Phuket, located off the South West coast of Thailand is a
perfect choice for your dream wedding. Boasting mile
after mile of pristine white sand, stunning scenery for
your photo back drops, delicious food, and a laid back
vibe, it’s a touch of paradise.
You may be wondering whether you can in fact get
legally married in Phuket and the simple answer to this is
“yes”. You will both need to take a short visit to Bangkok
to complete a letter of intent at your particular country’s
embassy or consulate.
Once this is done, you can either use the services of
a wedding planner or translation service to handle the
rest of the paperwork, or if you’re feeling confident, then
you could visit the various government departments and
do it yourself.
You’ll need to allow at least a week before your intended
wedding date. Once you’ve got your marriage certificate
the only thing left to do is to have it translated into your
language so that it is officially recognised by your
country of birth.
Wedding ceremony options
Your marriage will first be registered at the district council
offices in Phuket after which you can choose your type of
ceremony. Choices include a traditional Thai, Buddhist, or
Christian ceremony either at your wedding location or
church. Alternatively you can design your own unique
ceremony, writing your vows and exchanging them whilst
sitting on top of a bejewelled elephant or floating in a
When it comes to locations you really are spoiled for
choice, but here’s a few ideas to set you thinking:
Resorts – Phuket has many beautiful resorts which offer
unique settings and a full wedding package. Generally
these include accommodation, the wedding ceremony
and a reception. They’ll also be able to provide contacts
for florists, hairdressers, photographers and wedding
Island – If you fancy something really romantic and
intimate, then how about getting married on one of the
exotic islands surrounding Phuket. The islands are
isolated and picturesque and ideally suited for a simple
wedding on the sands with just family and close friends.
The photos will be out of this world!
Water – Many couples like to get married on the water
and in Phuket there’s a wide choice ranging from
traditional junks and sailing boats to luxurious motor
yachts. Again, this option is best suited to small wedding
Private villa – Phuket boasts some
magnificent luxurious villas to rent, dotted along the
coastline with simply breathtaking sea views. Perfect for
an intimate wedding, you and your guests are guaranteed
total privacy with no strangers appearing in the
background of your photos.
With a chef to provide high quality cuisine, you’ll have
some lovely memories to take home with you.
Laguna Wedding chapel – Supported on stilts and
jutting out into the lagoon, this charming chapel is the
choice of many couples looking for a traditional ceremony
option. The chapel features glass sliding doors which can
be opened for an outdoors feel and also enjoys a
stunning lake view.
Just imagine arriving and departing by a private vessel
with your guests clapping and cheering. How special
would that feel?
As a destination wedding choice, Phuket really does
have something for everyone’s taste and budget and
what’s more it’s the perfect setting for a honeymoon too.