When we are running weddings, there are always specific moments that make us emotional. Whether it be the expression on the groom’s face when he lays eyes on his bride as she walks down the aisle, or the speech given by the best man, these and so many other bittersweet moments will often bring a tear to the eye. One moment that always stays in the mind however, but is often overlooked by most, is the final song of the night.
You’ll want to ensure your evening reception playlist has something for everyone. Whether your crowd loves old-school Bollywood, smooth R n B, bhangra, or cheesy 80s pop, one thing’s for sure – you’ll want to get it exactly right to make sure the dance floor is never empty (though we understand your guests may opt to sit out on a few numbers here and there). But, if there’s one crucial moment when you’ll want everyone by your side, it’ll be at the end of the night when you wind down and enjoy the final song of the night.
The lead up to the wedding day can be years in the making. The stress, the time and money can often take a toll, even for the most organised couples. But, it will be during those last few minutes of the night, while you stand in the middle of the dance floor surrounded by your family and friends singing their hearts out, that you realise it was all worth it.
So for all the reasons above, we feel it is our responsibility to make sure you give your final song the attention it deserves. We’ve put together 20 personal English favourites to give you some inspiration for that all important-decision. In no particular order…
1. Take That – Rule The World
This magical Take That song from the Stardust soundtrack is a great track and will leave you with a tingling feeling in the pit of your stomach.
2. Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
You’ll be having the time of your life and will probably not want your night to end, which is why this track is totally relevant. This energetic number will surely get everyone on their feet at the end of the night.
3. Robbie Williams – Angels
If you want to end your night on a romantic note, then Robbie Williams will not disappointment.
4. Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
We have the Glee team to thank for this one, which is now a favourite with all generations.
5. Billy Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life
No one puts baby in the corner! Impress your guests by practicing that famous lift so it doesn’t go wrong on the night.
6. Bob Marley – One Love
Perfect for all you reggae lovers, Bob Marley’s classic will be spreading love all around the room.
7. Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply
This song gets us every time because it’s just simply beautiful. Nothing more needs to be said – just listen.
8. Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
If you’re looking for the ultimate rock anthem to show off your air guitar moves, then this is the one. There’s no better way to end the night.
9. The Jacksons – Blame It On The Boogie
A fun disco dance floor-filler that will leave a smile on everyone’s face.
10. Aerosmith – I don’t Want To Miss A Thing
This one’s for all you Bruce Willis Fans that love Armageddon just as much as we do. Don’t lie, we know you know the lyrics to this one!
11. Whitney Houston – My Love Is Your Love
No wedding reception is complete without the queen of the night. Whitney Houston has so many songs that would all be perfect for this moment but this is the one, we feel, that will fill your evening with warmth and love.
12. Kaci & JoJo – All My Life
They really don’t make R n B tracks like this anymore. So, if you want something smooth and old school, All My Life by K-Ci and JoJo should be your go to song.
13. Gabrielle – Dreams
We love a bit of Gabrielle and this should be played at your reception even if you do not decide to go with it for the final number. This feel good 90s classic will get everyone singing along.
14. Ronan Keating – Nothing At All
It was good enough for Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant which means it’s certainly good enough for us. Our favourite Ronan Keating song by far, Nothing At All will leave you with goosebumps – we’re sure of it.
15. The Rembrandts – I’ll Be There For You
Gather all your friends (and family) to show your love and appreciation for all their support over the past year of wedding planning with this finale song.
16. John Travolta & Oliva Newton-John – You’re The One That I Want
If you want to add some theatrics for the final few minutes then why not have a sing and dance-off with this Grease classic? Ladies on one side and the gents on the other, just have fun with it.
17. Another Level – From The Heart
Not everyone will know this song or even know who Another Level were, but we just couldn’t leave it off our list. Being ultimate fans of Notting Hill (which is why we had to include both tracks) From The Heart is what every girl wants to hear from her partner by the end of a memorable day.
18. Abba – Thank You For The Music
This song caused a bit of a debate in the office so we want you to be the judge. While one half of Team Carriages is not a fan the other believes it should not be dismissed for the final song. Let us know if you are Team Sonal (not a fan) or Team Meera (big fan) of this one.
19. Backstreet Boys – Everybody
Our list wouldn’t be complete without a real 90s boy band. Forget One Direction (please!) and rock your body one last time with the Backstreet Boys’ signature number.
20. Pharrell Williams – Happy
A massive song in 2014 and we still can’t get enough of it. You’ll surely be feeling happy after the amazing day you would have had. So get everyone clapping along to this one to wrap things up.