Post # 1
I know our wedding is a little while away, but I’m already stressing a bit too much. To cut a long story short, im from one side of the country and he’s from the other , so after long debates about which side of the country to go (one persons family would have a lot of travelling to do), we decided neither and opted for Thailand – Koh Samui to be precise (after a collegue of his had hers at the same place). Initially i was very against it, but looking into it, it looks quite nice and it will work out cheaper for my family to fly to thailand than across the country. I guess what I’m chasing is some support, I just need to hear some good stories about how destinations have worked, something positive at least, as all I’m hearing is negative at the moment, which makes me rather hesitant to book.
Post # 3
I can’t help with regards destination weddings but I have been to Koh samui twice. The hotels and beaches there are beautiful however I would say that the place itself and the town is very ‘rustic’.
If you want to know about hotels in chaweng feel free to PM me 🙂
Post # 4
I’m having my wedding in Thailand in about 2 weeks and can’t wait! So far,things have been fairly simple with the planning. The communication is somewha slow! However the planners I have been working with have been very customer service oriented and accommodating.
Post # 5
I’m having a destination wedding in Malaysia. They are far more comfortable in English compared to Thais and even then, you have to very specific.
Remember: you have to be a MICRO MANAGER (if it’s a wedding with more than 2 people where you can just get the package). If you want specific flowers, say so. Send pictures, prepare a timetable for that day etc. (unless you are not picky). Always be polite eventhough you’re mad. Basically, you should aim to be almost ‘friends’ with the planner.
Everything turned out to be more expensive for me but I am getting married at a world-renowned resort so I don’t have anyone to blame other than myself (and FI!:D). Logistics has been a bit of a nightmare -even if you have a website, there will still be people who will want you to give them an itinerary, ask you if you’re paying for accomodation etc.etc.
However, all said and done, I don’t mind because we have a lovely location
Post # 6
@Quintala: Hi Quintala,
I am so sorry to hear that you’ve heard a lot of negatives. I have met SO many couples over the years who repeadetly say it was the best day of their life and how much more relaxed it was than a ‘tradtional western wedding’. Out of interest, where/who are you in contact with in terms of getting feedback?
As Jandr has mentioned, communication can be slow – Thai time. That is why there is a place for wedding planners in Thailand – providing you with one point of contact who are in country to chase things up for you and limit the stress involved in planning your wedding day.
Another consideration is the time of year and to check on the seasons as the rainy season does vary from east to west coast. Though in March, Koh Samui should be fine.
I am from the UK, so as far as language barriers and understanding of western expectations, there aren’t any! I also work with my Thai partner, which puts me in a postion of a very good understanding of the Thai culture which really isn’t the same as western.
If there is anything I can help you with, please don’t hesitate to PM me 🙂
Post # 7
Am having mine in Phuket next year. Im sure your wedding will be lovely.
Post # 8
I just got back from my wedding in Thailand…It was amazing…don’t even think twice about it!! We went to Bangkok, Phuket, Railay Beach in Krabi (where the wedding was held) and then to Koh Samui. Everyone that went is already talking about when the reunion is going to be. It was such a great experience for all!