Since the old times, Iranian engagement ceremony was always filled with excitement and memories for us as Iranians so that whenever you ask aged ones in family to tell how their engagement party was like they will describe the glamour and dignity of it. From the photos we have of our parents engagement party, we noticed that they used to trough a very simple party in their own houses with a Sofre aghd – that is the ancient wedding table made from symbolic items and each item has its own meaning- arranged by their family. But in the past twenty years the table has turned and the younger generation would have their engagement ceremony in notary public offices rather than their homes. It has been a couple of years since the day that notary offices have a new way of holding engagement ceremonies and that is slightly like engagement ceremonies with a pre-arranged Sofre aghd. The bride would go to a beauty salon and the groom will pick her up and the then they’ll go to notary office together and the concluder priest- the person how has the power of solemnizing a marriage- would orate the Khutbe- which is vows in Arabic language that concluder priest discourse it- at the presence of elders of their family and after signing the marriage contract they’ll be pronounce as husband and wife. And so as a recognition to traditions they’ll eat sweets so that the new life of the couple will be sweet as candy, the guests will give their gifts to the couple and at the end of the night the bride and the groom will invite everyone to dinner as a way of thanking them. In this trio collection we tried to capture this special day that any Persian would have a moment of it in their life.
Fateme, Behnia, Mamad