Organizing a wedding is a difficult job. Organizing beach wedding in Turkey was even a more difficult job. Maybe not all Turkey. A developing summer city in Turkey is a better phrase indeed.
I can’t believe It has been 4 years already. When I was was not married, I used to ask people how long they have been married. I always got the different answers from the couples. And I used to think people don’t care these important dates as much as I do. And now, whenever I ask Fatih how long we have been married, he always mixes the dates of our marriage and our first date anniversary. You shouldn’t be so sure about yourself never! See my husband also mixes the dates. 🤷🏼♀️
He has an objection to that, though. He always tells me that he doesn’t care about the date (he never forgets the anniversaries btw) but the years we spent together, the memories we collect together. I know, I have a sweetheart husband.
In honor of our 4th year anniversary, I decided to share my wedding photos. And my story of how I organized my beach wedding in Turkey for the first time on my blog.
How to Organizing Beach Wedding in Turkey?
1. The City
You’re obviously a foreigner who wants to get married in beautiful beach town in Turkey if you are reading my English blog. (You’re in a right place because you found a Turkish native who lives in NY for 10 years and knows what you are looking for 👩🏼💻.) It’s cheaper destination wedding obviously comparing to Italy, South of France or Spain. So you are in a right track.
Fatih and I married on May 18th, 2013 in Mersin, Turkey. (Traditionally, Weddings are take place in grooms’ hometown in Turkey.) I was so luck traditional wise because I always wanted a beach wedding.
Mersin is the hometown of Fatih’s where is the neighbor city to my hometown where is Adana. It has the beautiful turquoise color of Mediterranean Sea. You can find so many historical ruins and sites in this city because this city used to be on ancient trade roots. It was an important coastal town. (Check more on Google.)
Mersin is a developing beach town. It’s hard to find high quality yet chic and modern western style hotel in this place. But It will be much more cheaper comparing to West coast of Turkey. Cities like Izmir, Mugla, Aydin perhaps even Antalya.These cities are the places you should check.
2. The Hotel
As I mentioned above, there are a bunch of five-star hotels in Mersin. But the problem is the hotels are so orientalist for my taste. All the golden decorations and very classical Ottoman furniture is definitely not my taste.
I was looking for something more natural even old and rustic. I was ready to create handmade stuff but It;s really hard when you are only one person and noone to help you.
Luckily, we found this beautiful boutique hotel with a Blue Flag beach. The hotel is very careful about to save the Loggerhead Sea Turtle which is under protection because they are facing extinction. We love the hotel’s nature so much, so we decide to do our wedding in this beautiful hotel. We don’t have to decorate the environment that much because the set up was pretty ready for a wedding.
I’d love to give inspiration to people. I hope you enjoy our wedding photos, get one or two ideas from our lovely wedding.
Dress: Oleg Cassini Bridal
Wedding Photos and Videography: Studyo Model
Catering and Event Planning: Olbios Hotel, brides’ family
Flowers: Local Florist
Band: Haluk & Ceren
Reception Venue: Olbious Hotel