Planning a Persian Wedding?

Here’s the planning guide you’ve been waiting for!

The Persian Wedding Book: How to Plan a Persian Wedding When You Have No Idea What Persian Means is the culmination of 4 years of research and writing by author Christen Flack Behzadi, M.D., herself once a very confused American Bride navigating the rich ancient Persian cultural wedding celebrations.

After an incredible, exciting and magical experience of being the bride and experiencing the full beauty and fun of a Persian Wedding celebration, Christen wanted to learn even more about Persian weddings and Persian culture and set out on a wide-ranging exploration of Persian Wedding customs and cultural customs.The goal was always to develop a practical guide that could capture the must-know topics those new to Iranian culture will need to know to successfully celebrate a Persian Wedding.

Part One of this comprehensive guide begins with Persian Immersion Camp: seven chapters that cover everything a bride or groom new to things Persian (or who wants a refresher course in things Persian) wants and needs to know about Persian culture.

Persian Immersion Camp starts with understanding the distinction between the terms Persian and Iranian, takes a quick guided tour through Zoroastrianism (the ancient religion of Iran from which many of the wedding events derive), and then delves into the must-know etiquette of these events, plus the responsibilities of the bride, the groom and their respective families. We also look at Persian hospitality and learn about what to expect when visiting a Persian home.

Finally our Persian Immersion Camp ends with Persian Dance, How to Dress for these events, and, importantly, Party Stamina!

Part Two of the Persian Wedding Book covers traditional wedding events from the traditional meeting/courtship meetings (Ashnaei, Didar & Khastegari) all the way through the engagement (Baleh-Boran, Namzadi), the wedding and reception (Aghd, Jashn-Aroosi) & the post-wedding events (Madar Zan Sallam & PaGosha) . There is an extensive chapter on the wedding table (The Sofreh Aghd), rich with almost 80 pages of detailed color pictures, extensive descriptions on each item and where to find them, and lots of advice about how to make the table on your own and what to expect if you choose to hire a designer.

Wondering how to host your event in an area where Persian Weddings are uncommon? Flip to chapter 16 to learn about securing key vendors who will help make your event come alive even in the most remote places!

In Part Three, we examine the pre-wedding preparations in full swing, and discuss the pre-wedding shopping and parties of Jahaz-Boran 9The Bridal Shower), Band-Andazan (the “threading of the bride”) and Hana-Bandan (the Good Luck Party the evening before the wedding).

Part Four of the book is all about the main event – The Persian wedding ceremony! We address the legal wedding, the actual ceremonial customs,and of course the elaborate post-ceremony reception – the Jashn-Aroosi. Everything you need to know to host any of these events is covered, including a step-by-step detailed description of the Persian wedding ceremony, and what is said and what to say during the ceremony.

Part Five concludes with the last two events of the Persian wedding: the post-wedding celebrations of Madar-Zan Salaam (saying hello to the mother in law), the Patakhti part, and PaGosha (the continuing dinner parties to welcome the couple into the community. We also touch upon some of the fun, playful games played during these events.


Whether you’re a Persian native, a Persian expatriate who wants to marry in another land, someone marrying into Persian culture, or just someone who loves the beautiful ancient and modern traditions of the Persian wedding, this Persian Wedding Book is for you: a clear, simple step-by-step guide outlining, explaining and guiding the reader in the customs and traditions of the Persian wedding from start to finish, filled with everything you need to know to plan your Persian Wedding and create a truly magical event — even if you have no idea what Persian means.