Gary and I met at the young age of 15, had a baby at 22 and got engaged at 26, yep 11 years later!!! We got engaged while on a family holiday in Turkey! Life took over after the holiday, we had another two babies. We looked at wedding venues and all sorts more times than I care to remember, most of the time we would go excited and come away disappointed, how could we justify spending so much money for one day when we have three kids and the usual bills? In all honesty we just couldn’t.
I was sitting one night and I said to Gary, 'wouldn’t it be lovely if we could get married in Turkey the same way we got engaged?' Gary agreed it would be lovely but neither of us new a word, didn’t know what was required (paperwork, blood tests etc). So we googled wedding Planners in Turkey and we came across Platinum Weddings Altinkum, we sent an email enquiring not really knowing if we were again just kidding ourselves on.
This was our first contact with Gary and his team and I must admit without them we would be sitting here 20 years later still not married. They told us the legal bits, what forms to fill out where to take them and at what timescale to do all this (now when I say I hadn’t a clue I’m not even kidding).
So we booked the holiday, told family and friends and they all did the same (30 of us). Myself and Gary made an app with Gary and his team the day after we arrived as they said we had to go to the consulate and sign some papers (sounds simple right?) When we booked the wedding Gary’s team hired the registrar (11months before wedding date) by the time we got to Turkey they had all changed positions within the consulate and our registrar was now in charge of public toilets but they don’t tell anyone and her diary doesn’t get handed onto the new guy!! (NO WEDDING WAS GOING AHEAD) We had two options, pretend to be married in front of our family and friends that came to see us marry then get married back home at a registry office or let Gary and Memet jump through so many hoops and loops over the next couple of days.
Turkish forms needed to be changed, translators needed to come in and translate English papers into Turkish papers, then someone official had to stamp them.