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Your wedding reception grand finale.  Whether an event is a wedding, birthday party, engagement or anything else, one of the most memorable moments is the ending!

We always advise to try to finish on a high, leave the crowd wanting more, perhaps bring a tear to a few eyes (in a good way), this we feel is crucial for the future memories of a happy couple.

However, in Scotland, there is one finale that some feel is fast becoming a cliché:  The playing of Runrig’s Loch Lomond.



Yes, Emma and I had it at our wedding.  I popped the question on the banks of Loch Lomond so it was particularly fitting in our case for this reason alone.

Nowadays though, many wedding couples are intent on breaking with the “norm”.

Below is a list of our most requested songs for the ending of a wedding reception that are not Loch Lomond.  There may be one or two surprises, some upbeat, some slow but hopefully will provide some food for thought.


First of all, some other well known popular Scottish tracks;

Auld Lang Syne – Kenneth McKellar

Deacon Blue – Dignity

Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)

Proclaimers – Life With You

Frankie Miller – Caledonia


…and then the rest;

Aerosmith – Don’t Want To Miss A Thing

Bill Medley/Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life

Daft Punk – One More Time

Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight

Frank Sinatra – Theme From New York New York

Green Day – Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

John Travolta/Olivia Newton John – We Go Together

Journey – Don’t Stop Believing

Killers – Human

Lou Reed – Perfect Day

Oasis – Wonderwall

Queen – You’re My Best Friend

Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

Take That – Greatest Day

Take That – Never Forget


These songs in our experience have worked very well.  Pick one or why not pick two?  Whatever you do choose, make sure it is memorable!