Persian Jewish Wedding: Embrace Different Cultures

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure and honor of attending my first Persian Jewish wedding. My friend, the bride, looked amazing. Her blushing groom looked great and sported a fancier kippa (Jewish hat) than the rest of the men. They make a handsome couple. Without further ado, on to the festivities!

Wedding Ceremony

Their event took place in a hotel and their ceremony was held in a ballroom. It was a pretty large wedding with about 400 guests. Fuchsia uplights lit up the room and an extravagant gazebo decorated with gorgeous pink and white flowers was the centerpiece. They had a catwalk where the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and family members did their grand entrances. I am a friend of the bride, but ironically I choked up when I saw the groom hug his parents in the middle of the catwalk. Guess it reminded me of my parents and tugged at my heart strings. It was interesting as the parents of the groom walked halfway down the catwalk and waited for their son. After the hugs, the three of them then walked arm and arm the rest of the way. The bride and her family did the same. It was a little tight under the gazebo with all the family members, the bride and groom, and the rabbi huddled together. He chanted most of the ceremony with a few phrases in English. A few guest rabbis came up to chant and few more guests came up to serve as witnesses. My friend was ecstatic when she received her wedding scroll and kissed her groom.

Dancing Machines

I would normally bore you with the usual wedding activities (slideshow, bouquet toss, garter toss, cake cutting), but there was none of that. The rest of the evening was spent dancing. After their first dance, the newlyweds danced for almost two hours straight! Mind you it wasn’t two hours of waltzes, it was high energy, reach for the sky jumping and dancing. They were constantly fed water to keep them hydrated. I don’t know how they did it. My wife and I jumped in for a dance or two throughout the evening. The joy and excitement in the room was incredible. I was happy at my wedding, but this was on another level. The live band rocked the house and the couple even went on stage to dance. We felt like we were at a rock concert. Honestly, I felt like I was in the middle of a Bollywood movie, a Greek wedding, with some belly dancing all rolled up in one. It was an amazing night. We left around midnight because of work the next day, but I heard they were going to two in the morning and they didn’t even cut the cake!

Final Thoughts

Many personal finance bloggers enjoy traveling to different countries. I’m a big fan myself. But until your next getaway, get to know your friends and co-workers. Since we live in a melting pot of cultures and religions, we can experience some of it in our own backyard.

Stay Inspired!
Buck

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19 Responses

  1. MoneyCone says:

    Haven’t been to one, but sounds like you had a blast! Absolutely agree. It is fascinating to see different customs and cultures and finding common threads (salt spilling, broken mirror, walking under a ladder)!

  2. Sheila says:

    Thanks for sharing this. It sure is a good way to take a peek at other people’s culture. I agree with what you said about getting to know the people around us. We’ll learn more about their lives and culture. It could be fascinating. Most probably, it will be.

  3. Buck I am married, otherwise I could have invited you to my Indian Hindu style wedding. You would certainly love the colors, lights and the festivities of our wedding.

  4. krantcents says:

    Weddings are terrific celebrations. Did they do group dancing? Did they put the Bride and Groom in chairs raise them above the crowd?
    Last Fall, I attended my nephew’s wedding in New York. It was an eating and dancing fest. It continued all weekend! A number of years ago, I attended another nephew’s wedding (same family) who is a professional chef. The food was over the top, you would think Wolfgang Puck or Emeril was getting married!

    • Buck Inspire says:

      I now have a deeper appreciation of weddings. Tons of group dancing and yes, the bride and groom were put in chairs and raised up above the crowd! Sounds like you have had your share of fun weddings. Wolfgang Puck or Emeril? Your stomach must have been a happy camper!

  5. I love going to ethnic weddings. I find them so much fun. Indian weddings are a blast. I went to one where the groom rode in on a horse. Very cool. I also like eating the different foods. I get to try some things I have never even heard of before.

  6. Little House says:

    I love weddings and receptions where dancing is the focal point. It keeps everyone engaged in the event. At my own wedding, we danced for hours! Though I didn’t have a live band and the thought of 400 guests would terrify me! I can’t imagine how large the dance floor must have been. 😉

  7. All this talk about wedding is getting me pumped about my own. That sounds like an amazing wedding you went to. We won’t be dancing at our wedding, but we’re not much of dancers….but that sounds like a lot of fun nonetheless!

  8. Doctor Stock says:

    Sounds like quite the party!!! Most Grooms and Brides are exhausted after the wedding… I can only imagine how they felt after 2 hours of dancing after a wedding!

  9. Wow. What a blast of a time you must have had.

  10. allexaU says:

    No matter what the culture is as long as there is love between the two partner it will always like a fire burning.

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