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Interview: Hayal from My Wedding in Turkey by Egg

Turkey makes an excellent choice for a destination wedding, as it's not too far away but has almost guaranteed good weather during wedding season. We asked wedding planner Hayal how she ended up organising weddings in this fabulous country.

How did you decide to become a wedding planner? / What inspired you to start your business?
A friend of mine had set up a destination wedding company and needed someone to run the operations locally. I was 20 years old and I had just graduated from university so I have to admit that I didn’t really think it would be my long term career choice! But I really enjoyed it and I realised that I had the right skills for it so I decided to make it permanent and set up my own company. It has been 17 years now and I never looked back!

What's the best part about being a wedding planner?
My job never gets boring because each wedding is a different journey. We don’t do package weddings; we ensure that every wedding we organise is unique and I really love guiding couples in the right direction to have the wedding of their dreams and watching it become a reality on the big day.

Which areas of Turkey do you enjoy organising weddings in, and why?
My most favourite part of Turkey to organise weddings in is the Fethiye region, including the towns like Oludeniz, Gocek or Kayakoy. This area is very beautiful and there are some amazing venues to choose from. The registrars here are very professional and efficient which also adds to our couples’ overall experience.

What's the most unusual wedding you've organised?
One of the most memorable weddings for me was a ceremony we organised in Pamukkale, just beside the world famous “Cotton Castle” travertines. It was a beautiful, unique setting.

What's the most popular type of wedding you organise?
Beach weddings.

What advice would you give couples wanting to get married in Turkey?
Don’t get married too early on in the day – it really is too hot and it will be uncomfortable for you and your guests. Our recommended time for ceremonies in the summer (June- August) is after 6pm.

Hayal runs My Wedding in Turkey by Egg

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