In general Thai people are one of the most tolerant races on the planet. One walk through the streets of Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket or Koh Samui will show you that people of all backgrounds, nationalities, religions and sexual preferences are all welcomed and integrated in everyday life. Thai TV is a classic example of this as most programs, especially soap operas, feature gay or transgender characters as this accurately reflects the Thai society.
Whilst the Thai people are welcoming and accepting of everyone, and can be seen as being ahead of many other countries with this open and honest attitude, unfortunately the legal system does not necessarily concur with this outlook. The law will eventually catch up, but as yet it is still not possible for same sex couples to legally marry in Thailand. This is actually not a major impediment or deterrent for couples wanting to experience a Thailand beach wedding. In fact the vast majority of opposite sex couples who have their marriage in Thailand actually have their legal wedding performed in their own countries. This is mainly due to the inconvenience of having to attend embassies in Bangkok and completing the legal process, but also due to restrictions and requirements placed on certain nationalities by their embassies. For example; the French and Filipino embassies require nationals from those countries to be in the Kingdom of Thailand for an extended period of time before a wedding can take place. Others such as the Chinese Embassy, have such an extensive list of requirements to allow you to marry in Thailand that in lots of cases it’s just easier to do this in your own country.
Thailand is a same sex friendly country for visitors and therefore should be an extremely attractive wedding destination for same sex couples. However, some further research may be required before you go ahead and make a booking. As a longstanding wedding planning company based in Thailand we have never come across a resort which wasn’t same sex friendly in terms of accommodation. But there are still some that would not allow a same sex wedding ceremony at their property, this may seem somewhat hypocritical but it is a fact to be aware of when considering your perfect wedding venue. At Faraway Weddings we only arrange weddings at our own private villa venues and we are actually encouraging and promoting same sex weddings at these venues by launching www,gayweddingthailand.com.
To summarize, same sex couples and wedding parties can expect a fun filled trip and memorable wedding without fear of discrimination and therefore, if you’re looking for a unique beach wedding experience then Thailand, and specifically Faraway Weddings on the island of Koh Samui, are here to provide a stress free wedding planning experience for you!
Recently at Faraway Weddings we’ve had an increase in inquires for same sex marriages and welcome the opportunity to work with couples from all demographics and lifestyles. Up to this point we’ve had the opportunity to plan a handful of same sex marriages and are very excited to see the continuous growth in same sex couples interested in marrying here on Koh Samui. In the past few years we’ve gained more experience with the unique elements of same sex weddings and we are continuing to learn with each new wedding.
Over the years our company has evolved to meet the constantly changing demands of clients seeking a destination wedding in Thailand.
However, whilst arranging same sex weddings we noticed a number of potentially embarrassing issues in relation to our websites and our unique online wedding tools. There were so many references to the bride and groom, the bridal party, the groom’s room etc so to cater specifically to this ever growing market we have now launched www.gayweddingthailand.com
This is another company development to reflect our dedication to detail and to make the whole wedding experience as smooth and stress-free as possible.
We are not claiming to be experts in this specific field of wedding planning, but we do have experience of same sex weddings and our extensive wedding planning experience is second to none after successfully arranging over 1,000 weddings between 2004 and today.
Each wedding is unique and each couple has their own special touches and personalities to add to their big day. We welcome any suggestions from couples, same sex or otherwise, to help make their wedding as special as possible. So, when working with your wedding planner, please feel free to share your suggestions and ideas for making your day as memorable as possible.
We are happy to provide the traditional beach wedding style or we are happy to accommodate new ideas and traditions. Our Secular Beach Wedding and Buddhist and Secular Combo Wedding experiences are available to same sex couples but please keep in mind that a legal same sex marriage cannot be done in Thailand at this time. However couples are free to complete the legal ceremony in their home country and enjoy their celebration here on the beautiful beaches of Koh Samui.
Our two private villa venues are perfect for same sex weddings and are tried and tested locations.
Koh Samui is a beautiful destination for couples from all of over the world to come to celebrate their love for one another and Faraway Weddings welcomes diversity and we hope this new website is an exciting step into the future!