Weddings from Around the World
Add some spice to your ‘I do’ with an exotic wedding theme.
At the core of any Iranian wedding is the traditional spread (sofreye aghd), a dazzling presentation with ancient Zoroastrian roots that symbolizes each facet of marriage and married life. When I was planning my own wedding, I was worried how I might incorporate this elaborate spread into a North American wedding, but it worked wonderfully as a focal point for the aisle and ceremony itself.
The concept behind the spread is similar to the “something borrowed, something blue,” where the items are symbolic and lucky. There is a mirror and two candelabras placed at the head of the spread to symbolize the light and fire of life. Seven is a lucky number in the culture, so there are seven traditional herbs and seven pastries to represent a “sweet” life. Decorated eggs symbolize fertility, coins represent prosperity, and simple feta cheese and herb sandwiches (naan-o paneer-o sabzi) represent the basic necessities of life and are offered to guests after the wedding ceremony.
One Iranian wedding tradition that might be fun to tweak for a wedding shower is that during the ceremony, female family members are asked to come up and gently grind two large sugar blocks over-top of a veil placed above the seated bride and groom – spreading their luck in love to the couple. For a wedding shower, instead of the couple, it could just be the bride-to-be and while the women grind the blocks of sugar, they can impart some wedding wisdom.
This is inspiring me to not only find a husband but to get married in multiple countries! lol
Guess I need to find a man first. One can dream : )
Wow… Such amazingly interesting rituals.
The cutest I feel is welcoming the Groom with Almonds dipped in Honey, according to Greek wedding traditions!!
I personally love colorful Indian Weddings.
A friend of mine once attended a wedding in India. It was a wedding in the state of Bengal. I was mesmerized when I saw the wedding pictures.
A wedding in itself is such a beautiful event and all these different rituals from different cultures, make wedding an even more heart warming.
Weddings are love. I just love attending events like this. And watching one, too! Be it in the movies, reality tv shows or just attending a plain classic wedding of a friend. This article showed me different traditions in holding a wedding ceremony. It might actually not be a bad idea to suggest to friends to hold traditional weddings… Hmmm.. 😀
I absolutely love that Urbanette is all about being unconventional and breaking moulds. Integrating inspiration from around the world is such a great idea!
I love weddings that are unconventional and use influences from multiple cultures. When I get married, I’m going to use some of these ideas. Maybe I’ll do my own henna illustrations.
I adore the Iranian sugar tradition and the henna skin decorations. So charming. @Tinsley – great idea! Silver or gold would look stunning!
I love the Henna one — so pretty! You could do it in gold or silver metallic… would be so glam!