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Wedding Ezine - The Online Magazine

June 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!
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!

Sweeping their brides off their feet and around the floor are the handsome dancing Princes: Prince Joachim of Denmark with Alexandra Manley and Crown Prince Frederik waltzing with Crown Princess Mary.

2) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

"Throwing Confetti"

Throwing confetti over the newly weds descended from the ancient Pagans who would shower the happy couple with grain to wish them a "fruitful" union. It was hoped that the fertility of the seeds would transfer to the newly married couple upon whom they fell. The throwing of rice has the same symbolic meaning. The word confetti has the same root as the word in Italian used for "sweetmeats" that is, grain and nuts coated in sugar that were thrown over newly weds with the same pro generative wishes. In modern times, small pieces of colored paper and glitter have replaced sugarcoated nuts as a festive yet much less expensive substitute, but the use of the word confetti has remained.

3) Kim's Wedding Tips!

Kim Bosch van Drakenstein, Owner/Founder of First Dance Impressions & Social Dance Instructor 1) Throwing dry rice is no longer done because it results in large numbers of birds dying when the dry rice expands in their digestive track. If you have your heart set on rice, there are companies that make tiny heart shaped rice puff confetti that is totally bird safe.

2) If you are not planning to dance and want a diversion, pass out bubbles as your wedding favors right before your first dance. Your guests can be blowing bubbles on you to set a fun ambiance to kick off the reception reception.

4) Kim's Wedding Dance Tip "Dancing Is FUN!!!!!!"

Our students Bobby and Kara dancing swing at their wedding. Whether or not you take lessons to learn how to dance, you and your fiance should try dancing together for fun. How confident a man feels about dancing has everything to do with how he will perform under the pressure of being watched by 200 eyes. When dancing, women want to look beautiful and have fun. Men have an entirely different motivation - men do not want to "look stupid". This masculine desire is much stronger than any dream we may have about looking like Cinderella at the ball. Some men feel so ill at ease with dancing, that they suggest not having a first dance! Luckily most men can be brought around fairly easily with a little practice and the right attitude from you. Men like to do things that they do well, have total control over and for which they get positive reinforcement. Too often, we try to lead them when their lead is weak. This is natural - someone has to lead! The problem is that to him, it feels like you are holding the steering wheel, while he is driving. No man ever enjoys being pulled around by a woman on the dance floor! I suggest you place the non- dancing male in a secure private place and try dancing together to music that will inspire him to move. "Love Man" off the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack is very effective for loosening guys up. Think "FUN". Flirty helps too. Try to move with him. Smile at him, say "Spin me" and WAIT for him to do so. Negative reinforcement NEVER works, so enjoy yourself and say nothing critical. The real trick to getting your fiance to love dancing is to show him that it is as fun as driving a Jag or playing a video game.

5) Group Classes

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

Sign 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.

6) This issue's Featured Vendor

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Affectionately Yours Wedding Boutique and Gift Gallery

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Mention First Dance Impressions when ordering and get 10% off your orders from Affectionately Yours!

Wedding Ezine Readers! Our Wedding Dance Packages' prices will be going up on June 15th! Book your lessons and send us a deposit by June 15th to lock in 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.

"At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet."

Plato: Symposium, circa 300 B.C.

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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