Persian Sofreh Aghd – Cultural Wedding Traditions

Living and working in Los Angeles has given me the opportunity to work for clients from many interesting cultures. Most often, our clients are blending two cultures, and rely on me for advice in doing so. They understand that I embrace my own Latin Heritage, and I encourage them to incorporate their culture into their wedding. One the most touching traditions I’ve experienced is The Persian Sofreh Aghd.

Afsoon & Henry were married at The Westlake Village Inn. They had a very elaborate and elegant Sofreh Aghd. The Sofreh Aghd is the legal ceremony in the Iranian culture. The Sofreh altar (spread) is a detailed display of items believed to bring the bride and groom blessings in their life and marriage. The altar is displayed on the floor, facing the east, with the couple facing the light. Cushions are placed in front of the altar, as the bride and groom are seated throughout the ceremony. Each item on the sofreh has symbolism for the qualities the couple should possess in their marriage. Common items may be honey, coins, spices, candles, a mirror, and The Koran. Traditionally they are placed in a specific order, shown below.

Whether a sofreh is elaborate or modest, is the personal choice of the couple and their families. Symbolism of the items is what carries the most importance. The ceremony itself is filled with meaningful traditions that may not be fully understood if two cultures are being blended. For that reason I recommend a ceremony program that explains the importance of the sofreh, and the ceremony order.
Afsoon and Henry’s wedding was so meaningful to me. How lucky I was to experience these amazing traditions. Afsoon’s generosity in teaching me about her culture and her family traditions were a gift to me. She gave me the ability and confidence to plan many more Persian weddings in the future.
Resources: Persian Mirror Magazine http://www.persianmirror.com/

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Los Angeles Wedding Planner, designing & managing luxury weddings of distinction for Southern California couples, that reflect their style and personalities.

Posted on March 20, 2013, in Cultural Wedding Traditions, Wedding Planning Advice and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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