Traditional and Classical Ceremony Recessional Songs

These recessionals are classics for a reason: they're celebratory and joyful -- the perfect match for your just-married mood. Have song suggestions to add? Let us know in the comments below!
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"Air on the G String," Bach
"Air" from Water Music, Handel
"Allegro" from Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 in G, Bach
"Allegro" from Spring, The Four Seasons, Vivaldi
"On Wings of Song," Mendelssohn
"Arioso," Bach
"Prelude in C Major," Bach
"Largo from Xerxes," Handel
"Ave Maria," Schubert
"Sheep May Safely Graze," Bach
"Whither Thou Goest"
"O Perfect Love," Barnby
"One Hand, One Heart," Bernstein
"Wedding Song," Noel Paul Stookey
"Ode to Joy" from Symphony no. 9, Beethoven
"Le Rondeau," Mouret
"Allegro Maestoso" from Water Music Suite, George F. Handel
"Brandenburg Concerto No. 1," Allegro, Johann S. Bach
"Brandenburg Concerto No. 4," Allegro, Johann S. Bach
"Coronation March" from Crown imperial, Sir William Walton
"Fugue in E-Flat Major" from St. Anne, Johann S. Bach
"Hallelujah Chorus" from The Messiah, George F. Handel
"Hornpipe" from Water Music Suite, George F. Handel
"Ode to Joy" Ludwig van Beethoven
"Spring," Allegro, from The Four Seasons, Antonio Vivaldi
"The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" George F. Handel
"Toccata" from Symphonie 5, opus 42, Charles-Marie Widor
"Trumpet Tune and Bell Symphony," Henry Purcell
"Tuba Tune in D" Craig Sellar Lang
"Wedding March" from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Felix Mendelssohn
"Badinerie" from Orchestral Suite No. 2, Johann S. Bach
"Concerto grosso in D Minor," Op. 2, No. 3 Presto, Francesco Geminiani
"Rondeau" from Abdelezar, Henry Purcell
"Rondeau" theme from Masterpiece Theater, Jean Joseph Mouret
"Sonata in G Major" Giuseppe Tartini
"Triumphal March" Edvard Grieg
"Variations on the Kanon by Pachelbel" George Winston

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