Persian wedding History

The Persian wedding ceremony despite Its local and regional variations, like many other rituals in Iran goes back to the ancient Zoroastrian tradition. Though the concepts and theory of the marriage have changed drastically by Islamic traditions and Koran, the actual ceremonies have remained more or less the same as they were originally in the ancient Zoroastrian culture.
In modern Iran the marriage ceremony is a symbol of the rich ancient culture in the area.
For Iranians, marriage is considered to be an event, which must be celebrated not quietly but with glory and distinction. It is the most auspicious of all the rituals and must be celebrated in the presence of an assembly, which can bear witness to the event.
In traditional ceremonies both the bride and the bridegroom must to dress in white that is a symbol of purity, innocence and faithfulness. Today most modern Iranian couples follow the western dress code and style.
There are two stages to a Persian marriage. Most often both take place on the same day, but occasionally there could be sometime between the two. The first is called "Aghd", the legal process of getting married, when both the bride and bridegroom and their guardians sign a marriage contract. The second stage is "Jashn-e Aroosi", the actual feasts and the celebrations, which traditionally would last from 3 to 7 days.
The ceremony takes place in a specially decorated room with flowers and a beautiful arrangment.
Decorated spread on the floor called "Sofreh-ye Aghd". Sofreh-ye Aghd is set on the floor facing east, the direction of sunrise (light). Consequently when bride and bridegroom are seated at the head of Sofreh-ye Aghd they will be facing "The Light". The spread that is used on the floor as the backdrop for Sofreh-ye Aghd was traditionally passed from mother to daughter (or occasionally to the son).
On Sofreh-ye Aghd, the following items are placed:
Termeh (a gold embroidered tapestry) represents eternity and family tradition.
Mirrors and Candelabras represent a bright future
Quran or Poetical Text represents faith and Spirituality
Honey and Nabat represent sweetness
Almonds, Walnut, hazelnut and Eggs represent fertility
Bread and Wheat represents prosperity
Esphand is to keep away the evil eye
The spread is made of a luxurious fabric such as "Termeh" (A rich gold embroidered fabric, unique only to Cashmere & Iran), "Atlas" (Gold embroidered satin) or "Abrisham" (Silk)