Issue May 1-15, 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 Wedding photos this issue feature famous couples from stage and screen who are both famous in their own right. Jill Goodacre & Harry Connick Jr,
and country singer Clint Black with actress wife Lisa Hartman Black.

2) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

"Tying Up The Bride & Groom"

Around the world there are many traditions involving the tying together of the married couple. The most common is the Mexican Wedding Lasso. A large loop of rosary beads or a lasso (rope) is placed in a figure eight around the necks of the Bridal Couple after exchanging vows. A beautiful variant is to make the lasso of entwined orange blossoms (symbolizing fertility and happiness). A double rosary lasso is sometimes gifted by the grandparents and blessed with holy water 3 times in honor of the Trinity. A special person/couple places the lasso around the shoulders of the Bride and Groom, his shoulder first. The lasso could also be tied around their wrists. The couple wears the lasso throughout the service. The loop symbolizes their love which binds them together forever, sharing equally in the responsibility of marriage. At the end of the ceremony, the lasso is removed by either the couple which placed the lasso on the couple, or by the priest. The lasso is generally given to the Bride, a symbol of being the mistress of the Groom's heart and home.

Another tying tradition is that of Handfasting, originally a betrothing ceremony, now popular in some medieval and renaissance weddings, wherein the Bride and Groom's hands (wrists) are tied together with cord. In some versions, this is only done for as long as the ceremony lasts, but in others, the cord is not untied until the marriage is physically consummated. The color of the cord used has significance as well. Examples: Green (health, prosperity & fertility), Red (strength & passion) and Gold (unity, prosperity & longevity).

Some African tribes braid long grasses which are used to tie the hands of the Groom and Bride together to symbolize their union.

In the Hindu Vedic wedding ceremony a fine twine is used to bind one of the Bride's hand to one of the Groom's.

3) Wedding Tips!

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

Whether you are thinking of making an orange blossom lasso, sets of swags to decorate the pews or small table arrangements you can save a lot of money if you can do some of the floral decorations yourself. Wholesale warehouses like Costco and sam's Club often have a good variety of colors and many will let you order your flowers in advance. You can go for the simple elegance of using one kind of flower, or if you want to get more bang for your buck, mix in coordinating baby's breath and carnations. These flowers are extremely cheap but can really pump up the volume of an arrangement. Dendrobium orchids which have many blooms per graceful stalk are available in many colors and are an economical way to get more drama.

4) Wedding Dance Tip "Assume Your Roles!"

Our students Keven and Kim dancing rhumba for their first dance. We get a kick out of seeing our students wedding pictures and videos. The Bride looks at her Groom with a beatific smile on her face. They move together as one. He is leading her, turning and dipping her. He's even got a cute little smile because he's done a turn particularly well. This kodak moment bought to you by the total acceptance of the Victorian Leading Ethic. Ballroom Dancing, Leading and Following came to fruition in the Victorian era. This was a world where women were thought of as precious, yet fragile and likely to fall down at any time (corsets had many women fainting from lack of oxygen). Dance with that mind set!

Gentlemen - Your frame should be firm and your movements clearly defined. It is best to take the attitude that we are a little slow and could fall down at any time. We can not read your minds. If you don't move decisively we have no clue what you are doing. This may be the only time in your whole life where you will get serious positive reinforcement for being a Thug (Do not forget how precious we are)! If you know several moves, keep using them all the time, but change the order around to keep the us on our toes.

Ladies - We are doing a Zen Barbie thing here. Shut down the brain and wait. We smile, maintain our distance and go wherever they tell us to go. If The Bride is a "thinker", she should try practicing with her eyes shut. Let go of the idea of doing the step perfectly or being perfectly on time. WE MOVE WHEN THEY MOVE. If the woman is right and the man is wrong, he steps on her. Dancing woman's job description: "Look Beautiful and Don't Get Stepped On". Everything else is the man's responsibility. This may be the only time when being Fluffy Brained will pay off! We get to look fabulous, have a great time and nothing is our problem! It's a fun ride!

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!

Serving Maryland, DC and Virginia
Tel: 301.593.4209 or 1.800.337.4209
Click on the banner above to visit Night & Day Music or
Click here to e-mail Mike Suser, Band Leader of Night and Day Band

Night and Day Music can provide you with the perfect music for background or dancing! Elegance and class at a reasonable price! Night & Day has specialized in swing and big band sounds for the last 10 years but they do more than swing. With their larger ensembles you can have all the variety you want, including oldies, classic rock, Latin, ballroom, jazz and ethnic music. They can also provide ceremony music and solo cocktail piano. If desired, they'll help you with musical choices and act as master of ceremonies for your event.

Mention First Dance Impressions when you contract the band for a standard four hour reception and you will receive a free hour of "Cocktail Piano", an excellent way to keep your guests amused while you have your photos taken.

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.

'Till I LOVED,
I never lived - Enough.

Emily Dickinson

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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