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Ask the Experts: What Songs Should We End the Night With?

‘We’re putting together a few song suggestions for our wedding and we were just wondering what songs are good to finish the night with? Are there any songs in particular that work well or should we just leave it up to the DJ?!’ Ann & Dave

Trevor from Midland DJs – View ProfileThere are literally hundreds of songs that are good for the last dance. However, deciding the last song of your wedding night before your wedding day has even arrived can be a difficult task. You don’t know what is going to be happening at the end of the night and who will be there. It might be a good idea to have a couple of last song choices.There are a few options when it comes to the last song of the night. One option is to end the night on a more traditional song. A song that all generations will know and sing along to such as Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond, I’ve Had the Time of My Life from Dirty Dancing, Daydream Believer by The Monkees, Don’t Stop Believing by Journey, New York New York by Frank Sinatra etc. You also have the option of repeating your first dance song. This can be a way to close the night with a song that means a lot to both the bride and groom.If you have a younger crowd it is best to just let it flow and end the night on a high note. Song examples include Born Slippy by Underworld, Jump Around by House of Pain, I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas, Maniac 2000 by Mark McCabe, Wake Me Up by Avicii, One More Time by Daft Punk etc. Some other examples of popular last songs of the night are Thunderstruck by ACDC, Hey Ho by The Lumineers, Little Lion Man by Mumford & Sons, Marry You by Bruno Mars, Never Forget by Take That etc. So in summary you may want to consider picking a couple of options for your last song of the night. If you don’t pick a final song your professional Wedding DJ will have you covered. You never know, the perfect song could pop into your head at the end of the night and you can request it then and there.Garvan from Star DJs – View ProfileI always recommend leaving this to the DJ, as most professional DJs will have entertained at hundreds of weddings before yours and will have the experience to judge on the night. No matter how experienced a DJ is, usually he or she will ‘read’ the floor and decide only while the current song is playing what song out of the potential 1000+ in his head will fit and work best as the next song in order to keep the floor full and so on through each hour. It’s only at the precise moment can a song choice be made to suit.I always advise to let the professional choose what will work as he knows best, taking some direction from the client as to what they want in general terms (e.g. no rock, no cheese!) However, I always welcome song suggestions of course, rather than ‘playlists’. Often a DJ can work suitable songs into his set or advise against certain songs that won’t work. You could ask the DJ for his thoughts on the best way to end the night. Often the end of the night will depend on the age profile at that time and who the DJ is playing to? Is it a mixed age or at that late stage in the night is it just the younger members of the wedding in attendance?The last song is just as important as the first song, as that’s a song that will often stay as a memory in everybody’s mind long after the wedding. Depending on the couple, the age profile of the guests and the proceeding songs up to the end of the night, some of the big end of night anthems for the last song over the years that have worked range from That’s Amore by Dean Martin, New York, New York by Frank Sinatra to 80s songs such as Lionel Richie’s All Night Long right up to more modern tracks from the 90s or 00s such as Green Day’s Time of Your Life or Take That’s Never Forget. Remember, a professional DJ will play to everybody’s taste, not just your own or his own tastes! At the end of the day most people want everybody to dance and have a good night and that’s where experience comes in.Image by Hugh Forte Photography via Wedding Chicks

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