The last dance song at your wedding is important because it is the last impression of your event, so you should choose wisely. Here are some things to consider.
I find that there are three kinds of songs that couples choose to end their wedding reception. So before you decide on what last song you want, it helps to decide what kind of song you want to end your wedding with.
1. Slow Song
It’s a wedding, so ending with a slow song is a way to end on a romantic note. It will mellow people out and prepare them to go on their way with a loving feeling. Pick a song you won’t mind slow dancing for the whole song.
2. Upbeat/Dance Song
A popular way to end a wedding is on a high note. Pick a faster song that you and your crowd will like. It might be a current song that is a hot dance track or a classic. This type of song keeps people up as they exit your event. If you want to encourage people to go to an afterparty, I would recommend ending your reception with a faster song.
3. The Anthem
One of my favorite ways to end a wedding is with an anthem. The anthem is not necessarily a fast song nor a slow song. This is less of a dance song and more one where people are likely to song along arm-in-arm. Think Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” or “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. Another standard is Semisonic’s “Closing Time” with the famous lyric “…you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.”
The anthem could be unique to your crowd. Consider if a lot of the people at the wedding love a sports team or went to a college that has a certain them song. For example, if you and many of your guests are from West Virginia or went to WVU, the song “Take Me Home Country Roads” could be a great song to end with.
What do you think? Between the slow song, an upbeat dance song and an anthem, what kind of song do you think is best to end a wedding?
I will list some songs below that can be good last dance songs. Keep in mind that your last dance song might not be out yet as of the writing of this blog. Feel free to put your favorite last dance song in the comments.
-Ivan Moore is a DJ for Synapse Entertainment, a Cleveland-based DJ company specializing in weddings.
Possible Last Dance Songs:
“All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles
“My Girl” by The Temptations
“Shout” by The Isley Brothers
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye
“How Sweet It Is To Be Loved by You” by Marvin Gaye
“Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye
“Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
“Last Dance” by Donna Summer
“Don’t Stop My Now” by Queen
“Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
“Livin On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
“Just The Way You Are” by Billy Joel
“I’ve Had the Time of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
“Friends In Low Places” by Garth Brooks
“All My Life” K-Ci & JoJo
“Back at One” by Brian McKnight
“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
“Closing Time” by Semisonic
“We Are Young” by Fun. feat Janelle Monae
“Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show or Darius Rucker
“All of Me” by John Legend
“Save The Last Dance for Me” by Michael Buble
“Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
“Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones
“I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith
“Forever” by Chris Brown
“The Time (Dirty Bit)” by Black Eyed Peas
“One More Time” by Daft Punk
“Firework” Katy Perry
“Then” by Brad Paisley
“Timber” by Ke$ha & Pitbull
“Don’t Stop The Party” by Pitbull
“Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
“Glad You Came” The Wanted
“Perfect” by Ed Sheeran or Ed Sheeran feat. Beyonce
“Shut Up And Dance With Me” by Walk the Moon
“Levitating” by Dua Lipa feat. Da Baby