Your wedding is a once in a life time event, which you want to remember forever. Planning a wedding can be fun, but it can turn into a nightmare in the blink of eye. To make your life time event memorable, you need to think about your chosen destination and all the details. If you are thinking of where to have your wedding, why not choose Phuket?
With its amazing beaches, colorful islands, and charming culture, Phuket never ceases to fulfill everyone’s holiday fantasy. From a five-star luxury hotel reception to a sunset wedding by the beach, there are infinite possibilities for your memorable day. Having that perfect wedding in Phuket is a dream that’s definitely never too far away.
Phuket has several picturesque shorelines serving as perfect settings for tying the knot. Or maybe you may want to say “I Do” on a private island. Or you may choose to celebrate with a grand reception at one of Phuket’s luxury villas or hotels.
Phuket with its surrounding islands provide you with the perfect backdrop for a truly unforgettable wedding.
Phuket also provides an instant location for honeymoons, with loads of exciting activities in store for newlyweds and their guests, as well as a variety of hotels and villas to suit every budget and preference.
In the following pages, we give you more information on options for your wedding and reception.
“Traditional Thai is the most requested in Phuket”
Mr Narinthorn Thongsaikleng, Managing Director of Modern Wedding Studio tells us about the most popular wedding style for foreign couples choosing to have their wedding here in Phuket:
The Most Wanted: Traditional Thai Wedding
Mr Narinthorn says “One of the most characteristic items of a Thai wedding is the “Kan-Mak” procession. This is a ceremonial visit where the groom, accompanied by friends and family, visits the bride and her parents and asks for their daughter’s hand in marriage. They will carry offerings of the “Kan-Mak” (trays of gifts from the groom to the bride’s family).
The major “Kan-Mak” tray traditionally consists of gold ornaments, a diamond engagement ring and cash as the dowry. In addition there are betel nuts, sesame seeds and areca. The “Kan Mak” will be covered in silk.
Friends and relatives of the bride stand in the aisle and receive the groom. The groom has to answer questions from them and give them money before he sees the bride.
At the engagement ceremony, the groom and bride exchange rings and pay respect to each other.
The sprinkling of holy water is also a characteristic of a Thai wedding. Monks will sprinkle holy water on the hands of both the groom and bride.
After the ceremony, the groom and bride have a wedding reception which will play host to between 100 to 300 guests, made up of family and friends. These days this may take many different forms, depending on the couple’s preference – a buffet with Thai or Chinese food, a cocktail-style party or a sit-down dinner, usually with speeches and entertainment.”
“Many venues in Phuket are perfect for a wedding, but the beach always wins”
Ms. Nanya Tanthapaiboon, proprietor of The Wedding Bliss, a professional wedding planner in Phuket, informs us about popular locations where couples from all over the world have chosen to hold their weddings.
The Best Venue: The Beach
Ms. Nanya said “Although Phuket is South East Asia’s premier tourist destination and the beaches of Patong, Kata, Karon, Nai Harn and others are crowded with families soaking up the sun and entertainment, Phuket still has many beaches which are quiet and secluded and are perfect for a sunset ceremony.
A late afternoon blessing and certificate signing, under a decorated ceremonial arch, followed by a celebratory glass of champagne and photographs as the sun sets over the Andaman sea is a popular and fitting way to say ‘I do’.
If you want a wedding ceremony in a quiet place, with family and close friends, how about a beach wedding. We can arrange a Christian or Protestant wedding ceremony on a quiet private beach with the blue Ocean, blue sky, or sunset fairy-tale scenery, spread in front of you.”
Kata beach: One of the most famous beaches in Phuket. It features a white sandy beach, crystal indigo blue water, and beautiful corals and makes the perfect tropical location for an excellent wedding ceremony and dinner.
Kamala beach: Kamala Beach is an excellent location for a romantic beach wedding, just imagine the setting you can enjoy for this special day with memories that will last a lifetime.
Surin beach: Lies between Bangtao and Kamala beaches, and is an interesting location. A wonderful sandy beach with crystal clear water makes this the perfect beach wedding location.
Paradise beach: Paradise is a nice small beach with white soft sand set against a backdrop of lush green forest and palm trees. An interesting wedding venue.
“Top Tips for Weddings in Phuket”
Budget: One of the most important points is to know your budget. Planning for a wedding is difficult and it’s also difficult to work out the proper budget. It doesn’t matter if you have a large or small budget; there are hotels and resorts here to cater for all. Many offer special promotions on weddings and honeymoon packages. As a starting point, you will have to know how many guests are attending and what kind of food and beverages you would like to offer.
Transportation: For this once in a life time event, what kind of transportation would you like to use? Limousines, Hummers and other cars are at available to make your wedding more stylish.
Food and Beverage: Because you’re in Thailand doesn’t mean you’re restricted to Asian food. Phuket hotels and resorts offer various types of food and beverages, depending on your needs. A variety from all over the world can be found here, it is just left for you to decide on your taste and your guest’s choice.
Photographer: This lifetime event can be captured in photos and on video, enabling you to relive this momentous occasion at any time. There are some top quality professional photographers in Phuket who make your pictures and videos adorable. It is important to hire a professional photographer to capture your memories.
Celebration: How do you want to celebrate this special occasion? Dinner on the beach, fireworks, fire lanterns, live bands or DJs is some of the choices and all are available for you here.
Wedding formalities: A marriage is only legal once it has been registered. Once it has been officially registered it is recognised all over the world. The registry document can be translated in your own native language, which must then be certified by the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Marriage requirements vary for different nationalities and couples are advised to consult your embassies beforehand for details.