Post # 17
Wow, I am so glad to hear that other people are having a late Saturday wedding!
My bedeken is scheduled for 7.15, chupa at 7.30, so start the cocktail hour (I refuse to use the word schmorg!) 8.10-9.10, then we go into the “ballroom” where we will be introduced to van halen’s 1984 going into a crazy klezmer rock hora – we have an eight piece klezmer/gypsy punk band.
Post # 18
Wow this thread is so helpful! We haven’t figured out all the timing quite yet, but thinking 3:45 ish for ketubah, 4:15 for chuppah, 5-6 for cocktail hour, then Hora, then plated salad course, then first dance/father-daughter/mother-son, then buffet?
Our caterer and band work together ALL the time, so I’m probably going to ask them the best way to time everything…
Post # 19
I like the idea of doing the hora after dinner, as a way to get people on the dance floor…but (I admit this is going to sound way silly), I’m a little bit scared b/c I’m afraid we’ll be super full right after dinner and getting lifted up in a chair at the end of the circle dance seems a little… heavy/nauseating?
I’ve been to wedding where it’s done right after introductions, but then there’s an awkward moment when people have get out of their seats to hora, then go right back to their seat after to eat dinner. I think this would just confuse my (non-Jewish, Chinese) side of the family.
Can any of the ladies who did the hora after dinner say whether it it went and felt ok??
Post # 20
We did it to open the dance floor (we allowed a generous amount of time for diner, so we weren’t way too full or anything). It was awesome! It was the perfect way to draw everyone out and get them going.
Post # 21
Now that our wedding passed, I can confirm that we did our Hora right before the soup course was served, so after all the toasts and blessings. It worked out great.
Just make sure you lean back in the chair – it is key!
Post # 22
I just saw this thread is still going and I’m so glad! Everyone’s feedback was really helpful, so hopefully it will help some other brides, too. We opened the dance floor after dinner with the horah and it worked great, it got everyone out there. We did a couple of horahs (with the chair lifts) before switching to regular dance music.
Post # 23
What do y’all think about doing chair lifts without hora? I’m not a big dancer and don’t even know how to do it.
Post # 24
So what we decided on was the Hora right after cocktail hour, then dinner, then our dances. I want to get people moving on the Hora before they get a food coma 🙂
Post # 25
I know this is an old thread but I would appreciate 2cents from some Jewish brides! I am having dinner outside in the courtyard and then moving to the adjacent hall for dancing and desserts. My Fiance thinks we should start with the hora to draw people in and then do our first dance. But it seems odd to me not have our first dance first. Any ideas for getting people to the hall for our first dance? Thanks!
Post # 26
my best friend did the chairlifts as one of the last dances i think they had here sweet holding each other last dance then the chairlifts then there exit (we all joined arms and they ran under it)
they left we all partied till 2am lol it seemed to be a great high energy to leave on I had never seen them b4 it was very fun and beautiful traditions for the whole ceremony as well
Post # 27
I need advice, too! We want to hora right after the introductions, but when should we do the first dance? Is it odd to do it after bencing if people have been dancing during the breaks between the courses? We have a number of speeches to get through, too, so I don’t know how to plan it all out.
Post # 28
We did it between cocktail hour and the salad course – it was so much fun! 🙂
We didn’t do a formal first dance as such, but the shuffle we did around with everyone on the floor was after the mains and then we had dancing and karaoke for another 3 hours.
We did benching at kind of an awkward time after the last song as desserts happened throughout the night with a S’Mores bar etc. In the end we didn’t want the night to end with benching so we played another two songs and everyone walked out on a major high.
My advice is to get benching over and done with before th party really starts. I felt like it was an awkward moment, especially as we had so many non-Jewish guests…
Post # 29
We did it after the cake cutting, father/daughter dance and groom/mother dance, bouquest toos and garter throw. It worked becuase people were already on the floor for the toss and throw.
Post # 30
In the end, we had our first dance after the speeches from our parents (between salad and soup courses); and then parent dances before dessert. Our benching ended up being super short (my mom thought we had skipped it; she wasn’t even in the room) after dessert and as people started to hit the dance floor and the older guests began to leave.
Post # 31
Oh dear, I was super late to this partay! Mazal Tov! 🙂