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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Connelly

Stop the "Last Call" Announcement at Your Wedding

Your wedding day—a day for celebration, love, and getting down on the dance floor. But, the "last call" announcement? Brace yourself. This is a bad idea, not necessary, and harms the party vibes. Nobody wants that.

Last call is for college bars. Here's five reason why you don't need a "Last Call."

1. It will Interrupt the Dance Party -

Imagine this: the dance floor is poppin’ off, and your guests are dancing like nobody's watching. Then, out of the blue, the bartender or the planner approaches the DJ and says, “It’s last call. Please make the announcement!!" The buzzkill is real, and the dance floor's vibe is shattered faster than you can say “The shuttle leaves in five minutes" Who needs a dance floor, anyway? Let's just tell everyone to go to the bar...

2. People Leave for the Bar and Won't Return to the Dance Floor -

When the "last call" announcement echoes through the room, some guests take it as their cue for a pilgrimage to the bar, never to be seen again on the dance floor. Probably not by choice, but just simply to hang with their friends at the bar and talk. Farewell, dance-off! This mass exodus turns your once-lively dance floor into a ghost town.

3. Does Anyone Need to Bumrush the Bar for One or a Handful of Last Drinks? -

The "last call" announcement triggers a wild frenzy at the bar as guests stampede for their final sips like it's a race against time. Chaos, anyone? But really, do you need to make sure everyone has drunk all they can? Believe me. I’m 100% sober at every wedding I DJ, and I never say to myself, “This wedding would be better if everyone drank one more beer.” No joke. Keep it classy.

4. If Your Crew Wants to Party Hard, Plan an After Party -

For those guests who want to take the party into overdrive (or at least until sunrise), how about considering an after-party? It's the perfect solution for those craving late-night revelry without turning your wedding reception into a late-night dive. Dance, mingle, and enjoy without the drama. I’ve seen too many guests too drunk at weddings. It’s a bad look.

5. Some Guests Will Take the Opportunity to Leave -

The "last call" signal becomes the ultimate exit strategy for some guests. Instead of embracing the last dance and soaking in the magical moment, they choose an early departure. They look at their watch for the first time in two hours, recognize it’s now 9:30, and decide to dip out. Let them recognize what time it is when the lights come on and worry about their morning plans later after the last dance. Life is short; it should be lived exhausted.

Conclusion -

Calling "last call" at your wedding is like a stand-up comedy act—it disrupts the dance floor, herds guests to the bar, creates a whirlwind of chaos, and turns your DJ into a crowd control expert. To ensure your wedding reception flows with seamlessly, think twice about the "last call" tradition and let the music and dance floor take center stage. Your wedding should be an unforgettable experience for all; eliminating the "last call” will keep the vibes high.

Bonus -

By the way, in reference to "the shuttle leaves in five minutes" above. As much as I don't enjoy guests leaving for the shuttle, I get it and will share important messages like this. I'm not anti announcements, I'm simply against messages that are unnecessary. Like when a planner asks me to "please tell the guests where the bathrooms are." Really? Is someone really going to pee their pants because they couldn't find the bathroom?


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