In general, even in larger, less conservative cities, dating is a serious enterprise, and there isn’t a lot of casual dating going on.
Oddly, an “I love you” comes quite early on - and it’s followed by romantic gestures to prove the strength of your love.
However, society is changing and as Turkey grows into its twenty-first century skin, traditions are changing, with women shifting from a passive to an active role - including in the realm of courtship.
Despite recent changes, Turkish dating culture remains conservative, especially outside of the larger cities.
Therefore, numerous negotiations were carried out before the terms of a marriage were formally agreed upon.
Planning a wedding was so time consuming it begs the question, how do Vikings get married? Each tradition and ritual was deemed necessary to earn the blessings of the gods, an important step on the path to becoming a parent, and continuing the Viking bloodline.They groom's family, counsel, and any important local figures to whom they had connections brought proposals to the bride's family, promising to support and assist them, while agreeing upon mutually beneficial terms for the marriage.Setting the date for a Viking wedding was its own little process.It was a wonderful little surprise to see that, as we passed in our cars, people in the area had lit bonfires of sticks in front of their houses.They waved to us as we went by and shared in the happiness of the day.