Issue October 1-15, 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! Special Events 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 beautiful celebrity brides decided to get married with a more natural backdrop, the ocean. They are Solange Knowles with new husband Daniel Smith and model
Cindy Crawford walking hand in hand with Rande Gerber.

2) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

"The Ritual Bridal Bath"

There are many Bridal Bath traditions all over the world. Navaho tradition has the women of the tribe preparing a ritual bath for the Bride and helping her dress. An ancient Jewish tradition called a "Mikvah" also involves the participation of older women of the community. The Bride is immersed several times in a pool or body of water and then speaks a special blessing for spiritual purification. She is symbolically "born anew" as she emerges from the waters and ready to cross the sacred threshold into marriage. Chinese tradition has the Bride take her purifying bath the day before her wedding. The ritual herbs used include bamboo, pine and artemisia which promise her married life to be long, prosperous and strong.

3) Kim's Wedding Tips!

Kim Bosch van Drakenstein, Owner/Founder of First Dance Impressions & Social Dance Instructor Some flowers, such as roses, float and can be used as decorations in ponds at your site or in glass bowls as part of your centerpieces. My florist floated white roses in the reflecting pool next to the alter at my outdoor wedding site. The cost for this was practically nothing because she was able to use some of the less perfect roses. She simply peeled back and outward the petals from the rose. Play with this yourself is you want to use the idea. Also ask your florist about other possibilities, they will know which flowers float and which don't. Recently there have been a lot of florists at wedding expos showing huge clear glass vases where the submerged flowers are the display -- you have to see it to appreciate it, but this is a good way to extend the the life of the more heat affected blossoms which tend to wilt as the reception goes into the night.

4) Kim's Wedding Dance Tip "Make Your Dance Your Own!"

Our students Allen and Alicia dancing their 1st Dance. In past issues I've talked a lot about how you should pick you song based on how much you love it and /or because it epitomizes your relationship. Additionally you can further customize your dance. Most couples traditionally dance immediately following their entrance, when they are announced to the reception guests as "Mr. & Mrs." You can dance any time you want in the reception. I had one Bride who had their wedding favors - bubbles handed out before the first dance so the guests could blow bubbles on them as they danced. This made for really fun photos but if the song is a long one be careful not to slip! Our students Allen and Alicia had the lady on the left signing the words of their 1st dance song for those guests who could not hear. Personal touches such as these make your wedding even more special and uniquely memorable.

5) Group Classes

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

Argentine Tango Classes and Practice Parties,
Friday, October 1st, 2004

1st & 3rd Friday of every month at Generations Dance Studio in Alexandria. The fabulous Fabio Bonini will be teaching the sexy Argentine Tango with a practice party "Milonga" afterwards. The "total beginner" lesson is 7:30-8:15pm and the "beginnersí challenge" lesson runs 8:15-9pm. From 9pm-midnight dance at the MILONGA (Argentine Tango Dance). Only $12! BYOB; soft drinks and snacks provided. For more details call Fabio Bonini at (703) 200-4520.

Argentine Tango Class, Practice Parties and Performance,
Friday, October 15th, 2004

Same as above but Kim Bosch van Drakenstein will be performing a tango routine with Fabio Bonini during the Milonga. The "total beginner" lesson is still 7:30-8:15pm and the "beginnersí challenge" lesson runs 8:15-9pm. From 9pm-midnight dance at the MILONGA (Argentine Tango Dance). Only $12! BYOB; soft drinks and snacks provided. For more details call Fabio Bonini at (703) 200-4520.

Society Ball celebrating the American-Austrian 50th Anniversary,
Saturday, October 16, 2004

The American-Austrian Society will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of its founding with an elegant white-tie Ball at the Embassy of Austria. The wonderful 14-piece Con Brio Orchestra will sweep you off your feet with the music of Strauss, Waldteufel, and Lehar. A traditional Austrian dessert buffet will be served, accompanied by Austrian wines and champagnes. There will also be dance and vocal performances and door prizes! The doors of the Austrian Embassy open at 8:00 PM and dancing goes until 1:00 AM. Valet parking available. Capacity is limited. Tickets for members are $90 per person, for guests $120 per person. The invitation and response card are available on the web site:

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!

Click on the logo above to visit Innovation Events and Best Wishes Floral Design web site
or call 703-203-2870 to contact Janet Carter of Best Wishes Floral Design.

Flowers for your Wedding Day!
In-Home Consultations
Creative Bouquets and Floral Design
& Bouquet Preservation

In addition to the standard wedding flower arrangements, such as Bouquets, centerpieces and boutonnieres, they are offering a totally new way to surprise your guests: Embossing on Live Flowers. . . Your Names, Wedding Date Or Any message you choose!

Mention First Dance Impressions when you order your complete floral design package from Best Wishes Floral Design and receive 36 cups of these Fresh Imprinted Rose Petals for your Wedding Day Free! A $72.00 value. Offer good with this ad and the purchase of a complete flower package.

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.

"This marriage be wine with halvah, honey dissolving in milk.
This marriage be the leaves, and fruit of a date tree.
This marriage be women laughing together for days on end.
This marriage, a sign for us to study.
This marriage, beauty.
This marriage, a moon in a light blue sky.
This marriage, this silence fully mixed with spirit."


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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