How we tried to reach cross-cultural wedding nirvana
Cultural norms / Family / Personal / Relationships / Turkey

How we tried to reach cross-cultural wedding nirvana

Today the very last of our wedding guests FINALLY pushed off, ten days after the day itself, and suddenly we are left alone to contemplate this whole being married malarkey. Scary stuff. Not that I begrudge these guests their stays with us: their presence made the wedding. I’ve never felt prouder or more loved than … 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 / Family / Personal / Relationships / Turkey

What it’s like to be a gelin in Turkey

I’m just back from another fairly breathless trip to E’s hometown for Bayram (Eid ul-Fitr). Like the last time we went, the week was filled with visiting and being visited, elaborate breakfasts, incredible picnics, going to weddings and henna nights, and (this time at least) a startling amount of dancing (more on this later). Also … Continue reading