Issue March 16-31, 2004
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

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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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!

Our Celebrity photos this issue feature famous Grooms carrying their Brides over the threshold. They are Tony Curtis with new Bride Lisa Deutsch and Johnny & June Cash.

2) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

Bread, Salt and Wine for the Bride and Groom.

According to Polish wedding tradition, bread, salt and wine are very important and are included in the reception. The eating of Bread represents never being hungry. Salt is a reminder that times may be difficult and tears may be shed, but that the bridal couple will cope with whatever may happen. Wine represents good health and good spirits.

In Russian weddings a loaf of bread is bitten into during the ceremony by both the Bride and the Groom. The bread symbolizes health, long life and prosperity. Folklore states that whoever takes the biggest bite at the ceremony wears the pants in the family for the rest of the marriage!

In a traditional Lithuanian reception, the happy couple are given the "Elements Of Life": Bread and Salt so they will never be hungry, and Wine and Honey to bring them everything good in their lives together.

3) Kim's Wedding Tips!

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

Incorporating Traditions...

Tip: Including traditions that are particular to your family or culture can add memorable highlights for both your wedding day and for your wedding album. Conversely, do not be afraid to incorporate new traditions that you find meaningful personally - it is your wedding! If you decide to add these touches to your wedding or reception, be sure to include them in your wedding program if they are in the ceremony. If at the reception, have someone make an announcement describing the tradition and its meaning so that all of the guests can appreciate what you are doing. Additionally you might want to let the photographer know so that he or she will be prepared to catch all the action! A nice touch on the eating of bread would be to have a happily married woman make the loaf of bread for your wedding or reception to increase the symbolic value.

4) Wedding Dance Tip "How To Hold Your Hands!"

Our students Bob and Ellen dancing their 1st dance. Last issue we discussed how grooms hold and lead with their right arms . The man's left hand should be at the same level as the lady's jaw, half way between you and at about a 60 degree angle outward (don't put your arms straight up or pushing into your bodies). This hand to hand hold should move as little as possible. Men tend to push and pull the woman with their left arm. This looks jerky and is ineffective. The whole purpose of the hand to hand connection is to keep your frame open. It's important to keep the distance between you consistent so that you move together as one. Both men and women tend to squeeze or grasp the other's hand, which can go from uncomfortable to painful. Instead, press with the palms of our hands slightly cupped, and push into each other and up. One trick to finding the correct placement is to take a paper towel, wad it into a tight ball and place it in between your palms. Where the skin of your palms meet is where you apply pressure with hands at right angles to each other and the lady's fingers pointing up. Gently fold your fingers, without pressure so that your hands are cupped and Voila - The Perfect Connection!

Many ladies allow their right hand to hang on the gentlemen's left. This feels horrible and is heavy for the man. More importantly it does not help you to keep your frame up -- the only way you know he is coming. Allowing your hand to hang on his will unbalance him and make getting stepped on more likely. Look at the picture of our students Ellen and Bob. The position is comfortable and effective technically. It actually insures that the photographer will never be able to take a picture where the bride's face is obscured by the hands!

5) Group Classes

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

Check out the current Wedding Ezine for Group Lesson availability

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) 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.

"Where There Is Love, There Is Life"


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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