(Closed) Catholic Bride/Jewish Groom—do the HORA?

posted 6 years ago in Interfaith
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
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Newbee

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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.

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