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Issue January 1-31, 2007
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Celebrity Wedding Photos Wedding Traditions Kim's Wedding Tips Wedding Dance Tips! Special Events Bridal Vendor Special Offers Poems, Prayers & Promises Bridal Themed"Wallpaper" Wedding Ezine Archive Wedding Song Suggestion List Information on Dance Lessons Free "Wedding Ezine" Subscription



We hope you enjoy our Wedding newsletter and find it both a fun and useful tool in the wedding planning process. Don't forget to book your Wedding Dance Lessons with
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Our students Tim and Molly dancing the Foxtrot for their first dance.


1) A Different Celebrity Photo from Past or Present!

To Honor the late President Ford we are changing our format this once from celebrity weddings to Presidents dancing. This month's Dancing Presidents are a debonair Gerald Ford cutting a rug with a beaming Queen Elizabeth of England, Ronald and Nancy Reagan at his second Inauguration and Bill and Hillary Clinton dancing at his inauguration in 1993. Even Presidents get put on the spot with dancing, lessons helped!



2) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

"Kidnapping The Bride"

The Czech have some really fun and unusual Wedding customs. One of these is the Kidnapping Of The Bride. This is symbolic of the Bride's leaving her parent's home and old friends and the beginning of a new life with her husband. Near the end of the reception, friends will "kidnap" the Bride and hide her somewhere close by. If the Groom does not find her he has to pay a ransom. If you decide to do this for fun it is probably best to set some ground rules and a time limit so your wedding guests do not have to wait too long for the Bride's return.



3) Kim's Wedding Tips!

Kim Bosch van Drakenstein, Owner/Founder of First Dance Impressions & Social Dance Instructor Getting good video footage: Video is all about movement, about life. The worst thing you can do is freeze and stare at the camera without saying anything. You will be having a lot of fun at your wedding and you will be at your most beautiful when you are smiling and laughing with your groom, friends and family. The videographer will be trying to catch you at these moments. If you are aware of them, try to either ignore their presence or ham it up.
You are paying them to get moving pictures - set up some things to add some visual interest ahead of time. Dance lessons can really pay off here! Is there a fabulous staircase you and your groom can descend? Are the gardens beautiful? A shot of you two walking through a garden in your wedding finery is a lovely thing to behold in the final video. At a wedding I went to recently, a bride arrived in an open carriage. The image of her with the veil flowing behind her in the wind was priceless. If there will be anything lit (sparklers), thrown (rose petals or confetti) or blown (bubbles) be sure that the videographer knows about it before hand, preferably in a written or typed planned agenda of the days festivities.
Be sure to give them the names of people you really wish to have in your video (again in writing before the event - you don't have time to introduce them at the wedding). They don't know your friends, so giving them this list will ensure that those people you love the most appear in your video.


4) Kim's Wedding Dance Tip ""Dancing in Unusual Clothes""

First Dance: Jayson spinning Heidi at their wedding.
Some might argue that a tux and wedding gown are unusual garb. When getting fitted for your wedding clothes, both you and your fiance should sit, stretch and walk around to make sure you can move with ease. Nothing should be overly restrictive. The hem of your dress should be slightly off the floor, you don't want to be walking around like Mortisha Addams all night! If you have a train, bustle it!

Some things are more difficult. If either of you wear a Tiara or Crown, it must either be permanently affixed to your head, or you must dance less actively to keep it on. Our biggest tip here is to practice dancing in something similar shape-wise to what you will be wearing. You or a friend probably already have a huge bridesmaid or prom dress that is about the size of your gown. This will show you if you have any limitations in backward movement and get the man used to being next to you in a huge skirt without stepping on you. When teaching couples for their first danced, we have a crinoline that make the Bride wear on the last lesson specifically for this purpose! Jayson (see photo) was really happy we had done this because he was prepared and was not thrown off by how big Heidi's dress was while spinning her!



5) This issue's Featured Vendor

Call Julia Elena of Casa Mauricio at (202) 966-6767
or Click on the banner above to visit the Casa Mauricio web site

Julia Elena of Casa Mauricio has been designing elegant and stunning wedding gowns for years, and you can trust her to help you create your dream dress. At Casa Mauricio all dresses are crafted to the bride and therefore each is totally unique. Julia Elena is offering a free personal design consultation by appointment. Each consultation features attention to 5 salient points which you should consider when purchasing a gown.:

1)THE EVENT - a dress for a garden wedding is not the same as for a formal evening event. The dress sets the tone for the whole wedding.
2)THE PERSONALITY OF THE BRIDE - Who are you and what is your dream vision of how you want to look?!
3)THE BODY TYPE - Since each gown is made to order it will be a perfect fit, designed to highlight your best features.
4)BUDGET - Julia Elena is a designer, not a sales clerk working on a commission. She is interested in creating the perfect dress for you that you can afford.
5)PERSONALIZED COLOR ANALYSIS- an often overlooked yet crucial step in the selection of your dress. There are many shades of white (diamond, peachy, cream, yellow, blue...) and you want set off your skin tones to advantage.

MAKE A FUN RESOLUTION THIS YEAR!!!
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Book your lessons in advance and send us a deposit by the February 14th, 2007 and get a 10% Discount on any of our standard packages! You can Dance Beautifully at Your Wedding and for the rest of your life. Let us show you how fun and easy dancing together can be! Gift Certificates are available! Call (703) 868-0982 for more information on selecting a package and how you can get started!


6) Poems, Prayers & Promises

A romantic quote to simply to elevate your mood or to help you find the right sentiment for your vows or ceremony.

"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that
nothing else can bring."

Oscar Wilde


7) A New Bridal Themed Wallpaper for your computer desktop!

Now your computer screen can be dressed up too! Simply right click your mouse on our background and tell your computer to save ("set") as wall paper, BUT be sure you have saved the current background on you computer desktop first, if you want to get it back! If the background does not show up immediately, right click on your desktop background and click on refresh.

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