Song Ideas for Your Ceremony Recessional

Each week, we feature music recommendations from Scratch Weddings, the nation's leader with the best wedding DJs at affordable prices. This week's post comes from DJ Jon Blak, whose client list includes Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri and Ryan Leslie. He describes his style as "retro/future”, a seamless blend of old and new that translates well to wedding guests of all ages. "I love the challenge of crossing genres and generations and playing a diverse mix that's totally seamless. At the end a wedding, I'd like the bride and the groom to be exhausted from dancing!" Jon is known infusing any event with energy and cool, while always keeping the client's musical preferences front and center in his music selection.

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You've just shared your first kiss a married couple, and the wedding ceremony is over. The excitement is through the roof and you’re both beaming with happiness. Now you’re ready to party!

Countless hours of planning and months of waiting have culminated to that big kiss, which launches you into a new chapter in your lives. It’s a life-changing moment, marked by huge smiles, a few happy tears and, of course, some music! The big question is – what’s the first song you’ll hear together as newly-joined lifelong partners? Get ready, because it’s time to walk it out back down the aisle!

Here, some songs I recommend for you and your dearly beloved as you take your first steps together as newlyweds. 

Traditional:
“Sonata for Trumpet and Strings” -  Peter Hurford
“Trumpet Voluntary” - Wynton Marsalis
“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” - Academy of St. Martin In the Field

Modern:
“In Your Eyes” - Peter Gabriel
“Beautiful Day” - U2
“Just Like Heaven” - String Quartet Tribute to The Cure

Soulful:
“I Got You (I Feel Good)” - James Brown
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered” - Stevie Wonder
“Spend My Life With You” - Eric Benet

Indie:
"Hold You in My Arms" - Ray LaMontagne
“Home” - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
“I Was Made For You” - She & Him