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Persian Wedding Customs

Persian Wedding Ceremony Vows & Script


Below are the Persian Wedding Ceremony Vows & Script at the Sofreh Aghd. The beginning of the ceremony vows are below. The Full Guide is available for digital download & includes the entire ceremony script start to finish, additional contextual information regarding the ceremony, etiquette and essential Persian Vocabulary.

 

Persian Wedding Ceremony Vows & Script

by Christen Behzadi

2 years ago


The Persian Wedding Ceremony is a beautiful piece of ancient Iranian history.

The entire ceremony is a carefully coordinated event and almost every family member has a specific role to observe.  There are traditional protocols of etiquette to follow and ancient traditions to observe. There is meaning behind every step to this carefully coordinated ceremony. The entire guide on The Persian Wedding Ceremony: Sofreh Aghd Script includes these details. Below is a glimpse of the ceremony vows you will take at the Sofreh Aghd along with explanations about the protocol of why things are done in a certain way. Enjoy! 

 

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Please remember that material is excerpted from The Persian Wedding Book & as such is copyrighted with U.S. copyright office.

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Ancient Persian Ceremony Script: 

Addressing The Couple 
As the women line up and rub the sugar loafs for the couple, the leader of the ceremony is taking the couple through the traditional Persian Wedding ceremonial statements and questions. He or she will begin with this phrase:

“[Name of Bride], daughter of [Bride’s Father] and [Name of Groom], son of [Groom’s Father], I am Vakhil [attorney/officiate of the couple], to marry the couple with the agreed upon Mariyeh[Dowry ]”

Next the ceremonial leader will ask the bride the following:

“[Name of Bride], with the agreed upon Mariyeh[Dowry], do I have permission from you to perform this marriage?”

The bride will not respond. She is to let her groom wait. The historical purpose of waiting is to demonstrate that she has thought this through very well and has not rushed or been coerced into her decision to be married. Instead the women in the bride’s family and the groom’s family will say the following:

“No, she has gone to get the rosewater!”

Then the mother of the groom, wanting the bride to accept, will come and offer a piece of jewelry to the bride to convince her to accept and to marry the groom. (This is called “Zir Laf Zee.”)

“Jewelry given to the bride, to honor her”

Next the ceremonial leader will also try to help convince the bride to agree to marry the groom. He or she will do so by reciting a beautiful poem about love, rosewater or marriage.

“A poem is read for the bride”

The poem is then read. At its conclusion, the ceremonial leader will ask the bride again: 
“[Name of Bride], with the agreed upon [Dowry], do I have permission from you to perform this marriage?”

Again, the bride will not respond! She sits there silently and waits. But the women of the bride’s family and the groom’s will exclaim:

“She went to the garden to pick flowers!”

The mother of the groom will then approach the bride ....

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Full guide includes additional contextual information regarding the ceremony, etiquette and essential Persian Vocabulary.

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Persian Wedding Vows Script

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