Issue April 16-30, 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!

Our Celebrity photos this issue feature famous couples who did things their own way. They are Matthew Broderick with Sarah Jessica Parker who just invited their guests to a "party" and were married in black, and Scott Hamilton with new bride Tracie Robinson dressed in a skating inspired dress with shoes that looked like skates that Scott found only the night before .

2) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

"Why is the Bride usually on the Left and the Groom on the Right?"

It is amazing how many traditions come down to us from the tradition of "marriage by capture". The idea is that the Groom must have his right hand free during the ceremony to fight off the bride's family and or other suitors. Presumably he would be holding her hand with his left as they continued on with the service in spite of these distractions. No mention is made of left handed gentlemen. This is why the Bride stands on the left, and the Groom on the right.

3) Kim's Wedding Tips!

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

Stand Up For What You Want...

Kim's Tip: Planning your wedding can be difficult. Your friends, family and vendors will all have an idea of how you should do things. In some cases these people will keep you from going off the deep end. At other times they will try to substitute their idea of a perfect wedding for your own. You will have to compromise in some areas, but not all. Think about those things that are truly important to you and do not let others dictate the shape of your wedding. I was amazed that the owner of my wedding site thought she could dictate how my bridesmaids were going to come down the hill to enter the Rose garden site for my wedding. I am a dancer. All my bridesmaids were dancers and I had choreographed how I wanted to have them enter. She informed me that things weren't done this way and told me how it would happen. When faced with this kind of vendor do not worry about being perceived of as "nice". Nice will get you their perfect wedding, not yours. I told her it was my wedding and that nothing in our contract said anything about her having control over my ceremony and she relented. Okay, she thought I was Bridezilla, but how many times do I have to rent that site? By the way, everyone was knocked out by the bridesmaids entrance!

4) Wedding Dance Tip "Dancing In Odd Places!"

Our students Christine and Brian dancing rhumba. Be open to new places to dance. Opportunities to dance will present themselves. When they do -- Stand Up and Dance!! One should try to seize these moments to add spice to life. You will spend a lot of time waiting for things. You can just stand there or you can do something with it! If there is room and there is music, there can be dancing! If you like a particular type of music, go to see the bands play. Most musicians like, and in many cases are inspired by, having people dance to their music. Ironically, some of the easiest and most convenient places to practice are in parking lots at the end of a well attended event. Examples: Wolf Trap, Kennedy Center, Nissan Pavilion. Take a couple of CDs and go to a concert, play, or band you and your fiance will both enjoy. After the event is over, instead of getting in your car and madly joining the traffic jam, put on your music and dance together for a half hour. The traffic will have eased and You will have had fun. Dancers do this all the time. All comments made to us while dancing in public have always been positive. Dancing is a lifelong skill which can turn a mundane or even aggravating situation into a magical moment! .

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 logo above to visit The Grey Horse Inn web site
or call 540-253-7000 to speak with Innkeepers John and Ellen Hearty

Located in the heart of Hunt Country, The Plains, Virginia, The Grey Horse Inn is an exclusive bed and breakfast nestled between Middleburg and Warrenton, near Upperville, Marshall and Manassas. It is a beautiful spot for having a small wedding or for housing your guests if you are having a wedding in the Hunt Country Area. Their six guest rooms are luxuriously appointed with antique furniture from the ante-bellum era and sumptuous linens, perfect for the romantic holiday, getaway weekend or Honeymoon night. Each guest room has a king or queen size bed and a private bath. A gourmet breakfast and home-baked goodies are provided along with many unique amenities that add a very personal touch to your stay.

Mention that First Dance Impressions referred you and receive 10% off the price of your rooms and a free bottle of wine for all couples celebrating an anniversary!

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.

"There is nothing holier, in this life of ours, than the first consciousness of Love -
the first fluttering of its silken wings,"

H.W. Longfellow: Hyperion, III, 1839

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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