The beautiful Persian Wedding Traditions of setting the Sefreye is a custom that can be easily incorporated into any ceremony. The meaning and symbolism is extraordinary and sweet.
The spread or table cloth that is used to cover a table or alter and was traditionally passed from mother to daughter (or occasionally son) and is is called the Sefreye. Each generation embroidering on it so that it represents the generational blessings.
Then a set of wonderful food and symbolic items are placed upon the cloth. The couple then samples the food items and the rest is shared with the guests at the reception.
Just a few items that are really cool!
A large Mirror (the mirror of fate) is sat at the end of the table. Then two Candelabras (representing the bride, groom and brightness in their future) is sat, one on either side of the mirror. The mirror and two candelabras are symbols of light and fire, two very important elements in the culture.
When the bride enters the room she has her veil covering her face. Once the bride sits beside the bridegroom she removes her veil and the first thing that the bridegroom sees in the mirror should be the reflection of his wife-to-be. Over their heads is a canopy and sugar is sprinkled over the shawl to symbolize the sweetness of life.
Rev. Lorelei has performed this ceremony numerous times and can recreate it for you!