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Issue March 16-31, 2003
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

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Our students Tim and Molly dancing the Foxtrot for their first dance.

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Bridal "Wallpaper" Celebrity Weddings Poems, Prayers & Promises
Kim's Wedding Tips Wedding Traditions Featured Bridal Vendor
Wedding Dance Tips! Special Events! Wedding Ezine Archive
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1) 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.
Clonmacnoise monastery was founded in 545 AD. when the rest of Europe was in the dark ages, it was considered an "island of saints and scholars". Today it is one of Ireland's more famous visitors' centers. For hundreds of years, couples in love have stood on each side of this arch whispering their words of love to each other.

2) A Different Celebrity Wedding Photo from Past or Present!

In the old days, many Irish brides wore a wreath of wildflowers in their hair. This issue's celebrity brides follow in this charming tradition. They are Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton, Tatum O´Neal & John McEnroe, and Dafna Gesner & Harvey Keitel.

3) Poems, Prayers & Promises

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

"Here they stand hand in hand they've exchanged wedding bands
Today is the day of their dreams and their plans,
and all we who love them just wanted to say.
May God bless this couple who married today.
In good times and bad times in sickness and health
may they know that riches are not needed for wealth
and help them face problems they'll meet on their way
Oh god bless this couple who married today.
May they find peace of mind comes to all who are kind
May the rough times ahead become triumphs in time
May their children be happy each day
Oh God bless this family who started today
As they go may they know every love that was shown
And as life it gets shorter may their feelings grow
Wherever they travel wherever they stay
May God bless this couple who married today"

       Ian Betteridge

4) Kim's Wedding Tips!

We recently tied those knots and have tips, tricks and to be avoided stories to share:

Planning a Theme Wedding ...

1) Themes, such as Irish, can really make your wedding unique and memorable but it is possible to go too far. You want to strike a balance between having an no theme and looking like you have bought everything in the store that might work. Often several thematic touches will be enough to convey your theme without looking tacky.
2) Research on line in your spare time. Many cool traditions are to be found on the Internet and often your will be able to find quotes for your ceremony, ideas for favors and decorating tables which you can use. Looking on line will also give you a ballpark idea of what these items will cost so that you can be better prepared when you talk with your local vendors.
3)Use your wedding program to further your theme and explain the touches to your guests. List the author of quotes and why you chose to use them, explain anything that might be unusual about your wedding. In my case, I wore my grandmother's wedding dress and wanted everyone to know it and to look at the portrait of her on her wedding day. A wedding program can often be made on your own computer so you can have it look exactly as you'd like it. Be sure you start this project at least a month before your actual wedding day so you don't stay up all night the day before your wedding getting it done.

4A)Wedding Dance Tip
If you are having a hard time finding traditional Irish music to dance to try some modern artists such as Enya. In the past 10 years the new age Irish artists have really outdone themselves in creating romantic, almost haunting melodies sung in Gaelic. Enya has some beautiful waltzes which have an easy beat to hear.

5) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

Many stories surround the the origins of the Claddagh Ring. Rings like the Claddagh ring have been worn in Brittany and in Spain, as well as Ireland. Gaelic literature throws no light on the mystery of the emblem's origin. We know for sure that Claddagh Ring has been around for at least 300 years and that Richard Joyce is the earliest known maker of this unique ring. He flourished as a craftsman in gold and silver in Galway up to about 1730. Some of his Claddagh Rings and Silver Chalices are kept in Museums and collections throughout Ireland. Whether the Claddagh symbolism was originally his design we will never know. No one knows why they are named for the quaint village of the Claddagh as they were worn all across Galway County, but it is certain that by the mid 1880's they were extremely popular there. They were viewed as family heirlooms and passed from grandmother to granddaughter. They were used as wedding rings, and the Claddagh residents often scrimped and saved to be able to buy good quality Claddagh rings. The Claddagh Village no longer exists, but up to about 70 years ago, it was a highly self-contained community, with something approaching local autonomy.
In more recent times the Claddagh Ring with the hands holding the crowned heart, is given and worn as a symbol of love, friendship and loyalty. It is also worn with great pride by Irish descendants throughout the world as a symbol of their Irish heritage.

Wearing the Claddagh Ring: The ring worn on the right hand, crown turned inwards tells that the wearers heart is yet unoccupied, worn with the crown turned outward reveals love is being considered. Worn on the left hand the crown turned outwards shows all, that the wearer's heart is truly spoken for.

6) This issue's Featured Vendor!

Click on the banner above to visit Bagpiping For All Occasions or
Click here to e-mail Norm Weaver directly

Let the sound of the great highland bagpipe add a note of distinction to your wedding. The pipes have long been a tradition for Scottish and Irish weddings. But you do not need Scottish or Irish roots to appreciate their special contribution to your celebration. They can be used to welcome the guests as they arrive for your wedding, lead the groom and groom’s men or the bride and bride’s maids into the service, or even entertain your guests while photographs are taken after the ceremony, as they go through your receiving line. You can have them perform outside your reception site as guests arrive, announce the new bride and groom entering the reception or sound the fanfare as you leave. Norm Weaver would enjoy working with you to develop a special program of bagpipe music for your special wedding. With more than 20 years experience in piping for weddings, he can also help you find ways of adding other touches of Celtic heritage to make your wedding even more memorable.

Mention First Dance Impressions referred you and receive 10% off Norm Weaver's Bagepiping Services!

7) Special Events!

Our teachers run events and perform locally on a regular basis.

Check out the current Wedding Ezine for Group Lesson availability

Forever Tango at the Warner Theatre March 19-23, 2003

Forever tango is one of the great Fantasia (Show) Tango Shows. The seven Argentinean couples perform Tango as you've never seen it danced before. Music lovers will be thrilled by the eleven piece orchestra. Not to be missed! We will be in the audience with you! For tickets call 1-800-669-STAGE.


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