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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 Senior Writer of Washingtonian Magazine "

A full decade before Twitter, blogs, chat boards, online review sites, and Groupons ever existed, The Wedding Dance Specialists had compiled all of these concepts into our complimentary Wedding Planning newsletter! Our intention was and remains to provide engaged couples with a head start on wedding preparations and wedding dance lessons from both the newlywed and wedding vendor perspective!. 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

August 2012 Newsletter



Nesting Newlyweds:10 Things You Should Never Say to a Seller by Brian Block Esq, Managing Broker RE/MAX Allegiance

You like the house. Scratch that. You absolutely love the house. You've looked at all the homes in your price range. You started with an online home search. Many of the homes you wanted to see and that you were tracking online sold before you even got a chance to see them in person. You walked through the doors of this one and instantly you were in love. Yes, love at first sight does exist especially when it comes to homes.Desperately you look around the house trying to find something wrong but you cannot. You even love the color they painted the second bedroom. Who would have thought it? Neon Green. Somehow it works. The seller happens to be home and you decide to engage them in conversation... see what you can find out. You've got a few questions before you make your final decision. Despite being advised against it by their REALTOR, the seller is more than willing to talk to you.

This article is continued on http://blog.brianblock.com/public/item/265792 which is one of the top real estate blogs in Virginia.

For answers to your real estate questions or to search for area homes contact:
Brian Block Esq, Managing Broker RE/MAX Allegiance - as seen in the Washington Post, CBS and FOX Business News
703.626.0715,
brian@brianblock.com

www.brianblock.com


Writing Your Own Wedding Vows

From civil weddings to religious weddings, every type of ceremony generally involves reciting vows. If you have been provided with vows by your officiant, carefully read them to make sure that you understand them. If the words fail to express the depth, character and commitment of your impending union, check with your officiant about the possibility of writing your own unique vows. If you and your betrothed have agreed to write your own vows, here are some tips to help you personalize your promises to one another:

·  Think about the meaning of your life, your love for each other and the reason you are wanting to share eternity with one another.

·  Take your time. Carry a little note pad around with you and when you think of something, write it down.

·  Read some love poems which capture the meaning of love and can inspire you.

·  Coordinate and prepare as a team. Decide with your fiancé whether you are having the same vows or each reciting unique vows. You don't want to end up with one partner reading a “book” and the other reciting 3 words. Communicate what you intend to say, the duration of the vows.

·  Talk to other married friends or family members and ask them what marriage means to them.

·  Play some of the favorite songs that you and your fiancé enjoy together. Some of best wedding vows are derived from songs of the heart.

·  Go online. There are tons of websites that offer free vows.

·  If you have compiled your feelings on paper but want a creative flair or a poetic lilt. You can hire a poet or creative writer to put the finishing touches on your vows.


Wedding Planning Tip:  Wed-Sites

(reprinted in part from Emily Post, photo from Island Brides.com)

Wedding websites, or “wed-sites,” are one of the most popular new trends for engaged couples. They serve as a fun, multipurpose tool to stay connected with guests and keep them updated on details of your big day. You can include information on travel and lodging, wedding planning updates, electronic RSVP options and links to store registries. When you share photos, blog about the wedding planning process and include a comments section, it also becomes a personalized scrapbook commemorating your journey as a betrothed couple. Here are some tips to remember when designing your wed-site…

·  Take the time to develop a design and content that represents you as a couple.

·  If you plan to let people RSVP on your site, simply add a printed sentence at the bottom of your reply card sent with your invitation saying, “You may also reply by way of our wedding Web site:  “happycouple.com.”

·  Refrain from listing your website on your invitation. You can inform people about your website by including the web address on other items enclosed in the invitation packet.

·  Keep the website simple and easy to navigate.

·  Make sure the content is tasteful and inclusive. Avoid sharing the personal details of your relationship.

·  Place links to on-line gift registries modestly on your home page.

·  For guests who don’t have access to the internet, be sure to include pertinent information in the invitation packet you’ll send them.

·  Use the site to post wedding and honeymoon pictures, stories of the experience and thank you messages. This thank you does not replace the individual thank you notes that must be handwritten.


Wedding Dance Workshops: Recommended by Engaged Couples, Planners and Washingtonian Magazine!

Curriculum: Perfect for First Dance & Honors Dance with Parents
Workshop Part A (Foot Steps)
Workshop Part B (Twirls)

More details: For reviews, pictures and detailed description of the Wedding Dance Workshop click here

Registration Details: Virginia Workshops
City: Alexandria, VA 22314
Date: September 2012
Time: 3-6pm
Investment: $60 per person / 3 hour workshop

Registration Details: Maryland Workshops
City:
Columbia, MD 21026
Date: September 2012
Time: 3-6pm
Investment: $60 per person / 3 hour workshop



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