The Wedding Dance Specialists The Wedding Dance Specialists
October 2004 Newsletter

" 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 "

October 2004 Newsletter



Selecting a band or DJ

1. Ask for referrals and follow up to see if other customers were satisfied with their services. Your music will create an ambience for your ceremony and reception. Make sure you have heard your band or DJ’s style in advance. Check their play list and ask for a cassette or CD of their music. DJ’s have different styles, some are able to motivate the crowd while staying behind the scenes, others are highly visible and interact with the crowd, teach line dances, give out party favors, etc…

 2.  Find creative ways to get around budget restrictions. Look into the various pricing options. If a large band is not within your budget, a smaller sub grouping may give you a similar sound at a more affordable rate.

3.  Check their play list and ask for a sample CD so you are familiar with their repertoire so you can hire appropriately. This way there are no surprises or disappointments.  Some bands may specialize in a particular genre like Rock & Roll or Big Band music. To create different moods, some weddings incorporate a live trio during the ceremony, one instrumentalist during the cocktail hour and a DJ during the reception.

4. Provide “MUST PLAY” and “PROHIBITED SONGS” list. This can prevent inappropriate or unfavorable songs from being played on your special day. To ensure that your favorite music is played reinforce the notion that their tip is directly linked to fulfilling this expectation.

5. Provide the band with plenty of advance notice to allow time for special requests to be rehearsed. With enough notice, the band may be willing to learn a song (maybe two) by special request. But it would be unrealistic to expect them to change their entire repertoire.

6.  Verify that the music played during your dance presentations is the same version as what you have practiced. Be aware that intentional tempo or instrumentation variations in a song are a method band's use to express their unique style. Before signing a contract, ensure that the band agrees to at least play your song at your preferred tempo provided you give them some advanced notice so that they can be prepared. Your dance instructor can figure out how many measures or beats per minute there are in a particular song. A slight modification in tempo is not difficult to adjust to but more than 5 measures per minute can make a dramatic difference in one's ability to dance comfortably. Another simple solution is to email a digital copy or your song to the band or snail mail a CD.

7. Ask your bridal coordinator or Best Man to bring the DJ an extra copy of your wedding song on CD.  Make sure you have clearly labeled the song - "FIRST DANCE # x" so that there is no confusion. Providing the DJ with the song is a good idea because the DJ may have a different version of the same song and not realized it.


Wedding Emergency Kit for Brides and Grooms

Meredith Sellers, Professional Bridal Consultant for Elegant Engagements suggest Grooms pack the following:

  • extra black socks
  • white chalk to cover razor nicks
  • safety pins, cuff links
  • Advil
  • bottle of water
  • check out ALL the tuxes AT the tux shop
  • Plus a general tip: make sure all vests and jackets match, are the right size and the hems are secure BEFORE leaving the store and scuff up the bottom of your shoes so you don't slip.

Newlywed and TWDS Founder Deborah Joy suggests Brides pack the following:

  • aspirin
  • antihistamine
  • Band-Aids
  • tissue
  • nail file
  • nail polish (clear for pantyhose runs and the bride's color in case of chips)
  • hair pins
  • hairspray
  • eye drops
  • safety pins
  • straws (so the bride doesn't mess up her lipstick)
  • chalk (to cover up smudges on your white gown)
  • make-up for touch ups
  • extra pantyhose
  • breath mints


Party Mixes, Hip Hop, Techno, Disco -- Merengue To The Rescue!

Although very impressive to watch, the Merengue is actually the easiest dance to learn of all the dance styles. Often, it is also terrific for the last two hours of the reception when mostly fast dancing to contemporary music is played. The Merengue is a spot dance, meaning it doesn't move around the dance floor so it is ideally suited to small, crowded dance floors. Merengue is a fun dance with simple steps so it is easy to learn quickly and the "1-2" march-like rhythm. It is a favorite throughout the Caribbean, Latin America and South America and therefore, the perfect dance to learn for those planning a honeymoon in any of these regions of the world.

Your Wedding Officiant might ask these Q’s do you Know the A’s?

Often couples meet with a spiritual leader or wedding officiant several times before their ceremony. Each officiant's approach is different but most will inquire either directly or indirectly about general points of emotional and/or spiritual intimacy which is the cornerstone and foundation of marriage.

Ballroom Dancing Holiday Gala and Competition

2004 Yuletide Ball Championships
Saturday, January 1, 2005
The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, NW Washington, DC
Event Details:
ballroom dance competitions, performances, general dancing, awards & scholarships
Recommended Main Attraction Details:
Session #5; Amateur Championships, Professional Championships, Professional Exhibition Show Dance
Business Casual or better is fine, wear comfortable shoes for dancing and standing. Seating is sometimes limited so try to arrive a little early.


Hot Dance Movie

Shall We Dance?
opens October 15, 2004
Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon

Richard Gere stars as John Clark, a man with a wonderful job, charming wife (Susan Sarandon) and loving family who still feels that something is missing in his life. Every evening on his commute home, John sees a beautiful woman (Jennifer Lopez) staring with a lost expression through the window of a dance studio. Haunted by her gaze, John impulsively jumps off the train one night and signs up for dance lessons hoping to meet her.

While John proves just as clumsy as his equally clueless classmates on the dance-floor, he nonetheless falls in love with dancing. Struggling to keep his new obsession from family and co-workers, John feverishly trains for Chicago’s biggest dance competition. His friendship with Paulina blossoms, as his enthusiasm rekindles her lost passion for dance. With his wife becoming suspicious and his secret about to be revealed, John will have to do some fancy footwork to keep his dream going and realize what it is he really yearns for.


Special Wedding Vendor Offers

Bialek's Music

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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