Post # 1
I’m trying to figure out the order of "events" during a Jewish wedding, i.e. does the first dance come before or after the hora? What about the blessing over the challah? I also have some more general questions: When do the bride & dad and groom & mom dance take place over the course of the evening? Do people still announce their bridal party as they enter the reception or just the bride & groom (I think my bridesmaids might be mortified if they have to parade into a room of 200+ people)? At what point during the reception did your "special events" take place — dances, blessings, etc?
Post # 3
The order of everything is totally up to you. I would do the first dance before the hora. I think the first dance is typically early – when you are first introduced or when dancing just starts. Hora should be more when people are already up on the dance floor having a good time, after dinner. I would do challah blessing early too – it should probably be before people start eating. You can definitely annouce just the bride and groom or the whole party – totally up to you. I would probably do bride/dad and groom/mom dance just after your first dance, but really anywhere it fits is fine. Sorry, I guess that doesn’t help much.
Post # 4
Hmm. See I think that the hora comes first. Its amazing,I went to 10 weddings last year, most of them jewish, and for the life of me, i have no recollection. One wedding introduced the bridal party, and then they had the first dance, and then we went into the hora…I think. Oy, i need to figure this out too!!
Post # 5
we’re doing our first dance first (right after we’re introduced), then the daddy/daughter and the mom/son dances, then the hora after dinner. it never made sense to me to get everyone up and dancing and then sit in their seats again for dinner! i just think of it as a good way to get people out on the dance floor.
i’m not announcing my bridal party. motzi and kiddush definitely come before anybody eats. we’re doing speeches in between courses.