You won’t want your wedding day to ever end, but sadly it has to. Make sure it ends on a high by picking the perfect song to finish it all off and adding it to your wedding party playlist.
As Matthew Crozer from wedding band The Redfords explains: “The end of the evening at a wedding should be the celebration of everything that has come together to make a great day.
“It’s not as simple as picking one best song – it should do so much more. Fast or slow or raucous or romantic will mean different things to different people.
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“As a general rule, and if the ending song hasn’t been pre-arranged by the couple, we’d build up to a raucous number such as ‘Chelsea Dagger’ by the Fratellis before seguing into ‘Hey Jude’, getting everyone to sing along and focus on the band. Then the band leader can talk over a toned down chorus, focusing everyone on the newlyweds before explaining we’re at the end of a fantastic day – then we’d end on a recording of perhaps ‘New York New York’ and an impromptu circle of guests will surround the happy couple.”
Bearing that in mind, let’s find the perfect song to end your wedding party to…
All You Need is Love – The Beatles
Who doesn’t know the words to this Beatles classic? It’ll have everyone with their arms in the air swaying together singing ‘Love is all you need’.
God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
Be inspired by hitched Editor Caroline who chose to end her wedding with this song: “It was our walk down the aisle song so it seemed fitting to use it to end the day with. It was also a way to sneak a Love Actually reference past my husband!"
(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Dirty Dancing fans have to have this at their wedding! Why not practise the iconic lift sequence too? You might make it into a wedding dance video that goes viral…
You’ve Got the Love – Candi Staton
This would also make an unusual first dance song, but we love the idea of ending your wedding to this track too. Everyone will be on the dance floor singing it at each other.
Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
It’s quite likely you won’t be ready to stop dancing and leave, so this Queen classic is the perfect fit; no one will want to stop as they’re having such a good time, they’re having a ball…
Circle of Life – Elton John
If you want a few Disney wedding songs on your big day, what could be better than including the Circle of Life by Elton John? Get everyone in a circle to sing it together.
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Does the idea of a classic, swaying slow dance appeal for your last dance on your wedding day? If so, choose the beautiful What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Everyone knows all the words to this song although no one ever remembers learning them. If you want the dance floor full and everyone shouting along, go for this one.
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
If you’re Peter Kay fans, this choice is a no-brainer, but it also makes sense if you’re looking for a cheerful, upbeat tune that’ll have everyone jumping around.
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
It’s up to you and your partner whether you go for the original Journey version or the slightly cheesier Glee take on the classic…
Last Nite – The Strokes
Are you the kind of couple that’s looking for rock wedding songs? If so, you should end your night with an indie classic like this offering from the Strokes. Air guitars at the ready!
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Everyone will be feeling pretty happy and tipsy so end on a high with this super cheery Pharrell song.
We Are Young – FUN ft. Janelle Monae
This song is a modern day anthem and it’s perfect for capturing the seize-the-moment happy feeling that comes from being surrounded by all your loved ones.
Common People – Pulp
This Britpop classic will have everyone jumping around and singing along – it’s a great choice if you and your friends are all 90s kids.
Kill the Director – The Wombats
Your guests will love to hear this song at the end of the night – and we adore the lyrics ‘I’ve met someone who makes me feel seasick/Oh what a skill to have’.
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
Getting married is all about building a new family and joining two existing families together, so reference this with this Sister Sledge hit.
Heroes – David Bowie
You’ll feel pretty heroic by the time your wedding draws to a close as you’ll be surrounded by everyone who loves you, so embrace the feeling with this anthem by David Bowie.
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
Who doesn’t know all the words to this Whitney classic? Everyone will be on the dance floor belting this one out.
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
If you want something a little more low-key, this beautiful love song from Eric Clapton is the ideal choice to draw the everyone to a gentle close.
How Deep is Your Love – Calvin Harris
Couples who love to party should make sure they have a few Calvin Harris floor-fillers on their wedding party playlist, but we say save this one until the end. If you love this idea, don’t miss our edit of the best 2016 wedding songs.
Hey Ho – The Lumineers
‘I belong to you/You belong to me/You’re my sweetheart’ – these lyrics are gorgeous and it’s a beautifully sentimental but still upbeat wedding song.
Make sure you read our guide to choosing your wedding ceremony music too – it’s just as important as the party music!