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The Magic of Last Dance Wedding Songs for the Modern Bride

Dear brides and wedding planners, imagine the atmosphere as the evening comes to an end, and that one special song plays, capturing the essence of the entire wedding day. This is the magic of last dance wedding songs.

The Role of Last Dance Wedding Songs in Your Wedding Reception

Leaving an Impression

Selecting the ideal last dance wedding song is like choosing the perfect accessory for a stunning dress; it just completes the ensemble. Whether you opt for classics from legends like Frank Sinatra or go for modern hits from Ed Sheeran or John Legend, that final tune can leave a significant impact on your wedding guests.

Transitioning the Mood: How To Do It

The transition from the formalities of the wedding reception to the after-party is a delicate balance. You want to maintain the sense of celebration and joy that has been cultivated throughout the day, while also creating a more relaxed and energetic atmosphere that encourages guests to let loose and have fun.

One option for this transition is to hire a professional DJ or live band who specializes in creating a party atmosphere. They can seamlessly transition from the slow dances and sentimental moments to more upbeat and lively music that gets everyone on their feet. A skilled DJ or band can read the crowd and play the right songs to keep the energy high and the dance floor packed.

Ultimately, the right choice for leading your wedding guests from the formal reception to the after-party will depend on your personal preferences and the overall theme and style of your wedding. However, by carefully considering the atmosphere you want to create and incorporating elements that encourage interaction and celebration, you can ensure that this transition is seamless and sets the perfect tone for an unforgettable night of festivities.

Here’s some of our favorites:

“Coming Home,” by Leon Bridges

“Until the End of Time,” by Justin Timberlake feat. Beyoncé

“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” by Frankie Valli

“Time After Time,” by Cyndi Lauper

“Faithfully,” by Journey

“Wonderful Tonight,” by Eric Clapton

“Yellow,” by Coldplay

“In My Life,” by The Beatles

“Better Together,” by Jack Johnson

“You Are the Best Thing,” by Ray LaMontagne

“Crash Into Me,” by Dave Matthews Band

“Stand by Me,” by Ben E. King

“When a Man Loves a Woman,” by Percy Sledge

“Come Away With Me,” by Norah Jones

“Fade Into You,” by Mazzy Star

“Unchained Melody,” by The Righteous Brothers

“Keep on Loving You,” by REO Speedwagon

“I’m Yours,” by Jason Mraz

“Love on the Weekend,” by John Mayer

“Kiss Me,” by Sixpence None the Richer

“Amazed,” by Lonestar

“Truly Madly Deeply,” by Savage Garden

“No One,” by Alicia Keys

“Adorn,” by Miguel

“This I Promise You,” by *NSYNC

“Butterflies,” by Kacey Musgraves

Classic Melodies: From Frank Sinatra to Elvis Presley

Who can resist the timeless charm of Frank Sinatra's melodies or the romantic notes of Elvis Presley's classics? And how about the smooth tunes of Louis Armstrong's "Wonderful World"? They encapsulate the feeling of love and the emotion of a wedding in every lyric.

Here’s some of our favorites:

“Can’t Help Falling in Love,” by Elvis Presley

“You Send Me,” by Sam Cooke

“Unforgettable,” by Nat King Cole

“The Way You Look Tonight,” by Frank Sinatra

“Fever,” by Peggy Lee

“Overjoyed,” by Stevie Wonder

“At Last,” by Etta James

“Crazy Love,” by Van Morrison

“All My Life,” by K-Ci & JoJo

“How Deep Is Your Love,” by the Bee Gees

Contemporary Favorites: Ed Sheeran, John Legend, and Bruno Mars

When it comes to adding a contemporary flair to wedding celebrations, artists such as Ed Sheeran, John Legend, and Bruno Mars have become go-to choices for couples who prefer a more modern touch. These talented musicians have managed to captivate audiences worldwide with their chart-topping hits, making them perfect additions to any wedding dance floor.

Ed Sheeran, known for his heartfelt and romantic ballads, has become a favorite among couples looking to create a magical atmosphere on their special day. Songs like "Thinking Out Loud" and "Perfect" have become wedding anthems, with their soulful melodies and heartfelt lyrics resonating with couples and their guests.

John Legend, with his smooth and soulful voice, has also become a popular choice for wedding playlists. His timeless ballads, such as "All of Me" and "Ordinary People," have the ability to evoke deep emotions and create an intimate ambiance during the first dance or other romantic moments throughout the celebration.

Bruno Mars, with his infectious energy and catchy tunes, brings a vibrant and lively atmosphere to wedding receptions. His upbeat hits like "Marry You" and "Uptown Funk" are guaranteed to get guests on their feet and create a joyous and energetic dance floor experience.

These artists have not only achieved commercial success but have also managed to touch the hearts of millions with their music. Their ability to create songs that resonate with love, romance, and celebration has made them popular choices for couples who want to infuse their wedding day with a modern and contemporary vibe.

Here’s some songs we love:

"All of Me," by John Legend

"Tiny Dancer," by Elton John

"Uptown Funk," by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson

"Marry You," by Bruno Mars

"Last Dance," by Dua Lipa

"Love Story," by Taylor Swift

"Like a Prayer," by Madonna

“Lover,” by Taylor Swift

Timeless Sentiments: Whitney Houston and Louis Armstrong

Whitney Houston, known for her powerful and soulful voice, has the ability to touch the hearts of listeners with her emotional ballads. Whether it's the heart-wrenching "I Will Always Love You" or the heartfelt "Greatest Love of All," Houston's songs have a way of resonating with people on a deep level. Her ability to convey raw emotions through her music ensures that every wedding guest in the room feels the love in the air.

Similarly, Louis Armstrong, with his timeless and classic charm, brings a sense of nostalgia and romance to any wedding celebration. His smooth and velvety voice, combined with his impeccable trumpet playing, creates an atmosphere of elegance and sophistication. Songs like "What a Wonderful World" or "La Vie en Rose" have become synonymous with love and are sure to leave a lasting impression on everyone present.

The emotional depth of Houston's ballads and the classic charm of Armstrong's music come together to create a truly unforgettable experience for wedding guests. These iconic artists have the power to transport people to a place of love and happiness, allowing them to create cherished memories that will be treasured for a lifetime. Whether it's a tearful moment during Houston's performance or a joyous dance to Armstrong's tunes, the impact of their music is undeniable and adds a special touch to any wedding celebration.

Here’s some songs we love:

"I Will Always Love You," by Whitney Houston

"I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," by Whitney Houston

"What a Wonderful World," by Louis Armstrong

“XO,” by John Mayer

“Let’s Stay Together,” by Al Green

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” by Marvin Gaye

“Thinking Out Loud,” by Ed Sheeran

“If I Ain’t Got You,” by Alicia Keys

“My Cherie Amour,” by Stevie Wonder

Choosing Your Ideal Last Dance Song

From the dance floor to the lyrics, consider the emotions you want to evoke in your wedding guests. Do you want to reminisce with a classic or get everyone excited with a contemporary beat? Maybe a tune from Bruno Mars or a lyric from Taylor Swift? It's all about finding that song that aligns with your love story.

Conclusion: The Perfect Closing Note

A wedding is a momentous occasion that brings together two individuals in a celebration of their love and commitment. It is a day filled with joy, laughter, and heartfelt emotions. Every aspect of a wedding, no matter how big or small, plays a significant role in creating a memorable experience for the couple and their guests.

Throughout the reception, music plays a vital role in creating a lively and enjoyable atmosphere. From the moment guests arrive until the last dance, carefully selected songs fill the air, setting the mood for celebration and creating lasting memories. The playlist may include a mix of genres and styles, catering to the diverse tastes of the guests and ensuring that everyone has a great time on the dance floor.

As the night draws to a close, the last dance holds a special place in the hearts of the couple and their loved ones. It is a moment of reflection and gratitude, as everyone comes together one final time to celebrate the love that brought them all together. The song chosen for this last dance carries immense emotional weight, as it signifies the end of a beautiful chapter and the beginning of a new journey for the couple.


How do I make sure the band I hired for my wedding has the songs I want to play?

  • Just ask! With Moontower Entertainment, it's as easy as sending an email! We love working with our clients to make sure they get the songs they want when they want them played. Bands like PDA or Matchmaker have years of experience in dealing with unique requests.

What if I want something different, like a song from Bill Medley or Dirty Dancing?

  • Absolutely! Your last dance song should resonate with you, so go for what you love!

Can we transition from a slow song like "Wonderful Tonight" to something upbeat?

Of course! It's all about capturing the vibe you want for your wedding day.

How about using a wedding band to perform our chosen last dance song?

  • Live music adds a unique touch. If the band can capture the essence of the song, why not?

I'm considering "Sweet Caroline" for the last dance. Thoughts?

  • It's a crowd-pleaser! If it resonates with you and your partner, go for it!

Any tips for father-daughter dance songs?

  • Classics always work. But remember, it's about the bond between you two. Choose a song that symbolizes your relationship.

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