What is a Thai Buddhist Wedding?

A once in a lifetime wedding!

At your request, we will arrange the legal registration of your marriage in Thailand. This is of course not required if you would rather not. – For example, many wish to register back home or simply be renewing your vows.

Morning Monk Offerings

The day starts before the sun rises (at 5 am) with the preparation and giving of offerings to the monks as they do their morning alms rounds; they start their rounds when they can see the lines on the palm on their hand by the morning light. This offering is of food for the body, three incense sticks

(one for the Buddha-prapoot-one for the words of Buddha-pratum-and one for the Buddhist monks-prasong) and flowers. No Thai Buddhist wedding is complete without this offering being made in the early morning. Sorry it has to be so early, but it must be if your wedding is to be authentically Thai; the merit you will receive makes the early morning well worth it. If you are lucky enough to be offered a blessing by an elder monk on this occasion you are truly in for a enlightened marriage. It is worth the effort, however we can organise a ‘stand in’ for you if necessary.

Next stop the temple

monk doing Thai wedding blessing for destination wedding couple

You will go to a beautiful traditional northern Thai Buddhist temple to receive the blessing. The sweet scent of incense fills the air and the unique sound of Buddhist chanting echoes through the temple. During this very special ceremony, the monk will bless you with water, tie a symbolically ‘binding’ string around your wrists, and will place three traditional dots on your foreheads (representing the same three things as for the incense you offered to the monks earlier in the morning).

Merit making

After the temple blessing ceremony, you will release birds and/or fish or turtles in order to create merit for your marriage and life together. Time for photos anyone?

Receive your marriage certificate

Thai couples will go an register their marriage at the Chiang Mai City Hall north of the city, where you will sign and receive your Thai marriage certificate.
Congratulations-you are now officially legally married! In Thailand this a a relatively new tradition, as is only done for the government benefits.


Wedding Party

After the temple blessing traditionally a brides family will have the whole village come to their home and have a party to welcome the groom and there the groom gets the loud procession! Lead by local village elders and traditional musicians, Now a days this a mostly been replaced by a more western style wedding reception at a local luxury hotel.

For most of our couples they choose to have a quiet romantic evening together at one of hundreds of local Thai restaurants or at their hotel.

lanna wedding with thai style wedding floral arrangements

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