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Ending Your Wedding Reception on the Right Note

Playing the perfect song to wrap up your wedding reception can really put an exclamation point on the end of a terrific night. However, deciding the last song of the night before your wedding day has even arrived can be like calling the last play of a football game before it is has even started. You don’t know what is going to be happening at the end and who will be there. It might be good to have a couple of options.

Ending on a slow song. If there are a lot of couples left at the end of the night and everyone is pretty tired out from the long day of partying, ending the night on a slow song can be fitting. It is usually wise to pick something that all generations will know. You want everyone there together dancing at the end.

Sing Alongs. Playing a group favorite that’s easy to sing along to can be a fun way of ending the night. Once again bridging the generation gap can be essential if you want to have people from all age groups dancing ‘til the end. Some suggested sing-along songs are Journey “Don’t Stop Believing, “Piano Man” by Billy Joel and “(I’ve Had) The Time of my Life” from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack.

They’ll Leave Wanting More. If you have a crowd that is just rocking at the end of the night, there is no sense in putting ice in the boiling water. It is best to just let it flow and end on a very high note. It could be your favorite club song that everybody knows or any other high-energy hit.

Let it Happen Naturally. The very best thing to do when considering a last song is to let your DJ decide (IF you have a great DJ). An experienced disc jockey will have something good in his back pocket to finish the night. That is what he gets paid for. Experienced DJs have played hundreds of weddings and will know how to finish strong. Many times there is a great song that a guest had requested that just did not fit in earlier and yet makes the perfect last song.

It’s suggested that if you want to pick a final song, have a couple of options. You never know, the perfect song could pop into your head at the end of the night and you can request it then. The mood at the end of the night should dictate what the last song is going to be.

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