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!