FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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  1. How do we go about getting married in Turkey ?
  2. Can we change the contents of the packages on your website ?
  3. Your packages quote for 20 people – what if we have a smaller or bigger party ?
  4. What paperwork do we need to get married in Turkey ?
  5. Can we get married on a weekend or do we have to marry in the week ?
  6. How far in advance do we need to book a date and venue ?
  7. What time will we get married ?
  8. Will we know the exact date of the wedding before we come ?
  9. We would like a vow renewal rather than a wedding. Can you organise this ?
  10. What are the minimum and maximum guest numbers ?
  11. How long must we be in Turkey before and after the wedding day ?
  12. Is it a religious service ?
  13. Will our marriage be legal in UK ?
  14. Can we exchange our own vows ?
  15. How will we understand the ceremony as it will be in Turkish ?
  16. Our wedding party is only small & we do not have anyone as witnesses – what can we do ?
  17. What if I have last minute changes to my guest numbers ?
  18. What if we are non UK passport holders ?
  19. Can we get married in Turkey if one of us has been divorced ?
  20. What happens on the Consulate visit day ?
  21. Will we have to have a medical examination ?
  22. Can the hairdresser copy a style if I bring a picture ?
  23. Can we have our favourite song played ?
     
    1 - How do we go about getting married in Turkey? Firstly take a look through our website to decide on a venue and package . Once you have found the venue you like then see which package suits you best. Don’t forget you can mix and match any elements of any packages – simply tell us what you want and we can completely tailor make a package for you that has everything you want in it.
     
    Let us know the number in your party and date you would like to get married as we will advise you on availability and give you a quote for the package chosen . If you are happy with the package a deposit is payable to secure the venue & date. Once this has been received the date etc will be booked and confirmed. Your choice of colours, flowers and any other selective elements of the package etc will be noted and you will be issued with a booking acknowledgment form with all the details of our agreed services to you.

    If a consulate appointment is required the date will also be on this form. You will then have to gather any necessary paperwork ( see What paperwork do we need to get married in Turkey ? ) ) to bring with you . We will be in constant contact with you to finalise the wedding day details and once you are in resort we will take care of all administration and formalities if included in your package. We will ensure where possible, all your requested choices are incorporated into your big day. On the day itself we will be on hand at all times to ensure everything runs smoothly. [back to top]


     

    2 -Can we change the contents of the packages on your website ? Of course ! The beauty of all our packages is that they are completely flexible – add in or take out whatever you wish! If you have a special request that you can’t find on our website simply let us know and we will source it for you. [back to top]


     

    3 - Your packages quote for 20 people – what if we have a smaller or bigger party ? Not a problem ! Tell us how many guests you are expecting and we will requote you accordingly. The prices on our website are a general guideline so will change according to numbers of adults and children in the party. [back to top]


     

    4 -What official paperwork do we need to get married in Turkey ? For UK nationals the following paperwork and documents are required for both bride and groom. Please remember you will need to bring them (originals) with you . We also ask that you send us copies (by email or fax) at least 4 weeks before you travel.

    CERTIFICATE OF NO IMPEDIMENT – This can be obtained from your local registry office and takes about 3 weeks . Those issued in Scotland have a time limit of 3 months , those from England have no limit. This document shows you are legally free to marry. (This document will be translated by the Consulate during the escorted visit)

    10 YEAR UK PASSPORT – These must be valid for at least 6 months after the wedding date.

    FULL BIRTH CERTIFICATE – This is the large full version with the names of parents declared.
     
    DECREE ABSOLUTE – Required if either of you have been married before

    DEATH CERTIFICATE – If widowed the marriage and death certificate of previous spouse

    DEED POLL CERTIFICATE – If your name has been legally changed at any time

    ADOPTION CERTIFICATE – If applicable

    PARENTAL PERMISSION – Required if either of the party is under 18 years of age

    PASSPORT PHOTOS – You will both need at least 6 passport photos taken not more than 1 month before travel


     

    5 - Can we get married on a weekend or do we have to marry in the week ? You can get married on any day of the week in Turkey with no difference in price, subject to availability of the venue and registrar [back to top]


     

    6 - How far in advance do we need to book a date & venue ? Weddings in Turkey are extremely popular so it is advisable to book as far in advance as you can to secure the date and venue that you want. Packages can be adjusted if numbers etc change after you have booked. [back to top]


     

    7 - What time will we get married ? Early evening (eg between 6pm – 7pm) is the best time to get married as the temperatures will be cooler and any hair / make up etc can be done earlier in the day without rushing. If you would like to request an earlier time we will try where possible to accommodate your wishes however the availability of the registrar is the deciding factor. [back to top]


     

    8 - Will we know the exact date of the wedding before we come ? Yes barring any unforeseen circumstances outside our control ,your wedding day will be the date you booked (shown on your booking acknowledgment form) and will not change. [back to top]


     

    9 - We would like a vow renewal rather than a wedding. Can you organise this ? Exquisite Weddings Turkey can organise any special event not just weddings & this includes vow renewals. We can arrange for a lay preacher or pastor to officiate if you would like & ensure everything is perfect for your special day. [back to top]


     

    10 - What are the minimum & maximum guest numbers ? For our venues there is no minimum number of guests the maximum in some venues (eg Traditional Turkish gulet yachts) will be dictated by health and safety considerations. If you are planning a wedding with a party of over 70 please contact us for advice on the best venues to accommodate your group. [back to top]


     

    11 - How long must we be in Turkey before & after the wedding day ? There is no legal requirement for you to stay any length of time before / after the wedding however as Consulate (Antalya or Izmir) administrative work is necessary we prefer couples allow at least 3 working days after their arrival before the wedding day itself and 1 working day afterwards in order to deposit the marriage with the local honorary consulate. [back to top]


     

    12 - Is it a religious service ? No it is a civil service that is quite brief but you are free to add in readings, poems, your own vows etc if arranged with us well beforehand so we can ensure the official is aware of the running order. [back to top]


     

    13 - Will our marriage be legal in UK ? Yes – you will be given an internationally recognised marriage book & the marriage will be fully in accordance with British Law. Once deposited with the nearest consulate after the wedding has taken place, a copy of the marriage document will be lodged with your designated local registry office in the UK. [back to top]


     

    14 - Can we exchange our own vows ? Certainly ! Just ensure we have a copy of what you will say well beforehand so we can advise the attending official. [back to top]


     

    15 - How will we understand the ceremony as it will be in Turkish ? Part of our service includes providing a translator who will repeat the ceremony wording in English as it goes along so everyone can understand what is being said. [back to top]


     

    16 - Our wedding party is only small & we do not have anyone as witnesses – what can we do ? Two non blood relatives are required to witness the marriage. If your party does not have anyone suitable we will provide witnesses for you . Please note witnesses will need to have their passports with them on the day. [back to top]


     

    17 - What if I have last minute changes to my guest numbers ? If your party numbers change between payment of the deposit & the final remainder we can simply adjust the outstanding amount to reflect the changes. Unfortunately should numbers fall after the final payment has been made we are unable to refund however last minute additional party guests can be paid for in resort. [back to top]


     

    18 - What if we are non UK passport holders ? The information contained in this website is applicable to UK passport holders only. If you hold a different nationality please contact us and we will endeavour to advise you on what you will need to do to get married in Turkey. You can also contact the nearest Turkish Consulate or Embassy in your home country for further information. We are happy to arrange weddings etc for non UK passport holders however prices may be adjusted to include any extra administrative work necessary. [back to top]


     

    19 - Can we get married in Turkey if one of us has been divorced ? Yes as long as you ensure you bring original copies of any Decree Absolutes a previous divorce (or even multiple divorces) does not affect your eligibility to marry in Turkey. [back to top]


     

    20 - What happens on the Consulate visit day ? Unfortunately in order to get the correct paperwork to allow UK nationals to legally marry in Turkey the nearest British Consulate has to be visited in person to get the CNI translated and then stamped by the Turkish Authorities. If you are getting married in Fethiye area (Calis, Oludeniz, Hisaronu etc) the nearest consulate is in Antalya, if you are getting married in Marmaris, Icmeler etc the nearest consulate is in Izmir.

     
    Where included in a package we provide an escorted service to the consulate. This may involve a very early start and you will be informed well beforehand of your pick up time. Please note this can be a long, boring day that is not suitable for children. You will be required to bring all your original paperwork , documents, passports etc on that day.

     
    The Consulate will translate the CNI (this takes only a few minutes) and you will be required to fill in some forms. Once the document has been prepared we then go to the local Turkish Governorship’s office to have the translation officially stamped. We then head back to the local council and official in the town you will be married in where the stamped document, photos etc are handed in.
     
    We will then arrange for the medical certificate to be issued (please note in Fethiye catchment area no blood tests are required and the certificate is merely a formality) . Once the marriage official is in receipt of the medical certificate the administration work is complete. [back to top]


     

    21 - Will we have to have a medical examination ? You will be required to have a blood test if you are getting married in the Marmaris / Icmeler area. This is done first thing in the morning as the certificate is issued later the same day. No blood test is required in the Fethiye catchment area. [back to top]


     

    22 - Can the hairdresser copy a style if I bring a picture ? Yes, in fact we recommend that you bring a picture of the hair style etc that you would like as this gives the hairdresser an excellent template to work from .Don’t forget to bring any decorative grips, hairpieces or head dresses for your big day too ! [back to top]


     

    23 - Can we have our favourite song played ? No problem you can bring your own cds - just ensure any music you want played is saved as a music file on a CD & can be played on a regular CD player (rather than just a pc). A copy of the numbered song list with instructions would assist our planner in ensuring the correct piece can be found on the CD when required. [back to top]