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3 Facts About Wedding Garters

Wedding garters and the tradition of wedding garter tossing have been around for generations and are done in many countries. Getting married soon and deciding if you should have a wedding garter tossing tradition during your wedding celebration? Here are 5 enlightening wedding garter facts!

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Wedding garters’ original purpose is to hold up the bride’s stockings — But it has evolved into a well-loved tradition during wedding celebrations. The groom will remove the bride’s wedding garter, to be tossed around and caught by one of the male guests (who are unmarried). He will then place the wedding garter onto the leg of the lucky female guest (who must also be unmarried) who caught the bride’s bouquet. As the recipients of the wedding garter and bridal bouquet, it is said that these 2 lucky individuals will be the ones to marry soon.

You can wear two wedding garters – Naturally you would want to keep your wedding garter as it is an important part of your wedding ensemble, and one that you might want to hand to your future children as an heirloom. That’s why you can opt to get a wedding garter set that comes with 2 wedding garters: one for the garter tossing tradition, and one more ornately-decorated garter for you to keep. Both garters are placed on the same leg, with the garter you would like to keep placed higher on your thigh, and the garter for tossing placed just above your knee.

Wedding garters come in a wide range of styles and designs – There are so many options when it comes to wedding garters, and ideally you can choose one that matches your wedding dress and color/motif of choice. Whether it be vintage, modern, bohemian, romantic, or traditional, there is bound to be a wedding garter that will suit your wedding style. You can even make your wedding garter fun and wacky by choosing one (to keep) that is personalized with you and your partner’s names, or one that comes in a theme reflecting your partner’s interests. Do not forget that your wedding garter will also feature in some of your wedding photos, that’s why it’s important to choose one that reflects the style and design of your choice, but also one that will look flattering on your leg and one that has details that will photograph beautifully.

The wedding garter tradition is one that you should definitely not miss during your wedding, and the perfect wedding garter will make this tradition even more memorable.

 

 

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Top Wedding Garter Styles

Your wedding garter is an important detail in your entire wedding ensemble. Just because it will be hidden during most of your wedding celebration does not mean that it’s irrelevant, as wedding garter tossing traditions are among the most highly-anticipated ceremonies during your wedding reception. There are various wedding garter styles to choose from, and here’s a handy guide to what’s out there and the most recommended styles.

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  1. Vintage – We all know that you can never go wrong with vintage, and vintage garters always come packed with an oomph factor with all that beautiful and ornate lace trimming, delicate feathers, bows and/or floral ornaments, intricate beading and other sparkly details. A vintage garter also usually comes with a mesh ruffled trim that gives the garter this romantic and feminine look.
  2. Simple and chic – If you’re wearing a wedding gown that’s more on the elegant, modern, and chic side, a simple garter with minimal trimming works best to complement your wedding gown. Simple wedding garters often come with a delicate lace trim, minimal ornamental details, and perhaps just an addition of a complementary color to make it stand out. Some may also be a simple band decorated with a simple floral lace applique, a rhinestone, simple beads, or others.
  3. Bold colors – Want to make that garter really stand out? Some garters come in bold color choices, such as a romantic, deep red that exudes sexiness and romance, or an all-black garter that simply spells out utter sophistication. Your wedding garter can be bold, fun, and can ultimately go against the grain from the traditional wedding garters people are accustomed to. Wow your guests with a bold color choice!
  4. Bling – Bedazzle your entire wedding celebration with a wedding garter that truly sparkles! Gemstone or rhinestone-studded wedding garters are quite popular among brides, and with good reason, because this wedding garter style adds that certain touch of luxury and elegance, and is a fool-proof style that will look good on your legs and will photograph beautifully.
  5. Floral touch – For an ultra feminine wedding garter choice, floral ornaments on a wedding garter add a natural, soft, and classy touch. Florals can come in the form of fabric flowers, lace flowers/applique, hand-beaded floral details, or even floral touches made of gold and silver, adorned with precious stones or gems.

If you’re having a Thai destination wedding by the beach, you can also opt for a wedding garter inspired by the sea, beach, and tropics, too!

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Top 4 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wedding Garter

Every small detail during your wedding day should not be overlooked, and this includes choosing the perfect wedding garter for your special day.  It’s a common question among many brides out there: “How do I know which wedding garter will suit me best?” Here are a handful of tips that will help you decide.

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  1. Style/design – Your wedding dress’ style can clue you in on what garter style will be appropriate. Is it vintage, retro, romantic, glamorous, chic, modern, bohemian, or traditional? Wedding garters come in various styles, so you can opt to choose one that complements your wedding gown. An important factor to consider is choosing a garter style that will not create unsightly bumps or marks on your dress’ silhouette (especially if your dress is quite form-fitting in the thigh area). Garters also come in various designs, some very ornate and heavily trimmed with lace, gemstones/rhinestones and beading, bows, and more—while some come in more simplistic designs with minimal trimmings like a simple and delicate lace design with just a pop of color.
  2. Color – Wedding garters usually come in the usual wedding colors (white, beige, pastels), trimmed with lace, ribbons, and other designs. However you can always make your wedding garter choice a fun one that involves a pop of color, even one that matches your wedding’s color palette or theme. Whether it be pastels, hot pink, or striking black trimming, the wedding garter can be as conservative or as unconventional as you want it to be.
  3. Fit – It is important that you choose a wedding garter that fits comfortably since you will be wearing it during your entire ceremony. You don’t want one that will cut off your circulation, or one that will have trimmings (i.e. lace) that will irritate your skin. Make sure the garter stretches to a width that’s comfortable for your thigh. Your wedding garter must also look flattering on your leg, will photograph well, and will complement your choice of footwear, too. A lot of garters come in a one-size-fits-all size, but that doesn’t mean that it is instantly a good choice right away. Before purchasing, fit the garter and see if it holds in place or if it’s too tight.
  4. To get one, or two? – The garter tossing tradition is one that is always a much-awaited part of the wedding reception or after party, in which your lucky guest will get to keep your wedding garter. In case you’d like to keep your wedding garter, you can opt to get a wedding garter set, which are 2 wedding garters, a simpler one for the garter tossing ceremony, and one more ornate and special for you to keep as a memorabilia, and even as an heirloom to pass on to your future children.

Here in Thailand wedding garters are expertly and elegantly handcrafted, perfect for your Thailand destination wedding. Remember: choosing a wedding garter should be a fun and easy decision, and hopefully these tips have helped you figure out the right wedding garter for you. Enjoy and happy choosing!

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3 Wonderful Wedding Ceremonies To Include In Your Thai Destination Wedding

There are many ways to make your Thai wedding ceremony even more meaningful and significant to both you and your partner. Whether you want to incorporate some exotic Asian or Thai culture into your ceremony, or desiring meaningful gestures that symbolize your love for each other, these wonderful wedding ceremonies can be that special touch you are looking for to make your special day even more unforgettable.

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Water Blessing Ceremony

This Thai Buddhist ritual is one that’s very meaningful and considered as the most important part of a southern Thai wedding ceremony. The bride and groom sit and kneel down side by side on a blessed table/pedestal. Using a special conch shell, their guests (who must be older than the couple) take turns in slowly pouring holy water on both the couple’s hands. This signifies a blessing of their special loving union and is a truly wonderful experience that is said to bring you and your partner good fortune n life, and of course, make your wedding ceremony an even more memorable moment in your lives. In the north of thailand is the Knot tying ceremony

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Sky Lantern Wedding Ceremony

Popular amongst beach weddings. during sundown to nighttime couples can light sky lanterns and release them into the night sky. This mesmerising ceremony is a beautiful sight to behold both for the newlyweds, as well as the wedding guests. This ceremony signifies prosperity, as well as good fortune for the future of the newlyweds. The lanterns may also have written wishes inside, and coloured lanterns with significant meaning may also be used—the color purple signifying opportunities for the future, and green coloured lanterns signifying growth.

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Sand Blessing Ceremony

This ceremony requires two kinds of sands taken from various locations, to be poured simultaneously by the bride and the groom into one special vial (that can be decorated or engraved with you and your partners’ wedding monogram or initials, or have a special design that’s meaningful or representative of your union. The vial can be used for display afterwards as a loving reminder in your home). The sand can be taken from locations that have special meaning to you and your partner. The sand used may also be multicoloured, for more visual appeal.This ceremony signifies the union of two people as well as their respective families. It’s a ceremony that further emphasises the strong bond between two hearts.

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5 Tips on Planning Your Western Wedding in Thailand

A destination wedding in Thailand need not necessarily be a Buddhist wedding. A non-denominational Western wedding in Thailand is a much sought-after dream by many couples all over the world. Here are a couple of tips to help you plan your much-awaited wedding celebration!

  1. Hire a professional wedding events planner

    Because of the increase in number of these non-denominational weddings of international couples, as well as same-sex wedding ceremonies which are also welcomed, many wedding planners and event companies offer entire Western wedding packages that cover all the essentials you’ll need for your celebration—from the wedding celebrant down to the wedding reception. These arrangements will help you streamline your wedding preparations. Though it is highly important that you choose your events planner wisely, and one that you can communicate well with.

  2. Choose an experienced wedding celebrant

    Language is an important thing in any celebration, and as much as possible opt for a wedding celebrant that speaks the language of your choice, and speaks it well, and also carries himself confidently, with a commanding presence. It is vital that everyone is understanding each other well during the ceremony and you would want to avoid any miscommunication.  Your wedding celebrant can also assist you in creating your wedding vows.

  3. Choose the best location for your destination wedding in Thailand

    Destination weddings have an exotic feeling to them, and one of the main reasons why people choose a destination wedding over a regular wedding back in their home countries is because they would like to try something different and make the experience even more memorable. While you can always do a beach wedding or an outdoor winter wedding in Thailand, there are also other unconventional wedding locations you can try, such as a wedding by the limestone cliffs or an underwater ceremony—skies the limit! For non resort western wedding with a Thai rural theme try a Christian wedding in northern Thailand. Just don’t forget to consider the weather when setting the big date!

  4. Plan everything as early as possible

    Planning a wedding in another country you’re unfamiliar with can pose many great challenges, and with bearing these in mind it’s always best to plan your destination wedding as early as you can, to ensure that the wedding suppliers you want will be available on the date of your choice, and that you have ample time to prepare for your important legal paperwork before you fly to Thailand for the big day. While there are always uncertainties in planning big life events, it’s best to provide a leeway to correct any mishaps or miscommunications.

  5. Research, research, research!

    The internet is your source for everything you will need for your wedding in Thailand . Here in Thailand Wedding Guru, you can find all the suppliers and planners you will need for that Western wedding in Thailand!

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5 Reasons Why You Should Have a Thai Destination Wedding

If you are looking to have a destination wedding in Southeast Asia, here are a couple of reasons why a Thai destination wedding might be the perfect location for that unique and exciting wedding you’ve been longing for. Already hitched? Make that renewal of vows extra special. Let the many wonders of Thailand enchant you and your partner!

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  1. The most stunning beach weddings imaginable

As a tropical country blessed with beautiful shores and picturesque views of the sea, Thailand is considered as a popular, much-loved destination to have beach weddings at. Whether you choose a wedding in Phuket or Krabi with majestic views of the Andaman Sea, or Koh Samui with the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Thailand, you have many options to choose from for that perfect beachside wedding with that dreamy tropical sunset.

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2. One-of-a-kind, exotic winter weddings in Northern Thailand

If you aren’t a beach person, Thailand can still work for you and your dream destination wedding as the North of Thailand has a cool climate and features rich natural and lush landscapes, such as the province of Chiang Mai.

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3. Home of some of the best luxury accommodations and resorts in the world

The most important day of your lives deserves extra special accommodations, and in Thailand, 5-star luxury hotels and resorts are in abundance, featuring world-renowned Thai hospitality, luxurious pampering and spa services, as well as stunning architecture and the finest cuisine.

 

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4. Booming destination wedding industry

Many international couples have been drawn in by Thailand’s natural charm and beauty, and as a popular destination wedding location in Southeast Asia, it is also home to the best wedding suppliers from all over the world—expert wedding planners, talented wedding photographers and videographers, international event stylists and entertainment providers, world-class wedding caterers and pastry chefs, and much more. You can be confident that your wedding in Thailand will be the best that it can be, and that your envisioned celebration can be executed flawlessly.

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5. Wonderful Thai cuisine – A culinary experience

Thai cuisine is among the world’s best, the gem of Southeast Asian Cuisine! Featuring a wide array of rich flavors, natural ingredients, and distinct spices—a truly unforgettable culinary journey awaits you and your partner, as well as your wedding’s special guests! Thailand is also home to some of the world’s most talented international chefs that transform Thai cuisine into updated Asian-fusion dishes to give them a modern day twist. The unparalleled Thai cuisine will definitely enchant your tastebuds!

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5 Important Tips in Planning your Thai Destination Wedding

Wedding planning is generally a challenging hurdle every couple needs to get through, but planning a destination wedding in a country not your own is another hurdle altogether. Minimize your planning woes and stresses, as here are a few Thailand destination wedding planning tips and some expert advice!

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  1. Choose a location with the weather and logistics in consideration

    – As a tropical country, Thailand’s weather can vary from hot and humid to rainy, so if you’re planning an outdoor beach wedding (a popular choice amongst international destination wedding couples), do your research and consult with the seasonal forecast. Thailand is comprised of many wondrous locations that feature stunning natural features, so also choose one which reflects you and your partner’s personalities, keeping in mind logistics and travel transfers for you and your wedding guests, too.

  2. Choose a reliable and trusted wedding planner

    – Since a lot of the planning will have to be made before you arrive Thailand, not only is it extremely recommended that you hire a wedding planner, but also to choose one that you can be comfortable with in making your important wedding plans and one who you can entrust to make some wedding decisions in your behalf. Read clients’ testimonials and FAQ sections in their websites to get to know your wedding planner a little bit more. He or she will have an in-depth knowledge and experience in the wedding location unfamiliar to you, so it’s best to hire a wedding planner who knows what he or she is doing rather than you trying to plan everything out yourself, which will only stress you out and keep you from enjoying your wedding holiday. Also, a possible language barrier can exist so do choose a planner whom you feel comfortable communicating with and one who really understands what you want.

  3. Make sure you bring all your necessary documents

    – A wedding in Thailand for foreigners requires you to have all your necessary personal documents, and these need to be arranged in Bangkok firstly. Do your research and coordinate with your respective embassies to ensure that you have all the paperwork down pat. Or Better still engage the services of an expert on legal marriages like Legally Married in Thailand   Because if it isn’t a legal marriage your having,  what is your  Thailand destination wedding?

  4. Make it special and incorporate some Thai culture

    – Since you’re in an exotic, exciting country steeped in rich culture and history, it’s a great idea to incorporate a few elements of the local culture into your ceremony, such as a Thai water blessing. Make your wedding ceremony even more meaningful and memorable with a touch of Asian influence!

  5. Choose a talented wedding photographer

    – Photography is of utmost importance when you’re planning your exotic destination wedding—You’d want to treasure this moment forever and share your beautiful experience via photos to your friends and family back home.

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3 Important Tips and Etiquette For Thai Wedding Guests

Many couples from all over the world opt to have a traditional Thai destination wedding ceremony, which is a Buddhist ceremony that involves special rituals and also follows certain Thai wedding etiquette for your special guests. Here are a few important things to keep in mind if you are attending a Thai wedding and do not know what to expect.

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  1. Dress code

If it isn’t held in a 5-star hotel that requires a formal suit and tie attire, it’s best to follow a smart casual attire, and if the wedding is to be held on the beach or outdoors, wear comfortable, breathable clothes that still look smart and polished, bearing in mind the temperature and humidity. Wearing black clothing is also considered unlucky and must be avoided, along with clothes that are deemed too casual such as flip-flops/slippers, shorts, and shirts. Modest clothing is also to be expected of female guests and it is advised to cover up your shoulders and wear a skirt/dress of an appropriate length if you are to be part of the morning Buddhist ceremony.

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  1. Be punctual

In Thai weddings some guests are only invited in certain parts of the ceremony—close family and friends are usually present starting from the main ceremony in the morning, while friends and other guests are just invited to the wedding reception/party after. Your wedding invitation will indicate what part of the celebration you are invited to. Just like any other wedding it is always ideal to arrive early on time especially for the Thai ceremony which usually starts early in the morning.

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  1. What to give for wedding gifts

Giving a cash donation as gifts is the common practice in Thailand, and this amount is to be placed inside the envelope of the wedding invitation that you’ve received— which indicates your name. If you are unsure of how much to give, a reasonable amount can start from 1,000 Baht, while 2,000 – 5,000 are also very nice gestures if you are feeling more generous. The couple takes note of how much you’ve given, and often they will do the favor of returning the same amount to you on your wedding day. When you arrive, someone will greet you and will point you towards where you can drop your gift and a guest book to sign.

Thai weddings are fun-filled affairs, and with these simple etiquette and customs, surely you will enjoy this unique celebration!

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Why is your Lanna Buddhist ceremony so unique?

Many Westerners are familiar with the spiritual discipline of Buddhism, transmitted mainly in Europe and American in the Mahayana tradition or the esoteric Tibetan or Japanese Zen styles. However, the Buddhism practiced in Thailand is of the Theravada school, the closest of all the traditions to the Sakyamuni Buddha’s original teachings.

Known as the ‘Teaching of the Elders’, Theravada is practiced in Burma, Sri Lanka, Laos and Cambodia as well as in Thailand, and is believed to have strong links to early Buddhism in Sri Lanka, where it still flourishes today. Established in Thailand during the Khmer period between the 9th and 13th centuries and replacing the fading Mahayana tradition, Theravada’s purity soon became integrated with former folk beliefs and Chinese Thai religious traditions. Some still believe it developed originally from a secret Mahayana tradition.

The acceptance of Theravada was spurred by the arrival in Thailand of monks from Sri Lanka late in the Khmer era, and was celebrated in the late 13th century as the state religion of the newly-established Sukothai Kingdom. From this point, records of its development are few due to the Burmese conquest of the Sukothai capital, Ayutthaya in 1767 and the destruction of all its records.

Visitors to the beautiful Lanna Kingdom temples are often confused by murals depicting tales from Indian Hindu mythology, based on the Cambodian influence of Vedic Hinduism. Even nowadays, certain Theravada rituals contain strong Hindu elements, although the focus on the god Brahma has diminished during the rule of the Chakri Dynasty.

 

Elements of ancient folk religion, including a belief in spirits, ghosts, predictions by famous seers and the wearing of protective amulets all add to the cornucopia of belief systems in Thailand, especially in its rural northern regions. Another unique aspect of Theravada is the northern Forest Monk tradition, in which the monks lived in the wild forests, visiting rural villages, helping out where needed and ordering their lives as did the Lord Buddha in his search for enlightenment.

Whilst you’re in Chiang Mai, a visit to Wat U Mong is a must. It’s one of the last Forest Monk temples in Thailand, the wandering monks having been forced by the ecclesiastical leaders to abandon their way of life and join the Sangha community almost a century ago. Several of the leading Forest Monks including Ajarn Chah and Ajarn Sumedho are believed to have achieved enlightenment.

So, how do the above fascinating history and spiritual traditions affect your Theravada marriage ceremony? Oddly enough, a Thai Buddhist marriage is not considered a religious rite, rather a family occasion. As a result, especially in the northern Lanna Kingdom and its former capital, Chiang Mai, it’s normal for a couple to individualize their own ceremony and even choose the format of the ritual to suit themselves and their guests.

Monks are present at the ceremony, even although it’s not held in a temple, blessing the couple and their guests in the ancient Pali language and conducting the ceremony according to the couple’s wishes and the traditions involved. The ‘five precepts’ of the Pancasila celebrate much the same virtues as does the Christian ceremony and, although some couples may find them old-fashioned in this ultra-modern world, they’re as relevant today as they have been throughout history.

Respect for life, respect for others’ property, truthfulness and faithfulness are lifestyle standards, although Western couples may find the promise to avoid alcohol somewhat restrictive! Traditional Lanna Thai costume can be worn by the guests as well as the couple, and its shimmering silks add glamour to the romance of the entire day. Chiang Mai wedding ceremonies are authentic, lively affairs, involving gift-giving, participation by the guests and good luck symbols in the décor around the Buddha in front of which vows are taken.

Your wedding planner can help you with deciding on the details you’d wish to include in your special day, from your costumes, glorious floral decorations to the format and timing of your wedding. You’ll be able to take part in all the ceremonials with an understanding of the rituals involved, and even join in the chanting after a little coaching beforehand. After all, weddings are about committing to each other with love and generosity of self – no matter where in the world and under which spiritual discipline they take place, they’re just as meaningful.