Post # 1
we are having a reform jewish wedding, and both of us are the last child to be married. every florist i have met with has asked if we are doing crowns for the moms/parents. i don’t know much about the tradition but i think it sounds nice- honoring the parents as they marry of their final kids. has anyone done this? can you tell me when the crowning (i think it’s called “krenzel”) occurs? what else happens at the time?
Post # 3
i’ve never actually seen this done, but the krenzel is a dance performed at the end of the reception to honor parents who are marrying off the last of their children. i think it’s supposed to be the last dance of the night. the parents sit in chairs and people dance around them (kind of like a hora but i don’t believe the chairs are actually lifted up in the air). the name “krenzel” means crown and refers to a crown/wreath of flowers places on the mother’s head. you could also incorporate this tradition into the hora by giving the wreaths to your moms at the beginning of the hora and then have them go up in the chairs after you and your husband.
again, i’ve never actually seen this done, even at orthodox weddings, just have heard/read about it. maybe it is more of a regional thing? but if you like the idea of it, go for it. we are incorporating the jewish traditions that resonate with us and skipping the ones that don’t.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2018 - Ritz Carlton, Marina Del Rey
I’ve seen this done at a few of our friends’ weddings, where the mothers sit in chairs and everyone dances around them. I haven’t seen it done with the crown, though, but that sounds lovely!
Post # 5
My parents were both the last children of their parents to be married and they did the krenzel ceremony/dance at their wedding. I saw the pictures in their wedding album. The mothers are the ones who wear the crowns. I also went to a wedding last year in which only the bride’s parents did it because they were marrying their last child, but the groom’s parents still had another single child. I believe it was done towards the end of the reception and guests form a circle around the parents and dance around them. I think it’s nice and if you like traditional stuff, go for it!