Issue September 16-30, 2004
Wedding Ezine -The Online Magazine

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
Offers the most full service Bridal Dance Packages. We hope you enjoy our Wedding newsletter, full of fun and useful information to help with your wedding day planning. Don't forget to book your wedding dance lessons!
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!

This issue's Celebrity Wedding pictures feature royalty sporting the traditional orange blossom tiaras. The first is an artist's rendering of Queen Victoria on her wedding day and the photo is of Belgium's Princess Paola Ruffo di Calabria.

2) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

"Why Are Orange Blossoms The Traditional Wedding Flower?"

Some say the association of orange blossoms with the bridal attire came from ancient China where they were considered symbols of purity, chastity and innocence. The orange tree is also symbolic of fruitfulness because it bears so abundantly and because it is one of the rare plants which blooms and bears fruit at the same time. During the Crusades, the custom traveled from the East to Spain, then to France, and had reached England in the early 1800's. Enchanting folklore and poetry sprung up throughout the continent about young maidens entwining fresh orange blossoms into bridal wreaths for their hair. The phrase "to gather orange blossoms" even took on the meaning of "to seek a wife". American Brides also became enthralled with orange blossoms." In the winter of 1828, President John Quincy Adams' second son married Miss Mary Hellen adorned in them for their White House Wedding. Queen Victoria created the rage for the sweet smelling blossoms when she wore them in a grand wreath for her 1840 wedding. In the sincerest form of admiration, all the influential etiquette journals of the 19th century dictated that brides include the blossoms in her wedding. When real orange blossoms were in short supply or in northern regions where citrus fruits did not grow well, wax replicas were used instead. These delicate flowers, either fresh or made of wax, continued to "fulfill the demands of tradition" well into the 1950s.

3) Kim's Wedding Tips!

Kim Bosch van Drakenstein, Owner/Founder of First Dance Impressions & Social Dance Instructor Keep your band or DJ in the loop with your timeline. They want to make you happy so , make it easy for them. Make sure they have a type-written copy of the wedding timeline. Let them know how much participation you want from them. Some couples want them to be the life of the party while others want more of a background music effect. Let them know what you want and expect up front. In addition to the time line you should provide them with a clearly labeled do not play list as well as a must play list from their repertoire or collection. Both bands and DJs tend to be good at organizing the order they play their music so let them worry about the flow of the nonessential music.

4) Kim's Wedding Dance Tip "Make sure of the tempo to which you will be dancing!"

Jay and Jen dancing Foxtrot for their First Dance In the case of a DJ spinning your music, make sure that he has the exact same version you do. One of my wedding couples wanted to dance to "Have I Told You Lately" by Van Morrison. When they started to dance they realized that the DJ was playing the Rod Stewart version. They were disappointed by this but were lucky because the tempos of those recordings are very similar so they had no problem dancing to it.
In the case a band playing your song you want to be obsessive. You want the band to either swear upon the life of their first born that the tempo will be the same as a specific version you have or they must provide you with a copy of themselves playing it. If they alter the tempo enough they can even change what dance a specific song is! One of the things we do while teaching you to dance is to make you dance to a variety of songs, both fast and slow, which are the same dance as your first dance. My students Jay and Jen had practiced expecting the band to play "L.O.V.E." at the same tempo as the original by Nat King Cole. They were very happy that I had made them dance to some slower Foxtrots during the lessons so that they had no problems adjusting to the much slower version played by the band.

5) Group Classes

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

Sign up for our mini groups in the winter! Have you and your friends always wanted to learn Swing, Salsa or even the sexy Argentine Tango? Dancing is a great stress reliever and wonderful social activity which can give you one of the best aerobic workouts possible. We will tailor a group class for 4, 6, 12 or even 50 people. No no experience is necessary. Call us at (703) 868-0982 for more information.

6) This issue's Featured Vendor!

Night & Day Music
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.

"I don't want to live - I want to love first, and live incidentally."

Zelda Fitzgerald

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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