(Closed) Jewish brides–when did you dance the horah?

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Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden


we were introduced right into the horah as the reception began, and the chairs came in the middle. If you are interested, you can look back into my recaps on the blog and see it illustrated. I should point out that our cocktail hour was before the ceremony, so after the ceremony, we went into yichud, everyone went into where the reception would be, and we ran in at that point. Pm me if you have other questions!

Post # 4
2194 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We’re doing introductions, first dance, HORAH!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

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@MM423: I think your timeline sounds good.  To be honest, since I am a hungry person, and I saw a start time that late, I would definitely have a snack, or I would be starving by 7:45! So hopefully people will plan – and if they are into the horah, they are going to forget that they are hungry at all!

Post # 8
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We did the following…


First Dance

2 Songs

Hora (Chair raising was during the Hora at the end of the song…) I’ve only seen it done this way… not sure what other song or when you would do it if you didn’t do this….


Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We did the hora right after dinner. It was the thing we used to kick off the dancing portion of the evening.


-First dance/father&daughter/mother&son


-hora into dancing

I loved the way we did it because our hora ended up lasting a really long time. It also brought up the energy in the room so people got excited for dancing and getting the party started. I didn’t want to do the hora in addition to the first dances in the beginning either because I knew people would be hungry for dinner.

Post # 11
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We did the Hora after we were announced and did our 1st dance.  Having the Hora with the chair lifting in the beginning really got the guests exicited and into the swing of celebrating! We also did a second hora towards the second half of the reception.

Post # 12
594 posts
Busy bee

We are doing our introductions, first dance, and then right into the hora with chair lifting and all 🙂

Post # 13
6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I like the hora right before all the dancing starts, since it gets everybody up.

We didn’t have dancing… except the hora, so our wedding was a little different 🙂 I think we just did it after the speaches, and before the cake.

Post # 14
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

So I know this post is a little old, but anyway…

We did introductions, then first dance, then father/daughter, then mother/son, then hora, then dinner…we figured people would be a little full from cocktail hour and need some time before dinner was served!  We did another Jewish circle dance later, the mezinke or crowning ceremony, to honor the parents whose son was the last child getting married.

Post # 15
1199 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I need to revive this thread!  I am debating on if I should do the hora before or after dinner, or in between courses?

Here’s my timelines:

saturday evening wedding

reception 7-7:30ish

cocktail hour 7:30-8:30

reception: 8:30-1AM

So obviously we are starting later in the night.  our cocktail hour will have MASSIVE quantities of food…so do I give people a longer break in between food fests?  ie cocktail hour, seat guests, entrances, first dance, father/daughter dance, mother/son dance, HORA, then sever first course?

OR … mother/son dance, first course (soup), HORA, 2nd course, etc? 

Is it better to break up the eating with activities/toasts, or get it all out before we eat dinner?

Like I said, I am not concerned about people starving to eat dinner (in fact i am almost afraid people would be full from cocktail hour) so maybe doing the hora before dinner is a good idea? 

then on the other hand, so many of you said that the hora kicked off all the dancing, so if its before dinner, then people will be eating, and then we need to re-motivate people after dinner to dance….

Oh, decisions, decisions…

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m thinking of doing ours after dinner. (Although we’re having a buffet, not multiple course so it’s not as complicated.) My goal is for the horah to get people on the dance floor after eating, and hopfully keep them there the rest of the night!

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