More and more couples are snubbing the traditional super-sized white wedding at home and jetting off to marry in exotic destinations. There are many reasons why couples opt for a ‘destination wedding’ including the much more dependable weather, greater intimacy and the instant honeymoon.
Krabi tops the list of far-flung wedding destinations due to its idyllic scenery, glorious sunny weather and incredibly warm hospitality. Many couples from across the globe choose this stunning southern Thai province as the setting for their special day, with Railay Beach weddings particularly popular.
Krabi’s major tourist hubs, such as Koh Phi Phi and Railay, are renowned for their outstanding natural beauty and tourist appeal; however, bustling resorts do not always provide the ideal backdrop for tropical weddings. It is the Andaman Coast’s secluded beaches and desert islands which lend a more intimate and romantic setting for a Krabi wedding.
Not far off the coast, many small islands featuring dazzling white beaches and sparkling azure water provide a truly paradisiacal setting for a Krabi wedding ceremony. The wedding party can arrive by speedboat, traditional junk or luxury catamaran.
Resorts are a better choice of setting for larger weddings, and there are many world class hotels in Krabi to choose from. More on hospitality.
Type of Krabi wedding ceremony
Both Thai-style and Western ceremonies can be arranged in Krabi. Regardless of religion, everyone can have a Buddhist wedding. This traditional style often appeals to couples who are interested in Buddhism or traditional Thai rituals. As this ceremony is led by authentic Buddhist monks from the local temple, all Buddhist weddings take place in the morning.
The format of the ceremony varies depending on the venue or planner, but it is usually a shorter version of the traditional Thai ceremony, covering the main elements such as the almsgiving, crowns of sacred thread, and the water pouring ceremony. Western wedding ceremonies usually consist of a ring and vow exchange followed by a petal shower and champagne toast.
Krabi wedding planners
At first, planning a wedding in a foreign country may seem a bit overwhelming; but fortunately, there is an excellent solution. By hiring a native-speaking Krabi wedding planner, you can relax in the knowledge that your special day is in the hands of an experienced professional.
Phuket-based Thailand Weddings specialise in coordinating destination weddings in the Krabi area, including popular beaches Noppharat Thara and Railay. Having developed extensive knowledge of the region as well as excellent relations with local venues and suppliers, the team can offer invaluable advice and assistance from the pre-planning stages right through to the actual event. A wide variety of settings are offered, from beaches and gardens to Buddhist temples, private villas and luxury yachts. 199/147, Moo 9, Thepkrasattri Road, Phuket, tel: +66 (076) 390 204, website: www.krabi-wedding.com.
Resort weddings in Krabi
Krabi is home to numerous high-end resorts, most of which offer beach wedding packages, including both Thai and Western-style ceremonies. Wedding packages usually include a celebrant, flowers and covered chairs, while a list of additional options are available. More on honeymoons in Krabi.
These options allow couples to tailor their Krabi wedding to suit their individual preferences and typically include photography, videography, catering and entertainment. Most tropical weddings in Krabi take place on the beach at sunset, but it is often possible to hold your ceremony in another area of the resort, such as a garden or pavilion.
Other Krabi wedding packages
Not long after underwater weddings became popular in the neighbouring province of Trang, tying the knot on Krabi’s cliff face became a new trend. Couples who share a love of climbing can exchange vows while dangling off one of Krabi’s rugged karsts, while the most intimate weddings are those held on the small islands located off the coast of Krabi.
Wedding planners can also arrange weddings at the stunning Wat Bang Riang, a temple in the mountains of the neighbouring province of Phang Nga. As well as receiving a marital blessing from three of the temple’s monks, you can have a photo session in the picturesque grounds.
Signature package for couples seeking the ultimate romantic wedding can be arranged through Krabi wedding planners such as Thailand Weddings. For larger groups or a more lavish event, choose from a portfolio of five star resorts, private villas and luxury yachts.
Legalities of Krabi weddings
Your wedding ceremony in Thailand is not legally binding. Couples can complete the necessary paperwork to register their marriage in their homeland before departing for the Kingdom. You can do this in Thailand, but it means spending a day or so in or Chiang Mai Bangkok in order to get a statutory declaration from your embassy. Many venues and planners offer assistance with rest of the process, but you still need to make a stop in Bangkok first to visit your embassy.