Thailand Ticks the Wedding Boxes
Ticks the Wedding Boxes
Destination Weddings are now the top choice for independent minded couples from around the world, with countries like Thailand still drawing large numbers of international wedding parties thanks to the stunning locations, warm service culture and diverse accommodation and venue options on offer.
Among Thailand’s top attractions for loved-up couples are exotic, tropical island hotspots like Phuket and Koh Samui, which now lead the way when it comes to Southeast Asia’s destination wedding industry. Many couples dream of getting married on an idyllic beach, and the stunning ocean views off Phuket and Koh Samui makes each of these islands a prime location for wedding parties from all over the globe.
The option to personalize a destination wedding is another strong draw. Every couple has their own story to tell, and many want to decide on their own rituals, menu, décor and entertainment rather than follow a more traditional path.
Hosting the ceremony on foreign soil allows more flexibility, especially if the venue offers plenty of scope for customization. Thailand is now home to a large number of private villas for rent as well as professional wedding planning agencies that offer couples the opportunity to tailor their own bespoke celebrations, choosing everything from the party favours to the playlist at the reception.
The desire for eco-friendly weddings is another factor pushing many couples to host their celebrations overseas. Opportunities to incorporate green innovations into weddings are becoming ever-more popular with brides and grooms, especially those getting married in one of Thailand’s energy efficient private villas. A number of the rental properties on Koh Samui and Phuket boast impressive green credentials, with solar water heating and expansive green outdoor areas making them a top choice for brides and grooms that want to honour commitments to a sustainable lifestyle.
Thailand is also known as an LGBT friendly destination, which is great news for couples planning same sex ceremonies. Earlier this year, the country played host to the first same sex three-way marriage, which made headlines around the world. With increasing recognition of marriage equality, the fact that islands like Phuket and Samui welcome same sex couples is a real advantage.
Many couples are also attracted to destination wedding ceremonies in Thailand because of the Kingdom’s unique cultural traditions. Globe trotting brides and grooms have the chance to incorporate traditional Thai-Buddhist ceremonies into their weddings, and many also extend their trip to visit some of the country’s famous historical sites and cultural attractions.
Finally, the ease with which group excursions can be organized in Thailand is another pull. Couples are becoming more attentive to the needs of their guests, and islands like Koh Samui and Phuket offer a host of activities and attractions for friends and family, whether its boat trips or temple visits; local agencies are on hand to put together packages for a variety of age groups to enjoy.
by MAX VEE