Destination weddings in Pattaya are continually growing in popularity. Couples from all over the world are choosing to hold tropical weddings in exotic locations, and Thailand is a popular choice thanks to its outstanding natural beauty and world-renowned warm hospitality. Home to hundreds of white sandy beaches and beautiful resorts, it isn’t surprising that Pattaya is becoming a popular place to tie the knot.
Pattaya is conveniently located just two hours from the Thai capital, Bangkok. The town is known for being party central due to its lively entertainment scene. It is a lot less conservative than many other Thai resort towns, so choosing Pattaya as a wedding destination isn’t a good choice for every couple.
Aside from the nightlife, Pattaya weddings have plenty to offer visitors including white sandy beaches, tourist attractions and shopping…more on what to do.
Type of Pattaya wedding ceremony
Both Thai-style and Western ceremonies can be arranged in Pattaya. Regardless of religion, everyone can have a Buddhist beach wedding in Pattaya to boot. This traditional style often appeals to couples who are interested in Buddhism or traditional Thai rituals.
This ceremony is led by authentic Buddhist monks from the local temple, as is tradition, and all Buddhist weddings in Pattaya take place in the morning.
The format of the ceremony varies depending on the venue or planner, but it is usually a shorter version of the traditional Thai Pattaya wedding ceremony, covering the main elements such as the almsgiving, crowns of sacred thread and the water pouring ceremony.
Western Pattaya wedding ceremonies usually consist of a ring and vow exchange followed by a petal shower and champagne toast.
Pattaya wedding planners
If you choose to marry in Thailand, hiring a Pattaya wedding planner will save you a lot of time and stress. Wedding planners located in your chosen destinations can answer all your questions and ensure that every detail of your wedding is planned to perfection. Your personal wedding planner will guide your through every step, from the pre-planning stages right through until your special day, when they will be present for the duration.
Marry in Thailand: offer a wedding planner service for couples who wish to marry in Pattaya. They will they advise you on a suitable venue as well as all other aspects of your special day. 124/80 Moo 10 Nongprue, tel: (03) 300 8830, email.
Thailand Wedding Ltd: can also arrange Pattaya weddings and offer assistance to couples through every stage of their event planning. They can organise beach, island, garden and sunset weddings, as well as offer assistance with honeymoon accommodation booking. 199/147 Moo 9 Thepkrasattri Road, tel: (076) 390 204, email.
Resort weddings in Pattaya
Most upmarket resorts offer their own set wedding packages. Packages usually cover the basics and additional options are available so you can tailor your wedding to suit your individual needs. It’s worth noting that resorts usually stipulate that the majority of your guests must book accommodation at the resort…more on honeymoons in Pattaya.
The five-star Amari Ocean Hotel Pattaya offers a range of wedding packages which include all the essentials such as photography, flowers and spa services. Couples can tailor their own unique package to suit their needs and preferences.
The InterContinental Pattaya Resort is a popular choice among couples who wish to marry on the beach. This is an intimate and romantic way to seal your love, especially if it is held at sunset.
The AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa is another opulent setting for your nuptials. Your wedding can take place in various locations throughout the resort, and up to 300 people can be catered for at your reception.
Other Pattaya weddings
If you and your partner are as much in love with scuba diving as you are with each other, you may be interested in an underwater wedding. Pattaya-based company, Private Scuba offers a unique wedding package which allows you to say ‘I do’ while surrounded by a rainbow of tropical fish. This package is only suitable for couples who have a lot of diving experience. Most companies request a health certificate from your doctor and evidence of previous dives…more on scuba diving.
Pattaya wedding legalities
Your wedding ceremony in Thailand isn’t legally binding by itself. Many couples complete the relevant paperwork to register their marriage in their homeland before departing for Thailand. Tou can do this in Thailand, but this entails a day or two at your Bangkok or Chiang Mai national consulate in order to get a statutory declaration. Many venues and planners offer assistance with this process, and it is rarely a major headache.