Springtime is one of the busy seasons in Tucson, with pleasant weather and events of all type taking place. We’ve been working on playlists for our springtime weddings, and it inspired us to make another blog post (we’ve got to keep up on our two posts per year). This post is going to focus on ceremony music, specifically the recessional song. This is the song that plays at the end of the ceremony, after you kiss, after you are introduced by the officiant. It’s an important song, one that should celebrate the joy of the moment. We went through some of our playlist notes from the past few years and we compiled many of the recessional songs we played into one list. We then added that list onto Spotify. Here it is.
The playlist holds fifty-seven different songs. It’s a pretty good indicator of how different our clients can be, and we love that. There’s a song out there for everyone.
Many of the songs were edited (by us) so the intros were shorter, or sometimes longer. For example, we edited out the intro on ‘Best Day of My Life’ so that the song started with the chorus, “This is gonna be the best day of my life.” It was awesome. When it started playing at the end of the ceremony, with everyone cheering, and the bride and groom still kissing, it was pretty magical. We got goosebumps.
On the flipside, we looped the grand intro of ‘The Bridge of Khazad Dum’ so that it played for thirty-four seconds, enough time for the bride and groom to walk down the aisle in cinematic fashion. Then we faded in another Lord of the Rings song for the bridal party. This isn’t on Spotify, of course, but this is something we often do to make sure the music during the wedding ceremony is perfect.
Some of the songs are loud and fun, like Mika’s ‘Love Today,’ and some of the songs are quiet and pretty, like Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud.’ We personally lean towards the songs that are more celebratory, but we love the contrast nonetheless.
The last song on our playlist is one that we’ve never played for a recessional during a wedding ceremony, but we think it would be a fun song to use. It’s Bjork’s “It’s Oh So Quiet.’ It’s such a happy song, one that we feel truly reflects the moment when a couple is newly married. We would edit the song to make it start with the horns, right before Bjork sings “You fall in love,” which happens to be at thirty-seven seconds in. Then we would loop it a few times, so more horns, more falling in love and blowing fuses as the bridal party made their exit. Then we would let the quiet part of the song play while guests left for the cocktail hour. We might be geeking out a bit here, but we like this song.
For more recessional songs, you can check out the music app on our Facebook page. Here’s the link.