Why choose a destination wedding in Thailand?
“Couples can personalise each and every aspect of their special day"
A growing number of couples are choosing to tie the knot abroad to avoid the spiralling cost of wedding celebrations in their native countries. As well as being one of the more economical choices, Thailand’s stunning natural scenery and first rate hospitality puts it high on the list for destination weddings. The Kingdom’s rich culture and the range of activities available also means it offers the ideal location for the bride and groom to be, as well as their guests, to enjoy a vacation. The Kingdom is also home to a number of reputable wedding planning agencies who are able to work hand in hand with each couple to tailor each aspect of their wedding day so that it lives up to the fantasy.
What is the best location in Thailand?
“Thailand’s splendid natural scenery attracts couples in search of an idyllic setting”
Thailand boasts a vast range of spectacular natural settings, from the majestic mountain scenery of the north, to the idyllic coastal seascapes of the south. The country’s famous islands, particularly Phuket and Koh Samui, are popular with couples to-be; both blanketed in abundant jungle, which runs all the way to the coast to meet the sparkling seas and white sand beaches. This means couples can choose to embrace the natural scenery and make the most of the exotic surroundings by getting married either right on a beach or on a quiet tropical hillside. Many hotels and resorts on the islands offer wedding packages, but an increasing number of couples now choose to rent out a private villa. A large, private property can be personalised and decorated to suit the bride and groom or wedding theme and villas also guarantee a greater degree of privacy, as there are no other hotel guests around.
Before the wedding
“Couples can personalise their wedding day by choosing the decorations, entertainment and food”
For destination weddings, couples usually work closely with a professional wedding planner based in the location of the wedding via email. This means that by the time they arrive in Thailand, the majority of the celebration is prepared and the schedule can be tailored precisely to everyones needs. The wedding planner can also advise and source decorations – from fairy lights to traditional blooms such as the Thai lotus flower and orchid. Couples can also choose whether they would prefer a sit down Western meal for their wedding reception or a Thai buffet with local delicacies like tom yam, green curry and spicy papaya salad. A range of entertainment options are also available, including western DJs, live rock bands or dance performances and even cabaret shows. Couples seeking to inject some real Thai spice into their wedding celebrations may opt to have a Thai fire juggler perform at the ceremony.
On the wedding day
“The schedule can be adapted to reflects guests preferences”
In order to avoid the fierce heat of the afternoon sun, many couples begin their wedding ceremonies in Thailand the late afternoon. Upon arrival, guests can be served light refreshments before settling down for the ceremony, which can be officiated by a priest from whichever belief the couple chooses or by a non-religious celebrant. Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests can enjoy sunset cocktails on the beach before being served a specially prepared feast in the expansive grounds of the villa’s private garden. After filling up on delicious Thai or Western food, guests can enjoy a party round the pool and entertainment selected by the bride and groom. Many couples choose to finish the celebration with fireworks, or by releasing Chinese lanterns from the beach.