When people ask us about wedding music choices, they've generally been concerned with four things: the recessional song, the processional song, our first dance song, and whether we found a DJ who can rock the house (he can, and will.) But in truth, I'm a little more interested in the quirky songs we're planning to make space for throughout the day. The recessional song and first dance are so weighted by their presumed Meaning and Importance, but we really don't have a Meaningful and Important story behind our first dance song. We have a song we love, of course, but it's not a Singularly Important Song in our relationship. And we haven't broached the question of ceremony music at all, primarily because we still don't know what the heck we'll be doing about music during the ceremony (no electricity + a constrained budget = questions about ceremony musicians/amplified music/whatever that we really can't be bothered to muddle through yet.)
And so, it's the quirky songs we're planning to sprinkle throughout our playlist requests that are the most exciting to me. The song that reminds us of a summer concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Or the song that reminds us of a Texas roadtrip. Or the songs that remind us of evenings spent cooking and drinking wine and talking about music history via Jason's vinyl collection offerings. These are songs that hearken back to the real heart of our relationship and the experiences we've lived together more than any one single dance song.
And so, when I saw these cupcakes the other day, they reminded me of my number one priority playlist song, and made me smile.
Why yes, that is a Muppet wedding-cupcake tower (which is awesome enough that I'm making an exception to my fondant-hatred to post it here). And yes, I am most certainly requesting a Muppet-related song for our wedding. Yes, a Muppet song, as interpreted by Cake (the band, not the wedding dessert. Though I can see how you might get confused with all the cupcake pictures.)
Somehow, the Sesame Street Muppet version of "Mahna Mahna" became an inside joke for us, and the phrase "Mahna Mahna" has been featured prominently in our sillier shared moments (probably more times than is appropriate for fully functioning adults, which I see as a sign of relationship health.) And, luckily for us, there's a fully functioning adult version of the Muppet song we know and love. And so, we're sneaking in this subtle musical reference to our goofball couple joy at the wedding, in a way that's entirely appropriate and won't stop the cocktail hour chatter, but will add another minimal layer of meaning to an already incredible day. Although it may not make sense to anyone else, this song (and other similar subtle references) will hint more at who we are as an everyday couple than any perfect recessional choice.