The music you play after exchanging vows doesn't just celebrate your newly-minted status. It's also the official kickoff to your party. The best recessional songs get people feeling your serene, cloud-nine vibe or shimmying their shoulders in the first few bars. To help you choose the best possible tune for your wedding ceremony exit, we tapped the experts at Apple Music. Here, their editors share several tips and tricks from deciding on a song together.
Bach's "Air on the G String" isn't your only option.
In fact, more and more couples are beginning to move away from classic, instrumental-based songs towards "something more contemporary and upbeat or even something that injects a sense of humor or flair to the moment," Apple's editors explain. And it's a good thing. These energizing, relatable songs aren't just a hit with the couples—they're just as popular with guests.
Go for a tune that speaks to a moment in your relationship.
Maybe it's the first song you ever danced to, or the song that played in the restaurant during your first date. Perhaps it was the song that bonded you forever when you both realized you both knew every word. The gist? "The more personal the better," says Apple.
Don't force the tempo.
If a calm, serene post-ceremony song feels like it matches your personalities, go for it. Popular peaceful choices trending on iTunes range anywhere from Ed Sheeran's "Perfect" to John Legend's "All of Me." The same applies for more upbeat tracks—if you feel like partying up the aisle, show it through music. As for tunes that fit this bill? Try Bruno Mars' "Marry You," Alicia Keys' "No One," Bill Withers' "A Lovely Day," or The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun."
Work together to find a song that resonates with the both of you.
"A great starting point would be to compare notes and find some common ground then work backwards from there," advises Apple. "Every couple has a few favorites tucked away in their respective libraries that can make for a springboard to music ideas for the event." If you can't agree on a favorite song from your past, consider the songs of today. Some contemporary favorites right now include Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours," Maroon 5's "Sugar," and James Arthurs' "Say You Won't Let Go."
At a total loss for what to choose? Consider our favorites.
"You've Got The Love" by Florence + The Machine
"Love and Marriage" by Frank Sinatra
"On Top Of The World" by Imagine Dragons
"Say Hey (I Love You)" by Michael Franti & Spearhead
"You Make My Dreams" by Daryl Hall & John Oates
"Best of My Love" by The Emotions
"End of Time" by Beyoncé
"Everlasting Love" by Carl Carlton
"Keep the Car Running" by Arcade Fire
"You're The First, The Last, My Everything" by Barry White