The Wedding Dance Specialists The Wedding Dance Specialists

" 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 "

More than a full decade before Facebook, Twitter, blogs, chat boards, online review sites, and Groupons ever existed, The Wedding Dance Specialists had compiled all of these concepts into our complimentary Wedding Planning newsletter! 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

October 2012 Newsletter

Wedding Trends by Kimberly Irwin, TWDS publicist

As the 2012 wedding season draws to a close, many brides are now focusing on what the new trends for 2013 will be to seek inspiration for their big day. After scouring several wedding blogs and websites, here are our top eight picks for trends most likely to be seen in the upcoming year.

  • Mint—This cool shade of green started appearing earlier this year, and is expected to continue into next year.
  • 1920’s Vintage Vibe—With the popularity of shows like Downton Abbey, and with the release of The Great Gatsby in 2013, we expect there to be a rise in 1920’s themed weddings.
  • Lace—Lace is big right now, and is expected to continue to be so in 2013.
  • Patterned Décor—Stripes, chevron, polka dots are expected to show up on everything from table runners to bowties.
  • Birds—Birds are becoming popular in home décor currently, and this is projected to carry over into wedding décor next year as well. Or how the real dove release! (see photo)
  • Glitter—Expect to see a lot of sparkly decorations next wedding season!
  • Creative Backdrops/Aisle Runners—This DIY trend is growing very popular, as more and more brides want to do something that makes their wedding unique and not only stand out, but feel more personal as well.
  • Do Your Own Thing—Couples nowadays no longer feel that they have to have their wedding a certain way, and are feeling more free to create their wedding exactly the way they want it.

DanceTip: How To Pick the Right Studio by Deborah Joy Block, Founder of The Wedding Dance Specialists

As the national experts on wedding dance, The Wedding Dance Specialists receive a lot of inquiries from brides and grooms across the country seeking out advice for locating a local dance studio that will address their unique needs.  Learning to dance together should be one of the most enjoyable aspects of wedding planning. Planning a wedding is stressful enough without agonizing over how to pick the perfect studio for the most sacred ritual of the reception – The First Dance!

What are some good signs that a studio is an authentic wedding dance specialist?  Before you even meet the instructor there are lots of clues you can learn by just reviewing the company online. Ideally they have a website dedicated to weddings but anyone can slap up a pink website and call themselves a wedding expert in any field so the website should at least be listed high organically on google. There are other things to consider. Positive signs include: wedding dance social media platforms, real photos of actual clients, media coverage, wedding industry awards, vendor affiliations, off site reviews from third party sources, testimonials from vendors and couples with full names and wedding dates and at least 50% of the instructor's clientele are engaged couples, for those looking for a crash course be able to completely prepare you in ONE lesson and be able to attract enough engaged couples to offer one day intensive customized wedding dance workshops rather than generic group lessons.

           Most studios are not primarily dedicated to weddings so finding an authentic wedding dance specialist is challenging. Some warning signs include: stock photos, anonymous testimonials, no affiliations or testimonials from wedding industry vendors and showing up primarily on paid wedding websites, if their primary focus is on hobbyists and competitors not beginners, if engaged couples are just their "filler income", if they are inflexible with addressing your specific goals, if they lure you in with a free lesson and try to aggressively upsell you, if they do not disclose their pricing before you visit the studio, if they do not offer any guarantees or refunds, if they have minimal or no interaction with the wedding industry in general or if they use novice teachers or trainees as their “wedding dance specialists.”

Once you’ve found a dance studio that you trust then it is time to enjoy a date night of dancing and romancing!

Wedding Planning Tip: 10 Ways to SAVE $ on Your Wedding! by Kimberly Irwin, TWDS publicist

Planning a wedding is often stressful but it can be especially challenging in today’s economy. More than ever, engaged couples are eager to minimize costs while still having the perfect wedding that they’ve always dreamed of. The good news is you can have your (wedding) cake and eat it too!

  • Cut your guest list.The fewer the guests, the less cost you have since every guest equals an invitation and a meal that you have to pay for.
  • Have your wedding on Friday instead of Saturday. Venue costs are higher on weekends.
  • Choose your flowers wisely. Flowers were not all created equal—some are cheaper than others. Or use a single flower for the bridesmaids and a flower dipped in gold for the bride (only $75).
  • Skip the full bar. Instead provide a selection of signature cocktails, red and white wine, and beer for your guests.
  • Hire a DJ instead of a band. Or better yet, be your own DJ by making a playlist for the ceremony and the reception of your favorite songs on your iPod, hook them up to some speakers at your wedding, and enjoy not only the music, but allthe money you’re saving.
  • Have a smaller cake and if you’re afraid that won’t be enough, supplement it with a sheet cake served from the kitchen just in case anyone wants seconds.
  • Choose buttercream instead of fondant. Buttercream is cheaper than fondant, however, if you’re having an outdoor wedding you should stick with the fondant as buttercream will melt.
  • Use real flowers or just petals instead of frosting flowers on your cake. The amount of work put into making perfect frosted flowers on a cake will up the price on your cake.
  • When it comes to food, presentation goes a long way. Even if the food you’re serving is relatively cheap, say chicken with a salad, if it’s presented in a nice or artistic way, your guests will think it’s much more expensive and sophisticated than it really is.
  • Email your save-the-dates. You’re going to send them their wedding invitations in the mail, so sending them fancy save the dates in the mail beforehand is a redundant expense.
  • Hire an authentic wedding dance specialist - Your First Dance and Honors Dances with your parents are the most sacred rituals of the reception. Save time and money by hiring the right instructor. Check out our DanceTips above for more details!

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