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Wedding Ezine - The Online Magazine

Issue November 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!
Our students Tim and Molly dancing the Foxtrot for their first dance.

Table of Contents
Click on a topic or scroll down.

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 royalty from past and present. They are
Arch Duke Karl Franz Josef with Arch Duchess Zita in October of 1911 and the more
recent fairytale match of Crown Prince Frederik with the lovely Crown Princess Mary.

2) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

"Why Is The Bride's Hair frequently Pulled Up?"

Eastern Europeans have many instances of brides braiding their hair away from their face for their weddings. According to old Russian traditions the matchmakers or the wife of the prefect braid the bride's hair into two tresses or braids which symbolize the marriage of two people in holy wedlock, over top of which the bridal veil was placed. In Romani or Gypsy weddings, the bride's family kiss her and weep as they unbraid her hair after the celebration has ended. This unbraiding of her hair is a symbol for her new marital status. In Poland the Bride's traditional maidenly braids are undone by her bridesmaids in a custom called Rospleciny.
No doubt that in this country the Victorian tradition of a lady wearing her hair up has affected the style of brides' up dos, as Queen Victoria and the whole Victorian era has significantly shaped the traditional wedding as we know it.

3) Kim's Wedding Tips!

Kim Bosch van Drakenstein, Owner/Founder of First Dance Impressions & Social Dance Instructor When you are planning your up do for you wedding, look at as many pictures of brides and ads featuring brides as possible. This is worth an investment in several bridal magazines. Do not go to your hairdresser without photos! You will spend a lot of time trying to describe what you want. A picture here is worth several thousand words. It will also help you to discover if your chosen style will work with your hair and if your stylist can duplicate it. Also, be sure to bring your veil with you so that you can see the full effect. It is also important to discuss whether or not you wish to remove the veil after the ceremony so that your stylist can plan accordingly.

4) Kim's Wedding Dance Tip "Split The Dances!"

Jen dancing with her dad! Do not put The First Dance and The Honors Dance next to one another unless both generations know how to dance. If neither couple can dance it is too long and awkward. It is better split up for example, with the Bride and Groom dancing shortly after being announced and having the Honors or Parents Dances after the cake cutting.

This is particularly true if one of the men knows how to dance and the other doesn't. If your Dad doesn't dance it would be cruel to make him dance right after you and your husband if the two of you have taken lessons. The reverse is true as well. If you do an awkward bear hug sway with your husband and then your dad gets out there and whirls you around the floor, your future husband's lack of skill is further highlighted. Check out our Packages Page for more information on dance lessons for the Bride and Groom and their families.

If all parties feel comfortable on the dance floor then putting the dances together will be more like a show. Do them earlier rather than later so that you are not too full from eating. Tradition also states that no one dances before the Bride and Groom so dancing early will let others get up and dance too.

5) Group Classes

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

Sign up for our mini groups this Winter!
Get another couple together and warm up the winter blues with Swing, Salsa or even Argentine Tango! You and your fiance can be ready to have a great time dancing at all the holiday parties! 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 on the logo above to visit The Grey Horse Inn web site
or call (540) 253-7000 to speak with Innkeepers John and Ellen Hearty

Located in the heart of Hunt Country, The Plains, Virginia, The Grey Horse Inn is an exclusive bed and breakfast nestled between Middleburg and Warrenton, near Upperville, Marshall and Manassas. It is a beautiful spot for having a small wedding or for housing your guests if you are having a wedding in the Hunt Country Area. Their six guest rooms are luxuriously appointed with antique furniture from the ante-bellum era and sumptuous linens. It's a perfect place for a romantic holiday, a getaway weekend or a Honeymoon night. Each guest room has a king or queen size bed and a private bath. A gourmet breakfast and home-baked goodies are provided along with many unique amenities that will add a personal touch to your stay.

Mention that First Dance Impressions referred you and receive 10% off the price of your rooms and a free bottle of wine for all couples celebrating an anniversary!

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.

"Chains do not hold a marriage together.
It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads
which sew people together through the years.
That is what makes a marriage last."

Simone Signoret

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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