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Attending a Persian Wedding?
Persian Wedding 101-What to expect when attending a Persian wedding

While all weddings are a joyous occasion, a Persian wedding is an entirely different experience. Persian weddings are full of old customs and traditions, mixed with modern touches; creating a unique experience for the guests. If you’ve never attended a Persian wedding, this guide will give you a glimpse into these lavish celebrations.   

The first thing to consider when attending a Persian wedding is the dress code. The attire at these weddings is usually very formal.  The men wear suits and ties while the women wear exquisite gowns with fully done hair and make-up and dripping in their finest jewelry.  Weddings are considered the ultimate party, so the attendees will be sure to arrive in their best and most extravagant attire.

Next, you should brace yourself for the crowd. Persian weddings usually consist of a very large number of guests. This includes the couple’s families, extended families, friends, and almost any acquaintances.  Because it may be considered rude to not invite someone such as a neighbor that one rarely ever sees, almost everyone the couple or their families know are invited.  However, the first part of the Persian wedding, called the “Aghd” is solely reserved for close family and friends. The Aghd, which is usually conducted around the Sofreh Aghd, is the legal part of the marriage ceremony and is the time when the couple exchanges their I-do’s and rings.

The Aroosi or reception is the second part of the wedding and includes all invited guests.  This marks when the fun really starts! Persian weddings are full of fun, music and continuous dancing.  In fact, it is very common to see people taking their shoes off after hours of dancing in order to continue dancing more comfortably. These weddings are truly a celebration of life and love and everyone is encouraged to have a great time; which includes dancing, and more dancing! If you are worried about your Persian dance moves, make sure to visit Party Bravo!’s list of dance instructors who can help you master the perfect “Baba Karam”, a traditional Persian dance performed at almost every wedding.

Dinner in Persian weddings is usually served buffet style, rather informal compared to the Western sit-down dinner.  Additionally, if there are 300 guests, there will be enough food to feed a crowd twice that size.  The reason for the amount of food and buffet style of serving is because of the Persian culture for taking care of one’s guests. Some Persians may consider it unthinkable to serve one type of dish and not offer their guests several choices and portions. For this reason, you will find several tables of food, sweets and drinks throughout the entire night.

There are many steps in the Persian wedding that are quite similar to its Western counterpart. For instance, the bride and groom usually share a first dance, their families toast to champagne while giving speeches wishing the couple well, and the bride and groom take part in the practice of the garter and bouquet toss. Once the cake has been cut and served, everyone joins in on another beautiful Persian tradition of showering the newlyweds with rose petals as they dance. 

Although some traditions in the Persian wedding may seem unfamiliar or too exaggerated, it is all done in good fun and meant for all guests to enjoy. So wear your best and brightest outfit, learn some new moves, and don’t forget your dancing shoes!