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<December 2005 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 "

December 2005 Newsletter

Crash Course : Swing

Swing: Make it a dinner/dancing double date night with friends or an intimate romantic escape from the hectic wedding planning. Forget about work stress and jump off the saddle and into your saddle shoes! Shimmy out of your business suit and into your zoot suit for a swingin’ good time featuring the most popular sounds from today and yesteryear! Whether your reception will include Big Band era, Motown, or Rock & Roll music, swing dancing is a fun and versatile fast dance that will enable you to dance all night long at your reception and other social events!


To sign up: call 703-626-7016 or email
Instructor: Deborah Joy and Brian Block
Location : Alexandria Studio, just west of Old Town (call for details)
Date: Swing: Monday, Dec 19
Time: 9pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $20 per person (drop-in)
SAVE $$!! Refer another couple to join the group lessons and you and they pay only $15 per person for each group class they purchase.

Encourage the bridal party (including any children) to look "Courtly" and "Elegant” by walking gracefully, slowly, smoothly and fluidly! The goal is to avoid a staccato affect by pausing too noticeably with every stride. Since your bridal party may not have had the benefit of dance lesson preparation or may be shy in front of crowds, a gentle reminder (from the rehearsal coordinator) about posture would be helpful. Remind everyone to roll their shoulders back and down into their sockets, chin up, knees soft and avoid fidgeting.

At the end of the ceremony, you may feel so ecstatic with marital bliss that you are tempted to skip down the aisle with wild abandon as the crowd sings and cheers you on….It’s your day, GO FOR IT!!!!

Wedding Movie Review: The Wedding Date - Directed by Clare Kilner

Kat Ellis (Debra Messing) has to fly back to London for her spoiled half-sister’s wedding.  Unfortunately the best man is her ex-fiancé Jeffery.  Kat figures the best way to get through this wedding with a bit of dignity is to find the perfect date. Her ideal man must be handsome, intelligent, perfectly charming and ready to make her Jeffery extremely jealous.  Where would one find a man like this in New York City with a weeks notice?  Kat resorts to hiring - for a mere six thousand dollars - Nick Mercer (Dermot Mulroney) known as New York’s finest male escort.  From the time of their first meeting up until her sister’s wedding, Nick charms the family, as well as Kat, and woos the crowd.  In the end Kat finds much more on this trip to London than she ever expected. 

This is a great light hearted, romantic comedy to snuggle up on the couch and watch during a chilly evening.  Although the plot twists can be anticipated, you will enjoy watching the onscreen chemistry between Messing and Mulroney.   This is one to rent when you want everyone to live happily ever after. (88 minutes)

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Holiday Sale - Save 10% on any wedding package. Offer expires Dec 22, 2005. Purchases and gift certificates are valid up to one year from date of purchase. Take advantage of our 2005 rates before they increase in January!

Dance Bloopers!
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!

Wedding Etiquette: Inviting Children (Reprinted in part from Emily Post)

One of the most asked questions when planning a wedding is what to do about children.  Some people feel having children at a wedding can be an intrusion or distraction, while others can’t imagine celebrating without children.   If you do choose to invite children be aware you may incur an additional financial burden.  If you do choose to include children but are on a tight budget there are some compromises you can make. Here are some general guidelines for inviting children:

How to let your guests know whether or not children will be invited:  If you are inviting children include their name(s) on your invitation envelopes.  The proper way to communicate that children will not be invited is to ONLY write the parents names on both the inner and outer invitation envelopes.  It is not appropriate to write “no children” on the invitations.

How to restrict the number of children:    There isn’t necessarily and easy answer on restricting children, but you can discourage the attendance of children in several ways.  Make sure you discuss this issue with friends and relatives in person and/or over the phone and ask them to spread the word.  You could also enclose a note to close friends or relatives that may understand your personal situation especially if budget and space are a concern.  You may also offer to hire a babysitter to watch the children at the hotel where guests are staying or at a relative’s home.  You could draw the line by including only children of close family members and/or children of the bridal party; or establish an age limit - inviting ten or older, for example – to the wedding.  The bottom line is that no matter which way you choose to go, make no exceptions, since doing so can cause hurt feelings of all parties involved.

Wedding Planning Tip: Invitation Printing Options

After choosing your invitation style and wording, there are several options for printing.  It all depends on your personal preference and budget, however, a general rule is a more formal invitation requires a more formal printing style.

Engraving:  Engraving is a very formal style of printing; it has been around since the 17th century and is your most expensive option.  Engraving has two distinct features, raised printing on the front and the bruising on the back of the invitation.  The process involves the invitation being pressed between a copper plate etched with text and an ink plate.  Engraved invitations look best in black ink. Keep in mind engraving can take up to four weeks depending on the printer.

Thermography:  Thermography gives the look of engraving but is a much more affordable option.  Thermography is a bit shinier than engraving and does not press through the paper.  This process fuses ink and a resin like powder under extreme heat which results in the raised lettering.  Thermogrphed invitations are very popular; they have a quick turn around time at the printer and look great with colored ink.

Lithography:  Lithography is the style of printing that most people are familiar with.  The look is of imprinted lettering that is neither raised nor pressed through.  It is created by using an inked impression on a plate or rubber cylinder and then transferring it to paper.  This type of printing is often used on textured papers and is one of the least expensive printing options.

Laser or Digital Printing:   Laser printing can be done at home or a professional shop and results in a flat image similar to lithography.  Make sure to pick a font that is formal but easy to read.  Also if you are printing at home make sure you do a few trial runs.   Digital printing gives the same result as a laser printer but is done professionally.  The colors from a digital printer are vibrant and range over the entire spectrum of the rainbow.  Both of these printing options are inexpensive options.

Embossing:  Embossing is a printing style for invitation accents usually seen when a motif, border, or monogram is used.  Some people also choose to use it on the return envelope flap.  This process involves no ink and is produced by metal plates etched with letters being stamped into the invitation paper. What is left behind is the imprint or embossing.  Embossing is an added cost and often can take three to four weeks, however the beautiful 3 dimensional effect is well worth it.

Dance and Romance Date Night Ideas

Event: Yuletide Competitions and New Year's Gala
Dates: Dec 29 - Jan 01, 2006 Yuletide Ballroom Dance Competitions
Date: Dec 31 New Year's Gala
Location: The JW Marriott Hotel 14th and Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, DC
Details: Dinner, dancing, and a dance performance featuring the dancing artistry of World Cabaret Champion, Victor da Silva and British Latin Champion, Hanna Karttunen
Contact: 301-972-2416

Event: Euronet International's New Year’s Eve Ball
Date: 12/31
Cost: Ticket Levels: Regular $129|VIP $179|Presidential $275 (Prices Subject to Change)
Customer Service: 301-509-1218 or via e-mail at
Venue: Jurys Washington Hotel 1500 New Hampshire Ave, NW Washington DC 20036
Theme: “James Bond - 007 License to Thrill” Around the World Gala
We have a LICENSE TO THRILL YOU!Gentlemen, be Bond for the night, come dressed in your tuxedo, enjoy martinis from our hand sculpted ice bar, and find your Midas touch at Casino Royale while charming the ladies and exploring exotic destinations from famous Bond movies. Ladies, slip on your glamorous gown to become a Fascinating Bond woman for the evening while you spy and lay your charismatic eyes on handsome Bonds. Enjoy incredible performances, feast at international food stations, sip premium liquors and wines and indulge in free flowing champagne as you impress each other with classic Bond Movie Trivia and enjoy countdown to 2006 live from Times Square on screens scattered around the party areas. • Exotic Performances • International Buffet Stations • Lavish Libations Premium 5-Hour Open Bar, Stylish Ice Bar, Free Flowing Champagne, Special Theme Drinks • Live Orchestra playing Swing, Big Band, Tango, Waltz, Oldies, Classic Rock and Popular Favorites • Multiple DJs • Complimentary Festive Party Favors and Midnight Champagne Toast • Live Feed Broadcast from Times Square New York City COUNT DOWN TO 2006 • UNBEATABLE Hotel Rates $99 Per Room/Night Plus Tax. • GUARANTEED Valet Parking December 31st, 2005 at 9:30PM-3AM