A few days after you said the big 'Yes', and now you are trying to figure out how to make the most of your 'happiest day of your life'. But, with a trip, of course! Are you familiar with Koh Samui? Koh Samui is one of those exotic Asian Islands with pictures of pristine, white powder-sand beaches, lush rainforests, and huge luxury resorts. Koh Samui, in a few words, is the ultimate wedding destination.
You must be by now wondering where is the connection between pictures and Koh Samui Weddings? Well, let's take it from the beginning. An idyllic landscape to perform your ceremony at and take some of the most breathtaking photos with a sunset background? Check! Luxury Resorts that are willing to organize the ceremony for you and accommodate your guests? Check? Check!
The right question should be, why wasn't Koh Samui part of your wedding plans from the very beginning. So, let's begin with one of the most 'burning' questions.
Vana Belle, A Luxury Resort in Koh Samui to enjoy a lavish wedding right on the beach!
Before exploring how your wedding in Koh Samui will look like, we believe that you would be delighted to know about Vana Belle, Koh Samui located in Chaweng Noi Beach, that organizes weddings right on the beach.
Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui, is one of the most popular resorts on Koh Samui. Ιts stunning location played a huge role in that reputation, as it stands between a tropical forest and a beach while enjoying breathtaking ocean views from almost every part of its grounds.
Getting married with the gentle sound of the crushing waves on the background is an experience that you will treasure for a lifetime!
The hotel's wedding venue spreads through an area of 1,938 sq.ft, so it can host both small and larger weddings. A dedicated team of specialists will be always at your full disposal, ensuring that your wedding will be perfect and memorable.
Which are the legalities for Koh Samui weddings?
If you plan to get legally married in Thailand, you will need to spend at least 3 days in Bangkok doing errands around your country's embassy. Some of the required documents are:
- Affirmation of Freedom to Marry. In case you haven't been married before, you will need to present just your passport. And, if you have, you will need to present documents attesting to the legal termination of the previous marriage.
- A translation of the Affirmation of Freedom to Marry. For this, you will have to take the aforementioned document to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ask for its translation. Subsequently, you must make sure that it's legalized by the Thai government.
- Registration of the marriage at the Amphur. The Amphur is the office where marriages are officially recorded in Thailand, and this is the part that you get married paper-wise. Please, note that the marriage certification is issued in Thai, thus you will have to pay something extra for its translation.
- Certification of the marriage issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Report of your marriage to your home country. To conclude your marriage legalities, you will have to take your documents to your country's embassy.
Another thing to keep in mind is, that you can take care of all the above matters by yourself, or you can simply hire a wedding planner. Of course, you can also do all the paperwork at your home country and perform a token ceremony at Thailand - it's up to you.
How to persuade your relatives to follow you in Koh Samui - if your home country is far away
So, you have decided to arrange your wedding in Koh Samui, and now you are thinking about the best way to persuade relatives and friends to follow you. First thing to do is to inform them at least six months before the wedding. Six months might sound a bit far-fetched to some of you, however, in order to ensure that all your friends will have the budget to go to such a faraway journey, it's a crucial step. After all, you can use all this time to make sure that everything will work out perfectly in the end.
Another important part is to arrange the flights or accommodation for them, or, if you can't afford such an expense, you can try to get a hotel to offer you and your guests a better rate, as they tend to create better deals for large groups. Create a schedule of activities and things to do together, but don't bind them to always follow you. Alternatively, you could cover their dinner expenses, as Koh Samui is pretty inexpensive.
After the Wedding: The Most Fun Things to do in Koh Samui
Koh Samui is blessed with a diverse landscape that has led to the creation of all sorts of activities. The most popular of which, is, of course, beach exploration. Koh Samui is highly recommended for relaxing beach vacations, as it's home to one of the most beautiful coastlines of the country. Some great beaches to choose from are Lipa Noi, Bang Por and Bug Buddha Beach.
Yoga in nature, either on the beach or in the midst of a lush rainforest, is another very popular activity and the best way to spend your rainy days on the island - the sound of the rain will definitely further enhance your yoga experience. Of course, the immense, untouched by humans rainforests of Koh Samui offer also a great hiking opportunity.
And why not go street-food hunting, and explore some of Koh Samui's popular Night Markets? Koh Samui is after all the king of street food.
This is how your wedding in Koh Samui will look like. So, don't waste any more time and start preparing your wedding in Koh Samui. Contact Vana Belle, A Luxury Collection Resort, and they will gladly help you with the wedding arrangements!