It appears Istanbul is not only topping the city break destination it is also the place to get married. Couples from around the globe are choosing Istanbul as their preferred wedding venue and a wedding at the Bosphorus is the latest fad.
Foreigners are flocking to this area to say “I do” and it’s reported these weddings are lavish to say the least. Millions of Turkish Lira is being spent on weddings at the Bosphorus according to local media which was reported on 15th August. The Palaces and sea front mansions from the Ottoman era are being booked up to hold these expensive weddings bashes.
Couples from the Middle East are particularly enamoured with this delightful location in Istanbul, setting the idyllic scene for them tying the knot. During this month alone there have been several weddings at this beautiful location with the Bosphorus as an amazing backdrop. The weddings are extravagant it seems with wedding spending coming in from 2 million to 17 million Turkish Liras – expensive!
These weddings are not small and some go on for several days as in the case of an Iranian couple whose wedding is one of the biggest so far that Istanbul has hosted. This unbelievably lavish ceremony lasted for 3 days and 3 nights and was held at the majestic Ciragan Palace Kempinski. This former Ottoman Palace is now a very successful and prestigious 5 star hotel with its perfect setting on the European shore of the Bosphorus. Holding your wedding here are the stuff that dreams are made of for sure.
Another popular wedding venue is at the Esma Sultan Mansion, which is located again along the seafront in Istanbul. This well known and loved building was fully restored during the 1990s and ever since then, has been one of the most popular venues for events including prestigious weddings.
These weddings are also where you can rub shoulders with the rich and famous including foreign and Turkish pop stars, actors and actresses who are all happy to be seen attending these classy events. Who wouldn’t want to be invited to a 3 day wedding extravaganza? I would for sure especially in such a beautiful location.
Antalya on the Mediterranean is still one of the main cities for wedding ceremonies to take place especially with Indian couples. They favour this area due to the amount of large hotels,
holiday apartments and villas that can be rented, The Indian representatives consider Antalya to be the location where such large events can take place. Turkey its self is no stranger to large family weddings and there are plenty of large venues here available to cater for all.
In Antalya last year 12 Indian weddings were performed and the aim is for at least 20 Indian weddings per year said an official from the West Mediterranean Development Agency. Indian weddings are a lucrative business with in excess of 200 guests being invited and each is expected to spend around $500 to $2000 purely on accommodation. Taking that and all other expenses into consideration the monies spent can be considerable, according to tourism officials, each year billions of dollars are spent by Indians opting to have their weddings abroad and the numbers for a wedding in Antalya is on the increase says the tourism minister for Turkey.
This is great news for the Turkish economy; if Turkey is to be the host for foreign weddings it brings excellent revenue in to the country in many different forms. Currently it is Istanbul and Antalya that holds the most wedding ceremonies but I think it is only a matter of time before we start seeing other cities such as Bodrum and Alanya holding them too.
Turkey is a beautiful country with a vast scenic coastline and lets be honest the backdrop of the Bosphorus, the Aegean or the Mediterranean make for some amazing pictures of couples weddings that will be treasured hopefully forever. More than ever before, we are seeing couples preferring to marry outside the UK in various countries. The Caribbean is a favourite as it’s seen as an exotic location and without doubt it is, but it’s also a long haul destination! Why fly long haul when from the UK it’s only a 4 hour or less flight to Turkey? There are plenty of gorgeous beachside locations in Turkey were you would be forgiven for thinking it was a Caribbean resort, but the advantage is, you don’t have to sit through a 9 or 10 flight!