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Wedding Ezine - The Online Magazine


Issue December 16-31, 2004
Happy & Merry Everything!!!

We hope you enjoy our Wedding newsletter and find it both a fun and useful tool in the wedding planning process. Don't forget to book your Wedding Dance lessons with First Dance Impressions!
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
Information on Dance Lessons
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1) A Different Celebrity Wedding Photo from Past or Present!

Dancing into their new lives together, this issue's Royal Grooms are truly Princes Charming whirling
around the floor with their beautiful Brides. They are Crown Prince Frederik with Crown Princess Mary
and Prince Joachim with Alexandra Manley.



2) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

"The Wedding Rug"

The Wedding Rug is a tradition from the villages of the Carpathian Mountains in the Ukraine. Wedding rugs are usually about 6 feet long by 1 foot wide and made of white cloth with embroidered designs at both ends. The Bride and Groom stand on the middle solid white section during the marriage ceremony in the church. The rugs are made in many different color combinations and with a variety of designs. Flowers, wedding rings, wheat and birds are common themes. The most popular color combination is red and black on white fabric although pastels and bright multi-color combinations are also widely used. Most of the rugs have a message of luck embroidered into the white fabric. Symbolically the rug wishes wealth and prosperity for the couple so that they never need to face poverty standing on a bare earthen floor. After the ceremony, the wedding rug would be displayed in the newlyweds' new home.


3) Kim's Wedding Tips!

Kim Bosch van Drakenstein, Owner/Founder of First Dance Impressions & Social Dance Instructor When using props for your wedding be sure to have a detailed list of all the props being used, who is to bring and take them away, and when they are to be used in the service. This applies to almost everything you will need like the rings and ring pillow, unity candles, carpet runners (or wedding rugs), etc. You will want to make copies of said list to be given to the marriage officiant, the people caring for the items before and after the service and to your coordinator (even if it's your mother). A list of all sentimental and cultural props should also be given to whomever is preparing your wedding program so they know to include information of cultural significance or the fact you are using your grandmother's ring pillow. The last thing you need on your wedding day is the stress of trying to find these important items at the church or the worry of losing them. Planning is the key to being able to blissfully sail through the service without a hitch.


4) Kim's Wedding Dance Tip "The Grand Entrance! How to start the First Dance"

Matt leading Veronica onto the dance floor. Many couples start their first dance on the floor. This tends to add to the awkwardness of the moment. You will almost always have to wait at least 10 or 15 seconds for the music to start. Even from a professional's viewpoint, standing still with 200 eyes watching you can be nerve-wracking if you are doing nothing. When the music finally starts couples tend to begin dancing with a jerky start. We have all of our grooms lead their brides out onto the floor as the music starts, take dance hold and then start dancing. It is simple and elegant, shows off the bride more and leads to a sense of anticipation on the part of the guests. Additionally it is often hard for the groom to hear the beat and be on time during the musical introduction of a piece of music, which often tends to be different rhythmically from the rest of the song. Having him escort you onto the dance floor not only adds a touch of confident regal ambiance to the moment but also makes his life easier!

5) Group Classes

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

Argentine Tango Classes and Practice Parties,
Friday, January 7th, 2004


Kim and Fabio performing Argentine Tango1st & 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 "beginners’ 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. All First Dance Impressions Students get a $2 discount at the door!

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.

Argentine Tango Classes and Practice Parties,
Friday, January 21st, 2004


Argentine Tango performance with Kim and Fabio 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 "beginners’ 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. All First Dance Impressions Students get a $2 discount at the door!


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!

2005 Brides!!!

Don't Forget Our New Year's Resolution Special! Have you always wanted to dance? All 2005 Brides and Grooms who pre-book their lessons with First Dance Impressions and send in a deposit before January 1st, 2005 will receive a 10% discount on our current prices!



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.


"We Have Fallen into the place where everything is music.
The Strumming and the flute notes rise into the atmosphere,
And even if the whole world’s harp Should burn up,
There will still be hidden instruments playing."

Rumi

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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