Turkish wedding customs


From the proposal to the wedding celebration - Turkish wedding customs are still very traditional and simply fascinating today. It is particularly nice that the bride and groom's family is very intensively involved in the preparations from the start, because solidarity is very important in Turkish families! Whole books could certainly be lled with these exciting . We have summarized some highlights for you here. The marriage proposal and the engagement party Traditionally, the future groom tends to propose a his loved one . If the lady of his heart has happily said "Yes", the groom's parents must then ocially ask the bride's father for his daughter's hand. For this purpose, the bride's family invites the groom's parents to tea, coee and biscuits. At this meeting, the groom's parents bring small gifts. After the bride-to-be has served coee and drunk it, it is time to ask the question. formal dresses online

Only when the bride's father agrees does the "Söz kesme" follow on the same day or some time later, in which the engaged couples put rings on their right ring ngers. The rings are connected by a silk cord which is cut by a male family member of the groom. After this solemn act, it is time for the bride's parents to organize a joyful celebration; because what has meanwhile gone out of fashion in Germany is still celebrated according to Turkish custom: the engagement party. In addition to family members, friends and acquaintances are usually invited. If the home of the bride's parents has enough space for 100-200 guests, there is dancing and dining here, otherwise in a larger hall. For the bride, the engagement party is the rst opportunity to present herself in a pompous dress and to take a seat with her groom at a nicely decorated table. 

The henna night or Kina Gecesi According to old tradition, the henna night takes place on the day before the wedding with family and friends. All female (men have no place here) guests are invited to the house of the bride's parents or to a rented hall, where a happily married wife of the bride decorates her hands and feet with henna. The henna night is a rather melancholy festival in which the bride symbolically says goodbye to her family. For this reason, the bride is made to cry with sad chants. In the course of the evening, however, the atmosphere should loosen up and lead to a happy party. Pompous, more pompous - the Turkish wedding dress

The word "simple" is out of place in most Turkish weddings. Turkish wedding dresses are often very expansive, richly decorated and full ofglitter. The clothes are often bought in Turkey or in special Turkish shops, which are now also widely used in Germany. A well-known example of this is Weseler Strasse in Duisburg, where Turkish bridal shops are lined up. Not only the bride, but also the female guests usually appear in elaborate princess dresses. Not least for the bachelors, weddings always oer an opportunity to present themselves. After all, wedding celebrations are always a good exchange for potential future couples. However, things are often a bit more traditional here: It can happen that a guest's phone rings a few days after a wedding and an interested father asks about a potential bride for his son. The actual wedding ceremony The civil wedding is necessary so that the marriage becomes legally eective and can either be carried out in the German registry oce or the Turkish consulate. She often nds her full a few days before the big wedding celebration. It is only celebrated with the family, for example with a meal in a restaurant. If the ceremony takes place on the day of the wedding celebration, the entire crowd is not gathered here. This has usually already arrived in the ballroom. The bride only wears the "right" wedding dress for the big party. For many bridal couples of Turkish origin, religious weddings are important. The Islamic wedding is called "Imam Nikah" or "Hoca Nikah" and can only be performed after the civil marriage. It is carried out by an imam / hoca and takes place either at home or in the mosque. The feast day: picking up the bride on the wedding day or Gelin Alma On the morning of the wedding celebration, the bride is lavishly put on and done with her hair. In contrast to what is typical at German weddings, the bride and groom don't just see themselves in front of the altar, because the groom picks up his future wife from her parents' house. But before he can take her with him, the bride's family demands a dowry in the form of "money or gold" from the soon-to-be son-in-law. When the bride and groom leave the bride's parents' house, rice and wheat are pelted at them. The bride wears a red, embroidered scarf over her head and face. The color red has several meanings: It stands for fertility, prosperity and deep love. If the bride is still a virgin, her father also wraps a red cloth around her waist, which stands for purity and unaectedness. The bride has also written the names of unmarried friends or sisters / cousins under her shoe. Those whose names cannot be read at the end of the day will soon get married themselves. 

On the street in front of the parents' house, people are already celebrating with Turkish folklore music, so that the last neighbors can also nd out about the wedding party. The newlyweds and the family then drive to the ballroom in a car convoy. The cars are marked with white towels, which are usually attached to the exterior mirror. The wedding party 

After the bride's parents have funded the engagement party, the groom's parents traditionally pay for the wedding party. Turkish weddings take place in a very large setting, according to the motto "The more guests, the better the celebration". Relatives, friends, distant acquaintances - they are all very welcome and some of them are even own in. The invitees in turn bring guests along. The bridal couple seldom has fewer than 400 guests, even the thousand mark is regularly exceeded. To keep costs down, the wedding menu itself is down-toearth but tasty: Chicken, rice, salad and the wedding cake are a must. In order to oer space for all the guests, a large hall is rented, which is often lavishly and solemnly decorated. The bridal couple receives a place of honor on a pedestal. 

And fun is not neglected either. With musical accompaniment by an orchestra and Turkish singers, people often partake and dance until late at night. Belly dancers can be booked for an oriental dance. 

Gift ceremony 

A special highlight is the gift ceremony. mostly (large sums of) money, close relatives usually give gold jewelry or travel. The gifts are given one after the other and a spokesperson tells the entire society what has been given. Nobody

wants to stand out as stingy, of course. The order of the donation is set in such a way that rst the bride's parents, then the groom's parents and then the other guests pass on their gifts. The time after the wedding According to conventional Turkish custom, the newly married couple only move in together after the wedding. While the bride's dowry includes the bedroom and kitchen utensils, the groom bears the remaining costs of furnishing the home. And what do both bring with them? Right - your mutual love and the memory of an unforgettable wedding party! Photo source 3 Photo on this page: wedding on travel by active way formal dresses with sleeves

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