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Wedding Ezine - The Online Magazine

Welcome to Wedding Ezine -The Online Magazine!
Issue March 1-31, 2006
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

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 month our celebrity Brides and Grooms are of the royal variety. They are Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito with Crown Princess Masako, and King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi of Buganda with his new Queen Sylvia Luswata.

2) A Wedding Tradition Explained!

"Aisle Runners"

Hundreds of years ago, Brides in China were often carried to their weddings. It was thought that evil spirits that lurked in the ground and they did not want the Bride's feet to touch the ground and come in contact with them. Today, the aisle runner is one of the the descendants of that tradition (on the practical side, the runner also helps to keep the Bride's gown clean.) The aisle runner can also signify a pure pathway into happiness.

3) Kim's Wedding Tips!

Kim Bosch van Drakenstein, Owner/Founder of First Dance Impressions & Social Dance Instructor Aisle Runners can be a great way to formalize an outdoor or other not church wedding. Even in the church they set a more formal mood. Many houses of worship will not allow you to have rose petals thrown in front of you, for fear of damaging their carpeting and an aisle runner can often be the perfect compromise. Many rental places can charge a pretty penny for these pieces of fabric while others are quite reasonable - so shop around. Another idea is to consider buying the fabric yourself. Many fabric stores will let you sign up for their newsletters to get discounts. I get at least one 50% of any one item from Joann Fabrics every 2 months. One fabric cut is considered an item, so go with the exact measurements you need and buy one extra yard. You can match the color of your dress, bridesmaids' dresses, flowers or whatever you like. Be careful to select a fabric which is not likely to get caught on your heels! One long running stitch on either side is all you need, but if you are a true no-sew kind of girl, decorative pinking shears will do the trick as well. A decorative trim can be added with fabric glue but that will increase the price. In retrospect I wish I had made a runner for my outdoor wedding; my train now has grass stains on it which I have been unable to get out.

4) Kim's Wedding Dance Tip "Up Tempo Music Is Easier To Dance To!"

Foxtrot First Dance by Molly and Tim
In previous generations people often went dancing together. It was one of the common ways to meet prospective partners. As a result many of them had a "song". Today many couples do not have their own "special song" and must pick one. Pick a song that you love wherein the lyrics sound like you. If you are picking a song to dance to, Up Tempo is always better! When dancing in front of a crowd, most people get an adrenaline rush. This can tend to make leaders move faster than normal. Dancing slowly also requires more control than moving at a faster pace. Foxtrot songs tend to be easy to hear the beat in, and have an easy walking, strolling kind of gait. If you want to dance to a slow ballad like "At Last" by Etta James or True Companion by Marc Cohen, then you should dance to that song which you love. On the other hand, if you don't have a song you're in love with, pick one that will be easy on your man! Check out Foxtrots on our Song Suggestion List page!

5) Group Classes

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

Spring Is Here - Book Your Bridal Party For Mini Groups!
Get another couple or two together and dance your way into Spring with Swing, Salsa or even 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 on the banner above to visit Bagpiping For All Occasions or
Click here to e-mail Norm Weaver directly

Let the sound of the great highland bagpipe add a note of distinction to your wedding. The pipes have long been a tradition for Scottish and Irish weddings. But you do not need Scottish or Irish roots to appreciate their special contribution to your celebration. They can be used to welcome the guests as they arrive for your wedding, lead the groom and groom’s men or the bride and bride’s maids into the service, or even entertain your guests while photographs are taken after the ceremony, as they go through your receiving line. You can have them perform outside your reception site as guests arrive, announce the new bride and groom entering the reception or sound the fanfare as you leave. Norm Weaver would enjoy working with you to develop a special program of bagpipe music for your special wedding. With more than 20 years experience in piping for weddings, he can also help you find ways of adding other touches of Celtic heritage to make your wedding even more memorable.

Mention First Dance Impressions referred you and receive 10% off Norm Weaver's Bagpipe Services!

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.


"Here they stand hand in hand they've exchanged wedding bands
Today is the day of their dreams and their plans,
and all we who love them just wanted to say.
May God bless this couple who married today.
In good times and bad times in sickness and health
may they know that riches are not needed for wealth
and help them face problems they'll meet on their way
Oh god bless this couple who married today.
May they find peace of mind comes to all who are kind
May the rough times ahead become triumphs in time
May their children be happy each day
Oh God bless this family who started today
As they go may they know every love that was shown
And as life it gets shorter may their feelings grow
Wherever they travel wherever they stay
May God bless this couple who married today"

       Ian Betteridge

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.

Clonmacnoise monastery was founded in 545 AD. when the rest of Europe was in the dark ages, it was considered an "island of saints and scholars". Today it is one of Ireland's more famous visitors' centers. For hundreds of years, couples in love have stood on each side of this arch whispering their words of love to each other.


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