Issue June 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 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!

This issue's Celebrity Brides and Grooms are the Dutch Royals Princess Irene with Carlos Hugo and Crown PrinceWillem-Alexander Kissing his new Bride Maxima.

2) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

"Planting Your Way To Wedded Bliss"

There is a charming tradition surrounding planting Lilies of the Valley in Holland. After a Dutch wedding, the newlyweds plant lilies of the valley around their new home. This tradition symbolizes "the return of happiness". Every year as the lilies bloom the happy couple is reminded to celebrate and renew their love.

A similar tradition exists in Switzerland. After the Swiss couple come back from their honeymoon and are living in their new home, they plant a pine tree in their yard to represent fertility.

An old Czech tradition also involves planting. Friends of the Bride would plant a tree in her yard, decorating it with brightly colored ribbons and painted eggshells. Legend held the Bride would live as long as the tree. The night before her wedding day, her friends would also give her a crown made of rosemary representing wisdom, love and loyalty.

3) Wedding Tips!

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

Blooming bulbs can be made into lovely simple table centerpieces. They can be "forced" and ordered from florists at most times of year. The pots can be wrapped in either foil or fabric to match your wedding colors. Provided that you have someone who will water them on your honeymoon, you can easily plant them after you get back. While the tradition above stipulates lilies of the valley, any hardy perennial flower bulb would work and dramatically increase your color selections. Other good options include Hyacinths, daffodils, tulips ( not quite as hardy as the others) or crocus.

4) Wedding Dance Tip "Laugh backward !"

Our students Tim and Rebecca dancing at their wedding. Dancing is a lot of fun and people often laugh while they dance. There is a natural tendency when you laugh or are insecure to lean forward, drop your shoulders and bring your arms inward, melting into each other. In dancing, this can cause a world of problems, the most painful of which is that the woman will get stepped on. Leaning forward and allowing your arms to go slack or crunch inward will utterly destroy your frame. The frame is how you hold one another as in the photo of our students Tim and Rebecca. A firm frame is necessary in order to lead and follow; the woman's left arm on the man's right shoulder should maintain a consistent distance between their bodies and the man's right arm on the woman's back should keep her firmly in front of him. The hands you hold (woman's right in man's left) should push lightly into the other helping you stay straight and maintain the other contact points. When you laugh you want to keep your head up or throw it back and if anything push more firmly outward more keep the frame firm.

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 John Whitman's web site or
Click here to e-mail John Whitman.

John Whitman's style in covering weddings is unobtrusive and candid. He is very easy to work with and is always catching people in the best light possible at all the events we do together. Below are some of his clients' personal comments on his work:

"The pictures are absolutely beautiful - everything I had hoped for and more."

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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.

"If love were what the rose is,
And I were like the leaf,
Our lives would grow together
In sad or singing weather,
Blown fields or flowerful closes,
Green pleasure or gray grief.

A. C. Swinburne: A Match, 1866

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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