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Just what music is performed at a Jewish wedding party depends largely on the couple but it would be a big break with tradition if a section of Hebrew music and dancing known as a ‘Hora’ wasn’t included.

This generally comprises a medley of popular Jewish tunes, including Hava Nagila and Siman Tov U Mazleltov. The music and band makes a wedding memorable. For many the music is the most important factor as it defines whether everyone has a good time dancing rather than sitting on their chairs making polite conversation. Many will define their wedding date based on the availability of their preferred band. Likewise the ceremony music really evokes wonderful emotions as does all the music Jewish wedding reception.

Non-Jewish or secular guests

Jewish weddings are as much a hit with non-Jewish or secular guests as they are for the Hebrew families in terms of the joyous music and entertainment on offer. The right music Jewish wedding repertoire can make your own nuptials truly extraordinary and memorable.  The spirit of Jewish wedding music is founded on the age old tradition to be Mesameach – the bride and groom on their most special occasion in life.

Music Jewish wedding bands are so important to the atmosphere of the evening. It is important to also consider the guests attending, of all ages and denominations. Whilst some may want rock’n’roll as their favourite music for the wedding reception, the music Jewish wedding band must cater for the whole audience.

The chosen music Jewish wedding band

Some Yiddish weddings also like to have a DJ, but once you have chosen your band or DJ make sure you agree a rough sets list in advance. This should include the first song for the bride and groom to take the floor. Get it planned correctly and there will be no nasty or embarrassing surprises on the wedding day. The chosen music Jewish wedding band should be familiar with all shades and customs in traditional Israeli music as well as contemporary material.

During the Hora section of the dancing it’s traditional for the guests to dance together in a big circle, with the newly-married couple hoisted in the air on chairs, symbolically holding ends of a handkerchief to show their devotion to each other. The more Orthodox the wedding of course, the more traditional the music Jewish wedding band are requested to play and sing. At more religious weddings men and women still dance separately, as per ancient Jewish traditions and custom, on opposite sides of a sheet or curtain.

Traditional Jewish dance

Popular in American Jewish weddings is a mazinka – a traditional Jewish dance which is performed where one of the newly-weds is the youngest of their children. Very charmingly, the parents sit in the middle of the dance floor wearing head-dresses made out of leaves, while guests greet them and dance round them to traditional music.

One super bunch of musicians that can fit all the above criteria and understands the traditional aspects involved in a London Jewish wedding is the SensationBand. Few music Jewish wedding bands in the capital work so hard in their performances to make the whole day a truly memorable occasion more than SensationBand.

SensationBand covers London

The talented line-up of musicians and singers in SensationBand cover all the London  boroughs – Haringey, Islington, Enfield, Waltham Forest, City, Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham, Hackney, Newham, Bromley, Greenwich, Bexley, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Ealing, Harrow, Brent, Ealing, Barnet, Richmond and Kingston upon Thames, Sutton, Merton, Battersea, Wandsworth, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith, Fulham, Camden, Westminster, Lambeth, and Croydon.