Thailand wedding

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

I wish I could help you. But that sounds like an amazing idea!

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper

@rhiankadi:  Anything on Phuket Island is going to cost you. I agree that the Indigo Pearl is gorgeous, we have stayed there and it is top notch.

But what I would suggets is look elsewhere in Thailand. Try places like HuaHin and Khao Lak where the prices are cheaper than Phuket and it is a lot less commercialised.

When we stayed at the Evason in HuaHin there was a wedding there and it was so beautifully set out.

 

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

Both Khao lak and HuaHin can only be reached by car. HuaHin from Bangkok (about 2-3hrs) and Khao Lak from Phuket (2hrs). The time depends on traffic and how fast your driver drives.

If you could arrange it then have everyone try and arrive on the same day and that way you could arrange mini vans for transfers.

I would go with Khao Lak. Maybe look at the Marriott.  We were in Khao Lak last month and checked out this resort because it is always on groupon/travelzoo deals. I was suprised how nice it was considering the fact that they do so many deals.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013 - Garden

I’ve not been but a friend of mine came back from a wedding on Phi Phi Island recently and couldn’t stop gushing about it.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Hey, I was born there!

 

.. thats all I have to say

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Hello, I am getting married in Phuket in July 2014. We have chosen the Katathani phuket Resort and Spa on Kata Noi Beach 🙂 we are there for 2.5 weeks in total.

 

10K is VERY acheivable. Our wedding breakdown goes like this. (PS i am from Western Australia)

70 guests, 3 bridesmaids, 3 groomsmen, 2 flower girls & 2 page boys.

Cost of Actual Wedding: $8000
(inc wedding package, photographer, bouquets, hair & makeup for all, centrepieces, buffet reception meal, alcohol, floral decorations, cake)

Other Costs $5000
( clothing & shoes (all we paid for all wedding party dresses ect), invitations, save the dates, rings ect)

Travel Expenses $4000
(inc flights and all accommodation/transfers/expenses)

 

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@rhiankadi:  

Hi, I’m actually getting married at Indigo Pearl In May 2014. I think you might be able to benefit from my months of research – over Thailand and Vietnam. I went on a site visit in Phuket in September. 

Alcohol in Thailand is not cheap due to the heavy excise and with the new government policy, the excise will be even higher in 2014.  Furthermore, Indigo Pearl charges an arm and a leg for corkage if you plan to bring your own alcoho.  For reference, they’re charging THB800 for wine, THB1200 for spirits and THB1600 for champagne. CORKAGE – to open and wash glasses. if you do the maths, it can get crazy if you have guests who can drink like a fish. 

On the plus side, the options for reception and ceremony sites at Indigo Pearl are AMAZING. Unlike most resorts which only has 1 indoor and 1 outdoor venue, from the top of my head, I can count 6 different options. This is what won my fiancé over, he totally loved it and felt that we’re leaving our wedding in capable hands because they’ve been in the business for over 18 years. For reference, we’re expecting a wedding party of 70, and the room rates for Indigo Pearl’s basic rooms are very reasonable with lots of character. 

Given your budget constraints, I would advise you to check out Sala in Phuket. They’re situated right next to the Marriott. Sala doesn’t charge corkage if you buy a drink package from them – you can buy the minimal one where only juice and sift drink is included. They’re actually the only venue I’ve seen that does not charge corkage from the tens of proposals I’ve plowed through.  The venue for the wedding reception is also very nice. You can PM me and I can send you all the pricing information still and I might have the Photos from the site visit which I can also send to you. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@rhiankadi:  Have you considered Malaysia instead of Thailand? It tends to be cheaper, plus the English-speaking heritage means communicating and getting around is a lot easier. That is where we are planning to hold our wedding. 🙂

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@rhiankadi:  

 

I remember that the 2brd villa at the Sala works out to be more affordable than the pool villa as it is spreading the cost of the shared space between 4 people. They have only three 2bird villas tho. If that doesn’t work, Sala is located right next to Renaissance and JW Mariott (?). So what you can do is negotiate a group rate with the hotels next door and have your ceremony at Sala. The 3 hotels are all within walking distance to each other, they share the same beach. 

My spreadsheet shows that Aleenta is also quite competitive in pricing, but since our wedding factors are different, it would be best if you provided them your specs. 

Since there’s still a long lead time to your wedding, you should checkout this page where all the new open ending Thai resorts are listed: http://newthaihotels.com/2014-thailand-hotel-opening-master-list/

From a business point of view, all the young resorts will be more aggressive for business as they have timeline targets to provide a return to their shareholders so they’re much more willing to negotiate a good deal than the more established resorts (I.e. Indigo Pearl). 

When it comes to Thai vs Malay weddings, I would say there are a lot more choices in Thai and it is embedded within the Thai community to provide good service. As for Phuket vs Khao Lak / Hua Hin / Samui…

Hua Hin: the drive is anywhere between 2-3 hours depending on traffic out of Bangkok. All things considered, this is a wedding destination, do you really want you and your wedding party to risk 2-3 hours on the road? Wouldn’t you rather have your guests spend those 2-3 hours drinking and enjoying themselves on the beach?

Khao Lak: I have not been so I can’t say but if it is a long drive, the above applies. 

Samui: my sister in law got married there a year ago, from her spreadsheet, the prices are more competitive in Phuket since there’s more competition. For example, if your’re looking for a florist or a bakery, chances are there will be no more than 2 of each in the town. So limitations on choice and hence pricing. 

The only other thing I have to say which applies to Thailand excluding Bangkok is: taxi mafia. Since that is another topic, I’ll input if someone asks. 

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