Dating in turkey
The build up to a Turkish wedding is just as important as the ceremony, however.
Three nights before the wedding, the women gather together for the henna evening.
However, one aspect of modern dating has taken off in Turkey: online dating.
That could be flowers, gifts or big romantic gestures.
To those of us coming from the western world, this kind of behaviour is not only over the top - it’s a bit creepy.
Turkish traditions and culture surrounding the world of love and marriage can be strange to outsiders - and not a little old fashioned.
We explore dating, engagement, love and marriage in Turkey and all its glorious variety. But in Turkey's more rural communities the old traditions still live on: arranged marriages, strange rituals like womens’ single status being “advertised” with an empty bottle on the roof of a house (a man would knock the bottle off in order to be assessed for marriage suitability - by the woman’s father, of course).
Today, it’s only in very rural parts of Turkey that this tradition prevails, and most couples meet the same way the rest of us do - through friends or online.