Weddings preparations are definitely hard, especially when you want to have everything perfect like a Pinterest Weddings, that’s why I thought I should write a wedding journal. You never know the true struggle until you start planning one, then you might end up going crazy from time to time. I must say it seems to be normal. Here’s my first wedding journal…

Arranging everything is hard, especially if the wedding is gonna take place in a completely different country. Then you just have to trust the people who are arranging everything for you and hope that everything will be as good as you imagine them to be. Luckily, Micha’s family (especially his mum) support us a lot. Thank you so much for that!

Let me tell you a little bit about me and my fiancée in this first wedding journal. I am from Turkey and he is from Germany. We met in the UK at the university and we studied different master degrees, but shared some courses (by that moment I was really thinking that being a mechanical engineer isn’t really a perfect job for me). After completing my masters, I returned back to Turkey and he stayed in the UK as he’s working at the university. Since his family is living in Germany, the wedding will be in Germany. However, we will also have a celebration in Turkey, which is called Henna Night. So it is like a triangle, which involves three countries. I can say that this long distance thing is really hard, but if both really want it then it can work!

Wedding Invitations

I didn’t know that you have to get all the wedding invitations months before the wedding in Germany. We had to get the invitations printed out in three different languages. Turkish for my family, German for his family and English for friends. At least we found a webpage where you can customise every single card, so instead of paying for three different batches, all the cards were customised and sent as a single order so it saved us some money! The invitations were ordered from a German webpage called They have a great selection of cards and it is really hard to pick one. We picked like 5 of them and then we ended up going for the one where we can add our photos, at least then people can keep them as a memory.

We have so many photos of us, however, most of them were taken with mobile phones and they are not really great quality. Long time ago, we had our photos taken for fun at Venture Photography in Liverpool and we never thought about using them for anything, luckily we have them and could use them for the invitations. If you want some good photos, I would highly recommend that place, however, I must say quality has its price…

Wedding Invitation

One thing I should warn you about, if you are planning to order your invitations online! Always ask for a sample before you place an order. In our case, the sample invitation and the ordered ones were somehow different. The quality of the sample invitation was better than the actual invitations. I guess there was a problem with their printers. When we contacted them they were nice enough to give us two options. First one was 50% off and the second one was reprint of the cards. We picked 50% off, as it would have taken some time to get the cards and we didn’t have so much time. At least it saved us some money as every penny counts.

I try to post a new wedding journal every other week if I have time for it and will ask you for recommendations. I have never thought I would have so many questions in my head, so I guess I will need your help.

How would you like your invitations? Plain or with photos?

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  • Wow I am in love with this post! thanks for sharing hope you have a stunning blog and your bwedding sounds beautiful. Do you want to support each other’s blog by following each other?:) Please let me know if you do so I can follow you right back x


    • Thank you so much 🙂 Hope everything will go great x

  • Best of luck with all your planning, preparing for your wedding is such a lovely time!

  • Samileen

    Aww best of luck hon, so so happy for you. Such a refreshing post. I know long distance could be such a a nightmare, me and my husband we have an arrange marriage with 4 years of long distance courtship period haha fun times though.

    P.S. : Our wedding took place in two different cities and it lasted for 10 freaking long days haha, Indian wedding shindig no one can beat that. lol

    Sam || Beautydetour || Bloglovin’

    • Thank you so much hun 🙂 4 years? That’s crazy long and glad everything worked out for you 🙂 I like watching Indian films, so much fun and the weddings look really colourful there, I am sure you had a great time however it must be really tiring tho. We will have Henna night in Istanbul and wedding in Gotha/Germany. So our will be two separate nights, can’t beat Indian one 🙂 xx

      • Samileen

        Oh you do enjoy Indian movies which one is your favourite? Henna night sounds fun will you be putting henna too? I’m so excited for your wedding posts, can’t wait to see more of it. Hope everything turns out well and it’s a happily ever after from here till eternity..

        • I don’t really remember the names but mostly romance/dance ones. There’s dance and singing in almost every one of them that I watched 🙂 It is a tradition to put henna so yeah I will be doing that even tho I am not really fan of it.
          Thank you so much for your sweet wishes 🙂 xx

  • Good luck with everything! 🙂

  • Nadia

    Hon, I “graduated” in wedding planning as in I planned my wedding from scratch so if you need any pointers or anything at all, just let me know 🙂
    Also, we got our invites designed by my (then future) sister-in-law – she is an absolutely amazing designer (if you need a contact, I can hook you up). No photo in our invites but absolutely gorg design.
    Your post inspired me to do a range of wedding planning posts 😉
    Lots of love and luck to you in your planning, hon.
    Questions will keep coming up but stay positive and patient & shout if you need help 😉
    xox Nadia

    • Aww thank you so much hun, I will keep that in mind and ask if I have any questions 🙂 I do my best to stay positive however it is not easy. You should definitely do some posts about wedding planning, I am sure it will be useful for so many 🙂 xxx

      • Nadia

        Honestly, it is soooo much fun to plan a wedding but can get stressful. I understand that so so well. How much time is it left till the Big Day? 🙂
        I sure will do wedding-related posts as I LOVE the theme and everything related to wedding (ahh, such a girl lol). But honestly, ask any questions and I will do my best to help out based on my own experience 😉
        xox Nadia

        • 14th of November, not much left. It looks like I’ll need to speed up the things. Thank you so much for the support and I might come to you with questions! Can’t wait to read your posts 🙂 xx

  • Erin Russell

    the whole idea of a wedding terrifies me, the planning the organising! Your invitations look beautiful though. Can’t wait to see your wedding diary in progress! 🙂

    • Well it terrifies me too! I didn’t think it would require so much effort and there are so much to think. Thank you so much, I hope everything will be as good as I imagine them to be 🙂 xx

  • This is such a lovely post, especially hearing the story behind how you met. My fiancee and I want to get married abroad but I haven’t even started planning or looking into it. It all seems so overwhelming. xxx

    • Aww that sounds great! Any location in mind? I hope you find a perfect location for your wedding xxx

  • rae

    It was so interesting to read about all that goes into planning a wedding. Congratulations, and I am so excited to hear more about this incredible journey as it unfolds! Do you have a wedding photographer yet? 😉

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • Thank you so much! My fiancee got it booked awhile ago, apparently all these details must be arranged way before the wedding, I have no idea. I love your photos, if anything goes wrong, I will make sure to check your schedule 🙂 From Berlin to Gotha it is only 300 km haha 🙂 xx

      • rae

        Yes generally speaking for this kind of stuff even the photography you book a half a year in advance at least. But yes, do let me know 🙂 Or if you are thinking of engagement photos before the wedding or a portrait session after the wedding, I am your girl! 🙂

        • I always leave my stuff to last minute so having to arrange everything way before the actual date sounds crazy for me. Also I will keep that in mind 🙂 x

  • Creme Rose

    That is exciting, congrats and I am sure your wedding is going to be amazing! 🙂 And the cards look really nice
    x Arwa

  • This is a lovely idea for blog posts and look forward to more updates. We have a henna night in our culture too. These cards look stunning x

    • Henna night, really? That’s cool isn’t it? It is so much fun however so much stress! Thank you so much xx

  • Little Miss Fashion Queen

    This is just the cutest! Love!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire

  • A wedding in three countries. That sounds both beautiful and incredibly stressful. I wish you soo much luck on your wedding, and I hope everything goes as smoothly as it can <3

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin’

    • Aww thank you so much ^_^ It is definitely stressful, I hope everything goes as planned <3 xx

  • Good luck with all your planning, I hope everything goes well and you have a beautiful wedding. For the past 4 years we lived in UK, but we did our wedding back home, in Romania, s organizing it was so stressful. Luckily, everything turned out fine.

    • Thank you so much 🙂 Good to hear that, hope it will be the same for mine too xx

  • Irene

    love the personal picture invitation!

  • best of luck to you with everything! I’m happy for you and it sounds like such a beautiful and exciting experience having a wedding in three countries. so cute <3

    Hannie Arden,

  • Ellie Adams

    Ooh this is so interesting, I’m planning my wedding for 2017 so it’s exciting I can follow your journey too 🙂


    • That’s cool 🙂 You still have so much time for getting everything perfect 🙂 xx

  • Ooohh weddings. Is one of my favs subjects, since i`m married. I had my journal too. And i still have it:X Well i wish you luck and don`t worry everything it will be fine:P

    • Thank you so much 🙂 I hope so too! It is just so stressful >.< xx

  • Karina Guimarães Ribeiro

    Good luck with the wedding and all the details!
    I married one year ago and i know how much a wedding preparation can be hard and stressful. But in the end everything goes right.
    The person picture invitation is beautiful!



    • Thank you so much 🙂 I hope everything goes as planned xx

  • valentina

    good luck honey, amazing shots 🙂



  • Hi Ela,
    It’s so nice to hear such amazing love story between you and your fiancee.. glad you’re both on your way to preparing for your dream wedding, hope everything goes well!

    Jhem |

  • Kiki Rampone

    Good luck with all your plans, and congrats on the engagement! 🙂 Lovely post!

    xo Kiki

  • Emily

    Ahhh what an exciting time for you! After the wedding, will you be planning to settle in one country together? Congratulations by the way Ela, I’m excited to see further wedding posts and will be living vicariously through you!

    Musings & More

    • Thank you so much! We don’t know where we will be living, that’s crazy! It is either UK or Germany, hope to find out about it soon 🙂 xx

  • Oh, thank you for sharing your preparations, that is so exciting to follow along!

    For my first wedding, we had invitations without pictures, for my second wedding (the present one) we had no invitations at all, as it was a family affair and I was heavily pregnant at this time…

    Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • It sounds like so much stress! I hope everything went ok with you then. x

      • It was very relaxing, we celebrated at a hotel and they took care of everything. And for the first one I had a wedding planner, I just couldn’t do everything on my own while working 60-80 hours per week.

        • It definitely wouldn’t be easy when you work that many hours!

  • Jamie

    great tips.. good luck planning! xo Jamie

  • Best of luck with planning! I remember doing my invitations… they made so many mistakes on mine!! (I wanted them in Chinese too) it was a nightmare.. and it’s so expensive too! But enjoy the journey! It’s fun!!!

    • Thank you so much! It is definitely so much stress and it makes everything worse when something goes bad! I hope everything will be fine 🙂 x

  • Good luck on planning your wedding. It is for sure fun and stressful, I just got married two months ago. It was all worth the effort we put into planning the wedding. Feel free to visit my blog , I do have pictures of the wedding along with a story. Best of luck.

  • Danielle

    I like your romantic story very much! Enjoy and have fun while preparing everything for the wedding! Good luck!

  • I love that you share these details! It will be super helpful one day. I don’t know if I would have photos on my invitations, it will depend on my budget I guess.


    • It is kinda pricey however there are really good ones without photos too, it was really hard to decide on the cards x

  • The story of how you met sounds like it came out of a fairy tale! Hope that the planning will go well 🙂

    Sarah |

  • Awe your invites are adorable! Thank you for the tip on ordering a sample card first!! That would for sure come in handy for any party invite!!


    • Awwww thank you 🙂 Well it is best to order the sample at first for any occasion then you can always complain if something goes wrong x

  • Diana Horsfall

    Oh I remember how stressful was our wedding plan, but then my mother-in-law took over it and I felt so relaxed because she did an amazing wedding for us!

    • It is really nice to have some people to rely on, lucky you x

  • Andrea jueong

    Girl, with all the planning you’ll need some time to relax at the Spa too!Good luck.

  • Corinne C

    wow, that looks like a nightmare to plan. Hope it all goes well!

    Corinne x

  • Best of luck planning and preparing for your wedding. I can imagine it’s difficult. I just went ahead with mine, because none of it mattered to me in the long run and I didn’t want to deal with the stress.

    • Thank you so much! I guess I just need to calm down and believe that everything will be great!

  • Hi Ela, how are you today? 😀 Super happy, I guess, considering the wedding!
    So, I’d like to honestly congratulate you , and wish you ‘ll have a nice life together, the two of you! Hihi xx

    Loads and loads of best wishes,
    Andrei |

  • Good luck with everything Ela!

    I had no idea your family are Turkish and after falling in love with Istanbul two years ago that made me very excited for some reason haha xD looking forwards to reading snippets about the wedding prep in this series <3

    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe x

    • Thank you soooo much! Yes we are Turkish 🙂 and I am living in Istanbul at the moment. Istanbul is such a beautiful city except being so crowded however I got used to it 🙂 <3 xx

  • i am loving all these wedding planning posts 🙂

    i think personally for “thank you cards” it’s nice to include a picture taken from the wedding day. more personalized touch to it 🙂

    for invitations, i try to to stick to colours and/or theme of my wedding to give guests an idea of what to expect and a glimpse into what the possible wedding would look like.

    however u have it is perfect for your wedding =D

    • I am thinking about sending thank you cards, I just need to get some bits for this kind of photos 🙂 I still don’t have any idea how everything will be haha X)

  • So glad to hear about your wedding plans. I always find it fascinating to hear about a long distance love (it somehow makes it even more romantic!). Good luck with all the preparations!

    Bold Bliss

    • Thank you so much 🙂 Long distance is hard however it is good to see that it’s working xx

  • Aww lovely congratulations!! When are you getting married? I’m getting married next April 🙂 H xx (