For whatever reason, it seems to be easy to find piano music for every other part of your wedding ceremony. But not always so for the recessional.
Let me give you some ideas in case you are also struggling like this because you’re using a piano for your church wedding ceremony.
Many people use an organ as their primary instrument, but pianos are frequently used too and since I don’t give out enough piano music ideas, I’ll try to make up for that here.
Your recessional music should be joyful
In case you need a reminder, your wedding recessional ought to be upbeat and exceedingly joyful. This is what you’ll be exiting the church to in the first moments of your marriage. See this article for more thoughts on selecting your recessional music.
It doesn’t matter whether the instrument playing your recessional is an organ, a piano or bagpipes. Whatever the instrument, you want to communicate exuberant joy in this piece of music.
Fortunately, even though a piano is often associated with softer music, it is quite up to the task of playing joyful, upbeat music.
Ideas for piano recessional music for weddings
Here are some piano recessional ideas for you. Many are arrangements of pieces you may already be familiar with:
- Beethoven: An arrangement of the Ninth Symphony’s “Ode to Joy” theme
- Gordon Young: Prelude in Classic Style (written for organ, but piano arrangements are available)
- Marcello: Psalm 19 (The Heaven’s Declare the Glory of God) (written for organ, but piano arrangements are available)
- Purcell: Trumpet Tune
- Handel: Hornpipe from Water Music
- Gossec: Gavotte
- Handel: Hallelujah Chorus (from Messiah)
- Mouret: Rondeau
- Clarke: Trumpet Voluntary in D (Prince of Denmark’s March)
There’s plenty more out there
Obviously, this is not a complete list, just some ideas to get you started. Really, your choices are limited only by yours and your musician’s imagination and skill.
Want to hear these pieces? Search the iTunes Music Store or other online sources.
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What ideas do you have?
I hope you have some ideas or inspiration now to help you move forward. I’d love to hear about the music you select. Or if you’ve heard a fantastic piano recessional, please share it with us. Either way, a comment with your thoughts is most welcome.
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