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Getting married in Thailand

6th June 2006 |By | Be the first to comment

Long‐established as a luxurious honeymoon destination with some of the world’s best hotels, Thailand offers the perfect backdrop for a romantic beach wedding.

Why get married in Thailand?

Thailand is known as the Land of Endless Smiles because its service and welcoming hospitality has become legendary throughout Asia. The country boasts magnificent temples, saffron‐robed monks and glorious beach resorts.

Bangkok is full of life and colourful contrasts, an intoxicating blend of excellent sightseeing, hectic shopping and lively bars. The tropical island of Phuket offers sand beaches and good water sports complemented by the lively resort of Patong, with its numerous restaurants and bars. Pattaya is probably Asia’s best‐known beach resort with palm‐ringed beaches and vibrant nightlife.

What kind of wedding ceremony can I have in Thailand?

Imagine getting married on an island beach at sunset, with a white tiger as your escort and an elephant procession, not to mention exotic birds, champagne and oysters and a sunset cruise to see the bay…

One of the great things about getting married in Thailand is the rich variety of picturesque locations, including world‐class beach resorts, where  a formal or religious ceremony can be performed following the legal administrative marriage.

Once you have fulfilled the legal proceedings, you are officially married in accordance with Thai law. After your registration is finalised you will receive two original Thai Marriage certificates and an English translation will be given to you the following working day. This does not involve any ceremony, and is purely a completion of the paperwork.

Some hotels are able to arrange for the Registrar to come to the hotel to issue the marriage certificate and you can choose to follow the legal part of the wedding with a traditional Thai Buddhist or Christian wedding ceremony.

Is it wedding weather?

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max temp (°F)* 89 91 93 95 93 91 90 90 89 88 87 87
Sunshine hours* 9 9 9 8 8 6 5 5 5 6 8 9
Rainfall (inches)* 0 1 1 2 8 6 6 7 12 8 3 0
*Average daily max temp (°F)
*Average daily sunshine hours
*Average monthly rainfall (inches)

Where can I find further information?

The Tourism Authority of Thailand
Berkshire House
High Street
Ascot
Berkshire
SL5 7HY
Tel: 01344 876680
www.tourismthailand.org

British Embassy
14 Wireless Road
Lumpini
Pathurnwan
Bangkok 10330
Thailand
00 662 305 8333
www.fco.gov.uk

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sri Ayudhaya Road
Bangkok 10400
Thailand
00 662 643 5000
www.mfa.go.th

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What’s the flight time?

12‐13 hours

What’s the time difference?

GMT +7

Do I need a visa to enter the country?

No.

What’s the wedding paperwork?

  • Residency Allow at least 3 working days for the legal formalities to be completed.
  • Proof of ID You will need to provide your original birth certificates and valid passports .
  • Divorced You must produce original evidence that previous marriages have been dissolved (Decree Absolute).
  • Widowed You will be required to produce the death certificate of your former spouse.
  • Age restrictions You must be 18 to marry in Thailand.

How do I obtain a marriage licence?

You must complete a certificate at the British Embassy in Bangkok (for address, see Where can I find further information?), attesting that you are single and free to marry under Thai law. The certificate then has to be translated into Thai ‐‐ tour operators can arrange this.

Your British and Thai declarations now need to be signed in the presence of the consular officer at the Embassy, who will then notarise the documents. Next take the statement and translations to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (see Where can I find further information?) where the signature of the British Consular is authenticated. This normally takes 48 hours. You can then marry at any Register Office in Thailand.

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