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Wedding Ezine - The Online Magazine

Issue October 1-31, 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!
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!

This issues celebrity Brides and Grooms are featured against nature's beautiful backdrop. They
are Forest Whitaker kissing his new bride Keisha Nash and Mira Sorvino posing with her very
happy groom Chris Backus.

2) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

"Breaking A Glass"

There are many cultures that like to break glass at weddings! The end of a traditional Jewish ceremony is signaled by the groom breaking a wineglass wrapped in a napkin with his foot. This is an expression of sadness at the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and identifies the couple with the spiritual and national destiny of the Jewish people. The wedding guests then shout "good luck"or "Mazel Tov!".
In another glass breaking tradition from Southern Italy, the couple together shatters a vase or glass into many pieces at the end of the wedding day. The number of pieces represented the number of years they'll be happily married to one another.
According to Russia custom, during the reception a relative or close friend will make a wedding toast to the bride and groom. Everyone then throws their champagne glasses on the floor. It is considered good luck if the glasses break when they hit the ground.

3) Kim's Wedding Tips!

Kim Bosch van Drakenstein, Owner/Founder of First Dance Impressions & Social Dance Instructor If you are planning an outdoor wedding check out the Farmer's Almanac! I picked the date of my wedding based on the times available and on the fact that it was the only Sunday in July that the almanac didn't call for rain.
Heat is often a consideration for weddings al fresco and should you be planning a wedding in the summer or fall, you might want to consider having it early or late to keep people from overheating. It is also a good idea to visit your site at the time that you plan to have the ceremony so you can see it as it will be at the time your reception is planned.
In the case of a beach or any outdoor wedding be sure to have an alternate site for both the ceremony and the reception. A tent to cover the food, seating area and dance floor is always a good idea to protect both the food and your guests, come rain or shine.

4) Kim's Wedding Dance Tip "Gentlemen, Step Directly Into Your Partner!!"

Our students Heather and Tim dancing foxtrot on their 1st dance. When trying to dance with the woman he loves, many untrained men will do one of two things: either shuffle from side to side in a circular manner or try sneaking the foot underneath the woman trying to avoid her feet.

For Grooms: You must move forward decisively. To the woman, following you means being PUSHED backwards. One of the biggest truths in dancing is that you are ten times more likely to step on a woman's foot if you try to avoid her. When moving forward, take your normal size stride straight forward. Yes, her foot is there now but it won't be because you will have moved her out of the way. Look at the groom in the picture. See how he is confidently stepping into the bride. This makes him very easy to follow.

For Brides: How you hold your frame (Keeping your arms taught so that you can feel your partner moving) and having an upright posture will help you follow your groom's lead. In addition, as your groom moves decisively forward into you, you must move straight back. When dancing, brides often tend to move slightly to the side in a misguided attempt not to get stepped on by the groom. The farthest distance between his feet and yours will always be achieved by going straight back.

5) Group Classes

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

Sign 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.

6) This issue's Featured Vendor

Click the logo above to go to the web site or call (202) 966-6767 to talk with Julia Elena,
owner of the Casa Mauricio Bridal Shop.

Your dream dress may well be out on a rack somewhere but how many will you have to try on? How many anxious sales people will you have to talk to who are more interested in getting rid of last year's fashion than in creating your dream? At Casa Mauricio it all starts with you. Julia Elena of Casa Mauricio has been designing elegant and stunning wedding gowns for years, and you can trust her to help you create your dream dress. At Casa Mauricio all dresses are crafted to the bride. Each gown Julia Elena creates is totally unique. Julia Elena is offering a free personal design consultation to those Brides who mention First Dance Impressions. She is available by appointment only. Each consultation feature attention to 5 salient points.

1) THE EVENT - a dress for a garden wedding is not the same as for a formal evening event. The dress sets the tone for the whole wedding.
2) THE PERSONALITY OF THE BRIDE - Who are you and what is your dream vision of how you want to look?!
3) THE BODY TYPE - Since each gown is made to order it will be a perfect fit, designed to highlight your best features.
4) BUDGET - Julia Elena is a designer, not a sales clerk working on a commission. She is interested in creating the perfect dress for you that you can afford.
5) PERSONALIZED COLOR ANALYSIS- an often overlooked yet crucial step in the selection of your dress. Julia Elena is highly experienced in ascertaining which shades of white (and there are many - diamond, peachy, cream, yellow, blue...) will set off your skin tones to advantage.

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.

"As we grow older together,
As we continue to change with age,
There is one thing that will never change...
I will always keep falling in love with you."

Karen Clodfelder

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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