End of the night:
Everyone likes a satisfying ending, don’t they? We always like to end every wedding with a bang, so that not only you but your guests can reflect on the day they have had and hold a lasting memory of celebrating it with you both. The last thing you want is to perform your first dance and it to be a non event, so we work with you to make it as spectacular as possible.
The end of your wedding will usually depend on four factors:
– Ending time
– How many guests are staying at the venue
– Venue location and where guests have travelled from
– Time of the ceremony/ start of the day
The ending time is most commonly midnight although it can also be 11pm and 1am. Midnight and 1am endings can often result in fewer guests remaining but this is dependent on the age and disposition of guests, as well as logistical considerations. In the event that you may think that lots of your guests will leave early, we advise that you can do a mini ending 10 mins before the hour you think they will be departing. This simply involves getting everyone together and celebrating. It can often work out very well as it gives you an hour to play around with, where we can play a certain genre of music etc.
Some guests travel many miles to come and share your special day with you, so they will very often leave with good time to get back, especially after a long day. If your venue is in the middle of nowhere, then taxis may be booked in advance, so it’s well worth letting guests know when the party finishes and giving them some decent taxi numbers to arrange in advance. Another option is to provide transport for your guests: coaches and minibuses are the best way to keep your guests at your venue until the end time. It also enables your guests to relax and get in the party spirit, as they don’t have to worry about how they’re getting back to their accommodation.
The Your DJ ending:
We like to plan the end of your wedding with you and really make a lasting memory of the day. More often than not, we would gather guests together about 30 minutes before the end using some killer tracks from your playlist. Venues have strict licensing and the cut off time has to be adhered to, so we tend to do a fake ending about 10 minutes before the actual finish time, which then allows your guests to congratulate you and for us to then play a couple more tracks of your choice. Often this will be connected to your honeymoon, or a specific track that you and your friends love etc. Then we would usually finish with a slow track which is a good way to wind things down and let you say goodbye to your friends and family.
Video from 2012 at Careys Manor showing this in action: