Americans Visiting Iran: What to Expect

Many of you visiting my site have read or know about my book; The Persian Wedding Book: How to Have a Persian Wedding When You Have No Idea What Persian Means. I wrote that book in the 4 years following “My Big Fat Persian Wedding.” I can only describe it that way because as an American girl whirl-winded into the Iranian World of courtship, weddings & family blending it reminded me so many times of that very movie. The intricacies, cultural tendencies and honestly the constant partying was the most incredible experience. I had to write about it; not only because I was fascinated but because anyone Persian or not who wants to partake in these festivities really should. They are too fun, meaningful and wonderful to miss. In this blog post I would like to discuss another beautiful experience I have had- An American girl traveling to Iran.  I traveled to Iran in 2010 shortly after my wedding & again for Nowruz (Persian New Year) in 2014 . I cannot write enough about how all my expectations of Iran & Iranian people have simply been put to bed permanently & a newer more accurate understanding has emerged. Meeting the people of Iran & partaking in the ancient wedding/courtship traditions made me fall in love with the people and culture. Visiting Iran changed my heart forever. The pace is notably slower and more manageable; yet, in Tehran is as bustling as Paris or NY and the shopping is incredible. This is what surprised me & intrigued me most about being an American in Iran. 1. Expect a large Welcoming...

Welcome To The New Weddingpersian.com!

Dear Readers, Welcome, welcome to the new weddingpersian.com. I couldn’t be happier to be finally launching this wonderful place of learning and cultural preservation. The customs of the Persian (Iranian) Wedding are thousands of years old and have been carefully preserved for centuries. It was my honor and pleasure as an American bride to participate in these events as part of my own wedding celebration. Before I met my husband and his family, I had many unexamined, almost subconscious beliefs about Iran.  I thought Iran was an oppressive place, with heavily-veiled women without freedom or rights.  I passed from that dark ignorance to the sunlight of learning about a glorious culture with traditions thousands of years old yet still being practiced; a culture marked by an intense love and longing for friends and family to be near; a gallant people of impeccable hosting abilities, mouth-watering cuisine, and a land nothing short of majestic. After meeting actual Iranian women, I could never again think of them as even slightly aquiescent or submissive. What I learned about Iran came from not only visiting the country.  It came from planning and experiencing a wedding — my wedding.  Planning and understanding that series of events added so much more meaning to my overall celebration.  There is a hidden gem which enchants all brides and grooms who celebrate a wedding Persian style: that gem is deepened meaning, togetherness and love. The focus is not on simply celebrating wealth, though a Persian wedding can be dazzlingly gorgeous, but on truly celebrating family, culture and, most importantly, the wedded couple. Yes, the events can in some cases easily become...

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