November 2010 Newsletter
For almost a decade, our complimentary newsletter has provided engaged couples a head start on wedding dance lessons and assistance with wedding planning. We know how stressful planning a wedding can be even under ideal circumstances and since life happens while you are making plans, our goal is to help you stay sane so you can dance down the aisle to "I Do!" -- Sincerely, Deborah Joy and Brian Block, Founders of The Wedding Dance Specialists
Nesting Newlyweds: Streamlining the Real Estate Process
by Brian Block, RE/MAX Broker, Attorney, Author and national and local media contributor
Now that you're about to merge your life with your fiancé, avoid wasting timebefore finding the right home.you might be looking to sell or purchase a home. Brian Block TWDS co-Founder, real estate broker, attorney, author and media contributor shares vital tips for making smart homebuyer decisions. Learn the four characteristics it takes to avoid wasting time and find the right home for you!
1. Create a needs and wants list
2. Pre-qualified for a loan
3. Buying for the right reasons
4. Pay attention to the market.
See Brian Block's Exclusive Vendor Offer below
Wedding Planning Tip: Save 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 provides some great hints on how to feed your guests well without going broke! (see their special offer below and our review of their services)
- 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.
- Go ethnic. Surprisingly, certain ethnic cuisines are much more affordable alternatives to traditional Western wedding fare.
- Consider an off-peak time of year for your region a weekday or a Friday or Sunday.
- 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.
- Consider your ceremony site - your house of worship may have a very affordable but simple reception hall attached to it.
See Better Events Catering's Exclusive Vendor Offer below and our review of their services!
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Exclusive Vendor Offers
We pre-screen and negotiate with wedding vendors on your behalf to make your wedding planning easier!
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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 view Northern Virginia and DC Area homes from the comfort of your home. Brian Block is a Real Estate Broker, Real Estate Attorney, author, media contributor and writes one of the top real estate blogs in Virginia. Go to www.BrianBlock.com
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1. a FREE HOME APPRAISAL (value $350)
2. Two complimentary private ballroom dance lessons when you use his services for purchasing your home. (value $170)
Better Events Catering - Roberto Torres, Owner (Wedding Wire Brides Choice Award Winner)
Brian and I chose Better Events to cater our wedding and we could not have been happier with that decision. My family and Brian and I sampled several caterers before selecting Better Events and we discovered that the quality of his food, the impeccable customer service and the very reasonable rates for a formal sit down dinner made Better Events an obvious choice. Even after working in the wedding industry for 10 years, and meeting countless caterers, Better Events remains our first choice. We are planning our 10 year anniversary party and Better Events will be catering the event. See the testimonial we sent right after we were married: http://www.betterevents.com/Testimonials.pdf
Present this coupon to recieve: 10% off food from Better Events CateringPresent this coupon to Roberto Torres. (703) 204.1800
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These are NOT our students!
We promise you will never look like this! We GUARANTEE that you will look and feel more elegant after ONE lesson with us than if you just try to "wing it". There are no "accidents" in dancing. Every mistake can be corrected or prevented using a specific technique. Dancing is a science made to look like an art!
It is the Groom's responsiblity to dip the bride. She should not dip herself as she ends up appearing to be fainting in this picture. The position of the bride and groom is dangerously unstable and is blending two dip poses into one thereby botching both. Also when dipping, it is not recommended to show off your Adam's apple!
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Wedding Etiquette: The Role of the Usher
It's an honor to be chosen as a groomsman or usher for your wedding. Their official responsibilities require them to be in the spotlight, photographed, video taped and interact with guests. Their physical presentation is important as they reflect your image and the tone of your presentation. Your wedding coordinator should advise them of proper posture, composure and the cordial way to greet guests. A bridal party dance lesson is a great way to learn protocol and presentation while creating a sentimental memory for everyone! Even comical JK Wedding Entrance required coordination!
- The number of ushers in usually determined by the “one usher for fifty guests” guideline. This gauge will help you be able to seat guests expediently.
- One usher should hand out a program while the others seat the guests.
- The usher is to offer his right arm while escorting a lady to her seat.
- Reserve teh first three rows of pews for relatives of the bride and groom. The remaining guests are seated from the fourth row back.
- If guests of the bride and groom are to be seated in separate sections, proper etiquette states that the friends and family of the bride are to be seated on the left while friends and family of the groom are seated on the right.
The parents of the groom are to be ushered in. After they are seated, the mother of the bride is to be escorted and seated. If parents of the bride or groom are divorced, usually the father is seated in a row behind the mother. If everyone is amenable to being seated together, you may do so.
Wedding Dance Tip
The music you choose will determine the type of dance that is appropriate. If you are undecided, there are many ways to go about selecting a song. One avenue is your instructor can demonstrate a variety of dance styles and provide a list and samples to listen to in class. Even if you haven't selected a specific song yet, just knowing the general mood and genre of music can enable your instructor to determine the appropriate dance style category while you are still deciding on your actual song. Perhaps you and your fiance share a meaningful memory of a special song. If not, consider whether you want a classic and timeless song, a trendy song or an obscure piece. Whatever you choose, it should be something that you will truly enjoy dancing to on your big day so that your joy shines through. Ideally it would also be a song that you would cherish and enjoy listening to for years to come.
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Date Night Delights!
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!
Keep the Honeymoon Alive Workshops
We host monthly workshops on weekends that will keep on sizzling into the future! Great for double dates of dinner and dancing with friends or even inviting the bridal party to bond and unwind from wedding planning stress! Dazzle your woman with sultry drapes, exhilirating spins and flirty dips. Ladies flirt with your hubby with your shimmies, struts and embellishments. With these new skills you will be able to rock the reception at weddings, cruises, nightclubs and parties or even just your living room! We will be incorporating moves from several dance styles and playing a wide variety of popular music from the 1990's - 2000's. Feel like it's a first date all over again!
Location: Falls Church, VA and Columbia, MD
Dates: monthly on weekends
Rate: $30 per person for 90 minutes
2010 Yuletide Ball Championships and Gala
Bring in the New Year at the 2010 Yuletide Ball Championships and Gala! You can see dancing at its finest by watching the competition or join in on the fun by attending the formal ball! Just don't forget your dancing shoes! Want to keep the party going? Make it a romantic weekend and reserve a room at the hotel! Give us a call to brush up on your floorplay before the gala! 703.626.7016
Date: Dec. 31, 2010 - Jan. 2, 2011
JW Marriot Hotel in DC,
Caribbean Breeze Dinner and Dancing
Enjoy a fabulously fresh, unique and creative dinner and free Salsa lessons on Saturday nights then dance all night!
Location: 4100 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203
Info: 703. 912.7990,
Dates: every Saturday
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