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Faraway Wedding Day Story
Once you’ve chosen your perfect partner, the next most important decision is choosing the perfect wedding planner to arrange your ultimate wedding experience.
Every Faraway Wedding package is designed around your wishes, your expectations, and your imagination. Each package has evolved and developed with each successful wedding and your ideas, together with our flexibility, are what have made Faraway Weddings the preferred wedding planner of many.
You will be professionally guided throughout the whole wedding process and literally everything will be taken care of for you from the legal side of things to the dinner reception.
Once on Koh Samui, you’ll meet your wedding planner, and our events manager, to finalise all the arrangements. Each wedding package has the right ingredients to make your day very special and there are a number of additional options to give you the flexibility and opportunity to make the day something totally unique to you.
If you choose a Faraway Wedding package, this is an example of how your wedding experience could be:
It all starts for the bride when you are picked up from your hotel. The bridal party will be chauffered from your hotel to the Faraway Villa on the picturesque Lipa Noi beach. On arrival you’ll have time to explore the villa, relax in the garden or on the beach. The hairdressing and make-up stylist will arrive to help you get ready for the ceremony in air-conditioned comfort.
At the appropriate time, minibuses arrive at the hotel reception to take the groom and guests to join the bridal party at the villa. On arrival at the villa, everyone will be greeted with a welcome drink of refreshing tropical-fruit punch and an invigorating, scented cool towel.
When the ceremony is set to commence, you, the bride and groom, will walk the short distance up to the main road where you’ll be greeted by the amazing sight of an elephant, complete with traditional dress.
This is where you can really start to enjoy the full Faraway Wedding experience.
Traditional Thai dancers and musicians create a musical procession and with you safely seated on the elephant, you’ll enjoy a truly incredible and spectacular journey as the procession carefully makes its way through the gardens and flower arrangements to the ceremonial area.
Here, the monks will be waiting, seated in a decorative Sala and ready to perform the traditional Buddhist wedding ceremony.
Everyone is involved in this ceremony and to begin with, you light sacred candles and burn incense. The Abbott anoints your foreheads with three daubs of holy paste and ties sacred white string around your heads, the hands of all the monks and then finally to an elevated point. This point is where the gods and spirits can enter to bless your union. In this manner you are connected and protected by all, and your marriage will be blessed in keeping with Buddhist tradition.
At this stage the monks begin to gently chant prayers in the musical Pali language while you and your guests perform a wai (a Thai greeting, which you do by joining the palms of your hands at your chest level).
When the prayers are over, five gifts are placed in front of the monks for you to offer to them. They will in turn, then bless you and your guests. You, as the bride and groom, will then be asked to slowly pour water dedicated to your relatives who have passed away. In Buddhism, this is done as a form of merit making.
To close the Buddhist ceremony the Monks will sprinkle lustral water (NAM MON) on you and your guests for good luck and, shortly after, they will return to the temple. You can then proceed to the garden area where you will perform two further significant acts to confirm and celebrate your union. Firstly, you will plant a love tree in the Faraway Villa gardens and then you will release two caged birds. Both these acts are considered to be good luck at the beginning of a marriage.
The water blessing (ROD NAM SANG) will then commence and you will be asked to sit next to each other with your hands in a wai position (how you would pay respect to the Lord Buddha) on a small specially made platform.
This ceremony is begun by the Groom’s parent placing a floral garland around the bride's neck and the bride’s parent doing the same for the groom. The most senior person (either bride or groom’s parents) will then act as the leader of the event.
Firstly, they will pour water over your hands and wish you good luck. The water is contained in a conch shell (ROD is soak, NAM is water, and SANG is conch shell) and the ceremony is an integral part of Thai custom.
Guests are invited to repeat the gesture, giving you an opportunity to share a brief moment with each person. After everyone has had a chance to wish you good luck, the water blessing ceremony is over.
After a short time to relax and mingle with your guests, the celebrant will invite the groom and your best man to stand next to him in the ceremonial area to mark the start of the secular beach ceremony.
Here, the beach has been brushed into a pathway laid with rose petals. Edged by flaming torches and flower arrangements, it leads to the heart shaped stage made of sand, covered with rose petals, and an arch beautifully decorated with your favourite flowers.
Decorated chairs are positioned for your guests. Each chair has a fresh flower attached with ribbon and a cone made from a banana leaf filled with rose petals as confetti.
As the sun begins to make its descent into the Gulf of Thailand, the guests take their seats and as the wedding song of your choice plays; your bride is slowly escorted along the beach by her father and bridesmaid.
When she joins you, you both stand facing the celebrant and your guests, allowing them the opportunity to share the emotion of the occasion, as you make your vows. The celebrant guides you through the vows and when it comes to the exchange of your rings, the best man steps forward holding a large flower on a stem. Inside the flower are your wedding rings and, in turn, you take the rings and exchange them with each other.
Once the vows and rings have been exchanged, the celebrant pronounces you husband and wife, just as the sunset is now at its finest point, providing you with memories that’ll last for ever. It will also provide you with amazing photographs to share with your friends and relatives who couldn’t attend.
A bottle of champagne is brought onto the beach and once you’ve popped the cork a toast is performed and that’s when you’ll be showered in rose petals, as the photographer expertly captures the moment.
Following the beach photographs, making the most of the sunset, you’ll then be introduced to the Koh Samui Registrar who will complete the signing of the civil registration form. The registrar will countersign the marriage certificate and give you two originals. He will then confirm that you are husband and wife as authorized by Thai law.
As the ceremonies come to a close canapes will be served and the bar open for cocktails.
Just before dinner, in the villa grounds, you will be entertained by traditional Thai dancers. In between dance sets, Thai musicians provide the ideal background music to complement the setting.
But it doesn’t end there; after dinner and speeches, you will be invited to cut the cake in what is yet another photo opportunity. Then you, and each of your guests, will move onto the beach where you all release fire lanterns into the night sky. After this, the sky above the beach bursts into life with an impressive firework display provides a fitting culmination to what can only be described as a day to remember. All that’s left is for you and your guests to dance the night away as the DJ plays a selection of your chosen records.
This is an example of an actual wedding package and options offered by Faraway Weddings
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