The idyllic island of Phuket is located a short, one hour flight away from Thailand’s capital and gateway city, Bangkok. Home to a range of stunning coastal and lush jungle locations, Phuket is becoming one of the top romantic destinations for couples who are choosing to tie the knot abroad.
Thailand’s largest island also boasts a vast array of attractions for couples that want to squeeze in a honeymoon break, either before or after the wedding celebrations. In one of the chief reasons many couples opt to get married abroad is to escape the stress and expense of planning and running a wedding in their native country.
To cope with the growing demand from brides and grooms-to-be, Phuket is now home to a wide selection of wedding planning agencies. Reputable agencies offer the services of a dedicated team of wedding professionals that work hand in hand with couples throughout the wedding planning process to ensure the process is as smooth as possible. Phuket Wedding specialists are also able to offer the couple advice on the location, venue, catering and entertainment for their wedding, aspiring towards a bespoke celebration that ultimately leads to a more personal experience.
Although Phuket features an impressive range of five-star boutique and international hotels, the island's privately rental villas are becoming increasingly popular as venues for destination weddings. Villas often offer an even higher degree of exclusivity than can be offered by a luxury hotel, as well as providing guests with the extra space to spread out within the grounds and celebrate in cosseted comfort.
Many of Phuket’s private villas also offer direct access to the beach, and are therefore perfect for couples that want to conduct the ceremonial formalities with sand between their toes before heading into the villa for an indulgent wedding feast. Couples are also free to decide on the kind of ceremony they want, and the best agencies, like The Signature Weddings, are able to arrange a blend of eastern and western traditions, food and decoration, as well as offering legal or civil ceremonies, adapted to the beliefs of the individuals involved.
For many people, an elegant yet delicious dinner is one of the highlights of a memorable wedding day. With the help of one of Phuket’s wedding planning agencies, couples have a wide range of choice when it comes to the cuisine and dining style that best suits their taste and preferences. Couples who want to celebrate in a more traditional western style can opt for a sumptuous five-course sit-down meal, feasting on a selection of exquisite food prepared by a high-end chef. For something a bit more relaxed, a buffet style meal with a mixture of Thai and global dishes is also possible and with Phuket also famed for its superb seafood, the bride and groom can even provide their guests with freshly caught lobster, shrimp and crab following the ceremony.
The most professional Phuket wedding specialists can also assist couples in arranging the legal side of their wedding, but it is recommended that couples considering a destination wedding on Phuket also conduct their own research with the relevant embassy or consulate to find out exactly which documents are required in advance.