Last Dance, Last Chance
Making the last wedding reception dance of the night as important as the first
There are certain staples for wedding celebrations that are expected but have become truly classic aspects we look forward to witnessing.
One of those moments is the first dance. Many couples use this as an opportunity to express their love and unity through their favorite song and, if you’re like us, many guests wait in anticipation to see which song the couple picked.
There are classic choices like “At Last” by Etta James, “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers, or “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley. In recent years, artists like John Legend and Ed Sheeran are giving those a run for their money with songs like “All of Me” and “Thinking Out Loud” respectively.
Though this moment is special and marks the beginning of the dancing portion of the celebration, we’ve recently come across an idea that we hope really takes off in popularity – the Last Dance.
Typically, when one hears “last dance,” they think of the final dance that the couple and their guests dance it out to at the end of the night. This typically has an upbeat feel and includes some sort of sing-along situation (think Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’”).
But, what about the last dance for the couple?
It’s no surprise we (OK well, me, Kelly) have ended up on the bridal section of Tik Tok. We recently saw a couple talk about their last dance. It was at the end of the night, no one was around – as they had already done a sparkler send off with their guests – and their DJ played one last song for them to dance to as a couple.
We’re not crying, you’re crying!
The moment was meant for them to reconnect as a couple and really think about the day and the commitment without all the distraction that comes with a wedding reception. A wedding reception is less about the couple and more about celebrating with friends and loved ones and making sure to thank everyone for coming. Adding this special dance at the end of the day not only makes for a gorgeous photo opportunity, but also serves as a romantic culmination of the wedding. It also provides a romantic interlude for those that may not like the spotlight on them or feel a little uncomfortable sharing even modest intimacy in front of guests. This way you can maybe opt for a funnier dance or song in front of your guests and save the song that represents y’all as a couple for a private moment when everyone has left.
Were you a trailblazer? Did you have a last dance song with just you and your husband or wife? Or what song would you dance your last dance to?
Let us know in the comments.