For a truly enchanting wedding, Koh Phangan in Thailand offers the perfect setting and this guide provides essential information to help plan your special day here.
Choosing the Location & Resort
This island may be famed for its full moon beach parties, but it also offers secluded shores perfect for a romantic beach wedding. One such ideal coastal locale would be Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach where you could stay at properties like Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas which also offer the services of a wedding planner. The great thing is, such resorts are perfect for your honeymoon too featuring an ocean pool villa with direct beach access, spa bliss with couples’ treatments, beach dining and more!
Selecting the Venue
You will also have a choice of venues in which to host your celebration of love though the most popular option is to have a beach wedding. Thailand offers the perfect setting for such nuptials on Koh Phangan with some resorts providing a lovely setting on the shore; imagine a white sand aisle sprinkled with rose petals and a floral archway amidst an ocean backdrop. Depending on the property, you could instead opt for a tropical garden venue or even a cliffside deck for an intimate ceremony overlooking an idyllic bay.
Types of Wedding Ceremonies
Keep in mind that in Koh Phangan, wedding packages are available that let you choose the type of ceremony as well. For something unique, you could opt for a traditional Thai ritual which will include aspects like a master of ceremonies, Buddhist monks, a water blessing set, a tea ceremony with Thai sweets and live Thai khim music. Alternatively, you could choose a typical Western ceremony on the beach with floral arrangements, a wedding celebrant, wedding cake, a bottle of champagne, instrumental background music and more.
Legal or Symbolic Wedding
Remember, that to legally be wed in Thailand, it can first take three to five days in Bangkok to get all the formalities in order and submit the needed paperwork. This can be time-consuming and will most often require the aid of a local wedding planner making it more suited for residents or those that are staying long-term here. The more convenient choice for foreign couples is to have the legal ceremony in their home country and enjoy a symbolic ceremony in Koh Phangan the way they always dreamed.