Post # 1
A friend of mine (and FI) is going to a wedding of a Muslim couple in Turkey. He wasn’t sure what to get them. They keep saying not to bring anything, but he thinks they are just being polite and he would actually really like to get them something. So, any thoughts? He doesn’t want to give them cash.
Post # 4
Maybe try Googling “Turkish wedding traditions” and see if you can find some information about what is traditional/appropriate/customary? And if he deviates from it, he can probably rest easy that he will get a pass for being from overseas.
Post # 5
@KCKnd2: That’s a good point, thanks!
Post # 6
Could your friend bring something from the U.S. that’s either hard to get in Turkey, or special from his region? I’m from the NW, so gifts like salmon, cherries, or hazelnuts are usually pretty unique & welcomed when I travel. I’ve purchased gifts from my travels (a gorgeous bowl from a Turkish bazaar, and a locally made coffee service from Germany) and brought them over as wedding gifts for friends. I think they were a hit, although they weren’t on anyone’s registry. That could work.
Post # 7
@shannag: That’s a great idea, thanks!
Post # 8
The traditional Turkish Wedding gift is silver. Your friend should have a gift for them as it’s rude not to bring anything. You can suggest a Tiffany & Co silver service knife type of thing which isn’t too expensive. Silver in Turkey is much cheaper than in USA but still easy to find whether he buys it from here or there. They have Tiffany & Co there as well so the couple will know the brand. Either way .. silver is the way to go.
Don’t do glass such as vase etc because Turkey is a heaven for all glass things and it’s rather cheap and easy to find it so it wouldn’t be worth carrying it there.
Post # 9
Actually the norm in Turkish weddings is giving either money or golden jewellery or gold wedding coins (i.e. republic gold coins, they come in different sizes so they can buy one in their budget) we have here in Turkey to the couple but I think previous posters idea of bringing something special from their area sounds pretty nice as well..