The ultimate guide to eloping in Thailand
TIPS. VENUES & LOCATION IDEAS
for an adventure elopement in Thailand
Thailand is a magical country – turquoise blue water, jungle-covered islands, amazing food, and endless adventures await! For any adventurous couple who wants their wedding day to be one that actually reflects them, eloping in Thailand is the perfect way to tie the knot. This guide will tell you how to elope in Thailand, with everything you need to know to plan your one of a kind adventure!
Let’s dive in…
Hey! I’m Amber.
Your Thailand elopement photographer + planner
Eloping in Thailand is so unbelievably exciting, and I can help you plan your day! As an elopement photographer, and an experienced travel planner, I help all of my couples craft the perfect day for them. Everything will be custom tailored to you, including personalized location recommendations, tips and advice, vendor and lodging suggestions, a custom timeline, and more!
If you’re ready to elope in Thailand, or you want to learn more about my elopement packages in Thailand, contact me!
First, let’s be sure we’re talking about the same thing:
What is an elopement?
Let’s get on the same page about what eloping actually means! Deciding to elope means making sure that the day you get married is about you – not about other people’s expectations, outside pressure, or traditions that don’t suit you. Your elopement can be anything you want it to be, giving you ultimate freedom and control over how you tie the knot!
How to Legally Elope in Thailand
It can sometimes be tricky to get legally married abroad, so some couples decide to do the paperwork at home. But, if you want to get legally married when you elope in Thailand, here’s what you’ll need to do!
It takes at least two days to complete the paperwork, so be sure to arrive in Thailand a little early to do this. You’ll need your passports, and an Affidavit of Freedom to Marry, which can be obtained at your embassy in Thailand.
A ceremony actually isn’t required to get legally married in Thailand – you just have to legally register your marriage at the local registration office. You’ll need to have a translator if you don’t speak Thais, and the office can provide witnesses. Afterwards, you’ll get your wedding certificate (in Thai, so it may need to be translated), and you’ll be officially married!
For couples from the US:
In certain states, you can ask your county clerk the authorization to sign your wedding license abroad. If they agree, as a registered minister, my team and I will be able to legally marry you without the hassle of a legal wedding ceremony in Thailand.
Why Elope in Thailand
The food in Thailand is amazing – and if you love Thai food at home, you’ll love it even more when it’s authentic! There are so many dishes to try, and it’ll add a ton to your elopement experience.
The white sandy beaches of Thailand will take your breath away, but for even more incredible beauty, you can go scuba diving or snorkeling and see marine life! The country has some of the best dive sites in the world.
Thailand is a tropical destination, which means there’s no bad time to elope there! The sunshine is a great reason to tie the knot in Thailand, and there’s something to do any time of year.
Top 5 spots to Elope in Thailand
There are endless gorgeous places to tie the knot, and narrowing it down can be the hardest thing about eloping in Thailand! Here are a few ideas for the best places to elope in Thailand.
Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary
This remote sanctuary requires a long drive, which means you’ll have an easier time finding a private place to exchange vows! It’s an amazing place to spot birds and other wildlife, and it’s home to the Thi Lor Su waterfall, the tallest falls in the country. The waterfall offers gorgeous views, and you can swim in it!
Khao Sok National Park
This park in Southern Thailand is an incredible place to elope. With evergreen forest, towering mountains, lush valleys, gorgeous caves, and the opportunity to see elephants and other wildlife, it’s an amazing place for your wedding adventure!
Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is one of the best places to elope in Thailand if you want to be on the beach. The bay is surrounded by rocky cliffs, so the blue water is calm and clear! Unique limestone formations poke out of the sea, and the scenery will take your breath away.
One of the most incredible waterfalls in Thailand is Erawan Falls, a 7 tier waterfall in the jungle. You need to hike here, but it’s worth it when you see the swimming holes, different waterfalls, and rocky formations!
Ang Thong National Marine Park
This marine park is an archipelago of 42 islands, and it’s an incredible place for scuba diving, snorkeling, or just relaxing on the beach. There’s so much to see amongst the limestone mountains, lush jungle, white sand beaches, waterfalls, coves, and lakes!
When to Elope in Thailand
Thailand is amazing any time of year – but there are some variations in weather, so here’s what you need to know before you set a date for your elopement!
WINTER IN Thailand
Winter is the most popular time to visit Thailand, because the weather is dry and warm. This is a great time to elope in Thailand if you want to escape the cold in other parts of the world, but be prepared for some crowds!
SPRING IN THAILAND
Spring is very hot and dry, which means it’s a great time to go to the beach! It’s less busy, so you’ll have a little more privacy.
SUMMER IN THAILAND
Summer is the rainiest season, but there are parts of Thailand that stay more dry, with some occasional rain showers! This can be a great time to avoid crowds, as long as you’re prepared with some rain gear.
FALL IN THAILAND
Fall is another amazing time to elope, as the weather gets drier. Early fall is typically still rainy, but the dry season arrives by November – before the tourists start arriving for winter!
Example budget of an elopement in Thailand
All-inclusive, 7-day ELOPEMENT
6 nights in accommodation (3* or more)
Elopement photographer for 3 days
All meals for the 7 days
4-5 beautiful, natural and raw ceremony location options
Custom timeline of the day
Hair and makeup
TOTAL FOR An all-inclusive ELOPEMENT IN Thailand:
Award-winning elopement photographer for 12 hours
4-5 beautiful, natural and raw ceremony location options
Custom timeline of the day
TOTAL FOR A 12-hour ELOPEMENT IN Thailand:
What to Wear to Elope in Thailand
Your elopement adventure means you’ll be moving around and exploring, so there are some more considerations that there are with traditional wedding attire!
Thailand’s climate is typically hot and humid, so opt for lightweight fabrics and an elopement dress that will keep you cool. Along with weather, think about what you’ll be doing on your elopement day – and make sure your dress is comfortable and allows you to move freely!
Shoes are just as important when it comes to your elopement attire! Hiking shoes are best for hikes, but for a beach elopement, going barefoot can be an option – choose shoes that are comfortable and make sense for your adventure, and be sure to break them in if you get a new pair!
Since Thailand is warm, you may want to opt for dress pants and a nice shirt instead of a three piece suit. Think about comfort, and make sure that your suit fits well and feels good, allowing you to adventure and explore on your elopement day!
Elope in Thailand – Your Checklist
Choose a Location
Finding the place to exchange vows is one of the most exciting parts! As a travel planner, I’m always looking for hidden gems and amazing places – so I’ll give you a personalized list of recommendations.
Pick a date
Set a date for your Thailand elopement after you look into weather, crowds, and travel costs throughout the year!
Find more information about travel visas and wedding documentation
You likely won’t need a travel visa to elope in Thailand, unless you’re planning an extended stay. But, make sure your passports are up to date!
Book your flights and accommodation
Make your bookings for flights and lodging, and do this early to get the best deals. This will also help you find a place to stay close to your elopement location!
Book your vendors
Vendors are key to a stress free elopement day – and we book out pretty early, so reach out to your favorites once you have a date set, and make your bookings!
Live your dream elopement
The last step – elope! The adventure we created together will come to life, and you’ll have the wedding day of your dreams, with epic adventures, incredible memories, and everything you want for the day you get married.
DOES THAILAND SOUND LIKE YOUR DREAM?
How it works to plan your elopement in Thailand
Let’s dive in, so you can start your journey right away!
Imagine a wedding where you can be you. Breathe. Bask in each other’s love.
Experience a place close to your hearts, or a bucket-list dream.
Are you eager to start planning your elopement in the Thailand? I’m here to help you envision, plan and immortalize this beautiful adventure! Contact me now for a free consultation!