Issue April 1-15, 2004
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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.

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!

Our Celebrity photos this issue feature famous couples lifting their glasses to their lives together. They are Valerie Bertinelli with Eddie Van Halen and Melissa Joan Hart with Mark Wilkerson.

2) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

The "Coup De Marriage".

An old French tradition has the newly married couple take their first drink from a special double-handled toasting cup, usually made out of silver, called a "Coupe De Marriage". According to tradition, these are passed down though the generations as family heirlooms. In more modern times, we tend to have changed this to a pair of matching bridal flutes for the Bride and Groom.

There is also a charming legend for the German Wedding Cup. Centuries ago in Nuremberg, a noble lady named Kunigunde fell in love with a goldsmith. Kunigunde's wealthy father did not approve of this match, but she rejected all other suitors. The nobleman even imprisoned the goldsmith and watched Kunigunde pine away for her true love. The wealthy nobleman finally said he would allow his daughter to marry the goldsmith if he could make a cup from which two people could drink at the same time without spilling any wine. The skillful goldsmith, inspired by love, created his masterpiece. He sculpted a girl with a smile as beautiful as his own true love's. Her skirt was hollowed to serve as a cup. Her raised arms served as a bucket that swivels so that it could be filled and then swung towards a second drinker. Having done the impossible, the goldsmith was finally permitted to marry the nobleman's daughter and the Bridal Cup became a romantic and memorable wedding tradition. See the our featured vendor's site below for toasting sets or German wedding cups.

During a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony the couple drinks wine and honey from goblets tied together with red string (red is considered the color of love and joy).

In Japan, the happy couple becomes man and wife after they take the first sip of sake together. Tradition has them take eight more sips of sake.

3) Kim's Wedding Tips!

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

Protecting Your Heirlooms...

Kim's Tip: Be sure to assign a specific person to be in charge of special family heirlooms which are to be used in your ceremony or reception. Do not leave this to chance. In my case it fell exclusively to family, as I knew I would be too busy to take care of them. I wore my grandmother's dress and her ring pillow as well, because it matched the dress. We placed a portrait of her in the gown next to the sign-in book. Additionally we had a hand blown cake topper of a dancing couple, bought at an art gallery. All these touches had meaning to me, and I would have been devastated had they been lost. The day before the wedding, family members were given marching orders to put these items their cars immediately after they were used.

4) Wedding Dance Tip "Dancing Is FUN!!!!!!"

Whether or not you take lessons to learn how to dance, you and your fiance should try dancing together for fun. How confident a man feels about dancing has everything to do with how he will perform Our students Bobby and Kara dancing swing at their wedding. under the pressure of being watched by 200 eyes. When dancing, women want to look beautiful and have fun. Men have an entirely different motivation - men do not want to "look stupid". This masculine desire is much stronger than any dream we may have about looking like Cinderella at the ball. Some men feel so ill at ease with dancing, that they suggest not having a first dance! Luckily most men can be brought around fairly easily with a little practice and the right attitude from you. Men like to do things that they do well, have total control over and for which they get positive reinforcement. Too often, we try to lead them when their lead is weak. This is natural - someone has to lead! The problem is that to him, it feels like you are holding the steering wheel, while he is driving. No man ever enjoys being pulled around by a woman on the dance floor! I suggest you place the non- dancing male in a secure private place and try dancing together to music that will inspire him to move. "Love Man" off the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack is very effective for loosening guys up. Think "FUN". Flirty helps too. Try to move with him. Smile at him, say "Spin me" and WAIT for him to do so. Negative reinforcement NEVER works, so enjoy yourself and say nothing critical. The real trick to getting your fiance to love dancing is to show him that it is as fun as driving a Jag or playing a video game.


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!

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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.

"At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet."

Plato: Symposium, circa 300 B.C.

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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