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If you’re looking to escape the world you know, nothing beats nuptials in Thailand, you’ll stumble across coral-rimmed, private-island hideaways that seem like something out of a tropical fairy tale. The waters that lap up onto palm-tree-lined beaches are so warm you can happily swim in them for hours.

Those in the mood for breathtaking beauty infused with ancient tradition should head for Koh Samui the land of hidden lagoons and Buddhist temples. The country’s renowned hospitality coupled with its cuisine will have you wishing you never had to leave!

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A no-stress schedule for your faraway day

6 to 12 months before

Choose a locale and confirm marriage and residency rules (the number of days you have to be in the country before you wed) with the tourist board.

Find a coordinator. Try a resort, nuptial company, tourism bureau.

Send save-the-date notices that reflect the tone of the affair-from painted coconuts to engraved announcements. Phone to follow up.

Get a rough head count and have the coordinator reserve a block of hotel rooms. (Often, wedding guests receive a discount.) If you’re planning o marrying or staying at a resort, investigate alternatives for guests on budgets

Ask your planner or resort to recommend an, photographer, hairstylist, florist, caterer, band or DJ, and a few ceremony locations. (Beach spots at sunset generally fill up first.)

Request musician’s tapes or CDs, and have photographers and florists send you snaps of their wedding work. (Your planner or resort can arrange this.)

Check out air discounts.

4 months before

Confirm your choices for flowers, menu, music, photographer, and hairstylist with your planner or resort.

Ask your coordinator to schedule events for guests (a welcome party, sunset sail, etc.)

Send out a text messages, emails or create a web site that lists details, including airline and hotel information.

Buy your plane tickets.

8 to 10 weeks before

Ask your planner or resort to check on any paperwork you’ve submitted.

Order the gifts you need (How about spa gift certificates for the moms?)

2 weeks before

Finalize the head count and confirm any group activities you’ve booked.

2 to 7 days before

Arrive at the resort.

Tour the grounds to get acquainted with your ceremony and reception sites, preferably at the same time of day as your wedding.

Meet with your planner or resort manager to review last-minute details.

Distribute a list of events and greeting bags (with goodies like sunscreen, local maps, flip-flops, and bottled water) to your guest’s rooms.

Make sure you apply the sunscreen. Burns and tan lines don’t flatter anyone.

Get a manicure and pedicure, and do a wedding-hair test run.

Go for a lazy garden stroll. Kick back and order another round of drinks. Have a massage. Have two. Who said marriage was stressful?

The Guest List

If you’re watching your wallet, the best way to stay within budget bounds is to keep your celebration small. (An informal bash thrown back home later will help soothe any ruffled feelings.) Give invitees as much advance notice as possible (ideally, a year) with save the date cards, so they can reserve airline tickets and block off holiday time. Follow up with a phone call to get an estimate of how many people will be attending. (A rough number will allow you to reserve a block of hotel rooms, usually at a discount.) As the big day approaches, Send out, text messages, emails or create a web site that lists details, alternative hotel information, with price ranges, activities, transportation details, baby-sitters, restaurant suggestions, and other information.

Flowers, Music, Photos

When you throw a destination wedding, flexibility is key: After all, there’s no reason to spend a lot of money shipping roses to Koh Samui when armfuls of orchids and hibiscus are grown just around the corner. Same with music-on the beach, a local Thai band might set the tone better than a swing orchestra. With every detail, avoid disappointment by making sure your planner or resort knows what you want, and that you know what you’re getting. Always request photos of floral arrangements, sample CDs from bands, and composites from photographers (usually available for viewing on-line).

Hair and Makeup

Ask your planner or resort to recommend hairstylists, and have him or her send you photos of their work. Once you’ve picked one, mail them copies of the styles you’ve culled from magazines-and make arrangements for a test-drive a few days before the ceremony. As for makeup, keep in mind that a dark tan and heavy eyeliner do not a pretty portrait make. Consult a cosmetics counter to find out which techniques and formulations work best for Koh Samui’s climate.

The Dress

Beach brides often opt for simple slip dress styles with local flowers in their tresses, but if you’ve been obsessing about princess seams and cathedral veils, go for a full-on gown made of a wrinkle-resistant, lightweight fabric like chiffon, silk organza, georgette, silk tulle, or Chantilly lace. Be sure to transport your dress in a garment bag, just as you received it from the salon. Carry it on the plane and ask the flight attendant to hang it in a closet close to your seat, so you can keep an eye on it throughout your voyage.

legal
Very few formalities are required for a non-Thai couple to marry, it is easy to arrange and inexpensive. The legal marriage registration can be done at any district office in Thailand on any working day between 8am and 3pm.To marry in Thailand you need to both have your passports and proof that you are single. If you have previously been married which ended by divorce or death you will need the original certificates. If you have never been married the Thai authorities require that you produce to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs a Statutory Statement of Non-Attachment notarized by your respective embassy. However not all embassies are willing to accept your word that you are single and free to marry and they may require proof of this from your home country. You are advised to contact your embassy in Bangkok directly to enquire as to their individual needs if you are not a UK national.Your embassy will normally charge a fee for notarizing it and the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs make a nominal charge for registering it and issuing a certificate to enable you to legally marry anywhere in Thailand. A further fee may be required to have the document officially translated into Thai.You should allow five working days in Bangkok prior to registering your marriage as you are required to have been resident in Thailand for at least three days before you marry and you must allow time for the paperwork to be processed in Bangkok. This also allows you to visit some of the attractions of this amazing city.

Thai marriage law also states that in addition to the documentation mentioned above the following rules are met:

Both parties must be at least 17 years of age and if under 20 must have the consent of their parents or guardians.

The parties must not be blood relatives.

Neither party must be of unsound mind.

Neither party must be married.

Both parties must freely consent to the marriage.

If you wish you can also have a traditional Thai (Buddhist) wedding ceremony, however please note this alone is not sufficient to qualify as an internationally recognized marriage, only the legal registration is accepted.

A question often asked is, can a Buddhist ceremony be outside? This is not possible to hold a Buddhist ceremony on a beach or any exterior location, they are only ever held indoors.

It is also possible to arrange a Buddhist Wedding Ceremony but not during the Rainy Season

Contact us email : reservations@kohsamui.com
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One Comment

  1. Melissa Davenport says:

    Hello,

    Can you tell me what the cost would be for a wedding at your island with a 7 night accomodation booking, approx 30ppl October 7th forward with the wedding being on the 10th of October.
    Thank You,
    Mel

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