A Lanna (northern Thailand) wedding embracing traditional northern Thai elegance and traditions certainly sounds idyllic, but is it difficult to arrange? Chiang Mai-based wedding planner, Somchit Srimoon (also known as ‘Jit’) of Thailand Weddings, answers your questions.
What is the appeal of a Chiang Mai wedding?
Chiang Mai is considered to be the cultural capital of Thailand and local and overseas tourists visit the region to enjoy the unique Lanna culture. Chiang Mai is a city full of history and temples, but is also close to mountains and nature so you have the best of both worlds. It is also an amazing place to start your honeymoon.
How long have you been arranging weddings in Chiang Mai?
We are the longest established destination wedding business in Thailand and are well into our second decade now. When Thailand Weddings first started we were dealing exclusively with local Thai couples. As time went on, we started being approached by overseas couples who had not only fallen in love, but also fallen in love with Chiang Mai and Thailand. There are now lots of Thailand wedding companies, but ours is the original service and has been featured in magazines and newspapers including the L.A. Times and Bride to be Magazine (Australia). I’m also very proud of the fact that “Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine” included me in their A-List of destination wedding planners, the only wedding planner based in Asia to be named. A truly great honour.
What type of weddings do you arrange?
We are experienced in all types of weddings, from Buddhist to Christian to non-religious ceremonies and are happy to tailor the wedding to our clients’ specific requirements. Whether it is a wedding for a local Thai couple or a couple from overseas, every individual wedding is special and enjoys the same level of professional and friendly service and attention to detail.
Where do your weddings take place?
Our weddings in Thailand service is based in Chiang Mai with the actual wedding ceremony taking place in a rural garden setting in the lovely Chiang Mai countryside. We do also offer a registration-only service for some other areas of Thailand such as Bangkok.
What does a typical wedding in Chiang Mai include?
We get a number of requests to include traditional Thai touches in our weddings and we are delighted when overseas couples want to embrace our rich Thai culture. A Buddhist wedding does include the blessing by monks and traditional merit-making activities for good luck such as releasing a bird into the sky and a fish into the river. The release of sky lanterns is a popular and beautiful feature of a northern Thai wedding and can be included in Christian and non-religious weddings too. We often get requests for elephants to be involved on the wedding day and we are happy to oblige, but also ensure the elephants we work with are well-treated and professionally cared for.
What is your top tip for anybody visiting Chiang Mai for a wedding?
I have to say my top tip would be to make sure you plan some time between arriving in Thailand and your wedding day. In order to allow guests to relax get over any jet lag and also do not be in a rush to pre-book flight out of Chiang Mai right after the ceremony. Most couples that have pre-booked flights to fly out to the beach areas the day after the ceremony regret that mistake, so allow a few days to just enjoy being married before you feel you must pack up and get on with the rest of your life as honeymooners.
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