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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 "

February 2010 Newsletter

Honeymoon Hotspot

Curaçao is a perfect place for diving, but you will find, the island has so much more to offer. There
are dozens of undiscovered adventures to be enjoyed. Ranging from water sports to visiting 17th
century architecture sites, from enjoying tennis to enjoying world-class cuisine, from playing golf in the
sunny climate to visiting high-standard casinos. So if you are looking for more than just a dive vacation,
Curaçao has something out-of-the-ordinary for everybody.

Christoffel Park Sea Aquarium Curaloe Ecocity (Aloe) Dolphin Academy Ostrich & Game Farm Shete Boka Park

Wedding Planning Tip: Why hire a wedding planner?

Written by Shannon Baker, Owner and Coordinator of Astounding Events & Expressions

Every bride wants her wedding day to come together with as little stress as possible.  So many ask, “Should I hire a professional wedding coordinator?”  If you have a tight budget, you definitely want to consider hiring a coordinator.  One of the most needed services they can provide for you is negotiating with vendors to stay within your budget.  The goal of a coordinator is to give you the best wedding for the lowest possible cost.  And most importantly, a coordinator will ensure your wedding day flows smoothly and will resolve problems for you to keep the stress levels down on your wedding day. 

How much will a coordinator cost you?  A coordinator’s services are charged in one of three ways, a percentage (10% - 15%) of the total wedding, by the hour or a flat rate that can range from $500 - $2,800 depending on their experience and location.  Is it worth the expense?  Yes, it is.  Some of the things a coordinator will do for you is coordinate with all of your vendors 1-2 weeks before the wedding, provide all of them a detailed itinerary for the wedding day, provide the bridal party with detailed itineraries for the wedding day, and coordinate the details of the ceremony rehearsal (seating of family and guests, responsibility of the ushers, order of the bridal party).  On the wedding day the coordinator arrives 1-2 hours before the ceremony to assist with last minute details and emergencies and to ensure all of the vendors fulfill their contracts.  At the reception the coordinator will ensure things flow smoothly and in a timely manner (serving the food, toasts, cake cutting).  Most importantly, a coordinator will make sure EVERYONE enjoys every moment.

Many brides consider using a friend or family member to coordinate their wedding day because they volunteer to do it for free.  While this may be the case, they don’t have the knowledge or the experience needed to handle situations that may arise (the wrong color flowers, the cake doesn’t show).  Neither do they have the same taste or style as you or share your wedding day vision.  And besides, you’ve put a lot of time into planning your wedding; do you want to end up working at your own wedding?  You should be able to enjoy the entire day and so should your friends and family members.

If your site has its own coordinator, keep in mind they have the interests of the establishment in mind above everything else.  They will make sure the responsibilities they have been paid for are taken care of (i.e. the menu, cocktail hour, starting and ending on time).  But a site coordinator will not negotiate with any vendors, verify the time they will arrive to set up, give you reminders as your wedding day gets close, except for their payment of course, or assist you with any last minute details that may arise.  If your DJ doesn’t show, they won’t find you another one.  If something is wrong with the cake, they won’t try to fix it.  And at the end of the day the site coordinator won’t make sure all of your gifts are taken to a designated location so you can claim them after your honeymoon.  The site coordinator does just what their title says, coordinate the site.

So to be able to sit back, relax and look back on all of the unforgettable memories your wedding day will be filled with hire a professional coordinator so that you only have to worry about being the bride and groom. Shannon Baker. (301) 538-4872 E-mail:

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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!

It is the Groom's responsiblity to dip the bride. She should not dip herself. Also when dipping, it is not recommended to show off your Adam's apple!

Wedding Etiquette: Out-of-Town Guests

Although it is not necessary to plan entertainment for out of town guests, it is always a nice touch to offer activities, gatherings or other forms of hospitality to those who have traveled to celebrate with you on your special day.

An ideal way for friends and family to help with your wedding is to entertain out-of-town guests.  You should provide the hosts with a list of names and addresses so they can send out invitations to guests and plan accordingly.  If out-of-town guests are staying in private homes, their hosts should also be invited to attend gatherings.  Don’t forget to send a thank you note and small gift to the party hosts in appreciation of planning an event for your out-of-towners. Here are a few ideas for activities in honor of your out-of-town guests:

Rehearsal Dinner:  If circumstances enable allow many wedding couples invite out-of-town guests to the rehearsal dinner.  However if this is not an option than a friend or relative may host a cocktail party, barbeque or other gathering while the wedding party attends the rehearsal dinner.

On the day of an evening wedding:  Friends may choose to host a luncheon or brunch during the day of a late afternoon or evening wedding.

At a post wedding brunch:  After an evening wedding most out-of-town guests stay the night.  If possible plan a breakfast or brunch for these guests, it makes a nice send-off.

Dance and Romance Date Night Ideas

Event #1
We are currently compiling an interest list for those who would like to have a group lesson series called "Keep the honeymoon alive!" We would focus on the dance styles that are the most flirty, sensual and hot while still keeping everything really easy of course! These dances would be useful at weddings, vacations in the tropics or nightclubs. All the music is contemporary from the 90's onward. Contact us to be added to the interest list!

Event # 2
USA Dance Mid-Atlantic Championships
February 27-28. 2010
Ballroom/Latin Dancesport Competition!
Hyatt Regency Bethesda - Maryland 301-657-6420
Organizer: Mid-Eastern Chapter of USA Dance
Spectator tickets for purchase!
Vendors selling dance merchandise! 888-780-3015

Event #3
March 4th-7th, 2010
Sheraton Premiere - Tysons Corner, VA.
DC's West Coast Swing, Hustle & Hand Dance Spectacular!
Dozens of amazing professional performances
Over 60 workshops with top teachers & national champions