Thankfully, my experience of the Turkish courting ritual was a lot easier maybe because I was a western girl.
After just a few dates, my then to be husband moved in with me but we were considered as living in sin.
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Growing up in the UK, the dating scene was not an ordeal.
We had signed up for a rough and tumble Jeep safari around the mountains of Marmaris.
Despite the heat of the summer sun, the women were dressed in long sleeve shirts, traditional flower pants and their heads were covered.
Therefore, when I moved to Turkey, I was in for a shock, especially when it came to the dating scene.
Looking back, I realize my naivety was shining like a lighthouse beacon.
There was also the tale of a girls dowry would depend on how much she weighed, hence the encouragement by the family to put on weight.
The traditions and wedding styles largely depends on which area of Turkey the couple originates.
In rural parts of Turkey, a huge difference is whether the girl is a virgin or not, hence you will not see her in any bars, as rumors will start about her virgin status.