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" We turned our dance lessons into a dinner and dancing date! It became a welcomed weekly escape from our hectic wedding planning." Cindy Rich, Newlywed and Assistant Editor of Washingtonian Magazine "

August 2008 Newsletter



Dance Floor Etiquette: Increasing Your Chances of Being Asked to Dance

Dancing with your guests is not only polite but a great way to spend some time with each of them. Once you learn the basics you will feel more confident and excited about dancing with your guests who may have gone to great trouble and expense for the privilege of sharing in your special day. And after all, you have the rest of your life to dance in the arms of your spouse! Therefore, the bride and groom and distinguished enterouge should involve the other guests by inviting them to dance during general dancing. The following points should be kept in mind:

  • Requests to dance are generally very rarely turned down. If you must decline a dance invitation, then suggest that you dance the next song or next dance of the same type with the asker. If you don't provide a reason for declining a request, you may reduce the chances that the person will ask you to dance again as the asker may feel offended.

  • Generally men are expected to invite women to dance especially since men are the Leaders on the dance floor. However, it is acceptable for a woman to invite a man to dance.
  • If you decline someone's dance request then you should sit out the whole dance or provide an acceptable reason why you selected a different partner for that song if you want to remain on good terms with that person. It is considered extremely rude to decline one person's request to dance and then accept a request from someone else for that same dance (same song). The first person will likely take your decline as a personal insult. Doing this could put you on that person's "don't ask" list.
  • Enjoy yourself and have a positive attitude when engaging with your dance partner. Apologizing to your partner for every mistake you make is unnecessary -- especially since it's likely that your partner may not have even noticed it. Just improvise and have fun!
  • You don't need a big repertoire of fancy steps to be an enjoyable dance partner. Doing a few simple steps well can be better than doing a lot of fancy steps poorly.
  • Acceptable reasons for a declining an invitation include; you have already promised the dance to someone else, your resting, you don't know how to dance that particular style. Ofcourse, if the asker has previously physically hurt you while dancing do not feel you are obligated by etiquette to accept the invitation.

Planning Tip: Saving Money on Catering - by Roberto Torres of Better Events Catering
The catering is going to be one of the largest expenses in your wedding budget. Although your ceremony, special unique touches, speeches and first dance and Honors dance will be the most memorable parts of the wedding day, couples don't want to leave their guests with a bad taste in their mouths due to bad catering. But do you have to go broke to feed everyone well? Not with these tips! Roberto Torres, Owner of Better Events Catering (see their special offer below) provides some great hints
on how to feed your guests well without going broke!

  1. Use a reception site that allows outside caterers. They tend to be more flexible, will be less likely to have too many "extra charges" and have lower overhead expenses. Or atleast find a comparable menu quote from competing caterers and ask your hotel to match it.
  2. Go ethnic. Surprisingly, certain ethnic cuisines are much more affordable alternatives to traditional Western wedding fare.

  3. Consider an off-peak time of year for your region a weekday or a Friday or Sunday.
  4. Host the reception in your home - just plan on accounting for any extra costs like furniture and chairs, a backyard tent or temporary furniture move out and storeage to make space for everyone and to create the ambience you desire.
  5. Consider your ceremony site - your house of worship may have a very affordable but simple reception hall attached to it.

    See the Better Events Exclusive Special Offer below!

Dance TV: America's Best Dance Crew

America's Best Dance Crew is an American television show hosted by Dancing With the Stars finalist Mario Lopez. The show features street dance crews from the United States showing off their best hip hop and break dancing while often integrating many other dance styles too. The show is produced by American Idol judge Randy Jackson and airs on MTV on Saturday at 10pm.



Date Night

Event: DanceSport Championships
Dates: August 21- 23
Location: Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria VA 22311
Price: $35 in advance - $45 at the door
Payment details: http://www.capitaldancesport.net/tickets/
Contact: http://www.capitaldancesport.net/contact_us/
Attire: Business casual or cocktail dress, shirt & tie, suit jacket or blazer. - wear comfortable shoes.NO JEANS OR SHORTS, PLEASE!
FYI - space is limited but seating can be reserved with prepayment. Limited bleacher seating available. Bring a seat pad!

SESSION 4 - Friday Evening -Doors open at 6pm
Come around 8:00 PM to see the higher level dancing, a varied display of styles and avoid sitting or standing too long.
Professional Rising Star American Smooth
Professional Rising Star American Rhythm
Professional Showdance Championship *

SESSION 6 - Saturday Evening - Doors Open at 8:00 PM finishes around midnight
Professional Open International Standard
Professional Open American Rhythm
Amateur Youth Open International Latin
Professional Open American Smooth
Professional Open International Latin


Vendor Special Offers $$
Due to our exceptional relationships with top area vendors, we make wedding planning easier and more affordable for readers who subscribe to our free online newsletter Wedding Dance 411. We are very familiar with the services and quality of the companies we recommend and have negotiated exclusive and generous courtesy discounts on your behalf. All you have to do is present your TWDS coupon after receiving a quote from a vendor to qualify for the savings. Help save an engaged friend a bundle on wedding planning by subscribing her to WeddingDance411 too!

Brian Block - RE/MAX Allegiance
Now that you are about to merge your life with your fiance, you may be looking to sell or purchase real estate. Click the banner to leisurely view Northern Virginia Area homes from the comfort of your home. Brian Block is a Real Estate Agent, Certified Real Estate Broker and Real Estate Attorney. Phone: 703.626.0715 | Email: brian@brianblock.com

Brian is offering our newsletter readers an exclusive opportunity to receive a
FREE HOME APPRAISAL (value $350). TWDS is offering 2 private ballroom dance lessons after settlement (value $174).

Denise Harhai - Pilates/Yoga/Fitness Personal Trainer

Pilates for Brides!  Of course, you want to look fabulous for your special day!!!  Great posture walking down the aisle looking confident and svelte.  Pilates can do that for you if you practice a few weeks before your wedding and yoga can help you stay relaxed during the stressful wedding planning while toning your arms and torso to look your best in the gown of your dreams!  The first step is finding a certified experienced instructor who understands your goals.  Learn all the right moves that strengthen your core to improve posture.  Start a few months earlier and you may find that your wedding dress could be taken in around the waistline!  For individual or group instruction contact Denise at daharhai@yahoo.com or call 703/220-0651. Denise understands the unique pressures of brides and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. 10% discount on private lessons.

Better Events Catering

BETTER EVENTS has been serving the Washington , DC area since 1989. Our reputation is built on our creative approach, fresh ingredients, fine cuisine, talented culinary skills, personalized service, and our special attention to detail. From the formal to the informal; from small luncheons to elegant affairs; from corporate events to more personal private parties. Whatever the event, we have the resources to design your entire function or assist you with the necessary details. We strive for excellence and will not accept mediocre performance from ourselves. For us, it's not enough to just cater your event... it's about making your event better. 15% Discount on food with TWDS coupon. Email: info@betterevents.com | Phone: (703)204-1800


Nesting Newlyweds
D.C. & No. VA Housing Markets Poised for Strong Rebound -by Brian Block, RE/MAX Real Estate Broker/Attorney

If you're in the market to buy or sell a home in the D.C. or Northern Virginia, you need all the information you can get. More than that, you need quality, reliable local information based on facts and figures, not sensationalized newspaper, magazine and television reporting hyping the ups and downs of the market to gain readership and sell advertising space.

Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS) just released its Trends in Housing Midyear 2008 Report. This report features an analysis of the regional economy, an examination of regional housing data and a review of trends, and discussion of the housing sector's impact on other industries. Read the summary of the report or get the entire report for FREE by clicking here


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