September 1-30, 2005,
Wedding Ezine -The Online Magazine
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!
issues celebrity Brides and Grooms have just taken each other's hand
in marriage and are still holding on! They are Shoshanna Lonstein walking
down the aisle with new husband Joshua Gruss and Crown Prince Willem
Alexander sitting with his new and teary eyed Bride Maxima.
A Wedding Tradition Explained!
"Decorating The Bride With Henna"
Decorating a woman with henna before her wedding day is one of the oldest
uses of henna, possibly going back to the Neolithic period. Over 60
countries have traditions of hennaing brides. A "Night of the Henna"
where the bride is adorned with these swirling intricate patterns exists
in the Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Coptic, Jain, Zoroastrian, Sikh, Hindu
and animist traditions. The "Night of the Henna" is not a religious
ceremony; It is a family celebration, wherein women adorn and cherish
the Bride in their home. The night before the wedding, the bride and
other women gather together for the henna ritual. The bride may have
a ceremonial bath, then henna is painted in swirls on her hands and
feet by other women. Traditional Indian and Pakistani designs can be
very intricate and detailed. These designs are often abstract with paisley
shapes, lines, dots, etc. Middle Eastern henna body art tends to be
even more abstract and less dense favoring graceful floral and vine
patterns. African designs are usually simple as well, with more geometric
shapes. The bride receives the most intricate patterns, while the other
women may also be painted with less elaborate designs. Hidden within
the Bride's henna design is often found the name of the groom or his
initials. As an added bonus, a Bride was not expected to do any housework
until her henna had faded. In the olden days, the older, married women
would take advantage of the "henna party" to share the secrets of marriage
with the bride-to-be.
Kim's Wedding Tips!
This is not something you can change your mind about! If you are considering
Henna body art, try it out 6 months in advance to see how long it will
last on you. Henna body decoration is like organic temporary tattooing
without needles, a method of drawing various designs on the skin. The
application of henna to the body is neither painful nor poisonous. Henna
is a natural stain which contains hennotannic acid that binds with cells.
It can not be rubbed off or washed away with soap and water. When the
moist henna paste is applied it is always black, but the resulting pattern
with natural henna varies from light orange to dark brown once it has
dried. The henna stain will last until the top layer of the skin exfoliates
and is replaced by new skin. The henna patterns can last as long as
8 weeks on the soles of your feet, or go away in as little as three
or four days where your skin is very thin. The duration of the design
varies from person to person, depending upon the quality of the henna,
its individual reaction with a person's skin and how careful one is
to preserve it. Henna is a permanent dye on fabric or wood, so be careful
with your clothes and furniture!
Kim's Wedding Dance Tip
"Whatever you say Honey!!"
Practice those words if you want to have fun dancing with your husband.
Let me say them again: "Whatever you say Honey!" The ERA does not exist
on the dance floor. And it shouldn't -- If you can lead a man around
the dance floor then you will be utterly dissatisfied with his lead.
Not politically correct, but true. Besides, men cannot follow and tend
to get much more frustrated when they are first learning to dance than
we do. One of the most important things you can do to help is to move
with him no matter where he goes. Yes, even if he is wrong. I frequently
harp on the necessity of following the man versus doing the step correctly.
If you are right and he is wrong it hurts! Additionally your beloved
will become frustrated if he can't get you to do the step he is trying
to lead. If he is frustrated, he will only get worse. Laugh, smile and
get out of his way. Work the male ego. Don't even mention that he did
a step wrong! This giving up being right is hard for most modern women
(we're right 95% of the time anyway!) So, practice fluttering the eyelashes,
smile and say "Whatever you say Honey" whenever he tries to lead you.
When your fiance has mastered leading and becomes more confident he
will be a joy to dance with -- and he will also enjoy dancing with you!
Our teachers run events and perform locally
on a regular basis.
up for our mini groups this fall!
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 experience is necessary. Call us
at (703) 868-0982 for more information.
This issue's Featured Vendor
Click on the banner above to visit Frame your Day or
Click here to e-mail Dana Dwyer, Owner of Frame Your Day
Frame your day offers you a great way to
make beautiful keepsakes with your wedding invitations and photos. You
select the pictures and /or images and provide one of your invitations.
Dana Dwyer will discuss your wedding flowers and colors with you to
inspire a completely original display. This also makes a lovely gift
for the bridal couple (Mom's!). While we mainly deal with weddings with
our Ezine vendors, Birth certificates, diplomas or other important sentimental
documents could be substituted in place of the wedding invitations to
commemorate and celebrate other big moments in your lives together.
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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.
"Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is the threads, hundreds
of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. That is
what makes a marriage last."
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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