The Wedding Dance Specialists The Wedding Dance Specialists
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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 "

November 2009 Newsletter

Dance Tip: Keep it a secret!

We recommend keeping your dance lessons a secret so you can surprise your guests. If they know in advance, their expectations will be inflated and you will feel more pressure to live up to them. If you keep the lessons a secret, then your elegant dance gives the event an extra special splash of pinache!

Gift Certificates Available!

The holidays are just around the corner and so is the wedding! Are you looking for the perfect gift? Giving the gift of dance is a gift that lasts a lifetime. Since social dancing enriches lives and relationships it is a thoughtful and elegant gift to give to a newly engaged couple or their parents. Gift certificates are available for any of our a la carte lessons, Wedding Packages or Other Packages. Purchasing the gift certificate can be handled online or over the phone at (703) 626-7016. We will gladly snail mail or email the gift certificate to you or whomever you designate as the recipient.

Wedding Planning Tip: The Guest List

Do you dream of a small intimate wedding with just your closest friends and family?   Maybe your looking to celebrate with everyone you both know.  Either way, a lot of your decisions will be based on the number of people who will attend your wedding. 

Your guest list will determine the location of your wedding as well as your budget.   Sit down with your partner and create separate guest lists.  Your lists can include as many or as few people that you would like.  Consider your friends, colleagues and family.  After creating your lists, compile them to determine your starting point.  In most cases, your guest list will have to be edited to accommodate for your budget or your location.  Here are some questions you might want to consider when you are editing your guest list.

  • Are we inviting this person because we feel obligated to?
  • When is the last time I saw this person?  Has it been longer then a year?
  • Is it necessary for this person to bring a date?
  • Should we allow children to attend?
  • Are we inviting our co-workers?

When determining how to reduce your wedding guest list, be considerate of each other’s needs.  Both parties need to be willing to compromise on their lists so that a limit can be reached.  Once your limit is determined, be prepared for some awkward situations.   How are you going to handle the questions of those you aren’t inviting?  What about the couple that just recently separated?  These situations are not uncommon, but we have a few suggestions for you to help you get by.

We composed a list of possible problems and resolutions that might help you when you are preparing your guest list.

  • Are you having a small wedding?  Are you tight on your budget?  If you are honest and up front with your friends about your circumstances and let them know why you cannot invite them to your wedding, the situation will less likely to be a stress for you later. 
  • Are you close with a recently separated or divorced couple and aren’t sure which spouse to invite?  Be diplomatic and send both parties an invitation.  Leave the decision up to them as to who will attend. 
  • Do you want friends and family with children to attend?  It’s up to you, but our advice is that you stick with your choice.  If you make an exception to your rule and allow one child (even if it’s a newborn) to attend your wedding, you are bound to have some resentment or hurt feelings.

It takes a great deal of inner strength to face opposition from those around you.  Be honest and upfront with your family and friends.  Don’t put yourself under anymore emotional stress by feeling compelled to invite people who you might not otherwise invite.  Don’t forget, your wedding is about you and what you want, not what someone else wants or expects.

Dance and Romance

Dancing is symbolic of love and unity and a celebration of life. That is why watching world renound dancers is so inspiring and romantic. We encourage you to take advantage of the limitless opportunities and venues to appreciate the art of dance at it's finest! The D.C. metro area dance world is your oyster! Escape from wedding planning stress and enjoy a romantic date night while learning about the exciting world of dance! It's time to hit the town!

When: Dec 31, to January 3, 2010.
Where: The JW Marriott Hotel 14th and PA Ave.W DC
Organizer: Ron Bennett
Details: The New Year's Eve Gala and ballroom competitions
Contact:, 301-972-2416


Movie Review:  Take the Lead

 Inspired by a true story, this movie is about a prize winning ballroom dancer and instructor who pushes inner city kids to exceed expectations through dancing.  Pierre Dulaine is living in Manhattan working with students at a high school in the Bronx.  Pierre is asked to work with students in detention, some of the toughest kids in the school.  When Dulaine starts work, he shows the students his dance moves while the kids show him theirs.  In the end, the kids have combined both styles of dance, ballroom and hip-hop, creating a new style. 

Vendor Special Offers

We pre-screen and negotiate with wedding vendors on your behalf to make your wedding planning easier!

Brian Block - RE/MAX Allegiance - 703-626-0715
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 below 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. Click on the banner to go to Present this coupon to receive:

a FREE HOME APPRAISAL (value $350)
2 FREE private ballroom dance lessons when you use his services for purchasing your home. (value $170)

Jake Ritchie - Dream Day DJs

Print this coupon and present it to Jake Ritchie after recieving a quote and recieve a 10% discount off of your quote.

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