Pristine stretches of white sand, majestic jungle-clad mountains, cosmopolitan cities with dazzling skylines, luxurious world-class resorts – Thailand goes all-out when it comes to sensational destination wedding settings. Only making the idea of saying "I do" here even more enticing, it also offers plenty of value for couples dreaming of an affordable celebration or honeymoon location. Want to know more? Discover why more couples are falling in love with honeymoons and destination weddings in amazing Thailand…
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Uber-luxe wedding venues at an affordable price
It's no secret that venue hire is often the most expensive part of tying the knot. Whether you want to say "I do" on the beach, in palm-filled gardens or at a glamorous venue-with-a-view, you'll find an idyllic setting without breaking the bank – more funds for the Champagne budget!
Thanks to the famous value Thailand offers, practically every element of a wedding can add up to be the same cost as venue hire back home. One last enticing reason to escape here? If you really want to spoil your absolute nearest and dearest, you just might be able to cover their costs for the special day with the money you save from swapping the five-star city hotel at home for a five-star resort or villa in Thailand. That's sure to keep you in their good books!
Service from the heart
Thailand's locals are known around the world for being incredibly friendly – seriously, you'll feel like the oldest of friends after just five minutes.
From your wedding planner to even the bartender who serves post-ceremony cocktails, the people involved in your wedding will have this same warm spirit – and it's not just for your wedding day. If you stay on for a fun-filled wed-fest with your guests or treat yourselves to a Thailand honeymoon you'll feel like royalty the whole time. We can definitely live with that.
With more couples discovering their perfect wedding destination in Thailand, the local venues have gained years of experience in weddings for a range of faiths and cultures. Dreaming of a non-traditional, laid-back wedding by glittering waters? Thailand's wedding professionals will bring it to life. Want something a little more classic in a chapel-style setting? They've got you covered, with some resorts even boasting their own gorgeous chapels. Those that really want a wedding-with-a-difference can even look at including some traditional Thai elements in their ceremony – think Monk blessings, donning traditional Thai dress and (in some areas) releasing traditional Thai lanterns into the night sky.
Thailand's luxurious resorts also have a brilliant edge with destination weddings, with many offering their own in-house wedding coordinator – the less fuss, the better! They’ll work with you from the initial quote to the final details, and are often there on the day to ensure things run as you imagined. However you want to make things official, they'll plan things around you (and your budget) to create a celebration to remember.
A dream honeymoon for every type of couple
If you're looking to minimise planning stress as much as possible, swap the mad airport dash for a relaxed honeymoon in paradise. Seemingly made for beautiful post-wedding getaways, Thailand is made up of almost countless dreamy destinations that suit any type of couple – from beach-mad luxury-lovers to thrill-seeking adrenalin-junkies.
A few beloved spots? Cherished for their postcard-perfect islands, turquoise waters and five-star resorts, tropical havens like Koh Samui, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi and Koh Lanta are hard to resist. Want to mix adventure with a little jungle-luxe romance? Head for the emerald mountains of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Dreaming of living it up in a foodie wonderland? Get your culture fix in stylish Bangkok. Glamour, excitement, tranquility, romance – it's all waiting for you in Thailand.
Travel around Thailand… at a reasonable cost
Can't decide exactly where to stay after the confetti has settled? The beauty of a Thailand honeymoon is that you can split up your time between many of its gorgeous regions, with domestic flights available at very reasonable costs.
Fancy sunbathing on an exotic isle for a few days before jetting off to the highlands in the north for breathtaking mountain vistas and action-packed adventures? In Thailand, you can spend your honeymoon however you want (and in total luxury) without worrying about your hip-pocket. With internal flights available at incredibly reasonable prices, plus a lengthy transport system that encompasses road and sea travel, you can traverse one end of the Kingdom to the other and not break the bank. Keep things simple and indulge in one of the destination's regions or simply hop your way around its islands and jungles – it's up to you.
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