If you are thinking of a destination wedding, Thailand offers exceptional settings filled with fragrant romance. Here are just a few fabulous types of wedding that Thailand can offer.
Regal Elephant Wedding
If you love wildlife and you’re looking for something really spectacular, consider a Regal Elephant Wedding. A number of resorts in the north and north-east of Thailand can arrange this for you, with the elephant procession and ceremony being held surrounded by lush vegetation, so you can enjoy the sweet fragrance of the tropical plants and flowers.
To really fit the mood of this type of ceremony, you should dress in the traditional Lanna or northern Thai outfits produced from brightly coloured and patterned silks. Choose northern handicrafts and flowers to decorate the venue with tiny bright, sparkling lights that can be hung from the surrounding trees to create a truly magical atmosphere.
Winter is the best season for an outdoor wedding of this type. Places that are perfect for Regal Elephant Weddings are locations such as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Surin.
Love Boat Wedding
Imagine taking your vows on a relaxing and romantic love boat whilst enjoying the tranquillity of the gentle river breezes. This could even be a great idea for a nautical themed wedding. Decorate corners of the boat with marine-style symbols, anchors and flower-wreath ‘buoys’ dotted around.
It’s worth checking the time of sunset too as you could plan your ceremony as the sun is just dropping below the horizon and the moon begins its ascent into the night sky. This will definitely add to the soothing mood of your celebration and will be an experience that your guests will never forget. Just remember, safety first so make sure there are a sufficient number of life buoys within reach!
Great destinations for a love boat wedding include the long and beautiful Chao Phraya River, Bangkok and Ayuddhaya.
Red Lotus Sea Wedding
Picture yourself floating on an endless carpet of shimmering pine and red lotus flowers, with splashes of emerald green marsh grass and ‘Snow White’ cranes. Tucked away in Udon Thani’s Kumphawapi Nature Reserve, is the 600 square metre Nong Han pond with its million red lotus from which it takes its name Talay Bua Daeng or ‘Sea of a Million Red Lotus.’
Flowers bloom from late December to February making it an ideal setting for a romantic Valentines wedding. Enjoy a rickshaw procession through Udon Thani stopping at Buddhist temples and shrines along the way to receive blessings for your impending matrimony. Step aboard the delightful pontoon boats and snake your way through the colourful flora until you are finally surrounded by an explosion of cherry, crimson, ruby and scarlet. Here follow the Isan wedding tradition, during which family and guests will tie blessed white string upon the couple’s wrists (tying the knot!) whilst reciting wishes for future health, wealth and prosperity while the bride and groom express eternal love and devotion to each other.
With this being a traditional ceremony, you can expect lots of music, song and dance. Choose to wear traditional north-eastern Thai attire with the bride wearing a brocade blouse and silk pah sin sarong and the groom in a hand woven length of cloth or pha khama wrapped around his waist.
Although a Red Lotus Sea Wedding can be arranged between December to February, the Tourism Authority of Thailand organises special festivities and ceremonies for Valentines. Also make sure you organise a morning wedding as this is when the lotus flowers are in full bloom (they close in the afternoon as the temperatures rise).
Romantic Beach Wedding
With stunning beaches aplenty and crystal blue seas, Thailand is a popular beach wedding destination. Casual yet playful, a romantic beach wedding can be organised to suit whatever atmosphere or taste you so desire. You can really play on the seaside setting by adding shells and pearls as decoration or local flowers scattered on the banquet tables or walkways. Adding colour will also help make your wedding stand out against the neutral colours of the beach.
As there will no doubt be a sea wind present, consider flowers and decorations that can withstand a potential gust of wind. Also it’s worth checking the weather to avoid any wet weather and plan an alternative inside venue. Even if there is a non-seasonal shower, don’t let it dampen any of your celebrations at your beautiful paradise location.
Beaches to consider for your romantic beach wedding include Phuket, Samui, Krabi, Hua Hin and Pattaya. Many of the hotels and resorts located on the beach also offer full wedding packages.
Whichever style of wedding you choose in Thailand, make sure you immerse yourself in some of the wonderful Thai culture for an experience you and your guests will treasure forever.