Istanbul was the capital of 3 empires and countless cultures, a bridge between east and west, at least two millennia old and yet thrillingly hip. Istanbul is the iconic city that offers you the feelings of history, art and nature.
Istanbul is one of the most charming cities in the world, and it is the only city that connects the continents of Europe and Asia. Istanbul is also one of the only cities that has had many different names throughout the course of history based on its occupiers. It was named Constantinople, Byzantium, New Rome, and Istanbul to name a few. Istanbul has been at the center of trade in the world which has created a diversity of culture in the city from European, Asian, and even Arab influences. There is so much to explore in this magical city and getting lost in one of its many alleyways is the way to truly experience the powerful energy of Istanbul.
To help you select the best wedding venue in Istanbul, be it for small intimate weddings or large celebrations, here are the top 6 most luxurious destination wedding venues in Istanbul:
Ciragan Palace Kempinski
Dating back to the 17th century, the only Ottoman Imperial Palace and Hotel on the Bosphorus, Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is unique in every sense. With its splendid style, superb location, fascinating view and resort ambiance, including a spacious green garden with palm trees, it has been an Istanbul icon since its opening.
Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul reflects a harmonious blend of the heritage, haute couture service and Turkish hospitality ideal for destinaton weddings and leisure travel. Being a landmark, Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul has hosted some of the most prestigious and extravagant events, meetings and weddings in Istanbul. With its absolutely romantic and spacious wedding terrace, and the Ciragan Ballroom overlooking Bosphorus, it is one of the best wedding venues and a top choice for romantic honeymoon destinations and anniversaries worldwide.
Whether seeking pure romance or opulent luxury, an intimate wedding for 10 or a lavish celebration for 1000 guests, the wedding professionals at Ciragan Palace Kempinski will orchestrate your wedding in each and every detail to ensure that your big day is turned into a memorable event for you and your wedding guests alike.
Marmara Esma Sultan
The Marmara Esma Sultan which sits proudly along the shores of the glistening Bosphorus and sheltered under the towering Bosphorus Bridge, brings a unique vibrancy and unforgettable quality to each wedding and special event with its chic and stylish atmosphere, its first-rate cuisine and professional service team.
Marmara Esma Sultan is a wildly popular summer venue, due to its beautiful green garden, its location on the shores of the Bosphorus, and its accessibility by boat from its private dock. The 4-sided glass interior welcomes views of the surrounding Bosphorus for perfect winter events.
The Marmara’s award-winning chefs prepare and serve The Marmara Esma Sultan’s custom menus, designed to suit the theme of each unique event. The banquet sales team provide professional consulting, while taking into account the unique requests of the bride and groom, prior to, and on, the wedding day. Not to mention, a "designated bridesmaid" is provided to accompany and assist each couple on their big day.
The Marmara Esma Sultan Wedding Package features: Full access to the mansion, a 4-course menu, wedding cake, a special private pavilion in the mansion gardens for the bride and groom to prepare, and a complimentary night’s stay in The Marmara Taksim’s Honeymoon Suite.
Four Seasons Bosphorus
Proudly standing on the shores of the scenic Bosphorus this 19th-century Ottoman palace brings together Istanbul’s ancient architecture, warm Turkish hospitality and contemporary accommodation.
The Four Seasons Bosphorus superb service and warm Turkish hospitality will ensure that your special day is as memorable for every guest as it will be for the two of you.
Arrive in style via the Bosphorus itself: Start your walk down the aisle with your first step off a luxury yacht and onto the picturesque grounds of the Four Seasons. Embrace friends and family against the backdrop of the shimmering water before taking your vows and raising your toasts in the grand ballroom, or opt for an intimate gathering on an outdoor terrace.
Çubuklu 29 is located on the waterfront in Çubuklu on the Asian side of Istanbul providing a spectacular view of the Bosphorus strait and the European shoreline.
To get to Club 29 you must cross the majestic Bosphorus by boat.
Çubuklu 29 has a total seating capacity for 900 people and 1,500 people for a cocktail lounge set-up.
Adile Sultan Palace
Adile Sultan Palace is the former royal residence of Ottoman princess Adile Sultan. It was donated to the state by Adile Sultan to be used as a school building and is today a cultural center located in the Kandilli neighbourhood of Istanbul.
Adile Sultan Palace offers a perfect location and service for both small and large weddings with its open space, which has a unique location and panoramic views. The magnificent interior halls embrace the same view, embroidered with gold leaf, high ceilings, and a spacious and historical texture.
The Palace hosted countless private and corporate events such as weddings, graduations, cocktails, gala dinners, conferences and more. Adile Sultan Palace, which has been carrying a unique historical value since the 1800s, makes weddings and other special events unforgettable with its magnificent ballrooms and gardens.
Sait Halim Pasa Mansion
A 19th century Ottoman mansion, Sait Halim Pasha Mansion is the perfect destination for your magical wedding. Let the mesmerizing Bosphorus view be the backdrop to your ceremony as their experienced team attends to all your needs. With its long quay overlooking the shimmering lights of the Bosphorus, and its historic rooms with grand ceilings and arresting views, Sait Halim Pasha Mansion is the perfect place for your special day, be it summer or winter.
With its 11 indoor and 2 outdoor function areas, the mansion has a capacity to host 1600 and 800 guests for cocktail and banquets respectively, and is also available for smaller groups.
The skilled professional culinary team headed by an award-winning Executive Chef will prepare a selection of menus for you to choose from. A culmination of local flavors with a modern touch, the welcome cocktail and a 4-course wedding menu offer a unique gastronomic experience.
The mansion’s historic hammam, restored with its original stained glasses painted with colorful tulip blooms and leaves, will be at your service for a relaxing experience. Last but not least, Sait Halim Pasha couples have the luxury of spending their first night in the honeymoon suite.
All images for this article (except for Sait Halim Pacha) are pictures of weddings designed and planned by KM Events.