This past weekend we coordinated Alyssa and Lisa’s wedding, and it was such a fun wedding- the couple was laid-back, but lively and so excited to be married. One of our favorite parts of their wedding was the hora- a traditional dance at Jewish weddings. Read below for more information on the hora and different cultural wedding dances:
The hora is one of the most well-known dances at Jewish weddings. In this dance, the couple gets hoisted above the ground in chairs (hopefully with arm rests!), while friends and family dance in a circle around the couple. This is one of the most exciting dances at a Jewish wedding.
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This traditional children’s game is often played at Mexican weddings. In the wedding variation, the bride and groom stand on chairs to create an arch while single men and women pass under in a line holding onto each other like a “snake.” The music speeds up and the snake runs through the venue and under the bride and groom. At the end, the couple throws the bouquet and garter into the crowd and whichever man and woman catches each item is believed to be the next to get married.
In many Western cultures (including the US), a father-daughter dance is a customary dance of the night. The bride dances with her father, and often times there is also a mother-son dance that follows this.
In this popular dance for many Polish and Italian couples, male guests pay to dance with the bride and female guests pay money to dance with the groom. The money is pinned onto special vests and guests are told the money is used for the honeymoon, or to set up their new house together.
What dances do you do at you and your friends weddings? Let us know in the comments!
For many brides, one of the most magical parts of planning a wedding is finding the perfect dress. However, sticker-shock can take away from the special moment. Below, we’ll give you sites and advice on how to save on your wedding dress.
Many mothers and grandmothers save their wedding dress hoping their daughters and granddaughters will use them again on their day. If you are one of the unfortunate brides whose mother got married in the 80’s and used shoulder pads in their wedding dress, don’t fear! A tailor can alter the dress’ hem, neckline, and style for hundreds of dollars less than buying a new gown. What’s better than saving money and wearing a dress with sentimental value.
Deal-based sites like Groupon, and Living Social offer deals on wedding dress shopping like “$500 worth for $250.” One of our new favorite ideas is using Rent the Runway, to rent a designer wedding dress for the week of your wedding. Our research shows that you can rent a $1400 wedding dress for only $250—over $1000 worth of savings!
More and more everyday retailers are trying to help curb the cost of a wedding by producing their own dresses. Collections come from brands we know and love- but wouldn’t expect to buy our wedding dress from. They include Target, H&M, and J.Crew among many more. One of H&M’s designs runs as cheap as $99 dollars.
For the Boston-based Bride:
We love the bridal outlet store Vows, which is featured on TLC’s show, I Found the Gown. This Watetown based “off the rack” shopping experience provides brides with designer dresses for less!