Post # 1
We are working on our reception timeline and I’m not sure when we should do horah dancing. Should we start with a few horah dances when the reception room opens right before dinner, or do it in the middle of regular dancing time? If you did the chair lifts, when did you do that?
Post # 3
- 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
We’re doing introductions, first dance, HORAH!
Post # 5
Thanks for the input, I know there are many times that would work! We’re having a Saturday evening wedding that starts at about 7:45, so I’m afraid people will be starving when they come in to the reception around 9:30. We’re just having a few passed apps for cocktail hour.
It will be late, but we want to keep the energy up…could we do a few horah songs, our first dance, and then serve dinner? Does that sound like people will be waiting too long to eat? Maybe I’m just overthinking this, as it would probably only be a difference of 10-15 minutes…
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
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 # 7
I think you’re right, we’re going to put it in our timeline. We’re having a tisch/kabbalat panim first so people will be drinking a little before the ceremony and at cocktail hour, so we want to keep the party going when they get to the reception so the mood doesn’t lag too much.
Post # 8
We did the following…
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
We did the hora right after dinner. It was the thing we used to kick off the dancing portion of the evening.
-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 # 10
Thanks everyone! I think I might adjust our timeline and just do the first dance before dinner and save the horah for afterward since it gets everyone out on the dance floor. It might be too rushed the other way.
Post # 11
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
We are doing our introductions, first dance, and then right into the hora with chair lifting and all 🙂
Post # 13
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
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
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
cocktail hour 7:30-8:30
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
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!