Post # 1
Hello! My wedding is less than a month away and I am nervous about doing the hora. I am catholic, my fiance is Jewish. We are having an interfaith ceremony…getting married under a chuppah, but by a reverend, doing a unity candle and readings, but also breaking the glass…etc.
We were planning on doing the hora but im nervous because only a small portion of our guest list will be jewish (he has a small family) and I’m afriad that no one will know what to do and it will be weird. has anyone experienced this where only one party was jewish and a lot of people werent and you still did the hora? Did people know what to do?! did they enjoy it?!
Post # 3
Yes In fact they were in the same situation you are in… We had a blast. I say relax your guests will catch on. They did have the DJ explian it.
Post # 4
also it really got everyone dancing so it is a great thing to do early on so you attract your guests to the dance floor.
Post # 5
Have your DJ explain it and no one should have any issues at all — most non-Jews have seen what the hora looks like anyway, and it’s pretty simple.
Post # 6
We had this situation but in reverse. We just had the MC get everyone on the dance floor and tell everyone what to do. The none Jewish guests sort of followed the lead of the Jewish guests. We had a blast. It was one of the funnest parts of our reception and was a great way to get guests on the dance floor early.
Oh and it makes for great photo opportunities!
Post # 7
People figure it out, you’d be surprised. We’re having a half Jewish-half Lebanese wedding and are playing both the hora and a dabke (Leb dance) during the reception. From what I’ve seen at Lebanese weddings my whole life, the Americans totally get into the dabke and go — and the steps to the hora are even easier than to the dabke. So, we’re not concerned and think guests from both sides will dance to both, because that’s just what you do at a wedding! But more to your point, I was at a Jewish/Catholic wedding last October and the dance floor was completely full during the hora portion, even though only half of the guests had done it before. Was there some tripping and awkwardness? Probably, but everyone was having way too much fun to care.