Issue July 16-31, 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 Wedding photos feature Nanci Chambers sharing the first kiss with David James Elliot and Lorenzo Lamas smooching with Kathleen Kinmont.

2) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

"What Is A Unity Candle?"

The Unity Candle is a relatively new tradition, only becoming popular about a decade ago. They tend to be more prevalent in Protestant churches or wedding ceremonies not conducted in church. Many Catholic and Jewish nuptials do not usually include it in the ceremony, since the Unity Candle is not a part of the traditional wedding liturgy. Couples use two lit taper candles, symbolizing their individuality, to light one large pillar candle as a symbol of the marriage commitment and their two lives becoming one. Others view the Unity Candle as a symbol of family unity and as part of the processional the mothers of the Bride and Groom light a taper candle in honor of their son or daughter at the altar. They return to their seats, and the tapers remain lit throughout the ceremony. After the vows have been said and the rings have been exchanged, the minister asks the Bride and Groom to take their individual taper candles and use them to light a larger candle, making one flame with their two. This symbolizes the joining of the families as well as the joining of the happy couple themselves. During the lighting of the Unity Candle, many couples will have a song played or a poem recited to accompany the ceremony.

Another Wedding Candle ceremony is the Moravian Wedding Ritual. The bridal couple lights a large candle together. All of the guests have been given a hand-made beeswax candle before the ceremony. The flame is passed along as each guest lights the candle of the one beside him until the whole church is aglow with the warmth of love of family and friends.

3) Wedding Tips!

Some wedding sites will not allow you to light candles and you should find out if your site will allow it, before you get your heart set on it. Those that do will want you to provide no drip candles. Make sure that the place for the candle lighting is protected from breezes. Before the ceremony, the wick should be trimmed to slightly more than a 1/4 inch and be straight up for ease of lighting and to allow the candle to burn evenly.

There are many different wedding unity candles to be bought out there, but candles are easy to make and pre made candles are easy to decorate. This can be done with ribbons, beads, pearls or even sea shells to fit any theme. If you chose to do this yourself, start making it 6 months in advance. If you like the first one you make, it will keep. If you don't like it, then you will still have time to try making others.

4) Wedding Dance Tip "Face The Guests For The Dip!"

Victor dipping Karen on their first dance.

All too often when the Groom dips the Bride at the end of the dance they are not facing the audience. Frequently the couple ends up facing towards the DJ or band. Usually the guests are all around you rather than being seated, but they will rarely stand in front of the speakers. Ideally you should be facing towards the largest group of people as demonstrated by our students in the photo above. Find a "cue"- some unique riff in the music, so you have a marker when it is time to position yourselves for the dip. If you are not looking at each other, look directly out into the audience or, as is my preference, about three feet above their heads. People will often look down, which shades their faces. If you look slightly above this will put your head at the photographically desirable 3/4 angle and make sure that your face is well lit.

5) Group Classes

Our teachers run events and perform locally on a regular basis.

No Group Classes are currently being offered.

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. It's a perfect place for a romantic holiday, a getaway weekend or a 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 will add a 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.

"Two souls with but a single thought,
Two hearts beat as one. "

Friedrich Halm

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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