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Persian Wedding Ceremony (Aghd)

Learn about these interesting traditions in a Persian wedding ceremony. 

The “Aghd” which is the legal ceremony of the Persian wedding, is a spectacular and joyous event celebrated with family, friends, music and fun. The Aghd usually takes place in the afternoon at the bride’s family home or other venue of choice.  This is the time when the bride and groom sign a wedding contract, legally binding them as husband and wife. 

Traditionally, the Aghd ceremony, takes place by the Sofreh Aghd, which is an exquisite spread laid out on the floor containing many symbolic items. During the ceremony, the couple is seated at the foot of the Sofreh facing the mirror placed at the head of the Sofreh with their backs to their family and friends. 

In religious Muslim families the “Aghd” ceremony begins with an officiant reading versus from the Quran, while non-religious families read versus from famous poems and poetic literature. During this time, a silk veil-like fabric is held over the couple’s heads by female relatives.  Other close friends and family members then take turns grinding sugar cones over the silk veil to symbolize their wish for a sweet life for the couple. Next, the ceremony officiant asks about the couple’s mutual consent of the marriage.  The groom is the first to be questioned and is asked if he wishes to enter into the marriage, to which he gives a quick positive response. 

The bride is then asked the same question.  However, the bride does not give an immediate answer, making the groom wait for her hand in marriage.  The question is then asked again.  At this point, family and friends yell out funny comments about the bride’s whereabouts. For example, “Aroos rafteh gol bechineh”, meaning “the bride has gone to pick flowers.”  This process is repeated three times until the bride finally gives her response by saying “Ba ejazeyeh pedar va madar va bozorgtar-ha, baleh” which means “with the permission of my parents and elders, yes.” This moment marks the point in which the couple is considered married. 

The bride and groom then kiss and exchange wedding rings.   Finally, the bride and groom dip their pinky fingers in a cup of honey placed in their Sofreh and put it in the others’ mouth. This gesture symbolizes the start of their marriage with sweetness and love. Finally, all the guests will shower the newlyweds with small sugar and rose water covered almond slivers called "Noghl." 

After the “I-Do’s”, it is tradition for the couple’s families to present them with wedding gifts. Usually, these gifts include fine jewelry such as gold coins and bridal jewelry sets. Because Party Bravo! is aware of all wedding and bridal needs, we have included a Jewelry section to help you find that perfect gift for the bride and groom.  Make sure to view each jeweler’s profile for their specific offerings as well as promotions for Party Bravo visitors.