The Centerpiece of the Persian Wedding

The wedding table (sometimes called the wedding spread) known in Farsi as the Sofreh Aghd is the quintessential centerpiece of all Persian wedding preparations. This wedding table is custom-prepared especially for each couple. The couple sits at special seats at the head of the wedding table during the ceremony. Typically there will be 23 symbolic Sofreh Aghd items almost always present on each wedding table (plus or minus a few items which each couple can tailor to their own tastes) — items that contain profound meaning for the bride and groom.

Click the image above to see or download a splendid example of a fully prepared Sofreh Aghd.

Click the image above to see or download a fully prepared Sofreh Aghd with each item numbered.
The MIrror
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The Holy Book(s)
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The Candelabra
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Espand
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Honey and Yoghurt
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The Termeh
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Sugar Loafs
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Flatbread
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Flowers
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The Couple's Chair
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Eggs
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Bread and Herbs
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Coins of Gold
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7 Colored Threads
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Sweets
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Rosewater
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Rock Candy
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Noghl
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Seven Spices
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Almonds & Walnuts
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Fruit
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The Table Cloth
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Ceremonial Cloth
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Sofreh Aghd Ebook
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Persian weddings – particularly cross-cultural Persian weddings – are nothing if not flexible and creative, a joy and an art. But there are few things that are an absolute requirement. Among them are the Sofreh Aghd and the beautiful and meaningful Sofreh Aghd items. If you plan to have a Persian wedding, a well-planned and well-done Sofreh Aghd is absolutely mandatory. The Sofreh Aghd items you review here, always customized to the individual couple and their families, will surely have a place on nearly every Persian wedding spread.

Remember that the size of your Sofreh Aghd must comfortably accommodate the Sofreh Aghd items so that there are no yawning gaps or any empty (khali) areas. Sofreh Aghd items are never crammed, never spread haphazardly and never sitting apart. The goal, as with the marriage, is a well-integrated, lovingly attentive, harmony.