They asked, you said; “yes, as long as we can get married in Thailand!”
Engagement bliss followed and then it hit you, you’ve got to add planning a destination wedding to your already growing to-do list and you’ve no idea where to start.
Forget any party you’ve ever organised; this is next level!
I know because my now husband and I had the same thought. And, with limited guidance, we dived into the fun parts of planning our wedding happily oblivious to what we should have been doing first. We got there in the end, but a shaky foundation under your wedding plans is a sure-fire way to drive your stress levels up and turn engagement bliss into frustration. Because, like it or not, there is a natural order to planning a big event and if you tick those things off first, the rest of the decisions flow. If you don’t, wedding planning takes over your life, details get missed, or lost in translation and options get restricted, or price prohibitive. And then, there are your guests, whose questions multiply by the day if you aren’t giving them the information they need when they need it.
To help you create a strong foundation for planning and designing your wedding (and preserve your sanity whilst you do it), we’ve created this guide to getting started.
When & Where – will you hold your wedding in Thailand?
It is difficult to start planning your wedding getaway in Thailand without setting your date and location. When deciding when and where to get married in Thailand we recommend starting with what feels right for you. Here is a list of considerations to ask yourself:
- Is there a particular Thailand location and date that has special meaning to you?
- Is there somewhere you have in mind, or that you have always wanted to visit?
- Do you have to get married at certain times of the year due to work commitments and annual leave, or the schedules of key family and friends?
- Do you have a month or season in mind or a preferred length of engagement?
If after working through these questions, your date and/or location are fixed, that’s great! You’ve made your first wedding planning decision. However, if you find yourself with several options, a professional wedding planner like Wed Away can guide you towards the best months and location, based on their extensive local knowledge and experience.
Some of the things to consider in relation to date and location include:
- Peak seasons – what time of year is best suited to avoid peak tourism rates, so you’re not faced with less choice due to demand or having to pay top dollar
- Does your date fall over cultural or religious celebrations such as Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year, Easter, etc.? These dates can make certain locations busier and again, drive prices up.
- What is the weather going to be like for the location and date you have chosen? We have some information that will help you with this here.
- Will it be more convenient for you if you can fly directly to the location?
It’s important to have an idea of how many people you would like to invite to your wedding, so you can start planning. Every supplier and venue will ask how many guests you are expecting to attend as the approximate number, as this will have a direct impact on your budget.
At Wed Away, we recommend you draw up your guest list as a priority, so you have an idea of how many people you could expect at your wedding. And then, have conversations with your guests to determine if coming to your wedding is something they can consider; keeping in mind that not everyone will be able to make your destination wedding in Thailand.
When you do move towards finalising your guest list, make it easy for your guests to RSVP and stay up to date with all the details of your wedding, by adding their details into your wedding website.
Wed Away Pro Tip: As soon as you have a preferred two-week window confirmed and a guest list drawn up, send out your Save the Dates. It’s ok to do this even if you haven’t confirmed the actual venue location in Thailand or the specific date, just write Phuket Thailand, March 2022. Make sure your guests know, it’s not time to book their flights just yet – but you would love them to save the date.
On the ground planning or planning from afar?
When planning a wedding, it’s always nice to inspect the venue, trial the menu and taste the cake. And if you aren’t familiar with the destination in Thailand that you have chosen, it can make a lot of sense to organise a trip over. But of course, not everyone can find the time or extra money to visit Thailand for this purpose.
If you won’t be visiting Thailand prior to your wedding, give some thought to how you are going to navigate the planning process from afar. The best option is to choose a Wedding Planner who takes the time to get to know you and the vision you have for your wedding in Thailand. Your Wedding Planner should also have a process in place for involving you in the decision making; for example, conducting video walk-through’s and doing tastings on your behalf. Local knowledge, experience and a fabulous little black book of carefully vetted suppliers, packed with all the right contacts, will help you to feel more confident about the choices you make.
Save the date
Once you have made your final decision regarding date, location and itinerary it’s time to prepare for travel.
- Check your passports and confirm they are valid for at least 6 months before your arrival in Thailand.
- Book your flights and make sure you have liaised with your airline to confirm how your gown is best packed for travel. Ideally, you will be able to pre-book an overhead compartment for safe storage.
- Decide whether you plan to legally marry in Thailand or not. Refer to our FAQs for more information about the process of legally marrying in Thailand, or contact us.
- Add dates and confirm accommodation recommendations to be added to your wedding website, so your guests can plan their travel as well,
Celebrate in style
With the key planning decisions made, you are free to turn your attention to the fun part of the process; designing your big day and pre and post-wedding day events.
And I’m here to tell you that it is absolutely possible to have a destination wedding in Thailand that is modern and chic and more importantly, reflects your personal style and vision. If you would like to move beyond the set styles that make up resort wedding packages, you need to work with a wedding designer. But not just any designer. You need a professional wedding designer with a seamless process so that designing your day from afar is a joy, not a chore.
At Wed Away, we help our couples to navigate design and styling choices for their wedding day and pre and post events. We manage the booking of suppliers, and style and coordinate it all beautifully. We will also guide you on details such as how to include traditions or customs that are important to you. And we help you to maximise your budget, so you can incorporate the priorities you want, without a hefty price tag.
So, that’s our guide to getting started with planning your wedding in Thailand.
At Wed Away, we guide our couples through all of the wedding planning stages. So, If you are looking for the best advice and support, based on experience and first-hand knowledge on the best Thailand offers for your dream wedding, we would love to hear from you.