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Wedding Ezine - The Online Magazine

April 16-30, 2005

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 celebrity weddings are have a very crimson theme. The newlyweds featured are Bollywood's Namrata Baruwa & Vikram Shroff and Hollywood's Anne Heche & Coley Laffoon.

2) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

"Red - The Color Of Love"

Throughout Asia the color red symbolizes prosperity, love, joy and good luck and therefore is often featured heavily in the wedding themes of Chinese and Japanese weddings and receptions. The traditional Chinese bridal gown is often red. The red theme can be carried over to the wedding invitations and wedding favor gift boxes or envelopes for cash gifts. Sometimes even the bridal couple's homes are decorated in red on the wedding day. In more traditional Japanese weddings the bride-to-be wears a white kimono but for the wedding reception, she changes into a red kimono and again later into a western-style gown. Symbolic of wealth and happiness in Japan, red and gold are prefered colors. The invitations sent to the guest are frequently wrapped in red gift-wrap. Any gifts of money to the newlyweds in both cultures are presented in red envelopes for the same reason. Even in the western world red remains the color of passion and true love since Victorian times.

3) Kim's Wedding Tips!

Kim Bosch van Drakenstein, Owner/Founder of First Dance Impressions & Social Dance Instructor 1) Red is a color that makes a big statement. At the last Asian wedding I went to, the flowers were red as were the napkins which were adorned with black laquered chopsticks which did double duty as ornamentation and wedding favors. The mixing of white, black and red gave the whole atmosphere a very clean lovely zen feeling which was tradition and modern at the same time.

2) With any theme it is better to have artful touches than to go whole hog! To much of anything is not a good thing. All colors stand out against white so it is a good Idea to use that as a back drop. This will allow you to use the standard white linens (saving money in the process)and people will notice the special touches more easily.

4) Kim's Wedding Dance Tip "The Secret of a Flawless Underarm Turn!"

Our students Tom and Cori Lee dancing their 1st dance.
Some women worry about dancing in their up do. If your groom or perhaps another family member likes to spin you on the dance floor, try to stay close to him and to turn underneath your own arm rather than his. Many women make the mistake of trying to turn underneath the arm of the man which forces them to duck. There is no elegant or graceful way to duck! We find that women also try to put too much space between themselves and the gentlemen they are dancing with. These two actions will not only make the turns ugly but will also make you more likely to damage your updo. Notice our student on the left. She doesn't have a big veil to worry about, but look at how much space she has in her underarm turn. She has plenty of room for an updo as well as a tiara! This is because she is close to her husband and is turning under her own arm rather than under his. Her head is also up, which is crucial for looking wonderful dancing on your wedding day.

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 on the banner above to visit Wanda's web site or
Click here to e-mail Wanda J. Lord-Steele.

Wanda has been specializing in wedding cakes for 27 years. She creates unique personalized cakes that delight both the palette and the eye and are as individual as the Bride's own personal style. All of Wanda's wedding cakes are artistically created using award winning designs. In addition to wedding cakes she also designs specialty and novelty cakes for the groom, birthdays or corporate functions.

Wanda's services include:
Consultation Services, Artistically Custom Designed Cakes, A Variety of Cake Flavors and Fillings, Delivery and Set-up, Available Complimentary Anniversary Cake & Groom's Cakes.

Mention First Dance Impressions when consulting or ordering your cake and get 5% off the cost of your personally designed wedding confection!

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.

"In our life there is a single color,
as on an artist's palette,
which provides the meaning of life and art.
It is the color of love."

Marc Chagall

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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