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story by: Mike Williams

A Wedding in Thailand can be as unique or traditional as you would like it to be and has anything and everything on offer to surprise and amaze you.

Exotic and romantic, getting married in Thailand is a special way to experience the unmatched generosity and friendly culture of Thailand. Whether paradise for you is a secluded, sapphire-blue beach, an oriental adventure or the royal treatment at an exclusive resort, Thailand can provide an excellent wedding backdrop. Phuket is an ideal location for weddings. The beaches, islands and culture offer something different and exotic for your special occasion. From a sunset beach ceremony to five star hotel reception, you can personalise the event to make it the most memorable moment in your life.

Phuket is such a beautiful Island and there really are so many options for you to choose from to create your perfect wedding. The beaches have powder white sand, the islands are picturesque and isolated, your photos will be great! Imagine arriving at a beautiful island with flowers decorating the sand, as you and your partner walk barefoot along the beach and exchange your vows as the waves gently lap the shore. This is such a romantic and unique way to exchange your vows, whether it is an intimate moment for just you and your partner, or with a few special guests.

Phuket's first wedding chapel has just been completed in the Laguna area. This beautiful, world class Chapel is built over one of Laguna's many lagoons and faces the beautiful Bangtao beach it presents an ideal location for your special day where you can float over a tranquil lagoon, graced by exotic Thai touches and mesmerising island sunsets.

The tropical, luxury island of Koh Samui makes a dream wedding setting. Pristine white sandy beaches fringed with coconut trees, clear warm seas, lush gardens and gentle ocean breezes await you and your loved one for your special day. Temples and picturesque cliff-side views add to the oriental magic.

Where East meets West in exotic Thailand your can experience the tranquillity, luxury and romance of an Asian wedding.

Thailand Weddings - Legal Requirements
If you have already legalized your wedding in NZ, it is not necessary to do it again; the wedding ceremony can proceed. Any wedding event arranged in any of the hotels is purely a ceremony and not legal. However, the hotel will issue a symbolic wedding certificate for the couple.

Key things to be aware of:
  • The date of the wedding on the certificate will be the date clients complete the legal paperwork at the local registry office in Bangkok, NOT the date of any wedding party held later.
  • There is at no point any exchange of vows, no “I do”, no exchange of rings and so on.
If you want to make the wedding legal, the following legal paperwork must be completed in Bangkok first. This usually involves a stay in Bangkok of up to 5 full working days and is as follows:
  1. Complete a Statutory Declaration form at the NZ embassy in Bangkok *All Embassies are located in Bangkok and are open between 8:00-11:00 and 13:00- 15:30 Monday-Thursday and 8:00-12:00 on Friday. It is not possible to make an appointment for this service.
    If you have been married before, the Thai authorities also require an Embassy certified copy of either, the death certificate of your spouse or the Divorce Certificate from a court issued in New Zealand.
  2. The completed and witnessed Statutory Declaration must be translated into Thai by an authorized translator. Any other documents must also be translated.
    *Please note that Consular Section does not undertake the preparation or translation of documents. There are a number of companies within a short walk of the Embassy.
  3. Take all translated documents to the Legalisation Division to get rubber stamped by the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs (this can take up to 2 days to process) at the following address: The Legalisation Division, Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs ,123 Chaeng Wattana Road, Laksi District, Bangkok 10210 Office hours: 8.30-15.30
  4. Collect the documents from the Legalisation Division and proceed to any Amphur Office where the paperwork will be endorsed, verified and submitted to the Registrar to register the Marriage. (Your hotel may do this for you). You must make an appointment beforehand and this should at least 3 working days before the wedding date.
    * Two copies of both the bride’s and groom’s passports. * The Statutory declaration from the NZ embassy in Bangkok. * Two copies of Statutory declaration having been translated in Thai by an officially authorized Thai translator with a rubber stamp affixing from the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affair for processing and endorsements.
  5. An officer from the local district office will come to the hotel on your wedding day for the registering process. They will present you with your marriage certificate. Once you have signed the certificate, you are officially authorized under Thai law as husband and wife.
  6. Get the marriage certificate translated into English by an authorized translator.
  7. Get a rubber stamp from the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the translated marriage certificate at the fore-mentioned location.
    Many of the steps in this process have an additional charge.
If this whole process is not complete, you will not be able to lawfully use the Thai marriage certificate in your country.

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