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Sofreh Aghd, a Tradition of the Persian Wedding Ceremony

April 18, 2010

Weddings are often a time when cultural traditions are emphasized.  Some brides embrace the customs of their ancestors, while other brides want a more modern twist. One of the most interesting wedding traditions globally, is called the Sofreh Aghd and it started in Persia thousands of years ago. I was first introduced to this by a good friend of mine, whose family immigrated from Iran in the 1980s.

A Persian wedding takes place at the Sofreh Aghd, and the couple is married in front of a spread of a food, flowers, candles, and family heirlooms.  These items are placed on a “Termeh,” which is an embroidered fabric.  Each object on the spread symbolizes the couples commitment and future together.

Sofreh Aghd

A mirror is placed at the center of the Sofreh Aghd, to represent the couples fate.  The two candelabras on either side symbolize the bride and groom.  Honey is placed in one of the containers to sweeten life.  A tray of seven  spices guards the couple from the evil eye.  A basket of painted eggs represents fertility and future children.  Fruit, typically apples and pomegranates, along with flat bread is included on the spread to bring the couple happiness and prosperity.

Spices and Flat Bread

Pomegranates and Family Heirlooms

Many couples have a traditional Sofreh Aghd, while others choose a more modern or less ornate design.  The spread is meant to symbolize the couple and is tailored to their personal taste.  The Sofreh is typically created by a family member of the couple, the florist, or a professional Sofreh designer.

Bride and Bloom Wedding Flowers does have a Sofreh designer on staff and can offer this as a service to our clients.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 18, 2010 10:55 am

    What a beautiful spread!

  2. April 18, 2010 5:07 pm

    Thank you!

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