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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!