Persian weddings today are done the modern way, but still observe some old customs and traditions. This makes the guests experience a wedding celebration that is very different from the usually joyous occasions.
The Wedding Attire of the Persian Bride and Groom
In Persian weddings today, the bride generally wears a white, western style wedding gown with matching shoes that should be comfortable because there will be dancing at the reception.
For the groom, his attire usually calls for a tuxedo or any special suit for his wedding day. The bride and the groom should both look their finest and should find the special outfit that will make the couple stand out.
The guests invited to the Persian wedding should consider first and foremost the dress code. They should come in very formal clothes, with the men in suits and ties and the women in their exquisite gowns. Their faces are completely made up and hair done and they will be showing their finest jewelry. Persian weddings are regarded as the ultimate parties, so people make sure that they arrive in their most extravagant and best attire.
The Persian Wedding Ceremony
Aghd is the term given to the first part of the Persian wedding, and only the families of the couple and close relatives should be witness to this part of the ceremony. The Aghd is performed in front of the Sofreh Aghd, which is the center stone where the legal ceremony is conducted. The sofreh is a table full of colorful and decorated items that have symbolic meanings.
The ceremony will be administered by a person with official capacity to wed. The contract signing, however, is done usually before the ceremony, as opposed to other nations’ weddings. The reason for this is so that the ceremony will flow smoothly and naturally with the signing of the contract not interfering with the ceremony.
Once the couple is pronounced husband and wife, the administering priest or official will pray for a blessed union of the two. The exchange of rings will follow, where the couple will put the ring on each others ring finger of the left hand. If the families of the couple are very religious, the exchange of kiss is not publicly done. As rings are exchanged, a bowl of honey will be presented to the newlyweds, where the groom will be the first to dip his fingers and give honey to his bride. The bride will do the same. The honey symbolizes sweet life for these two people.
The Reception at a Persian Wedding
The Aroosi or reception is what follows the ceremony in a Persian wedding, and all the invited guests will be involved in this party. Usually, Persian weddings are attended by a large number of guests that include the couple’s families, their extended families and almost every acquaintances and friends, including a neighbor that the groom or the bride seldom sees. Persians consider it rude to not invite people they know to the wedding.
The reception is full of fun, music and non-stop dancing. When you attend a Persian wedding, you will notice the guests taking off their shoes after dancing for hours so they can dance more comfortably. Baba Karam is a dance that you can see performed traditionally in almost any wedding. This is a common sight in such weddings, as a celebration of love and life.
Dinner is served buffet style, rather than in sit-down Western style dinners. The amount of food served is enough to feed 2 times the number of guests invited. The reason for the abundance of food and the buffet style is a Persian wedding tradition that they should take care of each and every guest. So, throughout the night of the reception, tables filled with food, sweets and drinks are made available to guests. Some popular items served in the Persian wedding are Shirin Polo made from basmati rice, Koresht made from lamb or mutton, Barklava which is pastry made from walnut and pistachio Couples who have foreigners as friends often invite them to see and observe a Persian wedding, which they consider a fun novelty.
Some rituals in Persian weddings are adapted from the Western wedding rituals. For example, the couple does the first dance as they are showered with rose petals, the families of each will toast to champagne while delivering their good wishes for the couple, and the newlyweds also do the toss of the garter and also the bouquet.
The Boulevard was designed to host weddings up to 100 people. Our international catering team is the same team which serves the avenue banquet hall. The executive chef has prepared menu selections to accommodate the Persian community. The team can prepare Persian foods that will suit your taste and budget.
Our in house catering team can create Persian food for your wedding.