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Don’t forget dance as important element of wedding planning

By Katherine Riddle

"All that is important is this moment in movement. Make the movement important, vital and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused." -- Martha Graham

“All that is important is this moment in movement. Make the movement important, vital and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.” — Martha GrahamBy KATHRYN RIDDLE

Congratulations and best wishes to you if you became engaged to be married during the holiday season. Now comes all the planning for the big event, however far off in the future it may be. It is hard work as well as a lot of fun to shop for a wedding dress, decide on attire for bridal attendants, and talk with your mother and future mother-in-law about what they wish to wear. It is not too soon to reserve your venue, caterer, photographer and/or videographer, floral designer, hair stylist, makeup artist, musicians, limousine and transportation services, accommodations for out-of-town guests and the all-important wedding trip. Oh, and practice your special dance for your wedding day.

Oops? Forgot about that? Don’t despair if it has been years since you were in dancing school or if you never had lessons in ballroom dancing. Instruction and help is available from Cleveland’s own Dick Blake whose expertise in social etiquette includes ballroom dancing.  According to Mr. Blake, a commitment of at least four months is necessary to ensure that your professionally-choreographed wedding dance will be performed to perfection. At some point during your lessons, the bride-to-be should wear a dress similar to her wedding gown and perhaps the shoes she is going to wear. Remember that as you are practicing, you are rehearsing for the big day and that entailsbeing in the proper costume. The choice of song or music is up to you and your fiancé; just keep in mind that your family and friends will be watching you and listening, too. While Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” was the top hit of 2013, his song “The Sweetest Love” from 2009 is a far more suitable choice. The lyrics are romantic and the melody is slow and dreamy. You want your wedding and your wedding dance to be memorable for all the right reasons.

This special dance, the first thing you do as a married couple, is also the time for the bridegroom to show off his bride, according to Mr. Blake, and for everyone to see her in her wedding gown. It also is the best time to take photographs, as the newlyweds are alone on the dance floor.

While your wedding dance will last only a few short minutes, may the music you make together last a lifetime!



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