Two Wheels Become One: Tonight We Are Young

It’s been over a year since I wrote this post about our last dance song. In case you’ve been in suspense since last March, we decided to use the song, but we had our DJ edit out the awkward beginning because Mr. Unicycle didn’t like the lyrics, and I didn’t like the tempo anyway.

Let me tell you, this may have been the second best wedding decision I made (the first being the groom). I know I raved about our candy buffet, our photographer, our photobooth, and pretty much everything else, but this song was the best part of our reception. Allow me to set the scene.

We’re on the dance floor cutting a rug. The night is wearing on; our guests are wearing drops of alcohol that missed their mouths. Friends from high school are gyrating with friends from college. Our parents’ friends are getting drinks with our friends. My bridesmaids are blacked out. Everyone’s having the time of their lives.

The song ends, and the DJ announces that it’s the last song of the night. Cue fun. Everyone cheers in recognition, and I quickly grab the people closest to me to begin the shoulder-to-shoulder sway. (I wanted nothing more than to dance in the middle of a giant shoulder-to-shoulder sway circle, but I knew I had to make it happen myself. As Billy Zane said, “I make my own luck.”)

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More and more people joined the circle until the entire dance floor was a giant circle of sweaty, drunken, swaying people. Someone pushed me and Mr. Unicycle into the middle, and we began to live out my fantasy.

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When I blogged about this a year ago, I said, and I quote, “I want people to be drunkenly, sweatily living only for the moment, as if the group of people we’ve invited to our wedding are the only people who matter in the world. As if our wedding reception is the apogee of these people’s friggin lives.” I can’t say for certain if this was the apogee of their lives, but it was up there for me. We heard this song when we came home from our honeymoon, and I cried because the rest of my life would be a meaningless wasteland of broken dreams compared to this moment. Kidding, kind of. I did cry, but it’s because I’m a freak now.

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I really felt more surrounded by love in this moment than I had the entire rest of the day. Even though many of the guests were too drunk to know what they were doing and probably couldn’t have told you whose wedding they were at by this point, it’s the thought photos that count, right?

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Look at how friggin happy I was. I will never be this happy again! I now cry myself to sleep every night thinking about how happy I will never be again!

As Mr. Unicycle and I danced in the center, our swaying guests yelled along with the dulcet tones of Nate Ruess. Whenever we kissed, the crowd went wild, so we kissed often. When the song came to a close, I stood in Mr. Unicycle’s arms, and our guests stormed the center of the dance floor, literally enveloping us in drunken love. It really felt like they were celebrating our marriage, and not just the fact that we had an open bar. (I’m sure I’m wrong, but I like to believe that.)

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I said a year ago that I never seem to pay attention to the lyrics of songs I like, but I really did pay attention to the lyrics as the song played on. I felt like we were about to embark on an important journey together, and “set the world on fire.” I felt like Mr. Unicycle would always be there to carry me home when I felt like falling down (which has proven to be true…).

I am so glad we picked this as our last song.

Did you have that one perfect song at your wedding? Are you having a special last dance song?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Unicycle

Location:
Chicago, IL
Wedding Date:
June 2012
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    mswallaby 2059 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:08 am

    That’s amazing!! Love that story. Weddings are all about love. It’s an incredible feeling to be surrounded by every single person that you care about. Wish I could relive our reception over and over and over again :)

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 9:14 am

    So epic!! I hadn’t really given much thought to what our last song would be, but now I have to. Because now I’m having fantasies about a moment as epic as yours.

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    msjackrabbit 1080 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:19 am

    Ahhhhh this is the song I want as our last song!!

    After reading Mrs Elk’s post about it I was like “OMG I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE” and I may just have to jump on the band wagon and totally copy you both and have no shame about it because it’s awesome.

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:44 am

    I think that this might have been our last song, but it wasn’t important to me. ;)

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:15 am

    Love the pics! It made me teary thinking about how that must have felt! Yay for fun.!

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    bacon 695 posts, Busy bee @ 10:33 am

    I am SO obsessed with this moment!! What a wonderful way to end the evening!

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    cannon 513 posts, Busy bee @ 10:45 am

    I feel drunk just looking at these pictures.

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    gloves 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:02 am

    ha! I love this post. A last dance circle sway was the very. last. thing. I wanted to end our wedding -I announced this so many time to McGlovin and my DJ! And, of course, as soon as the last dance song came on everyone formed a last dace circle sway situation. And it was magnificent- a circle filled with love and immediacy and appreciation for that moment- and, you’re right, perfect :)

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    kellis 54 posts, Worker bee @ 11:14 am

    OMG, I almost started tearing up at those last few photos. You’re not he only freak. ;-)

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:40 am

    It looks like so much fun.

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:56 am

    Good timing on the last song post. ;-)

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    cosmo_gmr 946 posts, Busy bee @ 1:03 pm

    I love this song!!!
    The first lyrics not so much, but I don’t care. Great choice!

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    anemonie 1578 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:25 pm

    Eep, this is how my reception ended, too! Except our last song was Piano Man. Everybody knew the words and sang along because Piano Man is our good friend/officiant’s nickname. So glad yours ended in a teary, fun, happy, swaying, magical love circle as well! You look blissed out!

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    mkelove 666 posts, Busy bee @ 4:25 pm

    This is so great, I am so happy that is is everything you wanted it to be!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:25 pm

    I love the last few pictures of everyone surrounding you with their drunken love, it sounds like a perfect way to end your wedding!

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    Wedding in Tagaytay, Guest @ 7:18 pm

    I love how fun they look in the pictures. Very nice and heartwarming :)

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    sugarbox 226 posts, Helper bee @ 7:49 pm

    Love these photos,so sweetie.

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    missgoldfish 453 posts, Helper bee @ 8:22 pm

    I LOVE these photos! And I’m so glad you got the last dance moment that you had been looking forward to! I just love reading all of your recaps. :)

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    abbygaile, Guest @ 9:05 am

    I’m jealous. that is all. mine didn’t turn out this wonderful. and I’m jealous of yours. Happy yours did though!

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