PaC Man & Wife: Dance Me to the End of Love

Hi! Welcome to the insanity known as our second dance set! Good thing I embraced the dancing because the crazy was about to kick up a notch.


The glow sticks were a BIG hit. Planning brides take note: guests will want to wear more than one; double the amount you think you’ll need. Our guests found inventive ways to wear them…


Necklaces, headbands, armbands, and even drink wraps.

(lower right: guest photo)

There were rumors of a strange tradition on Mr. PaC’s mom’s side of the family. I had yet to see it in person and wasn’t entirely sure what it entailed, but some level of embarrassment was inevitable. What is this tradition I speak of?



Instigators or very enthusiastic participants?

Yes, I know. I was speechless too. Yes, those are dinner napkins. On their heads.

I have no idea where it came from but they’ve been doing it forever. And since the wedding was my official joining into their family, I had to participate. Thankfully, I had an “out” for wearing it since I was the bride…but I did have to wave it around until the ladies were satisfied.


(guest photo)


I retreated to my husband, tempted to hide behind him until the napkin craziness went away. But it wasn’t going anywhere. I was the bride. There was no escaping it.


I shouldn’t have been surprised when Mr. PaC joined the dancing. The lights and glow sticks were irresistible.


Or, when the ladies encircled him. The napkin dance set off a wave of revelry that spread from person to person until the dance floor was packed. My grandmother? Kicking up her heels with the grandkids. My grandfather had to sit down because his pacemaker kicked in! Mr. PaC’s uncle who’d just had knee replacement surgery? Oh, he was pain-free that night! Best of all, we were enjoying ourselves.







DJ Z ended the dance party with Donna Summer’s disco anthem “Last Dance.” I am not a fan of disco and would have wished to end our wedding night to a song that had meaning to us. I pushed hard for Madeleine Peyroux’s version of “Dance Me to the End of Love“—a slow song and decidedly anti-climatic; Mr. PaC said no. But we never specified a last dance song and left it to chance…and I think the literal message of last dance worked well for our guests.


We would not have these great pictures had it been a slow, couples-only song.

When the last dance started, I was caught in the photo booth and squirmed away because, like it or not, this was our last dance song and I’ll be damned if I was missing it! I found Mr. PaC, but he was already dancing with someone else. What the hell?!


What the hell, indeed!

A family friend and Mr. PaC were waltzing around the dance floor. They had gotten into a conversation and realized a minute later that they were still dancing. It was one of the more amusing unscripted moments of the wedding. Still, I had to cut in on their tender moment and finish the dance with my new husband.


Spinning in circles.


One last hurrah!


Singing along… “Come on baby, let’s dance toooooonight!”


Ending it with a kiss and double high-five!

Things really heat up in the next recap! You won’t want to miss it, promise.

(all photos by Heather Fowler Photography, unless otherwise noted)



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Mrs. Pain au Chocolat

Wilmington, DE
Wedding Date:
June 2011
In Lieu of Paper Sacks
Meeting of the Parents
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  1. msdragon Member
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 6:14 am

    My sister had glowsticks at her wedding, and I have to admit — after a few ciders, I strung a bunch of them together and made a limbo… rope, I guess? But it was a hit, so I guess it wasn’t that bad. 😉

    I love your dancing crowd!

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    wubewe 143 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:15 am

    Oh man, this looks like so much fun! I have to say, Mrs. PaC, your wedding looks like the perfect mix of class and goof :)

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    debeachgirl 543 posts, Busy bee @ 6:33 am

    I love the glow necklaces (and am now kicking myself for not ordering them through my family’s beach store before we closed for the season). And the napkin dance is hilarious. I think you will need to post photos of the next family wedding you attend and have to wear one on your head. Looks like everyone had a blast.

  4. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:36 am

    We had surprise glow sticks at our reception. My mother-in-law brought them, and they were a huge hit. These pics are great!

  5. camel Member
    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 7:44 am

    Looks like you guys had an AWESOME time! Love the glowsticks! (might need to pick up some myself now…)

  6. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:09 am

    That looks like so much fun, what a great family!

  7. graywolf Member
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 10:45 am

    you have so many good action shots of that dress!

    and Madeleine Peyroux – yes. good choice.

  8. bluewhale Member
    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 11:18 am

    I had a big smile on my face the entire time I was reading this post. So fun. And the napkins! Hahaha… wtf. So weird. But at least it brought out the fun in everyone :)

  9. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:36 pm

    @Mrs. Dragon: A limbo glow stick?! OMG, that’s just awesome. You would have never known how small our guest list by looking at the dance floor.

    @wubewe: Thank you! That’s a huge compliment since I try to stay classy and Mr. PaC wants to party-party-party! :)

    @DEBeachGirl: The glow sticks weren’t too expensive online. Yes, I’ll come back with photos of me wearing a napkin… whenever the next wedding is!

    @Mrs. Treasure: Glow sticks bring out the kid in everyone. Gives guests an excuse to be extra goofy.

    @Miss Camel: YES, definitely pick some up!

    @Miss Toadstool: They rock, don’t they? Seeing Mr. PaC’s family cutting loose like that really was cool. And seeing my own parents dancing wasn’t too shabby either.

    @Miss Gray Wolf: Maybe Madeleine would have been a good song for a secret last dance? But then we would have kept our guests waiting for what was next!

    @Miss Blue Whale: WTF indeed @ the napkins. I had only seen this tradition in pictures, which did NOT do it justice. Much rowdier in person!

  10. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:07 pm

    Aw, I love the pictures from your last dance, so sweet! and, those glow sticks are brilliant!

  11. msarmadillo Member
    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 2:24 pm

    Bahaha, this is awesome!!! Gotta love crazy fun in-laws. 😉

  12. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:43 pm

    @Mrs. Pony: Thanks!

    @Miss Armadillo: The best part of my in-laws? They’re a lot of fun outside of a wedding. It’s grand to be surrounded by sweet, fun-loving in-laws.

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