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วันพุธที่ 2 มิถุนายน พ.ศ. 2553

Entertainments

Entertainments
Music, Thai Show, Fire Show, Firework

Options for entertainment on the island will mainly depend on where you choose to have your reception. Hotels will provide you with their in house entertainment or will ask that you organise any entertainment through them.

Restaurants will allow you to organise this your self.

Here are a few of the options available and most will require specific information regarding your reception to be able to quote appropriately

DJ Music - Contact Miguel at SEA Entertainment Group
Live Music - Contact SEA Entertainment Group
Thai Show - From 15,000 Baht
Polynesian Show - From 20,000 Baht
Fire Show - From 20,000 Baht
Fireworks - From 25,000 Baht

Contact us with your ideal requirements and we'll put together a quote for you.

Thai Traditions

Thai Traditions
Traditional Ceremony

A Thai wedding ceremony will have a few main components that can be added to your wedding ceremony. One of the most common is the Water Blessing Ceremony and a Monk Blessing

Water Blessing Ceremony
Water, blessed by monks at the local temple is put in a decorative bowl. A shell is used to scoop a small amount of water which is poured over the couples palms as they are seated at a decorated table with their hands held over a cushion. The water is usually poured by the groom's Mother and Father, followed by the bride's Mother and Father followed then by the rest of the guests attending the wedding. While they are pouring the water over the Bride and Grooms hands they congratulate the couple and give them their best wishes for the future.

Commonly at the water blessing ceremony, the couple is joined by a lei of flowers, placed on the couples heads, which is tied together with string. This signifies the joining of the couple.

A Traditional Thai Wedding Dance is usually performed with dancers donning traditional Thai dress. This is a wedding blessing dance for the couple and is performed after the wedding vows and certificate is signed.

A Monk Blessing
A Thai wedding commonly starts with a morning chant from monks. The monks chant prayers blessing the bride and groom, who make merit by offering food and other domestic necessities to the monks. This ceremony must be completed in the morning as the Monks will eat the food presented to them by the bride and groom after the blessing, which must be before midday. Monks can not eat after midday.

วันพุธที่ 19 พฤษภาคม พ.ศ. 2553

Wedding Vows

Wedding Vows
The Vows, The Ring, Example Reading

We have a selection of wedding vows for you to choose from. All are non -religious. Some examples of the vow exchange and ring exchange are written below. A few readings that can be read during the ceremony by someone special in the wedding party are also below. For more details of ceremonies and readings please email us.

The Vows

Thank you for letting me share my life with you. Our path together so far has been rewarding and fulfilling. I have no hesitation in joining in marriage with you and I make these promises to you:

  • If there are times when you are weak, then I will help you become strong.
  • When you are happy, I will share your joy with you.
  • If you are sad, then I will be there to console you.
  • I will always respect your right to individuality because it is this that makes you who you are and makes our relationship strong.
  • As you grow and change, I will grow and change with you, for ours is a life long partnership.

I, [your name], take you, [your spouse], to be my wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish as long as we both shall live. This is my solemn vow.

The Rings

The roundness of this ring symbolises my endless love. Its value reminds me of the one most valuable in my life. Wear it as a proud symbol of our commitment to each other

Example Reading

We are all Unique
No human relationship gives one possession of another. Every two persons are absolutely different. In friendship or in love, the two, side by side, raise hands together, to find what one can not reach alone.

Learn to see the greatness and the loveliness in one another. Tell one another of it, when you see it. If you accept sunshine and warmth, also accept thunder and lightning.

The surest basis for partnership is friendship. The sharing of real interests - the ability to work on ideas together and to understand each other's thoughts and dreams.

The Art of Partnership
A good partnership must be created.
In the art of marriage, the little things are the big things…
It is never to old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together, facing the world.
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is not only being committed to the right partner…
It is being the right partner!

Wedding Cakes

Wedding Cakes

From conventional to original, the Thais are exceptional artists, so any decoration for your wedding cake is possible. The traditional fruit cake will need to be ordered well in advance, but other types of cakes are available, from chocolate brownie to light sponges. Most decorations will be made from the soft icing rather than the harder icing for cakes other than fruit cakes.

Click here to view a couple of smaller cakes made for previous weddings

If you have a particular cake in mind, please send us a photo and what it is made of, and we will send you a quote. Prices start from 650 Baht for a 2 pound cake, ideal for no more than 8 guests.

Flowers

Flowers
Flowers for your Wedding

Flowers are a very important part of any wedding and can be as complex or simple as the bride wishes. You can create a colour theme to match the wedding d?cor, or choose traditional white flowers. Or you can take the approach of choosing flowers that have special meaning or memory to you and your groom.

Here are some of the more conventional meanings of flowers, which are readily available in Thailand:

Rose

Pink symbolises Friendship, while white represents purity and red is for passionate love.

Lily

Lillies represent celebration and commonly come in white, pink or yellow

Orchid

This very traditional Thai flower represents delicate beauty, very appropriate for wedding bouquets, especially if you would like to create the cascade effect. The flower can be selected in many colours, including purple, blue, yellow and some two tone colours, such as red and yellow, white and purple …

Jasmine

A very abundant flower in Thailand and is used daily as a refreshing scent in cars and homes. It is also a flower used to make garlands and leis for gifts. The flower represents grace and elegance.

Sunflower

Not a common choice of flowers for weddings, however it does represent adoration. They add a happy colour to wedding decorations. It is not readily available all the time, so orders of at least two weeks may be necessary.

Anthurium

The heart shaped leaf, this flower comes in bright red, pink or white.

Bridal Bouquet

Select your favourite flowers and colours or choose from the photos below.

Flower Arrangements

A Tussie Mussie Round clusters of flowers

Cascade Bouquets Flowers that descend below the main portion of the bouquet design

Hand-tied Bouquets A bouquet with the flowers with stems and foliage and wrapped with a ribbon to secure them

Corsages - from 100 Baht each 1 or 2 flowers to pin on to the groom, bride and grooms parents, best man … We usually make them from white roses, but you can also select other flowers such as orchids, lilies or carnations.

Flower Leis - from 50 Baht each A nice welcome for all your guests, these are very Thai and made from Jasmine and Orchids

Wedding Options

Wedding Options
Flowers, Cakes, Gifts, Ceremonies

If you have chosen to marry in Phuket, you may wish to include a few Thai Customs, or perhaps would like to know what kind of flowers are available ets. Here we try to give you as much information as we can about what you can fund locally. It may give you some ideas to help you create your dream wedding.

  • Flowers
  • Wedding Cakes
  • Wedding Souvenirs & Gifts
  • Thai Traditions
  • Entertainment & Music

Legalities

Wedding Legalities

The most frequently asked question asked about weddings in Phuket is "Can we get legally married in Phuket.?" The answer is Yes, sort of! This is why....

To actually legalise a marriage in Thailand, you must first complete a letter of intent at the embassy or consulate of your nationality in Bangkok. You have to be there to do this and depending on what country you come from, it may take just a few hours or may take two working days. This you can check out on your embassies or consulates website, or email them for advice. This can not be done in Phuket unless your country has a consulate in Phuket offering this service.

Once you have completed this letter of intent and it has been notarized by your embassy, you have a few of choices:

1- Come to Phuket and let a wedding service take care of the rest of the paper work. (See Wedding Planning Services). This is the most expensive option and will require at least 3 to 5 working days. You can expect to pay around 20,000 Baht for this hassle free option.

2- Stay in Bangkok for a couple of days and have a translation service do the work for you. This process will require 2 or 3 working days and you can expect to pay around 15,000 Baht

3- For a cheaper option, and perhaps more interesting you can go to all the government departments yourselves, which will cost around 5,000 Baht including taxi fares etc. You'll need around 4 working days, just to be sure.

Embassy documentation

The paper work each person to marry will need:

* Completed statutory declaration with the vice consul to witness your signature (From your Embassy)
* Original Birth Certificate
* Certificate of divorce if previously married
* Proof of identity with your passport

You may need more paper work for your particular embassy, so please check with them first.

So what's all this stuff happening in Bangkok? Well the process is actually quite simple, but can be daunting if you don't speak the language, or know where you are going. But this is the process:

The letter of intent that you fill out from your embassy must be translated into Thai along with your passports. This must then be registered at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is an office located in the North of Bangkok City. Once these documents have been registered, you can then visit a local registry office anywhere in Thailand. This is usually located around the city hall and Phuket has one in Phuket town. You must be present for this part of the process. Once you have visited this office you are officially married in Thailand and can have any kind of ceremony you like. If specially requested, the district officer will come to your wedding location to sign the documents at a reasonable fee, which is arranged case by case. Once you have your Thai Wedding Certificate, you must get it translated into your language before it is official in your country. There are many translation offices in Bangkok that offer this service.

So in a nutshell,
1. You must visit your embassy first,
2. Then you can either go through the rest of the process or have someone do it for you until the signing of the wedding certificate.
3. You must then have your wedding certificate translated into your langauge.

If you opt for process to be done while you are enjoying the sun and sights of Phuket, then your paperwork will be sent to Bangkok by courier and someone has to take it all around Bangkok for you, which is why there is additional charges. Please find a list of Embassy Websites and contacts below.