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Wedding Ezine - The Online Magazine

April 1-15, 2005
Happy April Fool's Day!

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!

This issue's celebrities are presidential hopefuls John F Kennedy with Jacqueline Lee Bouvier and Al Gore with his Bride Tipper.

2) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

"Sugar In The Glove"

Daniel Day Lewis and Winona Rider Waltzing in The Age Of InnocenceOne Greek wedding custom is for the bride to put a sugar cube into one of the fingers of her glove before the ceremony to bring sweetness to the marriage.

Gloves in of themselves add to the formality of an occasion. They were all the rage in Victorian times. The length for ladies was also dictated by the time of day and the dress code. During the daytime or for less formal affairs shorter gloves would be worn. They were actually de rigueur in dancing as it would have been considered shocking to allow one's hands to come in contact with the skin of one's dance partner. Check out the inset photo of Daniel Day Lewis and Winona Rider Waltzing in The Age Of Innocence.

3) Kim's Wedding Tips!

Kim Bosch van Drakenstein, Owner/Founder of First Dance Impressions & Social Dance Instructor Thinking about gloves...

1) Make sure they fit. Having on gloves that don't fit right is like having a pebble in your shoe. If the fingers are too long you will look funny and have a hard time picking things up. If the fingers are too short then it will give you a bit of a webbed look and make your fingers look shorter. The worst from my perspective is when there is not enough stretch through the thumb which will makes me feel constricted. If you are ordering on line be sure to give yourself enough time to return them and get another size.
2) Pick a color and a length that compliments your gown. There are many shades of white and you want the gloves to be the same shade as your dress. As mentioned above, traditionally the shorter gloves are for daytime and less formal weddings, however looks wise: the longer the sleeve the shorter the glove and visa versa. An opera length glove works beautifully with a sleeveless gown and shorter kit style gloves work better with a long sleeved gown. In this modern world feel free to wear whichever you like the best. It is your day.
3) Buy two pairs at least. You will get smudges on them. I have never made it through a night in gloves without getting something on them!

4) Kim's Wedding Dance Tip "The Bride Only Spins Once In A Row!"

Our student Jason spinning his wife Heidi on their first dance!
Occasionally for less formal weddings women wear a small dress but most of us get married in a skirt that is way bigger than anything we have worn before or will ever wear again. An average to small skirt has at least 40 yards of fabric in it. This means that the dress spins much slower than the woman. Check out the inset of our students Jason and Heidi for corroboration. If the Groom spins the Bride once and keeps dancing the skirt will work it's way around but if he spins her twice in a row the dress will wrap twice around her legs and she will become a very beautiful mermaid and the couple will be able to to little else but sway side to side. This does not mean that the groom shouldn't spin the bride! I give my guys a minimum quota of 5 spins per dance. Just make sure the groom doesn't do it twice in a row. If your groom gets carried away and does it accidentally then tell him to spin you once in the opposite direction to untangle you.

5) Group Classes

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

Sign up for our mini groups in the spring!
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 the logo above to go to the web site or call (202) 966-6767 to talk with Julia Elena,
owner of the Casa Mauricio Bridal Shop.

Your dream dress may well be out on a rack somewhere but how many will you have to try on? How many anxious sales people will you have to talk to who are more interested in getting rid of last year's fashion than in creating your dream? At Casa Mauricio it all starts with you. Julia Elena of Casa Mauricio has been designing elegant and stunning wedding gowns for years, and you can trust her to help you create your dream dress. At Casa Mauricio all dresses are crafted to the bride. Each gown Julia Elena creates is totally unique. Julia Elena is offering a free personal design consultation to those Brides who mention First Dance Impressions. She is available by appointment only. Each consultation feature attention to 5 salient points.

1) THE EVENT - a dress for a garden wedding is not the same as for a formal evening event. The dress sets the tone for the whole wedding.
2) THE PERSONALITY OF THE BRIDE - Who are you and what is your dream vision of how you want to look?!
3) THE BODY TYPE - Since each gown is made to order it will be a perfect fit, designed to highlight your best features.
4) BUDGET - Julia Elena is a designer, not a sales clerk working on a commission. She is interested in creating the perfect dress for you that you can afford.
5) PERSONALIZED COLOR ANALYSIS- an often overlooked yet crucial step in the selection of your dress. Julia Elena is highly experienced in ascertaining which shades of white (and there are many - diamond, peachy, cream, yellow, blue...) will set off your skin tones to advantage.

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.

"The best way to hold a man is in your arms."

Mae West

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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