Anyone planning a wedding knows it can be the most exhilarating, magical, yet stressful time of your life. Plan your wedding on a tropical island, however, and feel at least some of that stress melt away instantly.

Perhaps you’re looking for a dream destination wedding. Or maybe you and your spouse-to-be are wanting to quietly elope before the madness of wedding planning takes you hostage. Either way, Phuket, Thailand is a great choice.

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We’ve found the best wedding basics that you can find in Phuket to make your Thailand wedding planning go as smoothly as possible.

Hair and Makeup for a Beach Wedding

Thailand weddings, while gorgeous, can be disheartening when looking for hair and makeup styles that can withstand the heat and humidity. Thankfully, we found Phuket Hair and Makeup, the perfect place to get long-lasting, gorgeous makeup and hairstyles. Ang Ritter and her team will happily help you, and your wedding party, look absolutely stunning for your special day.

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Look like an island princess, at exceptional prices. The team is based in Phuket, on the main island, so there’s no extra charge for any services in the area. They will, however, travel to you if needed, at a worthy extra charge. They’ll also make sure everyone, from the blushing bride to the frilly flower girl, is beautifully made up for the day.

Gorgeous Wedding Dresses

Travelling to Thailand with a wedding dress is not an ideal situation. The dress is likely to get crumpled and can be heavy to carry with you.

Save space, time, and stress by buying your dress while in Thailand. Daughter of Eve is a multi-label boutique, the first one, in fact, to ever grace the shores of Phuket, Thailand. Perfect for the bride looking for a designer dress, as the boutique carries dresses from 6 of the top designers.

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While most dresses can take up to 9 months to create, the boutique has a range of ready-made dresses for those who don’t have months in advance to order a dress.

Phuket Wedding Venues

A beach wedding in Phuket is nothing short of a romantic fairytale. The gorgeous sand, sea and sky blend to create an ideal paradise feel. We can’t think of any better way to celebrate love and make a forever promise.

In Phuket, there are numerous resorts in which you can get married. This is perfect since the resort offers you accommodation, meals and a romantic beach spot for you and your guests. Usually, the resorts will also have their own private beaches, so you won’t have to worry about permits.

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Our pick would be Trisara, a gorgeous resort with its own private beach and exceptional wedding services. They offer four different venue types for both ceremonies and receptions.

  1. The first is on their private beach, where your guests will be seated right on the soft beach sand. Enjoy a barefoot, tropical ceremony with the sound of the soft waves in the background.
  2. If the beach is not your thing, opt for a private residence to host both your ceremony and your reception. The residence is either ocean front or ocean view, all with amazing views and an intimate feel.
  3. There is also the sunset pavilion, a secluded beach spot nestled in lush greenery. The perfect mix of tropical garden and paradise beach setting.
  4. Last but not least, is the resort’s sea view deck. This has the largest capacity, with a breathtaking view and the perfect spot, shaded by tall palm trees, for a picturesque wedding.

Thailand Wedding Cuisine

If you’re hoping to create a Thai-inspired wedding, you may want to consider serving the following meals:

  • Somtom (Papaya Salad)
  • Vegetable and tofu soup
  • Grilled or Fried Chicken
  • Chiang Mai Sausage
  • Water bugs/bamboo worms/Silk Worms (seasonal)
  • Lamb Gai (minced spicy chicken)
  • Moo Nam Tok (spicy pork)

The food is served with sticky rice – a staple food of the north.

To drink, you’ll find:

  • Thai Iced Tea
  • Thai Beer

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Of course, you will need to speak to your venue about which foods they offer, and if there are other options. Most places will be able to create a delicious menu for you, which both you and your guests are bound to love.

There will most likely be international dishes as well, if you prefer this.

Find a Great Wedding Photographer in Phuket

Of course, something that everyone wants for their wedding day is photos to keep the memories forever. Finding a good photographer in a foreign country may seem hard, especially if you’re rushed for time. Try and find your photographer beforehand, and keep in contact with them to make sure you’re both up-to-date with arrangements etc.

A well-known photographer in Thailand, Gina Smith Photography have been photography wedding memories in Phuket for 8 years. Gina and her team are available to help create still photos and well as videos of your day.

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Now you’re ready to plan your dream wedding in Phuket, Thailand! All that’s left to figure out is the finer details, like the cake and the groom’s outfit. Remember to take time to enjoy your special day and take in as much of Thailand’s beauty as possible.

The good news is that once the actual wedding is over, you’re in the perfect spot for a tropical honeymoon. Pack some beach clothes and expect to your days lazing in paradise.