Two Wheels Become One: Slow it Down

Don’t let the order of my recaps fool you—we did not do all the fast dances at the beginning of the night and all the slow dances at the end. That would be weird. It might have worked out better for some our single guests who had deadlines to meet and goals to achieve, #ifyaknowwhatimean, but in reality, the slow songs were artfully interspersed throughout the playlist by our DJ.

We had requested a few slow songs ahead of time, but this next photo was during a guest request. Toward the end of the night, the DJ played “My Best Friend,” by Tim McGraw. I had never actually heard this song before, but in that moment—dancing with my new husband, surrounded by everyone I love, realizing that the day was almost over—the song was the most romantic thing I’d ever heard.

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I rested my head on his shoulder and meditated on the fact that he was my best friend, and I’d be waking up next to him every morning for the rest of my life (okay, I’ll be honest, I misheard the lyrics and thought he was saying “Good morning, lover,” not “You’re more than a lover.” But still, I do wake up next to him every morning). I loved this song so much that we used it in our wedding video (though it has since been removed from the online version for copyright).

So, whoever requested this song, thank you for the moment in the above photograph. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.

There were a lot of other romantic slow-dance photos, too. I love how weddings make all couples feel romantic all over again. Weddings are such a good reminder of why you love each other.

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I was so proud to be a part of the married couples club finally!

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Some of our guests had moves like I ain’t never seen!

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I don’t remember exactly which songs got played, but according to our request list and the DJ’s playlist, we slow-danced to:

  • “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton: Mr. Unicycle got me an Eric Clapton CD for my 19th birthday, which is the first birthday I celebrated with him.
  • “Faithfully” by Journey: My dad requested this
  • “God Gave me You”" by Blake Shelton: The music video makes me cry every time because Miranda Lambert gives a little pre-wedding message to Blake. Sigh. I love love.
  • “Something” by The Beatles: No justification needed
  • “At Last” by Etta James: Wedding staple
  • “Desperado” by The Eagles: My dad requested this
  • “I’d Love You All Over Again” by Alan Jackson: It’s just true. And that mustachioed man is Mr. Unicycle’s favorite country singer.
  • “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw: Guest request
  • “Dream a Little Dream” by Mama Cass: We once went to a cheesy Valentine’s show at the planetarium that featured this song and a history of all the love-themed constellations. (I’m not sure this one even got played, but it was on the list.)

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There was some non-romantic friend dancing too, naturally.

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We got a little bow-chicka-bow-bow on the dance floor.

I had this strategy going into the reception, which I’d shared with Mr. Unicycle ahead of time. I can’t remember where I read this tip, but someone once said that you should try to spend the entire reception at your new spouse’s side so you two have the same memories of the night. I thought that was a really sweet idea, and I also think it would be kind of sad if I ignored my new husband at our wedding reception, so I took this advice seriously. We were apart for some of the night, obviously, but we pretty much stuck close to each other on the dance floor.

One of our guests even commented to my parents that they’d never seen a couple dance with each other so much at their wedding reception before. Success.

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Photos by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

What’s your reception “strategy?” And what are you must-have slow songs?

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Mrs. Unicycle

Location:
Chicago, IL
Wedding Date:
June 2012

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    airplane 395 posts, Helper bee @ 6:05 am

    I LOVE the reception strategy! I’m sending that to Mr. Plane right meow!

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    adventurer 209 posts, Helper bee @ 8:40 am

    I agree with Miss Airplane – your reception strategy is amazing! Love it!! I’m noting for future and hoping FI goes along with it.
    How did you handle trying to see each guest during the reception – or did you?
    LOVE that you prioritized each OTHER!! :) <3

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    Reeniero 939 posts, Busy bee @ 8:51 am

    I’ve heard that strategy as well, and that’s our plan too!!

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    unicycle 476 posts, Helper bee @ 9:18 am

    @Adventurer: We went from table to table during dinner, which was easy b/c our table got served first and we didn’t feel like eating anyway. We also talked to people at the cocktail hour and on the dance floor, obviously, but the systematic visiting happened during dinner. I was tempted to prioritize everyone except Mr. U b/c I was about to spend every day with him, whereas I don’t get to see friends and family all the time, but it was our wedding, so that wasn’t gonna work!

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 11:23 am

    Enjoying your recaps so much! I love how your “look” doesn’t seem to fade at all as the night goes on, and you are just absolutely glowing in every single photo. It’s so nice to see a bride who is actually enjoying the big party she spent so long planning.

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:20 pm

    I love this post and I love that this song now has such meaning to you! There’s a song that instantly takes me back to our wedding night, but I don’t know the name of it…it was more like Calabria than a romance song, someday I’ll find it :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:20 pm

    Aw, these photos are so sweet! Mr. P told me this same strategy before our wedding and we definitely tried to stick to it.

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    mspalmtree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:57 pm

    I love love, too, Mrs. Uni.

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