I have to record this moment somehow. It probably won’t mean anything to anyone but me, but a public record of some sort makes me feel I am being more appreciative. As friends and family from all parts of my life slowly start converging on Istanbul as the days tick down, it’s only just dawning … Continue reading

Cultural norms / Relationships / Turkey

English weddings, Turkish weddings: a cultural comparison (part 2)

After dealing with the sometimes unnervingly large differences between ceremony, dress and gift-giving in part 1 of this post on the cultural differences between English and Turkish weddings, here is part 2: Invitations: in the UK, it is customary to send wedding invitations months (sometimes even more than twelve months) in advance. This, I think, … Continue reading

Cultural norms / Turkey

English weddings, Turkish weddings: a cultural comparison (part 1)

Over the last couple of months, I have been to more weddings and wedding-related celebrations (hen parties, henna parties, wedding receptions and actual-full-on weddings) in both the UK and Turkey than I would care to count. Combine this with the fact that I am also in the final 3 weeks of planning a 200-guest multi-cultural … Continue reading