Tips for Ending your Party or Wedding on a High Note!
You’ve planned your wedding or special party for countless hours and sometimes it seems like an endless task list. You’ve covered every detail, from the start and end times to the special dances, the toasts and speeches, the cake and the flowers and all of the decisions about food, entertainment, drinks, decor, etc. But have you considered how the event will end? Or, have you thought about how you want it to end?
Think about how important the end of a movie is, and 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 I give to clients is to make sure they consider ending their event on a High Note! A sure way to do this is to organize a “Last Dance” ahead of time. Pick a song that is upbeat if possible, and the DJ should ask all of the guests to come out to the dance floor for the last dance of the evening. I always ask everyone that’s left at the party to get out there if they’re able, “we want everyone on the floor to experience this and to dance and celebrate with Mike & Sarah one last time!” Once everyone is on the dance floor I get them in a circle around the guests of honour or the bride and groom, and the song begins and the couple will dance alone for about 45 seconds to a minute, then I ask everyone to “get in close to them and show them how much you love them!” Everyone starts screaming and yelling and hugging and kissing and saying how much fun this night has been. It’s a wonderful moment. Once the energy begins dying down a bit, I say my Thank You’s to the Bride and Groom, the guests of honour, the families and the venue and other vendors in a quick shout out. I always leave the guests feeling fulfilled but also wishing it could have gone on all night. I generally play one last song at half volume as I’m packing up my gear, something like “Good Riddance, The Time of Your Life” by Green Day. The family usually stays behind and are helping to clean up and gather their things, and then the lights come on and the party is over.
Here are just a few examples of upbeat Last Dance Songs, some start out slow so we can feature the Bride and Groom or Honored Guests dancing by themselves with all their friends and family in that big circle around them, then the song changes to an uptempo beat so everyone can dance and sway together one last time:
1. Last Dance by Donna Summer (perhaps it’s cheesy or dated, but it still works and people love it)
2. I’ve had the time of my life (from Dirty Dancing) by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
3. The Time (The Dirty Bit)– Black Eyed Peas
4. Don’t Stop Believing– Journey
5. Save the Last Dance for Me– Michael Buble (this version really swings in comparison to the original versions)