Mornington Peninsula Wedding DJ – Ending A Reception

How to End Your Night With Tired Feet And Happy Smiles – A Mornington Peninsula Wedding DJ Tips

So, you’ve planned your wedding for days, months, even years. You also covered every last detail from the start and end times, special dances, the toasts and speeches, the cake, the flowers and all of the decisions about food, entertainment, drinks, decor, etc, but, have you considered how the event will end, or more importantly have you thought how you want it to end?

Having done many weddings over the years,  the best weddings are the ones that finish with a grand ending. Everyone in the room together for the last time at the wedding.

Think about how important the end of a movie is, if it’s a bad ending, you probably won’t recommend it to friends and you certainly won’t watch it again. Weddings and parties don’t get a second chance, we have to get them right the first time around. One of the biggest pieces of advice as a Melbourne Mornington Peninsula Wedding DJ I give to couples, is to make sure they consider ending their event on a high note!

The end of the evening at a wedding should be the celebration of everything that has come together to make a great day, It’s not as simple as picking one best song – it should be so much more. Fast or slow or raucous or romantic will mean different things to different people, it should be a gradual build up to a fantastic finale.

One great way is to have a ‘last dance’ ahead of time, maybe 15 mins before you’re due to finish. Firstly, pick a song that’s upbeat if possible. Secondly, ask all of your guests to come out to the dance floor for the last dance of the evening. In fact, there are various ways of ending, from a traditional ‘tunnel of love’ to a circle on the dance floor that gives you the chance to say your goodbyes to everyone. You may of course just prefer to keep the dance floor busy while everyone enjoys the fun of the last song. You could also simply announce something.

Once everyone is on the dance floor, they form a circle around the bride and groom. The song begins, the couple will then dance alone for about 45 seconds to a minute, then everyone is asked to…

“Get in close to them, hug them and show them how much you love them!” 

Everyone starts screaming, yelling, hugging and kissing and saying how much fun the night has been. It’s a wonderful moment.

Whatever you choose, remember it’s so important to finish on a high.

Here are just a few examples of fun upbeat songs that you can end your wedding celebration on. Some start out slow so the happy couple can have a nice romantic slow dance. Some are classics that everyone knows and will sing at the top of their voices to.

  • The Beatles – All You Need Is Love
  • Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
  • Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
  • The Lumineers – Hey Ho
  • Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
  • Daryl Braithwaite – The Horses
  • Blues Brothers – Everybody Needs Somebody
  • Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life
  • John Farnham – You’re the voice or Two strong hearts
  • Frank Sinatra – New York New York
  • Take That – Never Forget

Blog by Matt Jefferies Entertainment – – Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula Wedding DJ

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