Here are answers to the questions we are most repeatedly asked and ones that you may well be thinking about in the lead up to your wedding. Please take some time to read this page and should there still be anything you’re not sure about please don’t hesitate to email us.
What paperwork do we need to get married in Turkey, where do we get it from and what do we do with it then?
Getting married in Turkey is now very simple and easy. Since 1st March 2014, couples are no longer required to visit the UK Consulate in Antalya or Izmir as all the documents are now obtained in the UK before travelling to Turkey.
NB: This information is only valid for British citizens – for citizens from the Republic of Ireland and all non-UK citizens, please consult your relevant embassy.
Documents required to marry in Turkey for UK citizens are:
Passport (with a minimum of 6 months before expiry)
4 x passport sized photos (each)
Affidavit of Marital Status - available for download from UK Government website (& certified by FCO in UK)
You will be required to fax or scan and email your documents to us as soon as you have them, as we like to make sure they are correct. It’s as simple as that! But please note that we accept no responsibility for any mistakes on paperwork presented to us after arrival in Turkey.
By the way, we do not require copies of your 4 x passport photos
An affidavit of Marital Status is valid for 180 days from the date of issue.
Please note: you must be in Turkey at least 2 business days before your wedding and at least two days after.
For further information of the legal process and documents required, please contact one of our wedding planners.
DO NOT FORGET TO BRING ALL THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS LISTED ABOVE FOR PRESENTATION TO THE TURKISH AUTHORITIES.
What happens when we arrive in Turkey?
You should plan to be in Turkey at least 2 business days before your wedding and at least 2 days after.
Before you travel to Turkey we will arrange a pre-wedding meeting with you for shortly after your arrival. This meeting will be held at our offices and we will arrange to collect you from your accommodation at a pre-agreed time. During this meeting we will discuss all the details for the wedding day and decorations can be chosen.
We will also arrange to take you to the local registry office to submit the original documents and then to the local Health Clinic to complete a health check.
Supposing the number of guests change from our original plan?
Sometimes the numbers on your guest list change: if you have more than you had originally planned for we can usually accommodate them and they will be charged on a per-person, after booking rate. The per person cost will be quoted on your original quote and confirmation letter.
Should the number of guests fall after you’ve booked, up to 15% of your total number of >guests based on the package you purchased can be rebated for meal costs on a per head basis, and adjusted to your final balance.
Please note that the final numbers need to be confirmed at least 2 weeks prior to the wedding date.
How many days before our wedding do we need to arrive in Turkey?
You must be in Turkey at least 2 business days before your wedding and at least 2 days after.
What about bridal flowers? What choice is there and is it possible to order a special design?
Flowers are an essential part of your wedding day and we fully appreciate that choosing them is an intensely personal decision. Bridal bouquets, bridesmaids’ flowers, groom and groomsmen’s buttonholes, corsage flowers and all the decorations for the marriage ceremony and reception are made to order. We always do our utmost to ensure that your wishes are met and so we work with a highly experienced and creative local florist.
He works with a choice of standard seasonal flowers in range of colours and shades, including: gladioli, carnation, rose, chrysanthemum, gerbera & lisianthus.
Flowers not included in the standard selection (for example: calla lillies, orchids, Casablanca lilies, lilium, Stargazer lilies), can be added to your selection subject to availability and at an additional cost. Let us know what you have in mind and we’ll consult with our florist.
Can we do any last minute shopping in Fethiye?
We are always happy to help with some ideas for a spot of retail therapy:
Bridal dresses and footwear
Rings and jewellery
Special decorations and centrepieces
We are also able to organise day trips, tours etc.
And what about the wedding cake? Can we choose our own design and if so, how and when?
No wedding is complete without a wedding cake in pride of place and on such an important occasion it has to be both beautiful and delicious. Our packages include a choice of chocolate, lemon or vanilla traditional Turkish 3 tiered sponge cake with whipped icing, decorated with ribbon, piping & fresh flowers.
If you have a special design or recipe in mind and we will always do our utmost to fulfil your requirements while additional costs may apply.
Our wedding cakes are all made locally and use only the finest ingredients.
Should you require any special decorations or ornaments for your cake we recommend you bring them with you.
Where do the bride and bridesmaids get their hair and make-up done and can they choose their hairstyles?
All brides want to be pampered and preened so they look flawlessly elegant, radiant and perfectly beautiful from tip to toe on their wedding day. This is why we work with the talented and highly experienced bridal stylists and beauticians, Goldfinger Boutique Salons.
Our associate and partner will take care of all your hair, make-up and beauty requirements on your special day. Goldfinger Boutique Salons provide a courier service to take you to and from your place of residence at no extra charge. Goldfinger will ensure your hair up and make- up are perfect for your wedding day, as well as providing exclusive pamper packages for patrons of all Oludeniz Beach Wedding packages.
Please click on the link below to take you to the Goldfinger salons website’s Bridal section where you can start planning your time with them.
Decorations: what is supplied at the marriage ceremony and wedding reception?
Ceremony – your wedding ceremony decoration includes our wedding gazebo with sashed curtains, flower decorated wedding arch, a red aisle carpet, ceremonial registry table with satin cloth & valance, satin chair covers and organza ties in a colour of your choosing & confetti. The registry table will have a large flower arrangement in your choice of flowers. Guests will be provided standard aisle seating in front of the wedding gazebo.
Reception – the bridal table will be decorated in satin table covers & skirt, choice of decorations, satin chair covers with organza ties, plus large flower arrangement. The guest tables will have a choice of decorations, every guest chair with satin covers and organza sashes and place-cards for each guest according to a seating plan, if required. Extra lighting options, including: fairy lights, bamboo torches and chinese lanterns available at some venues.
Balloons - some balloon decoration is available however please note that helium filled balloons incur an extra cost and are charged per balloon.
Can we buy extra decorations after we arrive in Turkey?
We suggest that you bring any special decorations with you as we have limited supplies in Turkey. If you are unsure about anything, please ask us before you arrive!
Supposing it rains or the weather forecast looks bad?
Couples should also think about what season is best for them and their guests. In the height of summer the temperatures can be very high, and early and late in the season there is always the possibility of adverse weather conditions. Although this part of the world seldom sees bad weather during the summer months, on the rare occasions it does rain during the summer, but it doesn’t last for long. However, even though we plan everything down to the last detail, some things are beyond even us and we have learnt over the years that it is always important to have a plan B!
What do we do if we want a religious element to our marriage ceremony?
We are respectful of all religions and while a Turkish registrar must still perform the traditional signing of the registry, should you wish, it usually possible to include vows or other aspect of your faith in the ceremony. Just let us know your requirements and we can make the necessary arrangements to include a representative of your religion. This option can be added to any wedding plan.
Can we choose our own hotel accommodation?
Yes - you can book and stay in the hotel of your choice. To make it relaxed and easy for you on your wedding day, we recommend you stay within the Fethiye area - which includes Oludeniz, Ovacik, Hisaronu, Fethiye & Çalış beach. If you need hotel suggestions or distance information of resorts, please let us know!
Can we add or deduct services for our wedding?
We are very aware that your wedding is the most important day in your lives as a couple and, making it unique to you, an occasion blended with your own dreams and desires is essential.
Some couples have their own ideas and we work with them to make these a reality whenever possible but others admit to being rather nervous or daunted about planning such an important event. This is where our unparalleled experience comes to the fore. We can inspire you and help you to design your wedding day to be truly memorable and one of a kind.
Most of our wedding packages offer the flexibility to add or deduct services to suit your needs and budget. During the high season, there is a minimum requirement of 20 guests for the Ceremony & Reception, and 10 guests for Ceremony Only.
Wedding vows? Are they in English of Turkish and can we add some of our own?
There’s no need to worry. You will not have to do a crash course in Turkish for your wedding and the wedding vows are relatively short. These are spoken in Turkish by the Registrar and translated into English by one of our staff during the ceremony. You are only required to confirm your consent, in English, at the end of the service and you will be prompted in English.
We also offer you the option of having your own vows, provided reading them takes less than two minutes. The Bride and Groom will read them after the Turkish Registrar has completed the formal wedding ceremony.
On your arrival in Turkey we will explain the order of service, the wedding vows, and what is required of you.
Music: can we choose what we’d like for the ceremony and reception?
We have a selection of popular music on CD available to choose from for your wedding. However you may like to bring your own selection on CDs or iPod for the ceremony, particularly if you have something special in mind (for walking down the aisle and following the ceremony). If you would like us to supply your music and have any requests, please check with us first to make sure it’s available! The playlists we offer for your reception are contemporary and classic numbers but if you have any special playlists please feel free to bring them along on CD or iPod. We supply high quality PA and sound systems at both the ceremony and the reception venues and can cater for most iPod systems.
You may decide that you want to have live music. Our musicians are local and professional. They play contemporary and classic numbers and have a diverse repertoire. They will also do their best to cater to any requests that you may have.
Photography and photographers: what choices are available?
Our photographer and videographer arrive at the venue about half an hour prior to the ceremony in preparation for the bride's arrival.
The bride’s arrival will be photographed and videoed together with the all-important walk down the aisle and the complete wedding ceremony.
Group photographs will be taken following the ceremony then the bride & groom have a private shoot. This takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. The photography & video will continue until approx 10pm (please ensure you request any special moments be photographed – speeches and first dance, etc, before this time).
If you have specific photography requests please make these known prior to the wedding day so we can advise the photographers.
Your photo proofs will be available on the day following the wedding at around noon. You will be able to select 50 photos for your complimentary wedding album and any extra photos that you and your guests may like to order.
What choices are there for the wedding meals?
Gourmet barbecue menus are pre-set while at some venues there is an option for a limited a la carte menu. This gives you the opportunity to choose from a selection of dishes from a full a la carte menu but must be confirmed at least three days before the wedding. Final menu selections will be made on you arrival in Turkey and will be subject to availability and change. It is also important that we are advised of any food allergies and special dietary requirements well in advance of the wedding.
Can we choose what there is to drink and how is it paid for?
Please note that all beverages will be paid for in cash at the time of the wedding directly to the venue (unless you have a beverage package included in your wedding). Prices will be charged at over-the-bar prices at the respective venues and we can provide Beverage Price Lists on request. We do not take any responsibility for outstanding bar bills at any of our wedding venues, so please arrange method of payment prior to your wedding! (We can help with this on your arrival).
Final payment: how and when?
The balance of your package must be paid in full four weeks prior to the wedding date, if paying by Credit or Debit card. Your card details will be taken over the phone for security reasons and please note that card payments are not accepted after arrival into Turkey. The good news is that we also offer the option to pay the balance in cash on arrival, or with traveller's cheques and this avoids the card fee! Please note: all outstanding balances must be settled at your pre-wedding meeting. Any alternative arrangements must be made by prior agreement. When final numbers change or extra services are ordered after final payment has been made, these payments will be finalised at your pre-wedding meeting.
Is there a reduction for children?
0-3yrs FREE (maximum of six toddlers – if there are more then six toddlers the full child price applies)
4-11yrs - 50% of adult price (maximum of six children - if there are more than six children the full adult price applies)
Children of 12 years and above are charged as adults
Is transport included for bridal party, groom and guests?
All our packages include transport on the wedding day for the bridal party. If you require transport* for your guests, please note this will incur an extra cost unless it has been included as part of your package. If you are unsure please check. (*NB: Transport includes to and from the Fethiye resort area - Oludeniz, Ovacik/Hisaronu and Fethiye centre).
Do these FAQs apply to Gulet weddings?
The final numbers for gulet weddings may not exceed 20 people unless by prior arrangement, and final numbers need to be confirmed three weeks before the wedding.
The same as above applies for all other aspects: the gulets are obviously less formal so please tell your guests to bring along casual clothes and swim wear for the afternoon and a little more formal wear for your evening reception meal. Ladies please note - stiletto heels are not permitted on most gulets!
Decoration on the gulet is reasonably limited so if you have any special requests please check with us beforehand.