So, you want to start your married life abroad in an exotic country, but traditionally the cost of a destination wedding tends to mount up pretty high. The good news is that tying the knot in Thailand definitely offers value for money. You can enjoy a stunningly romantic ceremony in a gorgeous location, and the best part is that it won’t have to cost the earth. If you really want to get married in Thailand but you’re on a budget, it’s worth considering these top tips.

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Tip #1. Hire a Local Wedding Planner:

Visiting beforehand is a great idea – not just for scoping out the venue opportunities and seeing exactly where your big day will take place, but also so that you can look up local wedding planners and hire one to help you put together your big day. Chances are, somebody who’s local to the area and plans weddings there for a living is going to be much better at scoping out the best deals and discounts than anybody else. A local wedding planner will be able to help you find the cheapest and most suitable venues, local florists, bakers, caterers and more.

#2. Hold Your Engagement Ceremony on the Same Day:

Modern Thai-style weddings tend to encompass both the engagement and wedding ceremonies on the same day. Holding a separate ceremony for your engagement can become an additional costly expense, so it’s a great idea to consider holding it on the same day as your wedding. This will help reduce the amount that you spend on your engagement ceremony with minimal impact on the cost and plans of the wedding itself.

#3. Choosing the Best Value Venue:

Internationally branded hotels and beach resorts in Thailand tend to be a popular choice for destination weddings thanks to the level of luxury that they provide, but they can also come with a very hefty price tag. Instead, consult with a local wedding planner who can help you find a gorgeous, beachfront location for your Phuket wedding venue at a much cheaper price. You might also want to consider consulting with local hotels, restaurants and bars regarding wedding packages that they may offer.

#4. Consider the Time of Year:

When it comes to saving the most on your destination Thai wedding, the time of year that you plan the ceremony can make all the difference. Holding your wedding ceremony during the low season means that you are more likely to be able to take advantage of cheaper deals and lower prices. Although it’s worth bearing in mind that the weather will be less predictable, tourist areas will be quieter and it’s often worth it if you want to bag a bargain.

#5. Find Local Flowers and Food:

Last but not least, it might be worth hiring local vendors separately, rather than purchasing a package, in order to save money on your wedding ceremony. Local flowers are a great idea since they are often available cheaply and you’ll find many caterers and even street food vendors who can provide your guests with a delicious meal for a fraction of the price you’d pay at an international hotel chain.

Do you have any tips for a budget-friendly wedding in Thailand? Let us know in the comments.