Wedlock Party Last Dance: the grand sendoff

I am writing this because I have noticed that some of my counterparts in the event industry might have confused ‘Tribute Dance’ (to parents) and ‘Last Dance’. As the name suggests, Last Dance is what ends the celebration. It is one of the most underrated traditions in wedlock parties but this shouldn’t be missed because this is as important as the first dance. Continue reading to know why.

As an emcee, my goal in a wedlock party is to end the celebration with a ‘bang!’ and get everyone dancing. Besides the traditional ‘Mabuhay ang bagong kasal’ shout (at least in Philippine weddings), there is a more fantastic way of transitioning to the afterparty. That is through the Last Dance.

What is exactly a last dance in wedding?

The last dance is exactly what it sounds like. It is the final song before the wedding reception comes to a close. To the wedding couple, it’s their chance to end the night in style by selecting a song that authentically represents them and their wedding theme.

For you to easily remember what a last dance really is, just think of the song of Michale Buble as the lyrics would put it, “Save the Last Dance for Me”. Meaning, it is reserved for the couple.

The last dance can also be done privately by the couple. During this time, the couple is given time to be entirely alone together, enjoy the reception space, reflect on the BIG day that they’ve had, and even take great pictures while being on the dance floor together.

In some practices, this can be a perfect way to transition your program from the last dance to a cheerful welcome outside the hall, especially if you are planning to have a sparkler exit. As soon as the couple is done with the last dance, the guests outside can cheer on while holding sparklers to end the signify a new, ‘sparkly’ beginning.

Why should you have a last dance?

The best way to end your wedding day is to dance or sing with your friends and family. This is your one last hurrah before the night is over, so you better make the most of it. However, there are other advantages to having a farewell dance that go far beyond entertainment. It’s a good method to gather all of your guests in one location and announce the end of the party. It allows for a seamless transition from the dance floor to gathering friends for your grand finale and exit.

Wedding Last Dance Song Ideas

It is totally up to the couple on how they wish the last dance be done. The music choice can be smooth, upbeat, and funky, or anything as long as the couple would love and enjoy it. Here are some options:

  • Last Dance – Donna Summer
  • Save the Last Dance for Me
  • Time of My Life – Dirty Dancing
  • Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  • Heaven is a Place on Earth – Belinda Carlisle

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