The Recessional

Starting with the prelude your ceremony has been gently building to this exciting end. Your guests have been attentive and interested, but they too are looking forward to this point. Of course you are the ones who are most excited about your final acknowledgment before all as man and wife.

Such a point in time deserves the appropriate music to usher it in. That music is the Recessional.

The Recessional occurs right after the kiss, which is after "I now pronounce you man and wife". After this point you enter life for the first time legally joined.  Everyone will be happy and you two most of all. What music do you want to accompany such a happy moment?

If you favor the traditional, a good choice is the most used Recessional, which is "Wedding March" (from A Midsummer Night's Dream), (Felix Mendelssohn). If the name and composer don't ring a bell don't worry. You've heard this song before at weddings you've attended. Here's a sample:( click "Open this content in a new window" when the page opens. After listening, press your back button to return to this blog). This is an orchestral version. Typically this song would be performed by a solo pianist or string ensemble.

Now if you want to do something less traditional, look back over the songs that you've included thus far. Is there one that you'd like to make another appearance at the end? Is there a really special song between you that signals your new life? Any new song should be along the lines of the style that you've established in earlier parts of the ceremony.

One of the things I've enjoyed most about performing as a piano player and as the leader of a wedding band in Los Angeles, is how creative people can be. As it's your special day this is as it should be.

Here are a few suggestions just in case you're stuck:

1. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Stevie Wonder)
2. Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra)
3. The Best Is Yet To Come (Frank Sinatra)
4. At Last (Etta James)
5. "Spring," Allegro, (from The Four Seasons), (Antonio Vivaldi)
6. "Hallelujah Chorus" (from The Messiah), (George F. Handel)
7. Lovely Day (Bill Whiters)
8. Endless Love (Ross/Richie)
9. Can't Get Enough Of Your Love Babe (Barry White)
10. You're The First, The Last, My Everything (Barry White)

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