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November 2021

Weddings, Honeymoons and Romantic Getaways


Exotic and metropolitan Bangkok is the centre of everything in Thailand and a great destination for those wishing to get married, on honeymoon, or on a romantic getaway...
Exotic and metropolitan, Bangkok is very much the centre of everything in Thailand. With a heady blend of history and unique culture alongside dazzling attractions and nightlife, Bangkok has become a key destination for couples wishing to get married, especially younger couples with a sense of adventure. Of course, Christian ceremonies are available in Bangkok, but they are not really what draws people to the capital to tie the knot. The Thai Buddhist wedding ceremony is full of ritual and symbolism that other wedding ceremonies lack. But what can a foreign couple expect of the Buddhist wedding ceremony? A traditional ceremony takes days to prepare - the food; the traditional Thai dress; the location, and, oh yes, the monks! In bygone eras a ceremony would take place in a family home or a temple, but with the advent of Bangkok's first-rate hotel's and western style receptions, many ceremonies in Bangkok now take place in banqueting halls. The ceremony takes all-day, starting in the morning when the couple is blessed by monks before the ceremony proper. The couple kneels before nine monks offering food to make merit and in return receiving a blessing. As part of the ceremony, the monks chant Buddhist scripture in the ancient Pali language. A roll of white cotton thread is passed between the monks and held between their hands in a praying gesture. A senior monk drips wax from a holy candle into a small container holding scented water. The monks then bless the couple by anointing them with the water. After this gifts (usually in the form of convenience goods, candles and incense) are offered to the monks who hold large fans in front of their faces and chant again. The monks are then left alone to eat and the couple and guests retire for a meal. One hour later, the marriage ceremony begins in earnest. The couple kneels against a triangular cushion and receives blessings from elders who in return receive a piece of the cotton previously held by the monks. They wear this around their wrist for good fortune. Again, in a return gesture, the elders pour water into the couple's hands. When the ceremony is over, the rest of the day is spent with the couple receiving well-wishers and family, with a possible visit to a temple to release caged animals into the wild to make further merit. The evening sees the western influence on the traditional Thai ceremony - a full-blown reception; food, drink, music (often karaoke) and a good time had by all! Fortunately, the fine detail of preparing such an event can be catered for by Bangkok's wedding planners and a host of world-class hotels that provide wedding packages. For those who are not getting married, Bangkok offers masses to do and see and there are numerous hotels that offer honeymoon suites and packages for those on romantic getaways. Click here to visit our Bangkok section to see what is on offer to complement your romantic Thailand experience.

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