May 1-15, 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!
A Different Celebrity Wedding Photo from Past or Present!
their first steps as Husband and Wife, this issue's celebrity couples
are starting their long journey through life together, smiling and holding
hands. They are Billy Joel with his Bride Katie Lee and Dallas Cowboys'
Emmitt Smith with his new wife Patricia Lawrence.
A Wedding Tradition Explained!
"1000 Cranes - Or Is It 1001?"
According to Japanese, Chinese and Korean tradition, cranes stand as
a symbol of peace, happiness, eternal youth and long life. Legends hold
that the crane lives for a thousand years. Cranes also mate for life
and remain devoted to their partners. The male and the female work together
to build their nest and care for their young. Crane motifs were often
used in Japanese weddings, on the wedding kimonos and in Japanese wedding
decorations. It is said that if you fold 1000 paper origami cranes the
gods will grant you a wish, be it for peace, health or luck. Today,
couples will fold 1,000 cranes as a wish for a long and prosperous marriage.
Others will fold the cranes as a get well wish for someone who is ill
and many people fold them for peace in the world. The folding of the
cranes can be done with entire families and friends, not just the bride
or the one making the wish. It is believed that the more people involved,
the more luck you will have! In Hawaiian weddings the paper cranes are
extremely popular. Folding metallic origami paper into 1001 (for good
luck) cranes is a tradition that has grown in Hawaii since the 1960's.
Kim's Wedding Tips!
1) Origami paper comes in many colors, sizes, and textures at art and
stationery stores. Traditional origami paper is thin, strong, and holds
a crease well, colored or patterned on one side and plain on the other.
It's best to fold your first cranes with paper that is at least five
inches square, smaller will be harder! To make a crane (and most other
origami figures), the paper must be square. Make a perfect square out
of any rectangular sheet of paper by lifting up the bottom corner of
the sheet and fold it diagonally so that the bottom edge meets the side
edge of the paper. Cut off the strip of paper that is left at the top,
and you have a perfect square! If you want to work this tradition in
make sure it is an idea both of you want to commit to
and start at least a year in advance. I had a labor intensive favor
project and it took me over four months to complete it.
2) Watch a lot of television or listen to the radio. TV is something
most of us watch more than we should. Turn this into productive time.
3) Consider buying some of them as the time goes short. If you find
that you have only a couple weeks left and are not almost done with
your crane quota, there are a lot of places on line willing to sell
them to you. You will have enough stressing you out as the big day approaches.
Search "paper cranes" on Google and you will find a plethora of origami
Kim's Wedding Dance Tip "Whatever You Do, Don't Look
All dance instructors wish they had a dollar for every time they have
had to say "Don't look down!" We do not say this because it
looks bad, even though it does look ghastly. There are more important
For Men/ Leaders: Having good posture is key for leading because women
follow you from your chest. When you look down your posture slumps,
your movements become indecisive, you also increase the distance between
you and your partner and you make yourself difficult to follow. It is
the women's job to keep her feet out of the way, not yours! You are
responsible for driving so keep your head up. You don't look at the
gas pedal when you drive on the road so cease doing it on the dance
floor! Besides, you will not be able to see her feet in her wedding
For Women/ Followers: Your feet are protected by keeping your distance
from the groom exactly the same throughout the dance. You must "keep
your frame up". You can do this by pushing OUT (not down!) with a consistent
pressure with your left hand on his right shoulder as seen on the photo
on the left. When you master the knack of keeping the distance between
the gentleman and yourself consistent, you will cease to get stepped
on by anyone you dance with.
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on a regular basis.
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Poems, Prayers & Promises
romantic quote to simply to elevate your mood or to help you find the
right sentiment for your vows or ceremony.
"Fold a thousand cranes
because in a thousand acts
one may touch a soul."
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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