Wedding FAQ

December 08, 2014

When/Where will it be?

On the 4th April 2015, at Su Ada Club, İstanbul [link] [map]. There will be a cocktail reception starting at 7pm, followed by the ceremony and dinner (from 8pm until late!)

Which Airport should we fly into?

It doesn't really matter. If you are staying on the European side Atatürk Airport is slightly closer, and Sabiha Gökçen is slightly better for the Asian side, but it doesn't make that much of a difference. Pick whichever one has better / cheaper tickets!

Will I need a Visa?

Most probably! Fortunately it's very straightforward. There are kiosks to buy a visa on arrival (before passport control) or you can apply online here [link].

Where should we stay?

Most people are staying in the Taksim/Sultanahmet area, at the Manesol Old City Bosphorus and Hotel Acra. This area is great for sight seeing and an easy ride to the venue.

How do I get to the venue?

We will try and organise transport from around the Taksim/Sultanahmet area once we know where everyone is staying. If you prefer to make your own arrangements or are staying elsewhere, your best bet is to hop in a taxi. Taxis in Istanbul are pretty reasonable, and drivers will know the venue (ask for “Suada Club” or “Galatasaray Adası”). You will be dropped off by the jetty, and there’s a shuttle boat that leaves regularly to-from the island.

It’s our first time in Istanbul! What should we see?

Where to start? If you’re interested in Roman, Byzantine or Ottoman history the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and Basilica Cisterns are a good start. If museums and palaces are your thing then the Chora Church, Archaeological Museum  and Topkapı Palace are well worth a look. For shopping, souvenirs, and general entertainment head to the Grand Bazaar or Taksim Square.

What will the weather be like?

Best guess is mild/ warm without much rain [link], with average temperatures around 6 to 14 degrees centigrade. However spring-time is unpredictable. It probably won’t be hot enough for flip-flops and shorts, and bring a coat for the evenings.

Do you have a gift registry?

We have a small gift list on amazon, however:

  • We realise it’s a long way to travel, so please don’t worry too much about extra gifts. Given the added difficulty of carrying stuff over, we really do mean it when we say it’s just great to have people come.

  • If you would like to gift cash, any donations will go towards setting our new home.

  • Traditionally, gold and jewelry are given as gifts at a Turkish wedding - we don’t expect this but wanted to mention it in case you see the other guests giving it on the day.

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