Issue February 16-29, 2004

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

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

Table of Contents

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Celebrity Wedding Photos Wedding Traditions Kim's Wedding Tips
Wedding Dance Tips! Group Classes Bridal Vendor Special Offers
Poems, Prayers & Promises Bridal Themed "Wallpaper" Wedding Ezine Archive
Wedding Song Suggestion List Dance Lesson Information Free Wedding Ezine Subscription


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

The celebrities smiling for the camera are Jean-Claude Van Damme &
Gladys Portugues and Paul Hogan & Linda Koslowski.

2) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

The Wedding Purse.

One origin of wedding purses is the Italian custom of "Buste". The Bride carries"la Borsa", a satin bag into which guests place envelopes of money to help pay for the customarily lavish Italian weddings. Sometimes the bag is guarded by the bride's grandmother during the reception. Otherwise The Bride could also wear it and allow male guests to put money in it in exchange for a dance with her.

In England and Scotland similar purses ar referred to as "Dolly Bags" or "Dorothy Bags" were carried by the bridesmaids to carry the confetti in. The modern use of the dolly bag or wedding purse in the USA, is primarily as a convenience wedding accessory for carrying the Bride's or bridesmaids personal effects.

3) Kim's Wedding Tips!

We recently tied those knots and have tips, tricks and trials to share:

Carrying stuff around...

Kim's Tip: If you decide to go with a wedding purse then make it light weight as you are supposed to carry it around all day. Do not go hauling around a bunch of stuff you don't need. Other than your lipstick and tissues, you really don't need much else on your person. If you are planning on doing the dollar dance then a bridal purse is a must, as the alternate tradition has the men pinning money to your dress! When picking a wedding purse for such a purpose make sure that in addition to matching your dress, it opens and closes easily!

4) Wedding Dance Tip

"Gentlemen, Step Directly Into Your Partner!"

Our students Heather and Tim dancing foxtrot on their 1st dance. When trying to dance with the woman he loves, many untrained men will do one of two things: either shuffle from side to side in a circular manner or try sneaking the foot underneath the woman trying to avoid her feet.

For Grooms: You must move forward decisively. To the woman, following you means being PUSHED backwards. One of the biggest truths in dancing is that you are ten times more likely to step on a woman's foot if you try to avoid her. When moving forward, take your normal size stride straight forward. Yes, her foot is there now but it won't be because you will have moved her out of the way. Look at the groom in the picture. See how he is confidently stepping into the bride. This makes him very easy to follow.

For Brides: In Wedding Ezine Feb 1-15, we talked about how frame and posture help you follow your groom's lead. In addition, as your groom moves decisively forward into you, you must move straight back. When dancing. brides often tend to move slightly to the side in a misguided attempt not to get stepped on by the groom. The farthest distance between his feet and yours will always be achieved by going straight back.

6) Group Classes

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

Check out the current Wedding Ezine for Group Lesson availability

5) This issue's Featured Vendor!

Click on the banner above to visit Wanda's web site or
Click here to e-mail Wanda J. Lord-Steele.

Wanda has been specializing in wedding cakes for 27 years. She creates unique personalized cakes that delight both the palette and the eye and are as individual as the Bride's own personal style. All of Wanda's wedding cakes are artistically created using award winning designs. In addition to wedding cakes she also designs specialty and novelty cakes for the groom, birthdays or corporate functions.

Wanda's services include:
Consultation Services
Artistically Custom Designed Cakes
A Variety of Cake Flavors and Fillings
Delivery and Set-up
Available Complimentary Anniversary Cake
Groom's Cakes

Mention First Dance Impressions when consulting or ordering your cake and get 5% off the cost of your personally designed wedding confection!

7) 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.

"Love is a language spoken by everyone, but understood only by a heart."

Shirley Rindani

8) 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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