Planning a destination wedding in Thailand? One of the first decisions you will need to make is the date of the ceremony and the wedding venue. Depending on the number of people you plan to invite, you can choose from a variety of Koh Samui Beach wedding venues. At this point, you might also want to consider a wedding planner in Koh Samui.
Choosing a Thai Wedding Venue
A beautiful private wedding could easily be held at the Conrad Koh Samui, the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, or the Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort. Each offers a private beach where you can celebrate with friends and family.
The cost for a small wedding with only a couple guests would be about $750 to $5,300 with an average cost of about $1,200. These prices do not include the reception or taxes.
If you are thinking about a large event, possibly at a Koh Samui wedding villa, the price will increase. You can check out the options available at the large wedding resorts where all of the details will be taken care of by a wedding planner or choose from Koh Samui Beach wedding packages. Beach Republic, Peace Resort Samui, Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, or Amari Koh Samui are beautiful locations where you and your guests will feel like royalty.
Along with feeling like kings and queens, the price will increase with the number of guests. If you are planning to have up to 50 friends and family in attendance, you will pay from $2,200 to $9,000 or more for your beach wedding.
When choosing Koh Samui beach wedding packages, you need to know what will and will not be included. Most packages include transportation from the airport for the bride and groom and at least one night of accommodations. Also covered in the package will be the celebrant who will perform the ceremony.
Some packages include a wedding cake and flowers for the bride’s bouquet and groom’s corsage. Set-up and decorations of the wedding venue can also be included, and you might want to add a hair and make-up appointment for the bride. The additional cost for hair and make-up is between $150-$300. Be sure to check into scheduling a Koh Samui wedding photographer if this is not included in your package. You will pay about $400 for 4 hours of photography.
Koh Samui wedding packages prices will vary depending on the location and how many guests you invite. If you are planning your event on a budget you might be able to get by with a little over $1,000 all-inclusive. For large weddings, you will probably be paying well over $10,000.
When planning your reception, you will incur additional expenses. If you are looking for entertainment, a DJ will cost around $600-$900 for 4 hours of music. You might consider Thai dancers who will cost another $200 – $900. Including a 5-10 minute fireworks show at your wedding will cost another $450-$1,600.
Legalities of a Thai Wedding
After spending weeks or months planning your Koh Samui beach wedding, you need to also consider the legal fees and whether you will have the legal ceremony performed in Thailand or a token ceremony.
Many couples choose to legally get married in the States and then celebrate in Thailand. If you choose to complete the entire ceremony overseas, you will need to check with your wedding planner in Koh Samui who will help speed up the 3-5-day process in Bangkok. The price of legal fees is only about $170, but the time and hassle could add up.
Overall, getting married in Thailand could be a dream come true. When thinking about a destination wedding there are a lot of things to consider, and one of the most important is the budget.