12 Relaxing Pre-ceremonial Songs

Today’s Goal

I’m totally ready for writing about 15 dance songs tomorrow… But I still have a lot of research to do with the 12 pre-ceremonial songs I listed in my weekly blogging goals.

Headspace ✅ Garden Next Time

The next time I wake up feeling sapped of hope, I need to spend more time with the plants. I spent two hours with the plants today, and I feel much better than I did two days ago. I think there may be equal parts exercise and earthly connection located in our backyard; I just need to do it.

12 Calming Pianos & Violins

Yesterday, I think I proved how much I love covers.

I also love piano and violin (and orchestral harp and flute!—but those aren’t as widely embraced as piano and violin); so I went on a hunt for piano and violin covers that people may recognize, in hopes I’m not ostracizing guests who don’t listen to classical.

But classical piano would work just as well—particularly Tchaikovsky (I know he’s not normally considered a “calming” choice, and that’s fine, because I love him)—if the DJ thinks the piano covers below are difficult choices.


Some of these have a lot of energy. Lots of them are from video games and Disney. That’s part of their charm.

I also made a YouTube playlist with these 12 tracks, to help find them… Or to play them directly to the sound system, if the DJ isn’t affronted by YouTube’s sound quality.

I need to ask Jen-Mom if the YouTube playlist format is helpful—because I can do this with the music from my previous posts, too.

Wedding Dresses & Rings Pinterest

In the earlier phases of wedding planning, I made a Pinterest board for dress and ring ideas; so if you’re planning a wedding, or you’re just curious and/or you’d like some inspiration, feel free to browse:


Wedding Dinner Music

Today’s Goal

Dinner music. Nine songs. DJ, Jen-mom, and/or Chase can add more songs to the list; some of the overflow songs from the previous posts could supplement.

Headspace ✅ Motivation

Started today watching these two videos.

Yesterday was emotionally rough. Trying to myself up to break that. Not going to let my brain pull me down like that. I accept when I fall down. I love the self who falls down; the self who gets scared. Then I get up.

You can truly trace every single problem or complaint in your life to silence and hesitation. Those are decisions…I am one decision away from a totally different marriage, a totally different life, a totally different job, a totally different income, a totally different relationship with my kids…

One million words. I’m writing a million words. I might not make it by the end of the year; but that’s the first goalpost. Not going to be silent. Not going to hesitate.

Your life comes down to your decisions, and if you change your decisions, you’ll change everything… Every one of us is one Google search away from instructions that, if you follow any of them, it will change your life.

9 Potential Dinner Songs

None of these songs are grabbing my shirt, shaking me, and screaming, You must play this song!—so this is just gathering a vibe. But I like these songs. I think these would make good dining songs. And I believe intelligently designed and performed covers of famous music makes good dinner conversation—thus the 7-out-of-9 covers.

Alternate, Geekier Idea

Zelda music for dinner. 😏 Since Chase is a huge Zelda fan, and I’m a bigger video game fan all-around. 😄 Except, I’m thinking only Cami, Mikey, Rae, Ashley, and Dad would be filled with joy by orchestral Zelda music—and I want lots of people feeling happy.

Wedding Decor & Crafts Pinterest

If you didn’t get enough wedding ideas from today’s post, no worries!—I have a Pinterest account with 12K+ images pinned, including this 108-idea board of wedding decor & crafts: