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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 "

June 2009 Newsletter


Dance Tip: Dancing in the Wedding Gown

The Bride should check to see if she can step backwards in her dress without stepping on the hem. If it pools at your feet, your new husband and your guests may step on it while dancing with you or hugging you. During your dress fitting, take a couple of large steps in every direction and raise your arms over your head. Make sure the dress fits so that you have some freedom of movement. If your dress is too long and has a crinoline, discuss the option of trimming the crinoline with your seamstress. Bring your wedding shoes or a pair with the same heel height during the fitting. We suggest that the gown's hem is not all the way to the floor, especially in the front. Trains can and should be bustled during the reception. This will be the best party of your life and you want to be able to move around, dance and hug people with wild abandon! .A few lessons before the wedding, a dress rehearsal with petticoat, shoes and veil is a good idea. This helps to eliminate surprises and possible distractions on the big day.


Wedding Planning Tip: Styleauteur, making life as a bride easier every day . . .

By Lauren Rothman, Founder of Styleauteur

As a bride, you sometimes feel overwhelmed with planning details that range from food selections to music, flowers, guest lists and, of course, your most important style debut as a bride. Walking down the aisle in your wedding dress is one of the style pinnacles of your life and a moment where you have chosen to be a princess or a goddess . . . to have a royal wedding or a beach one . . .to wear a fitted gown or a ball gown . . . there is no right or wrong. Only beautiful. Choosing a gown is one of the most emotional experiences throughout your time as a bride . . . living up to the daydream you may have had since you were five or fulfilling a fantasy your mother envisions for you. It is never easy because most people are not used to seeing themselves in a gown and the dress often looks different on than it did on the hanger. Rest assured, each dress you try on makes you look even more beautiful and the hard part is choosing which part to play on the big day when you say I Do . . .

Though you are planning one of the most special events of your life, wedding planning can become tiresome. Many brides grow tired after selecting a wedding dress. Facing yourself in the mirror and thinking “does this dress look good?” while you try on countless gowns is no easy task! I have encountered many brides who simply want “it done.” “It” is always different – asking a wedding planner or friend to help choose flowers or recommend a band, to working with a personal shopper to help the bride choose clothing for her honeymoon (and wedding). There is only so much a bride can do in 24 hours and she often needs help – from her mother, fiancé, best friend, or stylist to help her make decisions that will lift her to the best person she can be on her wedding day and throughout her wedding weekend.

Imagine not having to think about what to wear throughout your bridal activities . . . having someone lay out your bridal shower outfit . . . and then helping you choose the perfect sexy something for your bachelorette party . . . and, next thing you know your rehearsal dinner outfit is planned and ready . . . your outfit for the brunch is right around the corner . . . as your honeymoon outfit is being packed! All of it representing you and your simple flawless style . . . perhaps it has a little Jennifer Aniston, a splash of funky Sarah Jessica Parker, the sophistication of Audrey Hepburn . . . or any other style icons you may have. Working with a fashion consultant (also known as a personal shopper or stylist) can help prevent many style and fashion induced stress episodes! Working with a style and image professional is not reserved for celebrities – it is an easy, time saving, and cost effective way to ease your stress and enhance your best attributes!

As the founder of Styleauteur, a fashion consulting company in the DC metro area, I help many busy men and women look and feel stylish. Styleauteur identifies pop culture movements and trends before they hit the mainstream and educates clients about projecting the right image for work and play.  Our trend forecasting techniques make fashion trends accessible and our services are unique because our clients are real people with real bodies . . . and real budgets! Styleauteur creates simple strategies to help you learn to love your clothes and get dressed with style every day. From planning your wedding wardrobe to presenting a fun and fashion filled seminar for you and your friends on girls’ night out (or in!) – Styleauteur will keep you feeling stylish and informed of what’s hot and what’s not!

As you build a relationship with your fashion consultant, you will find she anticipates your style and shopping needs. From alerting you to a sale that may have the perfect shoes for your post-wedding brunch outfit to assisting you in selecting gifts for your wedding party – even helping your mom find the perfect Mother-of-the-Bride look, your consultant will help shape the identity of your personal style. Bridal accessories to honeymoon must haves – we will inform you of it all!

Have fun selecting your wedding dress and enjoy every moment. The best accessory for any dress on your big day is a smile.

See our special offer below!


Guarantee Polite Children at Your Wedding!

Are you inviting children to your wedding? Well now you don't have to hope and pray that they will be on their best behavior...We have developed a special etiquette program for kids called Back to Basics designed to help them behave respectfully and politely in a variety of social situations and especially formal occassions!

It is our hope to make the world a kinder, gentler and more civilized place and that starts with teaching our youth these values! A portion of the revenues earned will be donated to the Shriners Children's Hospital, a charity that provides free care for disabled children and child burn victims. We would greatly appreciate your assistance in spreading the word in your
communities about our exciting new program!


Dance and Romance

Dancing is symbolic of love and unity and a celebration of life. That is why watching world renound dancers is so inspiring and romantic. We encourage you to take advantage of the limitless opportunities and venues to appreciate the art of dance at it's finest! The D.C. metro area dance world is your oyster! Escape from wedding planning stress and enjoy a romantic date night while learning about the exciting world of dance! It's time to hit the town!

Event: Tango Festival
Date: Saturday, June 27
Time: 4-10:30pm
Price: $25
Location: Thomas Jefferson Theater, 125 Old Glebe Road, Arlington, VA
Tickets: www.festivalargentinousa.com
Info: 703.212.5850
Details: An evening of Argentine music, dance, culture, arts and crafts, exhibitors and food.



Wedding Dance Workshop
Sample a variety of slow dances perfect for love songs to see which style you prefer.
Develop your individual composure as a dancer by learning foundation techniques.
Learn the fundamentals of partner dancing.
Get acquainted with dancing before committing to private lessons.
Is your wedding not until 2010 and you haven't chosen a special song yet, this is the perfect way to get your feet wet!
Meet other engaged couples in the area!
Maximize your investment in private lessons by getting a head start with this comprehensive workshop.
Dance with your partner the whole time - no partner switching

Location: Alexandria, VA
Date: Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 11am - 12:15am.
Price: Only $25 per person!


Vendor Special Offers

We pre-screen and negotiate with wedding vendors on your behalf to make your wedding planning easier!

Brian Block - RE/MAX Allegiance - 703-626-0715
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 below to leisurely view Northern Virginia Area homes from the comfort of your home. Brian Block is a Real Estate Agent and Real Estate Attorney plus a newlywed, Co-Founder of The Wedding Dance Specialists and Assistant Instructor for Wedding Dance Practice Sessions. Click on the banner to go to www.BrianBlock.com Present this coupon to receive:
1. A FREE Home buyer's Seminar with expert advice from a real estate professional and a mortgage lender. (value priceless)
2. a FREE HOME APPRAISAL (value $350)
3. 2 FREE private ballroom dance lessons when you use his services for purchasing your home. (value $170)

Save 10% off of any quote on Styleauteur services. Our services can benefit the the bride and groom, parents and bridal party and may include wedding weekend and honeymoon wardrobe planning, bachelorette party or bridal shower fashion and image seminar, and closet consultations. Contact Lauren Rothman, 202.631.8878


Dance Bloopers

Just going through the motions....
No eye contact? No smiles?
Where's the joy?






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