Wedding Music for the Dance Floor

Today’s Goal

Today’s the last day of my one-week goal to assemble a playlist for the DJ. Tomorrow, I’ll gather these together in a Word .doc, then save it as a .pdf, so Jen-Mom can send it to our DJ to make sure everything’s A-OK.

Headspace ✅ Ground Spinners

Today we bought ground spinners at our LGBTQ+ community firework stand in Clovis.

I’m not interested in fireworks any bigger than ground spinners, because last year, we had half a dozen neighbors launching lots of noise and lights from the middle of the street. So if I need lots of noise and lights, I can just look up and down the street.

I imagine I’ll spend a good amount of time checking on our six cats and two birds.

I like ground spinners because, like toasting champagne, they’re great for lighting and declaring a celebration. We have five packs of six spinners, which means we can celebrate 30 things!—but Chase has to pick things, too.

Some of my celebratory wedding and honeymoon planning ideas:

  1. Completing bridesmaids gifts for our wedding! (They’re in the mail.)
  2. Completing music playlist for our wedding!
  3. Completing candle-making experiment for our wedding! (We, umm, have had technical difficulties so far with the bottle cutter and preparatory process.)
  4. Completing betta bowl arrangement for our wedding!
  5. Completing marriage certificate hoop-jumps for our wedding!
  6. Booking volcano crater snorkeling trip for our honeymoon!
  7. Booking ferry to Lanai (and ferry back to Maui) for our honeymoon!

The wedding feels all-consuming, which simultaneously feels silly, because when I take a step back and assess the situation, Jen-Mom is doing way more legwork than us. I’m not certain how people get through these things without family guardian angels and/or firing rockets into the air with banner ads of powerful feelings attached.

Celebratory ideas for creative goals?

  1. Completing new cover for Emergence No. 7 (which Chase has been working diligently on for days… he’s drawing a mechanical dragon!)
  2. Submitting the dragon and glass house short story to online literary magazines.
  3. Submitting poetry to Frogpond Members Anthology 2018 (it’s due tomorrow!—so I need to get on it today; I have the poems elbow-greased out and finely aged, so they’re ready to edit…just need to polish them…).

And celebratory goals for around the house!

  1. Completing installation of drip system! (That hasn’t happened yet… But no one’s claimed this precious Saturday and Sunday yet, either… And we need our drip system installed so the garden can be left on auto-pilot while we’re gone. If my lemon balm, black pineapple tomato, or Eleanora basil plants die, I’m going to mourn them—heavier than most plants are mourned.)
  2. Cleaning the back room!
  3. Cleaning the kitchen!

Lots of exclamation marks usually means overstimulation. I’ll garden to wind down whatever pent-up energy I’m not realizing before moving on to the list of dance music.

15 16 Dance Songs

As I expected, I think I landed 1-3 darts in the 70s, 90s, 00s, and 10s (while swiftly dodging the 80s) (because it’s the 80s) (gross).

Pinterest Board for Chocolate

To cheers the end of this one-week blogging challenge through Wedding music ideas, I’m sharing my super-secret chocolate Pinterest board with you. Enjoy!


First Three Dances

Weekly Writing Goals

This one-week project was supposed to start publishing yesterday, but my research phase took longer than I expected. Oops. Thought I’d share the hiccup, just to illustrate I’m not  reaching every goal I set every day of my life, like some Internet-polished superwoman.

I’m not a superwoman—just a woman who’s hellbent on writing 1 million words.

So today, I’m exploring song choices for three dances: our dance; the mother-son dance; and the father-daughter dance. Later today, (to recuperate for the post I missed yesterday,) I’ll go on a late-night exploration of music for our ceremony; then tomorrow, I’ll look into music for dinner.

On Thursday, I’ll search for music for light, pre-ceremony music; and lastly, on Friday, I’ll add a longer dance song list, to give the DJ a feel of our vibe.

There’s a method to the madness of exploring songs in this order. I’m actually choosing 3 songs for each list every day, so it’ll get released on my blog as follows:

  1. Monday: 3 Beginning Dance Songs
  2. Tuesday: 3 + 3 = 6 Ceremonial Songs
  3. Wednesday: 3 + 3 + 3 = 9 Dinner Songs
  4. Thursday: 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 12 Relaxing Pre-ceremonial Songs
  5. Friday: 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 15 Dance Floor Songs

Today’s Headspace ✅ Candles

Tomorrow, I’m also starting the first batch of candles. While I was originally thinking of a mood stabilizing aromatherapy blend at our wedding, I’m reconsidering instead an island blend—just because, less than two days after our ceremony, we’ll be on a plane, over the Pacific Ocean, on our way to this Paradise on Earth called Hawaii.

So I’m going to make candles with island-scented oils; and the practice candles, I’ll burn through the house, while the pretty candles, I’ll keep for the wedding. The bad-ass candles will become bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts, along with handmade books Chase is designing. Or maybe not. I just know tomorrow is candle day. That first step, I’m certain will come true.

I’ll share my candle-making journey on my gardening and DIY blog, My Quest for Chicken, so check out that other branch of my blogosphere if you’re interested in my aromatherapy slash island slash crafts slash wedding experiment.

Our Dance

While we chose a cappella group Pentatonix a couple weeks ago, but we had songs on the table until just today:

We choose “Perfect.” So the second song will become an option on the 15-song list I’m preparing for the DJ, to share the vibe Chase and I made when we smooshed our music preferences together.

Mother-Son Dance

Jen-mom picked this, and Chase said yes; yay for decisiveness!

Father-Daughter Dance

I need my dad to listen to these and pick one. I can’t decide. I can narrow down songs, but I’m the master of indecisiveness once it gets to 2-4 choices (until impatience kicks in—then I throw a dart).

All of these are fantastic!

Wedding Music

Wedding music has been a shrapnel blast search; I like too many genres of music!—like I legitimately enjoy 70s, 80s, 90s, aughts, and 10s pop, alternative, rock, world, a cappella, orchestral, and electric music; and if I said, “I don’t like country,” that’d be a lie, because I’m a sucker for select country songs; and I’m also a sucker for select 60s, grunge, J-pop, K-pop, R&B, hip-hop, rap, dubstep—present me a genre, and I will find things I both like and dislike. My heart doesn’t close off (or completely open) to any one flavor of music.

Some songs have excellent lyrics, but not the best beats; and some songs have excellent beats, yet disturbing and/or bland lyrics; and repetition works here, but doesn’t work there; this song needs a little more instrumentals, a little less—I’m thinking it’s exploring the personality of each song that makes them all a little joyful.

Then, once in a rare while, a song is extraordinary joyful.

Here’s my Pinterest board for other wedding music ideas I’ve been looking at… I’ll visit more of these in detail this week.