Weddings in Fethiye: The Sundial English Version

It’s summer, and for Fethiye that means Wedding Season. Every weekend, the evening air is filled with the sound of bands playing and the beating of drums. Fethiye harbour sees a queue of newly-wed couples waiting to have their photos taken with the sun setting behind them. Yes, it seems everyone is loved up so it’s time for a wedding post on this blog!

So far, we’ve been to two weddings this year. One of them – the marriage of Turkish friends – was last night and there’ll be more about that tomorrow.

During our 8 years in Fethiye, we’ve been to a couple of Turkish weddings but in June, two of our English friends decided to tie the knot. It was to be our first English wedding in Turkey and, to top it off, they chose to get married at the Sundial Hotel. Wonderful. I can’t tell you how long I’ve been hoping someone we know would choose to get married there – and hoping we’d get an invite, of course!

Sundial Otel, Fethiye

The Sundial is a beautiful setting for a wedding in Fethiye

These days, when British couples choose to get married in Turkey, there are arranged package deals where everything is taken from your hands and arranged for you. These particular friends live in Fethiye and decided to take the DIY approach, visiting the Sundial a couple of times to decide on foods, music and colour scheme. It all culminated in a wedding day that was just lovely, relaxed and informal – and a few tears shed. Well, it’s a wedding. We’re allowed to sniffle.

Sundial Wedding Decorations

Details of the wedding decorations

Naturally, a wedding at the Sundial means you have the beautiful views over Fethiye and across the bay towards Şovalye Island and Red Island (Kızıl Adası). The wedding was a sunset affair so we all started to drift into the Sundial at around 5pm. Chats over a few wines and Efes Pilsen before the ceremony at 7pm.

Once the bride had made her fabulous entrance, winding her way down the stone terraces, she  and the groom sat at a beautifully decorated table with the bay as the backdrop. The short ceremony took place, performed by a Turkish official with a friend of the bride and groom reading out the translation. A few minutes later, the ‘partners’ were ‘man and wife.’

Wedding Champagne At The Sundial Hotel

A toast to the bride and groom

Within fifteen minutes, we were toasting the bride and groom with sparkling wine, saying our congratulations, taking photos…making our way back to the bar for a few more Efes. Our friends had opted for a barbecue buffet (which was half-demolished by the time I remembered to take a photo but just trust us that it was fantastic. A huge choice of meze dishes to go with the meats.)

Sundial Hotel Wedding Chocolate, Fethiye

Chocolate – always a winner!

Fresh fruit and a chocolate fountain that pleased many of the guests were brought out before the cutting of the wedding cake and the all-important compulsory first dance. And a wedding at the Sundial wouldn’t be a wedding at the Sundial without…

Sundial Hotel Sunset in Fethiye

Yet another Sundial sunset

…without the obligatory photo of the sunset over Fethiye bay. Very romantic!

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  1. Sounds like an incredibly romantic place to tie the knot =)

  2. @ Andrea: It is – for lots of other people. 🙂

  3. Fresh fruit and a chocolate fountain…it’s yummy…

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