The country now known as Iran is steeped in thousands of years of history. Once known as Persia, it offers a bounty of beautiful arts and crafts. Persian influences also offer the perfect theme for a wedding reception. It’s your chance to indulge in the richness of Eastern craftsmanship and a culture that has fascinated the world for centuries. From pomegranates to intricate tapestries, discover some fabulous ideas to bring a touch of Persian brilliance to your wedding day.
Pomegranates are a national treasure in Iran, as well as in neighbouring Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Although thought of as a summertime fruit, the pomegranate is perfect for an autumn/winter wedding reception. Its brooding colours and festive appearance will add a warm and inviting touch to your big day.
As Chloe in Happy Wedd writes:
“Pomegranates look luxurious in centerpieces, bouquets or as place cards – just put them where you want, gild them or leave as they are. Pomegranates mix perfectly with gold, black, green, chocolate and other shades.”
One of the most beautiful fabrics in the entire world is Termeh cloth. Woven from silk and cotton, or even gold and silver, the manufacture of this cloth is a traditional Persian craft. It is often used by Iranians for special occasions, like Nowruz (the Persian new year and Spring Equinox), anniversaries and weddings.
Termeh cloth is truly spectacular, often gilded with intricate patterns like paisley. It is ideal for adding a touch of true Persian elegance.
This sweet nutty treat is found all over the Middle East, the Caucasus and southeast Europe. Each region has its own variation, but a classic baklava will add to the Persian theme perfectly. Persian baklava typically comes in gorgeous rolls, presented on elaborate silver platters.
This staples of Persian decor are a must for your themed wedding. Lanterns made from brass, replete with serpentine metalwork are stunning additions to your reception. Placed in strategic locations, the candlelight creates an ambience difficult to achieve with electric alternatives. It’s also an especially romantic choice.
There are many other ideas you could incorporate. Persian themes are always colourful, blending distinctive Middle Eastern patterns with folk elements. Iran is a melting pot of different cultures, meaning there’s a huge variety of options you might choose from.
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