May 16-31, 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!
your wedding day the champagne glass is always full. Our celebrity wedding
photos feature Valerie Bertinelli with Eddie Van Halen and Gwen Stefani
kissing husband Gavin Rossdale
A Wedding Tradition Explained!
"Beheading a bottle of Champagne?"
One very dramatic French wedding tradition is the "beheading" a bottle
of champagne with a sword called a saber. This practice has it's roots
in Napoleon's time. The Hussars under Napoleon's command would celebrate
their victories by 'sabring' off the top of a bottle of champagne to
show off their skills on horseback. Legend holds that these accomplished
horsemen would ride on horseback at a full gallop while very trusting
ladies would hold up the bottles. The saber must strike the neck at
exactly the right angle because there is over 100 pounds of pressure
per square inch in a bottle of champagne. Done incorrectly this will
shatter the bottle of bubbly or worse injure those around it. The tradition
nonetheless spread throughout France as a way to celebrate special occasions
like weddings. Decorative replicas of these sabers have been faithfully
recreated by artisans in Thiers, France (the French capital of cutlery)
which some Brides and Grooms purchase and have engraved especially for
Kim's Wedding Tips!
1) Champagne, to serve or not to serve. Many people feel that Champagne
is the ultimate drink for festive occasions. Brides and Grooms therefore
feel obligated ito serve it. Don't be pressured! Look into all the options
thoroughly as this can be a major unforeseen expense.
2) If you do want to have it available throughout the reception, see
if you can buy it yourself, buying it in bulk can save you some money.
Talk to your caterer and see how much their fee is to uncork your bottles.
5 or more dollars a bottle is not uncommon - this is a negotiable point
with some caterers.
3) Champagne punch for the reception was the way I got around the obscene
uncorking fee that was presented to me. There is a fabulous recipe in
the Joy of Cooking ( as with all things planned for your wedding you
must try it out first!) which we mixed up the day before and I had a
friend uncork and add the champagne to the mix, so that the bartender
only had to serve it. There should be no pouring charges. We had champagne
served for the toast only.
4) Invest in a couple of bottles of sparkling cider for children or
wedding guests who are nondrinkers. This is a considerate way to allow
these well wishers to participate in the celebration.
Kim's Wedding Dance Tip "Don't
drink too much before you dance!!"
If you are planning to dance your first dance, we suggest that you do
it early in the evening and try not to drink very much alcohol before
you do so. Your First Dance together is one of the most lasting images
the assembled guests will have of you as Husband and Wife, and you don't
want to be seen stumbling. If you normally drink a little, a couple
of glasses of champagne will be fine but avoid applying liquid courage.
Once you learn to dance drinking a lot makes it less fun anyway. Dancing
is a little bit like a sport and you are always more on the ball when
sober. Not to mention the Bride will always feel more at ease with being
dipped by a man who is together mentally!
Our teachers run events and perform locally
on a regular basis.
up for our mini groups in the summer!
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.
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by June 15th to lock in our current prices!
Eye Is On You, We'll Make Sure You're Ready! First Dance Impressions
is the Original and the Best Wedding Dance Company serving Northern
Virginia, D.C. and Maryland since 2000. Wedding Dance Lessons are fun,
easy and stress-relieving. Invest in your First Dance and in the rest
Lives Together! We focus on leading and following so that you move as
one. Why "bear hug sway", when you can confidently dance around the
floor, spinning and dipping, to your song in as little as 5 hours!
Check us out with the other Brides on the Knot and The Wedding
"We will recommend you without any hesitation to any friends and family
planning events in the future."
868-0982 to book your lessons or if you have any questions about
how we can help make your Wedding Dance Perfect!
Poems, Prayers & Promises
romantic quote to simply to elevate your mood or to help you find the
right sentiment for your vows or ceremony.
"If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
"If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me ye women if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee, give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way repay,
The heaven's reward thee manifold I pray.
Then while we live, in love lets so persevere,
That when we live no more, we may live ever."
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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