September 2004 Newsletter
Choosing Your First Dance
Pick a song that is meaningful to both of you. Did you share a romantic
moment to a special song? What love song was playing in the background
your first date? What song brings tears to your eyes or gives you
butterflies? What song inspires thoughts of the one you love? The music
choose will determine the type of dance that is appropriate. If you are
undecided, your instructor can demonstrate a variety of dance styles and
provide a list and samples to listen to in class. Knowing which styles
dance you prefer can help you decide on the song. Remember to listen
carefully to the lyrics to make sure it is wedding appropriate. If you
unfamiliar with dance styles you may simply want to imagine the mood you
want to feel and project as you are dancing. Do you want your dance to
simple and elegant? Classic and traditional? Peppy and cheerful? Sensual
romantic? Elaborate and Showy? Share your vision with your instructor.
Who's Wedding is This Anyway?
Meredith Sellers, Professional Bridal Consultant for Elegant Engagements
gives the following advice:
There are many details that go into planning a wedding, ie: finding a
hiring vendors, ordering invitations, finding 'the' dress and sometimes
there is a push and pull with the families involved. If mom and dad are
contributing monetarily then their voices should be heard but you must
maintain a balance. This is still your wedding. Tell them that you want
work together. If your groom's family offers to help, consider having
pay for something specific, like transportation or the invitations, that
they can feel involved and yet not overshadow your other plans. I would
to be conscious of others' feelings but when something really matters
you, put your foot down and explain to everyone why it is important and
hopefully they will understand.
Deborah Joy, Newlywed and Founder of TWDS gives couples the following
When others are contributing to the financing of your wedding, it is
courteous and gracious to try to remain open to compromise on a few isolated
areas that may be important to others. Try to pick your battles wisely,
However, in general less is more when divulging your wedding plans. Maximize
your peace of mind and minimize sacrificing what you want by just saying,
"It's a surprise!" when others' invasive opinions may interfere
plans. Nobody can blame an enthusiastic bride for wanting to maintain
aura of mystique about her wedding day!
ANCIENT HEBREW WEDDING
In Biblical times, dancing in honor of the
Bride at a wedding considered an act of religious devotion at Joyous
occasions. Some of the ancient musical instruments used to create the
for the dances are: cymbals, flutes, trumpets and string instruments.
Hora, Mitzvah Dances, The Chair Dance, Mezinke Tanz (honoring the parents
the wedding couple)
ANCIENT GREEK WEDDING DANCES
Kalamatianos- popular dance using
handkerchieves Kotsaris- danced on tip of toes in trance-provoking rhythms
Pendozali- fast; "dance of five steps"; usually performed by
a large group
ANCIENT CENTRAL ASIAN WEDDING DANCE
Since around 300 B.C., the Uyghurs,a
tribe directly descended from the Huns have danced a wedding dance called
Senem. On the first day of a wedding celebration friends on both sides
invite the bridegroom and their relatives to their homes. In the evening
bridegroom and his friends go to the bride's home to welcome the bride.
band plays as they go singing and dancing on their way. Throughout the
Senem is the main form of singing and dancing. The instruments usually
include various plucked stringed instruments and tambourines.
WEDDING VENDOR SPECIAL OFFERS
Something Extra Cakery provides baked-from-scratch wedding cakes combined with fine artistry in the European tradition. Sugar flowers and bows are hand made and hand painted and a wide variety of cake flavors and fillings are available. Present this coupon to recieve 10 % discount off any fondant cake! Offer does not include sugar flowers or delivery. Valid until December 2004. Must give 60 days notice.
Our Wedding Couple Dance on National TV This Week!
To see how we can help you look great for your first dance, watch "Real Weddings by The Knot" on the Oxygen Channel this Tuesday, October 19 at 10pm and *Wednesday, October 20 at 10:30pm* and see our wedding couple's dancing featured on national television! *newsletter correction update