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Wedding Ezine - The Online Magazine

June 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!

Our celebrity newlyweds chose to forgo the pomp and circumstance of a traditional church wedding for a civil service. They are Marilyn Monroe exiting the courthouse with Joe Dimaggio, Lauren Bacall feeding wedding cake to Humphrey Bogart and Diane Von Furstenberg with new hubby Barry Diller.

2) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

"Signing The Wedding Certificate"

For many couples. the signing of the marriage certificate is more of a civil matter than part of the wedding celebration. For others it is part of the ritual. For instance, since Quaker tradition have traditional clergy, the wedding certificate is signed by the Bride, Groom, the best man and the maid of honor. Additionally all the wedding guests also promise to help the newlyweds in their new life together and sign as witnesses. The wedding certificate is then hung in a prominent place in the new household.

The Ketubah is a marriage contract which specifies the vows and responsibilities of the bridal couple and has been an integral part of traditional Jewish marriages. The Ketubah is signed before the wedding ceremony. The signing of the Ketubah ensures that the bride and groom see marriage as not only a physical and emotional union, but also as a legal and moral commitment with clearly defined human and financial obligations for both the Bride and Groom according to Jewish law and customs. According to Jewish Law, two witnesses, knowledgeable and observant Jews, not relatives of the bridal couple, must also sign the Ketubah.

3) Kim's Wedding Tips!

Kim Bosch van Drakenstein, Owner/Founder of First Dance Impressions & Social Dance Instructor 1) If a Certificate is to play a part in your ceremony and or reception, get the calligraphy done by a professional unless you have beautiful handwriting. Beautiful certificates are available online and can be customized to fit any theme.

2) If you want the person performing your cerimony to sign your certificate you should discuss it with them. Civil justice of the peaces see this as part of their job. Some ministers see the civil and religious unions as separate things and do not sign marriage certificates. It always pays to discuss everything you plan to do so that the service can flow smoothly.

4) Kim's Wedding Dance Tip "Wear Slippery Shoes That Stay On Your Feet!"

Natalya and Carl's 1st dance wearing the suggested footwear.
Whenever couples ask me what they should wear for dance classes, I always tell them to be "comfortable from the ankles up and to wear Slippery Shoes That Stay On Your Feet!" True Ballroom aficionados wear suede bottomed shoes which slide easily but give enough traction to avoid slipping. Leather soles are excellent as well for social situations where you might have to go outside. Many men will try to show up for dance classes in big clunky work boots with huge rubber soles. If your shoes stick to the floor you will feel clumsy. If you are not comfortable dancing, the last thing you need is your shoes working against you. Brides often wear shoes such as mules which come off the feet too easily. If you are going backwards this means that you will have to clench your toes in order to keep the shoes on your feet, often causing you to get you stepped on as you will be spending too much time thinking about your shoes instead of the man's lead! Also, if you do not find a way to affix your shoes to your feet you may make clopping sounds as your walk down the aisle! I suggest finding a pair of shoes that comes over your heel or has a strap over the top of the foot. Barring that, try out the fashion tape available at many bridal shops (this is the stuff that kept Jennifer Lopez in that now infamous open green "dress").

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

Click on the logo above to visit the web site of Aunt Joanie's Chocolates for contact information.
or call 703-393-7639 for more info.

Aunt Joanie's Chocolates in shop in Manassas, Virginia specializes in gourmet, custom molded chocolates both solid and filled (even truffles). Revealed on the web site is a vast array of yummy chocolate favor possibilities. Since the chocolates are made to order, they are fresher and you can have control over the shapes (swans, roses, daisies, tulips, hearts, bells etc.) as well at the color of both the chocolate and the foil wrapping! Homemade truffles in personalized boxes or chocolate filled chocolate boxes are another tasty within tasty option. She even offers chocolate swan centerpieces and chocolate cake toppers! Call to make an appointment at their store in Manassas, Virginia so that you can see and taste how beautiful and delicious your wedding favors can be!

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.

"Love is not to be reason'd down,
Or lost in high ambition, and a thirst of greatness;
'Tis a second life, it grows into the soul,
Warms every vein, and beats in every pulse."

Joseph Addison: Cato, I, 1713.

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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