May 2008 Newsletter
Dance Etiquette: Avoid Stepping on Toes or Feelings!
Dancing with your guests is not only polite but a great way to spend some time with each of them. Once you learn the basics you will feel more confident and excited about dancing with your guests. Here are a few guidelines when dancing socially:
Dance along the "Line of Dance" (counterclockwise)
Use the appropriate section of the floor depending on your dance style, proficiency and speed.
Unless solicited, avoid teaching your partner how to dance.
Be observant of your surroundings to avoid potential collissions and apologize in the event of one.
Keep moving so you don't block the flow of "traffic."
Enter and leave the dance floor cautiously when other couples are still dancing
Planning Tip: How to Avoid Common Gown Shopping Pitfalls, Part 2
Buying your wedding gown is an incredibly exciting and emotional experience. It will be the fanciest and most likely most expensive article of clothing you will ever purchase and the process is more complicated than just purchasing a regular dress. We want to empower you to overcome common pitfalls like the ones below so your gown shopping experience is exhilarating instead of exhausting. There are so many details Here are some of our suggestions:
The gown shop forgot to order the dress - Protect yourself by getting a promised order and delivery date in writing and clarify in writing that you can recieve a refund if they fail to place the order in time for you to wear the dress for the wedding. Call to confirm that the dress was ordered on time and confirm the delivery date. Document your followup correspondence times and details. If your dress does not arrive in time and it is due to the shop's negligence, you deserve a refund. Otherwise, contact your attorney as they are breaking a valid contract.
2. Botched alterations - If the shop refers you to a seamstress or offers in-house alterations ask to meet the particular seamstress who will be working on your gown, inquire about their experience and how long they have been affiliated with the gown shop, find out if they are an employee, contractor or sub-contractor, ask for references, find out if the work will take place on or off-site and find out who is legally liable/responsible if something goes wrong with the alterations and what measures will be taken to remedy the problem. Make sure there is something in writing that protects you in the case of botched alterations and whomever accepts the responsibility also signs the contract.
3. Sample or demonstration model gowns may not be bargains - You might get lucky or be very dissappointed with a sample gown. Sample gowns are often discountd for clearance to make room for the season's newest models. Depending on the condition of the gown the discount could range from 20%-50%. Often sample gowns are stained, damaged and stretched due to many try-ons. If you fall in love with a sample gown, carefully inspect every inch of it for missing beads, torn lace, unglued detailing, etc...See if the shop will take care of the repairs and cleaning and get a written guarantee that the purchase is contingent on your approval of the gown after it has been repaired as an inexperienced cleaner can destroy a bridal gown. If you purchase a clearance gown from a "one day only" liquidation sale you may have to absorb the cost of the cleaning, alterations and repairs in which case the gown may be no bargain at all.
4. "Salon-style" gown shops - This is where the shop keeps all its merchandise hidden from the clients and the salesperson selects the dresses on your behalf based on what she thinks you will look good in based on your expressed preferences and price range. First of all, I don't think your price range is their business, often budget categories may be fungible depending on how your priorities evolve. Secondly, the salesperson has a conflict of interest if she is recieving a commission based on the cost of your gown. Third, you are constantly put in the uncomfortable or embarrassing position of rejecting the styles the salesperson selected for you and/or asking her to find dresses in a lower price category. Also, half of the fun is exploring all of the gowns' various designs and pricing options. I suggest you shop only at places where you can view the merchandise yourself and make that clear to the "salon" that if they want a shot at your business they will need to comply.
5. Brand counterfeiters and obscure brand names - If a store claims the dress is a designer gown call the designer to see if the store is an authorized dealer of the brands they claim to sell.
Stay tuned next month for more gown shopping saga survival tips...
Dancing With The Stars
For those of you with your head in the clouds with wedding planning it’s time to float a little bit higher and check out the stars…Dancing With The Stars that is! Twelve celebrities - six men and six women - attempt to outshine one another on a sixth season of the hit series, Dancing with the Stars, which culminates with a champion being selected tonight! at 8pm on ABC. The season six cast includes stars such as an Academy Award winner, a Tony Award winner, an Olympic Gold medalist, a nine-time Grand Slam tennis champion, and the NFL's current Man of the Year.
“Dancing With the Stars” will quick step its way to the end of another season and has seen its viewership climb annually - it’s audience of 20 million-plus places the show among the most-watched network series. Hosted by Tom Bergeron (America's Funniest Home Videos) and Samantha Harris (E! Entertainment), the celebrities will perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. Viewers cast their votes for their favorite teams. Tune in tonight when Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas, Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska, Cristían de la Fuente and Cheryl Burke compete for the trophy, the glory and the satisfaction of exceeding at such an inspiring art form and sport.
To learn about other dance styles click here
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Now that you are about to merge your life with your fiance, you may be looking to sell or purchase real estate. Click the banner to leisurely view Northern Virginia Area homes from the comfort of your home. Brian Block is a Real Estate Agent and Real Estate Attorney plus a newlywed, Co-Founder of The Wedding Dance Specialists and Assistant Instructor for Wedding Dance Practice Sessions.
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In respect, appreciation and genuine support of our troops who have sacrificed so much now and since the founding of our nation! Our hearts and prayers go out to the engaged couples who have been separated by their fiance's call to duty. We applaud your bravery and patriotism. Lessons are valid for up to one year from date of purchase at any of our locations. Discounted rates apply only to purchases made by and for the recipient of the lessons. Sale expires May 28, 2008.
Nesting Newlyweds: - Brian Block, Real Estate Broker/Attorney
Congratulations Grooms-to-be! From the day you popped the big question and changed your status from boyfriend to fiancé, you've no doubt been receiving lots of unsolicited advice from friends, family, and strangers about planning the wedding and about marriage. So here comes your friendly Northern Virginia & D.C. REALTOR with some more advice for you as you begin the transition from YOUR BACHELOR PAD to YOUR MARRIED NEST.
Many things will change once you get married, not the least of which is your living arrangements. Whether you stay where you are and your lovely bride moves in, or you decide to purchase a new place together (using the services of your favorite REALTOR), the days of dirty socks on the floor, movie posters as decoration, and nothing but beer, o.j., and salsa in the fridge are over. Say hello to new linens, candles, and yes, less closet space. After you've taken your vows, danced your first dance (of course, you took dance lessons with my wife's company, The Wedding Dance Specialists), and returned from your fabulous honeymoon, it's time to settle down.) Click here for some vital professional advice.