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The Jewish Wedding Reception at the Marina Mirage

It is hard to describe the energy that is required just to keep up with everything that happens at a Jewish Wedding Reception.

The Traditions of a Jewish Wedding Ceremony

Simchat Chatan V’Kallah

A Jewish Reception may range from a sit down dinner with music and dancing to a carnival like atmosphere.  At an Orthodox  Jewish Reception  it is considered a mitzvah (good deed) to entertain the bride and groom.  Some guests may wear costumes, shake tambourines, do acrobatics, and even set their hats on fire in their seal to entertain the couple. Much of the dancing is done in large circles – otherwise known as “Simcha Dancing.”

Siman Tov u’Mazal Tov

A common song at Jewish weddings, “Siman Tov u’Mazal Tov” is a musical way of wishing the couple well.  “Siman Tov” means a good sign. “Mazal Tov” means good fortune.

The Horah

The Horah is the name given to the circle dance that is often done at weddings. A well known Horah dance at a Jewish Reception is the song song is Hava Nagillah.

Mezinke Dance

The Mezinka is a dance of celebration reserved for parents who have just married off their last child. The happy parents are seated in the center of the dance floor, encircled by dancing guests. Often times a crown of flowers will be placed on the parents’ heads. *This is not a universal custom, even among Ashkenazim.

Birkat Hamazon

At the end of the festive meal, Birkat HaMazon (Grace After Meals–also known by the Yiddish term Bentching) is recited to thank God for the food and sustenance that has been enjoyed. This is followed immediately by a second recitation of the Sheva Brachot (Seven Blessings) repeating the same blessings that had been recited under the chuppah.

There are two cups of wine involved in the formal Birkat HaMazon. The first cup of wine is held by the one who leads the Birkat HaMazon, and after the Grace has concluded, the second cup is passed around to the individuals who are honored with reciting six of the seven Sheva Brachot. The leader then recites the blessing over the wine, the seventh blessing. After the seven blessings are completed, the two cups of wine are blended together and divided among the bride, groom and leader to drink.

This information was gathered from the Jewish Wedding Network Information Page

From the moment the Bride and groom entered the Jewish  Wedding Reception at the Sheraton Mirage, the dancing started.  And it just didn’t  stop. This is not just ten minutes and everyone gives up. At this Jewish Wedding Reception there were simply no breaks apart from the odd announcement. The males and the females were in their own sections on the dance floor and the women attended to the Bride and the men attended to the Groom. Being hoisted up on chairs, carried in arms, Balancing bottles on heads and skipping rpoes were all part of the enjoyment and festivites on the day. I simply cannot see how anyone was able to rise the next morning.

The Sheraton Mirage has a very good reputation for being able to host a Reception for a very large diverse population.

Now a few details………………..

The hair and makeup for the Bride and Bridesmaids was handled by Erin Gallienne. The wedding dress designed by Leonard Derecourt. Flowers supplied by B Sweet Flowers. Ceremony stylist by DC Creations and finally the wedding reception was held at the Sheraton Mirage on the Gold Coast.


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Photography by Krista and Thaddeus from TWK Studio

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