a more elegant exit? Or do you want to strut up the aisle hand in hand with your partner? Or maybe you’re going for a more subdued and romantic atmosphere? Either way, pick a tune that fits this mood, and then let the magic of the song (and the power of your high heels 👠) carry you all the way!

  • Think About Your Story: If you want a more personal approach, then how about incorporating your journey as a couple into the song? Sharing songs together is something that all couples do, so there should be something that perfectly represents your unique love story. 

  • Check with Your Venue: Another point to keep in mind is to ensure that the song you chose doesn’t go over any guidelines or restrictions that the venue has. For example, some locations may have a noise limit (hey, everybody has neighbors), while some venues may not allow a certain type of music to be played. 

  • Test the Song: Before finalizing your decision, it’s a good idea to listen to the song in the context of your wedding recessional alongside your partner. You can even make a list of your top ceremony exit songs and listen to them one-by-one. From there, you can pick one that best fits the desired emotional impact you want (hint: you can measure this by the amount of tears cried by the guests) and the acoustics of the venue.

  • Personalize It: If possible, go the extra mile and personalize the song further. For example, you can pick a cover version, an acoustic rendition, or even add some of your own unique lyrics for an extra unique touch! If you’re up for it, you can even write the song yourself with your partner! This is especially useful if you want a song that represents both of your perspectives as individuals. 

  • Think About the Transition: Once you’ve finally picked a song (or written one, you budding songwriter you), now’s a good time to discuss the song transitions with your DJ. Doing so ensures that your chosen ceremony exit tune flows seamlessly into the next part of the program. You can even consider adding some postlude music, since there’s a good chance some guests will stick around at the wedding venue for a bit before proceeding to the reception. 
  • Enjoy the Process: Most importantly, have fun with the entire process of choosing your ceremony exit song! Again, this is the first song you’ll ever hear as a newly married couple, so let your hair down and enjoy it! Not only is the process a good bonding moment for you and your partner, but it will also show how good you can work together long before the actual married life!
One of our DJs playing the ceremony exit song during a wedding.

Final Thoughts

Between picking the perfect ceremony exit song and getting your guests excited for the reception that awaits everyone, we understand how planning this part of the wedding can be a little stressful on the noggin. 

That said, we hope our list (and our tips!) of the best ceremony exit tunes are enough to help you make a final decision. And just in case you’re still struggling, simply imagine the tune playing in your head during that all-important walk, and you might already have the perfect pick. 

Ready to step into your married life with the perfect ceremony exit song? Then reach out to us at DJing.ca for all your DJ needs. As Canada’s largest DJ company, we work with only the top 1% of DJs in this side of the biz. We also have more than 1,000 events under our belt and a solid 5-star rating, and we’re committed to making not just your wedding recessional, but the entire wedding, a real successful hit. 

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