Wedding exit songs are often overlooked but they’re just as important as the wedding entrance song, or even the music you play as you sign the register.
As the name suggests, wedding exit songs are played as you leave your wedding ceremony, it’s one of the first things that you’ll do as a married couple.
Get the tempo wrong and you’ll be running out of your own wedding. Or you could be walking so slowly that your wedding service overruns into the next one.
So how do you choose wedding exit songs that say what you need them to?
Choosing The Wedding Exit Song
Start with The Classics
The first step in your quest to find the perfect wedding exit song is to check out the classic or traditional choices and see if any appeal.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
All You Need Is Love – The Beatles
Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
Angels – Robbie Williams
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
If I Can Dream – Elvis Presley
If the classic wedding exit songs aren’t really doing it for you then it’s time to look at some modern, upbeat, classics.
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
Unconditionally – Katy Perry
Hey Ya – OutKast
Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding
Beautiful Day – U2
Firework – Katy Perry
Happy – Pharrell Williams
2002 – Anne-Marie
Paradise – George Ezra
I Will Never Let You Down – Rita Ora
Greatest Day – Take That
There are hundreds of modern songs that you can choose from for your wedding exit song. The trick is to narrow your search down to the ones that really matter.
You can do this by decided what qualities you need in your wedding songs and ruthlessly discarding all the others. It doesn’t matter if you value tune over words or vice versa; it’s your wedding day.
Consider Your Theme
If you’re having a specific theme at your wedding, such as Harry Potter, then you’ll find choosing songs relatively simple as they come from your theme.
However, if you’re just opting for the best day possible and more traditional decoration then you may find it harder to isolate the right wedding exit song. In this instance, consider what the central theme of your wedding is or simply go for a love song that you adore.
Is It Goodbye?
Is your song intended to celebrate your wedding and signify the end of the official part and the beginning of the party? Or, is your wedding music telling everyone that you’re making an exit and potentially heading for a romantic honeymoon.
If it’s the latter then you’re going to want to go out with a big bang. This means choosing wedding recessional songs that have a good beat and get everyone on their feet, making sure you feel fantastic as you head for the hills.
If the song merely marks the closing of the first venue and you’re all moving onto the next place then you may prefer to go with something more traditional, the party is still to come!
Play It Out
Imagine yourself in your wedding dress, ready to leave your ceremony or reception. Now play the music and video yourself walking to it. You may not realize it but everyone walks differently depending on the music that’s being played.
Take a look at the video of you walking to your wedding exit songs and see if you like what you see. If you don’t then this isn’t one of your wedding recessional songs.
It’s your wedding day and your wedding exit songs but, you do need to consider the age and music orientation of your guests. If they are likely to know the same songs as you then you don’t have an issue.
However, if you’re playing wedding exit songs that they don’t know you’ll find it much harder to get the right atmosphere as you leave.
Consider some of the more upbeat traditional songs if you have an older guest list, this will help to ensure they know your choice of music and make your exit as impressive as you want it to be. If you’re not sure which songs they are comfortable with try laying an older relative some of the songs you’re considering for your wedding exit.
Get The Lyrics
Sometimes you’re happily singing along to a song and your friend points out that you have the words wrong.
It’s worth checking the lyrics to any wedding songs you’re considering. Not only will you be able to sing along properly, but you’ll also be able to verify that it says what you want it to say.
There is no point in choosing a wedding exit song that has a great chorus but the words aren’t really relevant.
Get Professional Help
If you don’t have a specific wedding exit song in mind, then speak to a professional. You’ve probably got a DJ for your wedding ceremony, check out what they suggest. They may even come up with a playlist for the wedding ceremony for you.
Just remember to check the length of the songs, they need to match the length of your wedding ceremony!
Finally, it is always worth considering a little live music. Of course, you’ll still need to choose the songs you want to be played and sung when you arrive, say your vows, and leave.
Live music can really boost the atmosphere and get people buzzing, ready for the rest of your wedding celebrations. It also gives you the opportunity to enjoy some jazz, classical, or even heavy metal; if that’s what you want.
The Bottom Line
Take one look at your current music collection and choose the songs that really resonate with you and your fiancé. That’s a great starting point for a wedding exit song that you’ll remember for years to come.
Don’t forget, it’s your wedding, it’s okay t consider your guests but it’s one of those days when your desires really do come first!
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