You have planned for and dissected each and every detail of your wedding for what seems like an eternity. You have addressed start and end times, formal dances, speeches and toasts, cake, floral items, cuisine, entertainment, beverages, etc… but have you invested any thought into how you would like your wedding reception to end? Millennium Mobile DJ has some suggestions for you.
In my many years as a Columbus, OH DJ entertaining at weddings, I can attest that of those weddings that didn’t bode as well as I had hoped were the ones that simply faded without electricity at the end. Consider the impact of how important the ending is to a Hollywood blockbuster. If the movie ends on a high note, you are very likely to tweet “must see” to your friends. A wedding is a one-time event and there are no second chances to get it right. I always recommend to my wedding clients that they end their celebration on a high note. This is as simple as planning for and organizing a “last dance”. I suggest an upbeat ballod and when it’s time for that “last dance”, I first invite the couple to the center of the dance floor, then, invite and encourage every guest still present to join the couple by either forming a large circle around them or to move in close, put their hands in the air, cheer them on and show them how much they are loved. Either way, energy fills the room and the celebration ends on a high note with smiles and laughter. Once the energy dies down, I reach for the mic and offer up thank you’s to to the bride and groom, guests of honor, families and friends and all of the professional vendors who contributed to the success of the celebration.
Below, I have listed some very popular last dance songs that are sure to end your celebration on a high note.
-Closing Time (Semisonic)
-The Time/Dirty Bit (Black Eyed Peas
-Save The Last Dance For Me (Michael Buble)
-Last Dance (Donna Summer)
-Don’t Stop Believing (Journey)
-I’ve Had The Time of My Life (Dirty Dancing)
If you would like for your guests to be out of the room so they don’t see the lights come up and witness the clean up process, a grand sparkler send off will get the job done. To accomplish this, designees are chosen in advance to distribute sparklers to guests. After the last song is played, I direct guests where to obtain their sparklers and where to congregate outside and to form two parallel lines for which the bride and groom will pass through. I like to play “Firework” by Katy Perry for this fun send-off. Guests typically venture to their cars at this point and immediate family members come back in to gather belongings and/or assist with the clean up process. If you like the sparkler idea, I suggest checking with your venue in advance for the go ahead.
In days-gone-by, it was custom for the bride and groom to leave their wedding celebration prior to the scheduled ending time and of course, in the absence of the guests of honor, all remaining guests would vacate the celebration shortly thereafter. My advice; don’t leave the celebration until you’re ready for it to end. On the contrary, don’t wait until the end of the contracted time if you observe a mass exodus of tired guests leaving.
Do not take it personally if some of your guests vacate the premises prior to the scheduled end time. It is likely that you will have a large number of elderly guests and/or new parents who need to leave early to tend to their children. The late night partygoers will stick around and kick it with you until the dance floor is rolled up. Hypothetically, if your wedding ceremony begins at 4pm, most of your guests will be on location by 3:30 and those closest to you have been up prepping for your big day since early in the morning. If your celebration is scheduled to last until 10pm or later, that is one long day and the batteries are exhausted. This said, and once again, do not take it personally if some of your guests leave early as it’s better to end ahead of schedule and on a high note.
If your venue insists on ushering everyone out at a set time, consider extending your celebration at a pre-designated bar or tavern nearby and when guests still have plenty of party in them, I get on the mic to inform them where the after party will be. Trust the professionals you have retained to make your celebration a success and heed their advice, if offered, as to when it should end. It’s best to end on a high note than simply fizzle out. Recall the prominent athletes and TV personalities who ended their careers in their prime. To this day, they are remembered for how great and/or entertaining they were because they pulled out on a high note. Don’t bilk the energy from your celebration simply to squeeze the last few minutes from your pre-paid contracts. Have the time of your life and all my best in your new lives as husband and wife!