Your Guide To Koh Samui Beach Weddings
Thanks to the Internet and the sense of adventure today’s couples share, deciding on a wedding in Thailand is no longer a fantasy, a destination wedding is eminently more romantic, practical and intimate than hosting aunts, uncles and friends you haven’t seen in ages, but feel obligated to include on your invite list.
Hardly. And you won’t believe how many options you have when it comes to ceremonies, receptions and honeymoons, so allow us to answer the questions you would likely pose so you can go about the business of booking your wedding dates!
YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED WHERE?
It’s a question sure to be asked by friends and relatives when you reveal your wedding plans. Ko Samui, located on Thailand’s Gulf Coast, has become an international epicenter for romantic weddings, which is how it appeared on your radar and won your hearts. Spectacular beaches, privacy, romance and top-tier accommodations and food have become benchmarks for resorts like Akyra Chura Samui, where a grandiose beach wedding isn’t just possible—it’s guaranteed.
You can get started with your planning immediately–once you both make this important wedding destination decision: Check your passports. If you don’t have them or they require renewal, do it now.
BUT IS IT LEGAL?
You bet. Couples come from all points of the globe to be married in Koh Samui, so you will join a growing universe of couples who wouldn’t think of getting married anywhere that’s not picture-postcard perfect. Sure, there are bureaucratic hurdles to be jumped, but taken a step at a time, the process isn’t daunting. You can either get married legally in Thailand or have a small ceremony back home and enjoy a symbolic ceremony at Akyra Chura Samui. If you prefer the former, put both Thailand’s Tourism Board and your nation’s consular service in Thailand on your mobile’s speed dial to start tackling paperwork from a distance or just consult with wedding planners at Akyra who are so adroit at handling such matters.
For official weddings, the process can take from four to five days, but this is a necessary part of the process and a small price to pay for having a wedding that’s gorgeous enough to make the pages of the international edition of People magazine.
Wedding Registration Office (Amphur)
Amphur Ko Samui
Taweeraj Pakdee Road
Tambon Ang Thong
Amphur Ko Samui
Surat Thani 84140
Tel: (077) 420 372
Amphur Ko Pha Ngan
Moo 2 Tongsala Chaloklum Road
Tambon Ko Pha Ngan
Surat Thani 84280
Tel: (077) 377 021
HOW ABOUT TIMING?
It’s no accident that business, personal and emotional decisions require excellent timing if everything is to go as planned, thus staging a wedding at Akyra in Koh Samui is no exception. You wouldn’t expect a couturier to turn out a glamorous wedding gown in a week, would you? Because Thailand has become such a popular wedding destination, start your planning at least six months in advance to avoid “we’re all booked up” responses to your phone and Internet inquiries. The earlier the better.
Booking your date is your ticket to wedding planning Nirvana, at which point Akyra staff would be delighted to take charge, pointing the way to myriad types, packages and styles of weddings. You and your intended are going to have a terrific time choosing which options you can’t live without and if you ask about seasonal discounts, you are assured more bang for your buck and fewer tourists.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU TWO?
Stunning vistas assure you of a wedding album that will be the envy of your friends as they take note of Hanuman Bay, lush forested areas, picturesque gazebos and other settings that create instant backgrounds. Imagine the diaphanous cascade of white fabric intertwined with fresh flowers fastened to the beachfront canopy under which your ceremony is held. Reception pictures are destined to be equally grand, whether captured on Akyra’s deck, trees, lawn, gazebo or dramatic black lava stone pool. And wait until you glimpse food selections prepared by chefs within Akyra’s onsite gourmet restaurants.
Feast on fresh-caught seafood, home-grown produce and lucious slices of wedding cakes in addition to libations that befit the occassion. Still wondering if Akyra at Koh Samui prioritizes destination weddings? If you’ve a mind to do so, they will book the entire resort in your name so you two can see how it feels to live like William and Kate.
DO GOOD THINGS ALWAYS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES?
The answer is yes and no. That engagement ring already came in the smallest package of all, so it makes good sense to stay on your winning streak by considering a wedding package for your destination affair. Bundle wedding necessities and take advantage of price reductions that mean your Bhat go farther in Thailand than they would if you opt for an a la carte affair. This means a smaller budget for more extravagances that won’t require you to return home and sort out a higher paying jobs to pay off that plastic.
Browse the following and see where your hearts and your wallets lead you:
–The Koh Samui Ultimate Romance Package is the ideal choice if you’re a no-nonsense couple, living in such a fast lane, even finding time for the wedding proved daunting! This three night/four day package is big on bliss. Tuck into an Akyra Chura Samui grand deluxe room, enjoy private breakfasts served in your rooms or on the beach each morning, and schedule 60-minute couple’s massages any time during your stay. Romantic bed turn-down service includes candles, flower petals and fragrances after a private dinner for two plus a bottle of bubbly on your first night as man and wife. A couple’s tour of the Koh Samuni National Marine Park is included in this package, as are airport transfers, though you’re not required to leave your room if you decide not to budge until your return flight is scheduled.
–The Koh Samui Just for Two Wedding Package. For couples who have even less time to honeymoon than newlyweds choosing the aforementioned Romance Package, this option is lavished with amenities and the most often-chosen package because it includes necessities that turn a party into a wedding. This nuptial package includes in-house wedding coordination, a ceremony on the beach (or comparable location if the weather won’t cooperate), altar, wedding cake, bouquet and corsage, master of ceremonies, décor that includes a kom loy for good luck waving in the breeze from your beach canopy and bottles of champagne for guests. You’ll be sequestered that night in the best available room set up for your first night together and enjoy a private dinner on the beach complete with wine. Complementary couple’s massages? Of course.
–The Discover Wedding Package is the most lavish affair you can throw and it’s by far the most popular wedding destination option at Akyra. Imagine yourself hosting ten loved ones at your beach wedding under the watchful eye of a wedding coordinator assigned to nobody but you. Gorgeous decorations, brilliant floral decorations, bouquet and corsage, an hour of cocktails, wedding cake and a master of ceremonies to delight all in attendance are included, as are incidentals. Escape to luxury accommodations and both a private breakfast and romantic dinner for two once you’ve sent your guests off with hugs and kisses. There’s a one hour massage awaiting both of you on the beach any time during your stay–and if you want more than 10 guests in attendance, have at it!
IS THAT ALL THERE IS?
Don’t be silly. If you’ve got the budget, you can arrange to have elephants decked out in flowers in attendance, but it’s likely you have a modest list of extras in mind, just ask: Hair and makeup for the wedding party? Of course. A photographer and/or videographer? Yes, please—to both. Other types of entertainment can be arranged and if you really wish to light up the night, ask about treating your party to a traditional, 30-minute fire show. Extravagances are limited only by your time, finances and the amount of lead time you give Akyra staff if you two happen to be “pull out all the stops” types.
AND YOUR GRAND FINALE?
Once the brouhaha dies down, the flowers are history and your wedding duds are tucked into plastic bags, it’s time to abandon all formality and revel in your first days together as newlyweds. With no place you must be–and no time schedule you must meet–wear as little as you like (in private, if you please) to sight-see, splash in the surf or just settle into your surroundings to congratulate yourselves for pulling off this clever Koh Samui wedding.
By the way, if the Thai tourism industry gave awards for discretion, staff at Akyra would win hands down because, memories to last a lifetime and a promise to return just as soon as you’re able. We have it on good authority that in addition to being the area’s premier wedding and honeymoon destination, it’s fast becoming an anniversary Mecca, too!