Issue July 1-15, 2004,
Wedding Ezine -The Online Magazine
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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 were strong political women who embodied style and created fashion trends for other women around the world. They are Jacqueline Lee Bouvier with new husband JFK, and Queen Victoria staring into the eyes of her true love, Prince Albert.

2) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

"And A Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe"

The poem everybody knows actually has a 5th requirement:

"Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and a Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe".

Traditionally in accordance with the old English rhyme, the sixpence is placed in the Bride's left shoe by her father on the morning of her wedding . Folklore says it gives the couple prosperity in their new life together.

In Sweden, the parent's of the Bride have a similar traditional wedding custom. Before their daughter leaves for the church to be married, her mother gives her a gold coin to go in her right shoe, and her father hands her a silver coin to be placed in her left shoe. This way they know she will never go without.

Even here in the United States, some Brides slip a penny in their shoe for luck. Many of these get a bright, new penny to cover the "something new" as well. Others will get an old penny from the year of their husband's birth or of the year they met.

3) Wedding Tips!

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

Shop around on line for any coins that you decide to incorporate. The pricing on old coins can run anywhere from very reasonable to horrifically cost prohibitive. For your purposes mint condition is not necessary and esthically, aging is part of the charm, especially for "something old". Some brides will choose special sixpences for romantic reasons such as one minted under the rule of Queen Victoria (who had a long, happy marriage to her consort Prince Albert) or of Edward VIII (who gave up the crown of England to be with the woman he loved, Wallis Simpson). Please Do Not aggressively clean old coins. When a coin is cleaned, especially with chemicals and scrubbing, it loses a layer of the metal and may acquire very fine abrasion marks, which will in turn, affect the coin's monetary value.

I was not aware of this tradition when I got married but did use old coins. I purchased a group of 1000 year old Roman Emperor coins on QVC. These were very reasonable because they had massive signs of wear. They were also very cool looking. I picked out the best four and had these made into pendants for my bridesmaids and myself. We all wore something old and very unique when walking down the aisle. This could be tweaked to celebrate almost any heritage. The wealth of possibilities with old coins is endless.

4) Wedding Dance Tip "What not To Wear...!"
Kim and Doug's first waltz. Note the useless train holding ring. Doug dipping Kim, 1st dance. First Dance Waltz, holding the train.

Inspired by the BBC. Certain styles of dresses were never meant to be bustled. I wore my grandmother's dress and this was the case. They may try to sell you one of these Victorian style rings for the purpose of holding up your train. For dancing purposes these are worthless!!! The first photo, while a lovely photo of Doug and I dancing together, shows the veil free of the ineffective ring and the train is already slipping. The second photo is of a dip in the middle of our first dance. Notice that ring is totally unencumbered and the dress and veil are wrapped entirely around my feet! This was not an easy situation to dance out of and you never want it happening to you. If you refuse to bustle your dress then you must hold it as I am finally doing in the third photo. Hindsight being twenty-twenty, if I faced the same situation again, I would have a cord sewn into the underside of the train to give me a good secure handhold. It should also be mentioned that trains are heavy. Holding them out while dancing as in photo #3 will make the train look and dance more beautifully, but will also make the dress seem heavier than if your arm is in a more rounded shape.

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!

128 North Pitt Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314
Click on the banner above to visit and shop the web site
Local: 703-838-8583 or toll free: (866) WED-SHOE

My Glass Slipper has an excellent selection of couture bridal shoes and accessories. You can shop on line via the web site or treat yourself to a visit to their store. Brides that visit the store are personally assisted by a bridal specialist with unparalleled knowledge of the bridal shoe and accessory market. If you have questions, the bridal specialists at My Glass Slipper pride themselves on being the most knowledgeable about bridal shoes and accessories. They have the answers to all your questions regarding sizing, fit, comfort, color, fabric - you name it, they know it!

Print out this page and present it when you when you buy your shoes at My Glass Slipper and they will provide you with free gel inserts to make sure your feet feel great on Your Wedding day!

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.

"And when love speaks, the voice of all the gods
Makes heaven drowsy with the harmony."

Shakespeare: Love's Labor's Lost, IV, c.1595

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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