Issue December 16-31, 2003
Happy and Merry Everything!

Our Brides and Grooms have danced the night away at their fairytale weddings! Let us help you plan Your 1st Dance and MORE!

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

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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.


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

This issue we have the celebrities walking hand in hand, down the aisle for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. We have Tom Arnold leading the lovely Shelby Roos, and Tom DeLonge of Blink amidst a storm of petals with his new bride Jennifer Jenkins.


3) Poems, Prayers & Promises

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

"Love? I will tell thee what it is to love!
It is to build with human thoughts a shrine,
Where Hope sits brooding like a beauteous dove;
Where Time seems young, and Life a thing divine.
All tastes, all pleasures, all desires combine
To consecrate this sanctuary of bliss.
Above, the stars in cloudless beauty shine;
Around, the streams their flowery margins kiss;
And if there's heaven on earth, that heaven is surely this.

Charles Swain


4) Kim's Wedding Tips!

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

Aisle Runners...

Kim's Tip: Aisle Runners can be a great way to formalize an outdoor or not church wedding. Even in the church they set the whole bridal march mood. In fact, many houses of worship will not usually allow you to have rose petals to be thrown in front of you,For fear of damaging their carpet. An aisle runner can often be the perfect compromise. Many Rental places however, (not all) can charge a fortune for these pieces of fabric. My tip is too consider buying the fabric yourself. Many fabric stores will let you sign up for their newsletters to get discounts. I get at least one 50% of any one item from Joann Fabrics every 2 months. One fabric cut is considered an item, so go with the exact measurements you need and buy one extra yard. You can match the color of your dress, bridesmaids' dresses, flowers or whatever you like. One long running stitch on either side is all you need, but if you are a true no-sew kind of girl, decorative pinking shears will do the trick as well. In retrospect I wish I had made a runner for my outdoor wedding my train now has grass stains on it.

4A)Wedding Dance Tip
"Practicing A Little Makes Perfect!"
We have been teaching people to dance for years and have learned how to make it a lot of fun for beginners. We have learned to show a man how to lead and a woman how to follow. Without the help of a professional couples are often frustrated, which results in tension (imagine two people in a car, who had never been shown how to drive trying to learn how to drive a stick shift). We recommend initially that couples practice, but only for 5 minutes at a time. Couples tend to want to practice for longer periods of time, transforming it into more of a chore than a fun romantic moment spent together. Dancing together for 5 minutes once or twice a week for a few months will teach you to move together and enjoy it.

5) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

Get Me To The Church On Time...

These days we usually have a limo or a family member take the Bride to the church, but it used to be a little harder to get there. A Bride used to have to be in shape and on the ball! Walking used to be thought the best way of getting to Church. This would give the Bride the maximum opportunities to spot lucky omens. Having the sun shine on the Bride, seeing a rainbow, meeting a black cat or a chimney sweep (some people actually hire one to attend the wedding) are all lucky. Seeing a pig, hare or lizard running across the road, or spotting an open grave were all considered bad omens. Try to avoid Monks or Nuns as well, seeing either was thought to foretell barrenness and a life dependant on charity.
In Austria, when the Bride is ready to leave her house for the wedding she casts a last look in the mirror for good luck, and is not supposed to look at it again. Bad weather on the way to the wedding there is thought to foretell an unhappy marriage, although other cultures consider rain a good omen. Cloudy, windy skies are believed to cause stormy marriages, snow conversely is associated with fertility and wealth.
One traditional French custom still practiced in small villages today, has the Groom call on his future Bride at her home on the morning of their wedding day. He escorts her to the wedding chapel and the town's children stretch white ribbons across the road, which the Bride cuts.
In some small towns in Italy, it gets even harder. It is customary for the Italian couple getting married to walk to the wedding chapel together also. The townsfolk place obstacles in the Bride's path to see how she will react to domestic situations. If she picked up a broom, for example, she will keep a clean house. If they put a child in her way and she stopped to help him, she will be a good mother. In some regions, the Bride and Groom must cut a log in half before they reach the wedding site, using a double handled saw. This demonstrates their partnership in love and marriage.


6) This issue's Featured Vendor!

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7) Special Events!

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