(Closed) Is anyone else finding their wedding in Thailand to be so expensive?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@JMPacker:  I was in the process of booking both Bali and Koh Tao when I started to realize just how expensive it was going to be (they mark up everything by 100000% because it’s a foreign wedding) So we bailed on that idea.

Unless you are a local (or know one) it will be much more expensive than you expect. 

That being said, Australia is expensive too so you will probably break even. 

The only tip I have is to drop a nice bottle of wine/sparkles off to all your attending guests and ask them to bring it in duty free to the wedding. That way you will lower the cost of booze which is what was blowing my budget. A $10 bottle of wine in Australia is $40 in Thailand/Bali

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Haggle? In my experience Thais mark up prices ridiculously when they see a non-Thai person. Also research and compare before you commit.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I this is silly. They are marking up the prices not because you’re foreign but because you want ‘foreign’ things (that is to say, your perceptions and ideas of what a wedding should be is not what a local couple’s would be). So, you might want floral decorations, 3-course meals, wine, wedding at a resort etc. 😉 If you want to keep things cheap, then no choice but to do it the local way which is usually a few hundred people who all get fed the same things, a rental dress, cheao bouquet and fake standard flowers (if at all), a cheap venue with plastic chairs where people are allowed to bring their own booze (ergo, a whole less mark up) etc.

Am saying all this as a local (didn’t get married in Thailand but did get married in my country-also a beautiful Asian destination) who paid ‘western’ prices because I wanted a western wedding;)

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@JMPacker:  we are getting married in a resort in Phuket this April with 30 guests, some things are dearer than I thought like alcohol but other things I would pay a lot more for in New Zealand. Wine is expensive in Thailand as they have a 140% tax on it.  So you can avoid paying a lot if you choose not to have wine & just serve other alcohol.  We have to pay $20 corkage on our bottles there too but if you think abou having a bottle of wine in a resturant where you cant BYO in NZ or Aus you would still pay $40 or $50 for one of the cheapest bottles.  Plus the bottles we buy in our resort are around $60 – $90 so we wont be duying direct from them. These prices are NZD by the way not AUD. So we are looking into bringing 10 bottles in (maybe even getting some family to bring a bottle each from NZ) and also serving beer & cocktails (which are about half the price of NZD drinks).  Our wedding is at a 5 star resort so the drinks etc are also higher then if we went to a cheaper restaurant there. One way to save money is we decided not to use a wedding planner (which I really wanted).  You cant haggle at resorts just like you cant haggle in the shopping malls over there just at the markets, but you can ask to swap things out, like I dont need x can I have y instead, for packages.  You can also say do you have a cheaper option and see what they come up with. Also shop around for resorts as there are lots of beautiful ones.  Dont feel bad about changing locations, in my inital planning we changed from Bali, to Chiang Mai, to Ko Samui before deciding on Phuket. :-). 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@JMPacker:  I am sure your wedding planner wont be a waste of money, I looked for another one mor ein my budget but didnt find one. But at my resort they have a wedding planner who is very good but she only plans the ceremony, flowers, etc there is another one I deal with for accomodation & wedding reception.  The ceremony one is also a wedding day coordinator for me so that should be helpful.  Ideally I wanted the whole thing planned by one person but it wasnt to be :-).  Also check what the prices for corkage are for champagne as for bottles of wine our corkage fee is 400 baht plus tax but for champagne it is 900 baht plus tax.  So make sure you dont take it to then be charged a higher amount. Also if you chose local flowers you can cut down costs quite a bit as they offer imported flowers too but I am no sure what you are choosing.  Locally grown roses are cheap in thailand.  We are having lotus and fragipani which are also locally grown.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@JMPacker:  So happy to see this thread!!!! Fiance and I are getting married in Samui, and my goodness – it’s definitely turning out to be more expensive than we had originally thought! Where in Samui are you getting married?

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Haggle, haggle, and more haggle.  I do think you are getting charged somewhat more because you are foreign. 

Would you consider other destination like Krabi? Price might be a little less there.  

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Westitude:  Totally agree! I almost feel like the moment they know you’re not a local, the price goes up a million percent! We actually just successfully negotiated our hotel room rates for our guests for a lot lower than they’d initially quoted us because we had FI’s Thai friend talk to them! The rest of the stuff though – still expensive, unfortunately – but at least, our guests won’t have to pay so much for hotels anymore, especially with such expensive flights!

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you don’t do a package, it’ll be much cheaper. I’ve been to Thailand. They are charging you those rates because it’s a wedding and you’re Australian. There are amazing restaurants that are really cheap but still chic. Look into that, maybe?

Post # 14
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Busy bee

@WYAtocha:  I’m glad you were able to get a better price for the hotel.  All prices can be negotiated in Thailand.  I once walked into a 4 stars hotel in Phuket, they gave me a price for the room then I said I will pay half of that.  Then they said ok.  I don’t really care if they think I’m cheap.  Even if I have the money to spend, it does not mean I enjoy getting ripped off.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

It is true you can get some discounts, I negotiated a 60% discount for the room rates for my guests as we were booking at least 12 rooms. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

A friend of mine has just gotten married in rayong marriott resort, not sure if its expensive or not but their wedding looks amazing!!! 

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