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Old 19th November 2015, 14:50   #1 (permalink)
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What kind of gift does one bring to a Turkish wedding?

Been invited to a Turkish wedding but don't know what's considered a nice gift in such occasions. Suggestions would be appreciated...thanks.
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Old 19th November 2015, 14:57   #2 (permalink)
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Re: What kind of gift does one bring to a Turkish wedding?

Gold is usually the accepted form of presents, you can I believe get special gold coins for such a event.
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Re: What kind of gift does one bring to a Turkish wedding?

It really depends on how close you are to the family. Gold coins are pinned on which come in three sizes, çeyrek, yarim or tam altin, quarter, half or full gold coin. Or alternatively just money pinned on. Depending on whose side invited you either the bride or groom's family, that is the one you pin it onto.

You can check the prices here before you decide. http://www.altinpiyasa.com/ All jewellers have to sell at these prices.

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Re: What kind of gift does one bring to a Turkish wedding?

Thanks Laura, I didn't know that you pinned onto the party that invited you, I always 'thought' it was pinned onto the bride. As you say 'we live and learn'

Then again, do Turks (or any other nationality) do the same as Brits and have a present list that people can select from?
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Re: What kind of gift does one bring to a Turkish wedding?

I have been to a few, and, as non-family, I think gold would be over the top. In the ones I went to, which have been mainly in villages, the host is the father of the house where the event is happening. He greets those arriving and money is passed over discreetly to help pay for the wedding. Not a lot is expected, and everything is gratefully accepted (20 - 50TL perhaps). If you are a close friend, then perhaps a present is in order, but not otherwise.

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p.s. you have to remember that everyone is invited to a Turkish wedding, even passing strangers. It is not like UK where turning up at a wedding uninvited might start a fight! Most give nothing, but everyone gets fed.

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Re: What kind of gift does one bring to a Turkish wedding?

I have been to four & have never given gold, I always pin a few quid on the groom.
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Re: What kind of gift does one bring to a Turkish wedding?

Gold (size according to your wallet n relationship to the couple). Not pork scratchings.
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Re: What kind of gift does one bring to a Turkish wedding?

Gold if you can afford it, because if they split up the bride always gets to keep it. . .
I bought a coin for 99TL this summer but the price will fluctuate daily.

Also if you give a gift before the day you wont have to spend ages in the queue waiting to do your pinning bit. Might be ok for some but after an evening of bunting and frolic I start to lose the will to queue.

It's interesting, this queuing, not something Turks usually practise!
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Re: What kind of gift does one bring to a Turkish wedding?

Toaster, with the receipt.
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Re: What kind of gift does one bring to a Turkish wedding?

Gold every time, I think if you gave a toaster they would stick you fingers in it and plug it into the mains.
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