Here are answers to some of 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.
Full list of documents required to marry in Turkey for UK citizens are:
Completed Affidavit of Marital Status, downloaded from UK Government website witnessed and apostilled
Passport (with a minimum of 6 months before it expires)
You will be required to 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.
For further information of the legal process and documents required, please visit Legal Requirements or contact one of our wedding planners.
How many days before our wedding do we need to arrive in Turkey?
You must be in Turkey at least 2 full business days before your wedding and at least 2 working days after.
What happens when we arrive in Turkey?
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 at the Sea Breeze Hotel. During this meeting we will discuss all the details for the wedding day and decorations will be chosen. After your pre-wedding meeting, we will take you to the registry office in Fethiye to submit the original documents and then to the local Health Clinic to complete required paperwork.
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!
Is the ceremony in English or Turkish? Do we have to say vows and can we provide our own?
There’s no need to worry. You will not have to do a crash course in Turkish for your wedding. On your arrival in Turkey at your pre-wedding meeting we will explain the order of service, the wedding vows, and what is required of you. The wedding ceremony is relatively short and will be conducted in Turkish by the Registrar then 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 will provide some simple vows for you but of course you have the option to personalize these or provide your own, 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.
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 is usually possible to include vows or other aspects of your faith in the ceremony. Just let us know your requirements and we can make the necessary arrangements in advance. This option can be added to any wedding plan.
For further information please contact one of our wedding planners.
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 on your final balance.
Please note that the final numbers need to be confirmed at least 2 weeks prior to the wedding date.
Can we add or deduct services for our wedding?
We are very aware that your wedding is a verty important day in your lives as a couple and, making it unique to you 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. There is a minimum requirement of 20 guests for the Ceremony & Reception, and 10 guests for Ceremony Only.
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 with high humidity, 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 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!
Music: can we choose what we’d like for the ceremony and reception?
We have a selection of popular music available to choose from for your wedding although you will most likely have specific songs for walking down the aisle, signing of the register, first dance etc… and this should be supplied to us on USB. The playlists we offer for your ceremony & reception are contemporary and classic numbers but if you have any special playlists please feel free to bring them along on USB. We supply high quality PA and sound systems at both the ceremony and the reception venue.
You may decide to include live music in your package during your ceremony & reception. 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 10 pm. If you have specific photography requests please make these known to us at your pre-wedding meeting so we can advise the photographers.
We can arrange for our photographer to join you at the salon as you prepare for your big day, please contact our wedding planner for more information.
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.
How and when do we make decisions about our wedding reception meals?
The menu option(s) available to you will be outlined in your confirmation letter. Gourmet Barbecue menus are pre-set. Some venues offer a limited A la Carte menu. This gives you the opportunity to choose from a selection of dishes from a full menu with guest meal choices being provided at your pre-wedding meeting. Confirmed A la Carte menus will be made available to you for each venue at the start of the season. If your venue offers a choice of the 2 menus, your wedding planner will discuss the options with you although final menu selections need not be confirmed until your pre-wedding meeting. It is also important that we are advised of any food allergies and special dietary requirements before you arrive in Turkey.
How and when do we make decisions about our cake, flowers and decor?
Throughout the planning process, your wedding planner will advise on the standard options available to you for each of the above elements and will be happy to discuss ideas and preferences for your special day. Your wedding planner will provide, where required, confirmation and costs of non-standard choices, in advance of your pre-wedding meeting. Final decisions will be discussed and confirmed at your pre-wedding meeting.
For further information please visit Flowers, Cakes or Decoration alternatively contact one of our wedding planners.
What décor is supplied at the marriage ceremony and wedding reception?
The following is included as standard:
Ceremony – Decorated wedding gazebo or floral wedding arch (dependent upon venue), registry table or lectern with floral decor (dependent upon venue) and sashed aisle chair seating for all guests.
Reception – Decoration of top table & guest tables with candles & tea lights in addition to a centerpiece flower arrangement on the top table only (unless otherwise specified). Sashed seating for all guests.
Your wedding planner will be on hand to discuss your preferred colours or wedding theme with you during the planning process and to make suggestions to you on how this might best be achieved. You will be required to provide any personalized or specific decoration to us at your pre-wedding meeting. We will be able to provide contact information for trusted and reliable local suppliers who can assist with any extra decor that you require.
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 and at the start of each season. 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).
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).
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/Debit card or bank transfer. Your card details will be taken over the phone for security reasons and please note that card payments are not accepted after arrival to Turkey. The good news is that we also offer the option to pay the balance in cash on arrival, thus avoiding 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?
0-3 years of age FREE (maximum of six toddlers – if there are more then six toddlers the full child price applies)
4-11 years of age are charged at 50% of adult price (maximum of six children – if there are more than six children the full adult price applies)
Children 12 years of age and above are charged as adults
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 swimwear for the afternoon and a little more formal wear for your evening reception meal. Ladies please note - stiletto heels are not permitted on gulets!
Decoration on the gulet is reasonably limited so if you have any special requests please check with us beforehand.