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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 "

Before twitter, blogs, chat boards, online review sites, and Groupons, The Wedding Dance Specialists had compiled all of these concepts into our complimentary Wedding Planning newsletterfor over a decade ago! 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

February 2012 Newsletter



Success Stories: A Bridal Planner's Personal Experience

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"The Wedding Dance Specialists are the best dance studio that I have worked with. They are professional and really make the classes fun for brides & grooms. Even if they have never danced before, Deborah can make their first dance look fantastic in just a couple of lessons. We always recommend them to all of our brides & grooms. One of my couples are taking lessons from TWDS in Towson and they love it!

In fact, I even used them when I got married. The first dance was the most talked about part of our wedding and a true testament to the dance lessons."

--Kimberly Pritchett, Professional Bridal Consultant, A Timeless Affair



Expert Tip: Do You Need Wedding Insurance?

by Cristina Maria Curcio of Cristina Maria Events

Over the year I have been asked by clients and friends whether they should get wedding insurance. It is not mandatory but I strongly recommend it if you are spending a significant amount on your wedding. You wouldn't buy a car without car insurance. It is the same idea. A wedding planner or day of coordinator serves as insurance to make sure everything runs smoothly so you, your bridal party, and your family do not have to be a big ball of stress but rather can enjoy each and every moment of the day storing all the fabulous Kodak moments to memory. Wedding insurance protects you financially and covers you in case a something goes very wrong like a flood or a damage wedding gown.I have yet to encounter this in my years of experience but I know this may be of help to some of you readers... There is even insurance and counseling for change-of-heart cancelled weddings.

Policies range from $100 to $1,300. They can be purchased from sites such as:
http://www.wedsafe.com/
http://www.protectmywedding.com/
http://www.firemansfund.com/Pages/welcome.htm

 


Valentine's Day SALE!

The gift of dance is a timeless, priceless gift that enriches lives and relationships. It is a thoughtful and elegant gift for engaged couples, their families and bridal party. It is also the perfect gift for any special occasion or even a Date Night!

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Wedding Etiquette: Announcing Your Engagement

by Deborah J. Block, TWDS Founder & Certified Etiquette Consultant

Once an engagement is announced to family and friends there is no holding back the whirlwind of activity that surrounds the event.  Follow these quick steps to ensure that you don't step on any toes long before the First Dance even happens....

The Telling

There is an order to how you announce your engagement.  It is important to tell those family members that are at the top of your priority list.  This usually includes parents, grandparents, and any children from a previous relationship and best done in person. Then, think about who deserves special attention among your family and friends and tell them next. For many decades official engagement announcements were mailed out which were later followed by engagement party invitations. It is acceptable to complete your list in person for that personal touch or over the phone, either way is acceptable.  Finally, tell your colleagues and coworkers by simply speaking to a few people and watch the news spread quickly. Some are saving time, money and energy and simply notifying their casual friends, distant relatives and work acquaintances using Facebook. If you are going to go this route, I recommend making an offical statement on your status page, posting a nice picture and maybe recapping the proposal to warm up and dignigy such an impersonal announcement format.. I would not recommend simply changing your status from "in a relationship" to "engaged."

Dream to Reality

Your dream wedding is about to become reality and certain stages of the wedding should be set before promises or invitations are extended.  In order to avoid an embarrassing situation by taking back an invite, simply review the cost of the wedding and finalize the guest list before discussing the wedding with relatives and family.  Also, as a couple, decide upon who will be in the wedding party before discussing it with others.  This will help you avoid awkward social situations, friendship will remain intact, and everyone is happy. 

Reviewing the Situation
At a time when you would like everyone around you to be just as happy as you are, it is sometimes not possible.  You may have to change your level of excitement when you share your news, especially when telling those are dealing with difficult situations in their own lives, such as the recent death of a loved one, a divorce or illness.  Your willingness to be sensitive to their situation will help you maintain your relationship and eventually they will join in on the excitement. 

To summarize, when announcing your engagement it is recommended that you develop a plan of action by following the announcement hierarchy, try to enjoy the experience of just being engaged for a while and refrain from making promises too early and consider other people’s feelings when you relate the good news.   



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The Wedding Dance Specialists

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Wedding Dance Workshops: Recommended by Brides, Vendors and Washingtonian Magazine!

Curriculum:
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: March 11, 2012
Date: April 22, 2012
Time: 3-6pm
Investment:
$60 per person / 3 hour workshop *
$70 per person / 3 hour workshop

Registration Details: Maryland Workshops
City:
Columbia, MD 21026
Date: March 18, 2012
Date: April 15, 2012
Time: 3-6pm
Investment:
$60 per person/3 hour workshop *
$70 per person/3 hour workshop

* Early Registration Discount: 14 calendar days prior to workshop.

 



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