91320008: Fairytale Weddings in Turkey

Are you looking for a wedding venue different than any your friends have had? Here’s one for you: a 19th century Ottoman mansion in Istanbul, Turkey.

This mesmerizing city that has a reputation as an “elegant party capital” has become a top travel spot and is gaining popularity — especially among Iranian expats in the US and their families — as a wonderful and exotic setting for destination weddings Turkish style.

The Marmara Esma Sultan, a historic mansion where sultans, courtiers and illustrious visitors were once entertained, is one of the city’s top wedding venues. Named after its former owner, Esma Sultan–daughter of the 32nd Ottoman Sultan, the mansion was meticulously reconstructed by The Marmara Hotels & Residences, restored to provide a striking contrast between old and new. All the architectural details of the original exterior façade were reconstructed while the interior is a statement in modern design. A glass and steel enclosed interior gives the entire space an expansive open feeling and provides views of the Bosphorus.

Wedding Venues:
Esma Sultan features over 7,814 square feet of interior event space and nearly 24,000 square feet of outdoor space in its landscaped gardens. The gardens can accommodate up to 1000 guests for seated banquets and up to 3000 guests for cocktail receptions.

The two-story mansion can accommodate up to 300 guests for a seated banquet and up to 450 for a reception on the upper level and the ground level space can accommodate up to 180 guests for a seated banquet and up to 300 wedding guests for a reception and a private dock allows for the dramatic entrance of arriving by yacht.

The hotel has a team of professional wedding and event coordinators available to help with all the wedding details.

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