I just want to inform everyone, that as a Pinyo you can easily get married in Thailand with your foreign boyfriend, no matter what the nationality.
I also want to thank Legally married in Thailand for their help to the point I thought I would give them some help with a promo video.
It does take about two weeks once you land in Thailand. As the Philippines embassy will not issue the needed document for about 11 days. If your loved one can not get that much time off work you can go ahead of time to start the process. then he come to Thailand later to register.
Yes getting married in Thailand you need a fair bit of documents from your home city, but is basically easy to get, and the marriage is legally recognized everywhere in the world.
The great people at LegallyMarriedinThailand.com will assist you in getting it done as painlessly as possible. They are wedding professionals and are very experienced with all aspects of the legal process.
So if you want to get married in Thailand, talk with “Jit” and the other friendly people at Legally Married in Thailand and they will take care of you from start to finish.
Just tell them if you found my video helpful in your decision to contact them.
You has to conceded that the vast majority of online Thai resort sites feature a section on “Weddings”, with a young glamorous couple taking their vows against a Beautiful backdrop of white sands and blue waters plus a palm tree or two for good measure. Where the couple shown getting married in these photos is actually located might actually be anywhere in the world, might not be immediately apparent unless the location is stated under the image! Even then it is a photo meant to sell you a dream wedding location…maybe not reality.
How to be a good online consumer. Ask questions assume nothing is as it might appear. Double check.
The Type of Wedding ceremony in Thailand
My favorite question I have heard is asked is, “Why come to Thailand if you want wedding exactly like back home?” OK the TAT (Thailand Authority of tourism) says it is cheaper here, but I hope it is more than that. So why not have aauthentic Thai wedding, I guess that would mean no beach wedding. OK so you might have your heart set on the western Beach wedding so lets look further into beach weddings in Thailand.
The resort Thai beach weddings experience
If the sites wedding photos has few distinctive location shoots with a bridal couple maybe you should wonder is it actually shoot at the resort?
If all the photos shows only one couple was it just a sales Dept mock up wedding? Have they actually done a wedding before?
These are both big warning signs. Find out more. Ask for references local to you if possible..
The beach venue Do they actually have a suitable beach yes I have seen resorts advertise beach weddings and if you investigate hey have no vast open beach area but a beautiful rocky shoreline with several very small sand patches and a long pier. So all weddings held on the small lawn area or by the pool. Ask and get detailed answers.
Do they have an experienced wedding planner or is it just a resort sales person?
Resort non wedding guests
You must accept that you are just one of perhaps hundreds of guests at the resort, so the resort must not disturb them to make your day perfect. If you want it to be all about you then a private island and book the whole thing might be the perfect answer if your budget is big enough. Even in Thailand that is not so cheap.
Be realistic about their position
Minister of the beach
Not every Beach or island location has ministers available. Celebrant does not mean minister! I know of a 5 star resort who just avoided the question of is the celebrant a minister and the couple spent the few days before their wedding frantically searching for a real minister to preform the marriage when they found out the celebrant was nothing more than the western general manger of the hotel. Remember ministers are rare in Thailand and fewer still will do wedding at resorts. Ask and get a proper detailed answer.
True professionals not just a young person with the fancy camera. So ask how experienced is the photographer .
Does he or she work for other resorts?
Have they done western weddings before do they speak some English?
I am not saying Thai photographer are less qualified than westerner ones but every photographer has a personal style and asking to see an on line gallery of their work is just a wise. Many resorts and planners try to up-sell you on western photographers so they get more commissions. They expect the same or more than they get back home so be careful there are some excellent Thai and western photographers in Thailand.
The time of year
You want your beach wedding is the weather suitable for a beach wedding it is not only rain you must consider but winds. Yes winds are often seasonal as well and gusting wind blowing sand into your face and everywhere does not lead to a great wedding experience for sure unforgettable wedding but for the wrong reasons.
Plan your wedding at the best time for the day so the beach area is not to crowded. Yes what is the point of a lovely wedding surrounded by a half naked obese people in bikinis and thongs and is amazing how they ruin your photos when they are in the frame.
These are just he tip of the iceberg of questions and answers you need to know before you book your perfect beach wedding. Remember in spite the fear of booking your wedding over the internet it can and probably will be a great choice with a little common sense and bit of careful research.
One of the most-asked questions by expat guys looking to marry their Thai lady concerns the traditional dowry or ‘Sin Sod’, with many unable to come to grips with…..
How to understand the traditional Thai dowry
One of the most-asked questions by expat guys looking to marry their Thai lady concerns the traditional dowry or ‘Sin Sod’, with many unable to come to grips with the entire concept. In fact, there are many comparisons between the former traditions in the West and the present-day dowry system in Thailand. Back in the day, it was almost compulsory for a Western man to request permission from her father to propose to his beloved and, the higher up the social scale the pair were, the more financial and social benefits were bestowed on the bride-to-be’s family.
In those far-off days, young, beautiful women were regarded as well-trained stepping stones to greater riches and better social positions for their families and, as with many other cultural aspects here in Thailand, the marriage of a daughter traditionally reflects similarities with the Western system. ‘When in Thailand, do as Thailand does’ is the buzz-phrase here, even although, in the majority of marriages nowadays, the Sin Sod is returned by the parents to the newly-married couple as a wedding present to help them start their lives together.
Basically, Sin Sod isn’t about the money, it’s about respect , appreciation and the charming tradition of showing commitment to the family who’ve taught and cared for their daughter from childhood to adulthood and the values involved with respect for the parents and their role in their daughter’s life both up until her marriage and beyond. It should never be, as it often was in the West, an exchange of goods, and it’s considered insulting to both the bride-to-be and the family to attempt to negotiate the amount. However, ‘working out’ the amount with due consideration to your and your beloved’s family financial status is the correct way forward.
This is done not by the groom but by a close and respected friend of the family who is in fact standing up for the groom and his families good name and as such should be very well respect member of the local community if possible. He will come with the groom and act as a personal reference for the groom and his talent and negotiation skills will be needed and show well on the groom. So choose well. Not the time to ask that friendly TuK Tuk driver you know to help.
Sin Sod both compensates the family for the loss of their daughter and demonstrates you’re able to take care of her – and her family when and if necessary. Remind you of a large rock on the soon to be bride of that handsome Doctor? Thai families regard marriage, quite correctly, as being based on financial security and loyalty, a concept somewhat out of fashion in the West.
Ideally, the groom becomes part of a tightly-knit family unit in which support goes both ways. Foreigners brought up with the concept of romantic love may be tempted to think that a dowry destroys their exotic dream but, seen through the eye of Thai tradition, it’s a reinforcement of future family life rare in the West.
The Thai marriage is actually a contractual marriage which for any people who think slavery is a sin, might just be what you should be demanding.
I hear lots about the vows including “love honor and obey” that Obey should be removed but in fact it should be considered if you should be a chatel or not and that would be a more basic restructuring of the whole legal aspect of what a marriage legally is in the west.
The western marriage is preformed in the States, Canada, ac is in fact the exchanging of a chattel. That would be like you buy and sell as daughter into slaver as you would an elephant in Thailand here we respect our women rights. We do not give a way a bride we allow our daughters to choice to marry where they ave actual rights and freedoms that a chattel marriage dos not.
Ok so is all tongue and check but the history of a western marriage is just that the exchange of a female as you would a cow, car, ox or horse. That is why in the west they only issue one marriage certificate, in Thailand you each get one, as is a legally biding agreement between two parties, not a exchange of property.
By the time your ready to go with us to start the registration process and get registered we will have helped make sure you have all your papers in order and that the wording of your affidavits are no hurdle to over come with the Thai officials.
We love to say it is stress free but well we try our best but some times there are people who do not let us to the stressing for them.
So our promise is if you trust us we will do our very best to get you married, without delays or head aches, that you will have if you try to do it on your own.
Here in Thailand weddings are meant to be fun, so you are allowed as much of a ceremony as you want or as little or in fact none at all. All you are required to be legally married is to go and sign the marriage contract at the local amphur or registrar office.
But sadly the Thai Foreign ministry does make it harder for westerners to do, in order not to offend the government of your nationalities.
So you must get their “written permission” in effect from your local embassy or consulate in Thailand first.
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