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THEWEDDINGPLANNERMAG.COM 81 It's Hot! Wedding/Honeymoon Combinations Why Not Stand Out? New Wedding Dance Trends By Jennifer Garris, Travel Pros by Tracy Holland Mambo Room Latin Dance Studio A passionate gaze... the touch of his hand on your waist... the excite- ment as he leads you into a turn... a sassy head whip to make a statement... the sensual dip sending shivers through your soul… This is SALSA. Latin culture is historically known for both passion and a sense of family, and American culture has increasingly embraced its exotic flair. Naturally, modern couples are using Salsa and Bachata to infuse their wedding dance with some of that beautiful energy. This explosive trend has couples connecting together in a new experience and impressing their guests in an entertaining fashion. Salsa is known for its sexy, sensual nature and is even referred to as "dirty dancing " by older generations. But modern instructors can create tasteful choreography with a spicy essence without elevating the father of the bride's blood pressure! Bachata is anoth- er Latin dance that has recently grown in popularity for weddings. It evolved from the Dominican Republic and is know for intricate footwork and fun guitar music. This dance will intrigue your guests and leave them wanting more. Kizomba is the newest of the dances to make an impression on the wedding scene. This romantic African partner dance utilizes a heart connection to lead your partner across the floor. It is easy to learn and depending on the theme of your wedding, can be elegant and classy or sultry and sexy. These dances aren't just for the bride and groom. Many couples are opting to have dance lessons and professional performances at their reception so everyone can share in their experience beyond the first dance. No matter which dance you choose, a good instructor will work with you to make your experience easy, fun and memorable, allow- ing you and your partner to connect in new ways, both physically and emotionally. While your guests are sure to have a blast taking in your fancy footwork, learning a new style of dance is something you and your partner can cherish for a lifetime. I s the destination wedding right for you? There are a variety of factors to consider before you book your flight! Some of the major elements to consider include affordabil- ity, guest count, weather and planning from afar. A benefit, that continues to gain momentum and offers some affordability, is making your destination wedding your honeymoon too. The idea of not having to pack for the honeymoon after the wedding is appealing to many couples. A Destination Wedding Specialist can lead you through the variables of planning the per- fect destination wedding. Travel Pros has partnered AM Resorts, one of the most trusted all inclusive resort chains. With AM Resorts you will have plenty of options with regards to location, budget, adult only versus child friendly, affordable to luxury, intimate or lively, and endless cuisine options. AM Resorts is compiled of 53 All Inclusive Resorts with more opening each year. Secrets, Dreams, Zoetry, Now, Sunscape and Breathless Resorts, are spread throughout the Caribbe- an and Mexico. AM Resorts offers the most comprehensive destination wedding packages along with the most incredible group promo- tions to make your destination wedding, hon- eymoon or group vacation everything you've dreamed of. Travel Pros is a Master Agent with AM Re- sorts. What that means to you is that we work directly with the resorts to make sure you re- ceive the best advice and service at no addition- al cost. We are here to answer all your ques- tions and concerns, be it which season has the best weather, which season is more affordable, will passports be required, what is an apostille, do you offer a payment plan……? We are here to help take out the stress out of planning. To top it off, AM Resorts offers other packag- es to indulge in like Last Fling Before the Ring Bachelorette, Pop The Question, Sip Savor and See, plus many more. Keith Cephus Photography Keith Cephus Photography

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