By Shaun Busuttil @shaunbusuttil15 May 2017Thailand is quite possibly the most romantic country in the world. The landscape is absolutely gorgeous, the weather warm and pleasant, and the smiling locals and warm hospitality brings out the best in us. So it makes perfect sense to tie the knot with the love of your life in the Land of Smiles. Indeed, beach weddings in Thailand are dreamy, romantic and oh-so-affordable, and the country has enough professionals to tailor make your ideal wedding, from start through to finish. But even with the help of Thailand’s wedding pros, there are still some things couples must decide and do to ensure their big day is both special and memorable – for all the right reasons. Here’s a check-list to work through when planning your beach wedding in Thailand. 1. Select the destination & wedding venue Choosing where to have your beachside wedding in Thailand is both difficult and easy. It’s easy because there are so many locations to choose from, such as Phuket, Koh Samui, Hua Hin and Pattaya, and so many gorgeous venues in which to tie the knot. But this variety also makes it so difficult! The best thing to do is sit down with your partner and go through your own check-lists of what you want in your perfect day. 2. Choose the date Thailand enjoys a moderate climate all year round. However, the Land of Smiles has three official season – hot, wet and cool – and you’d be wise to take these into consideration when planning your big day. FYI: The hot season runs from April to June; the wet season from July to October; and the cool season from November to March. According to Techabhat Yoksiri, the Managing Director of Wedding Idea & The Event Thailand, in general, the first 6 months of the year (January to June) are the best months for a beach holiday in Thailand – February to May is especially good. During this period, the weather is mild and even pleasant, and it isn’t likely to rain. There is usually a nice breeze at beach locations too. Techabhat Yoksiri, Managing Director, Wedding Idea & The Event Thailand. However, during October and November, it’s best to avoid Ko Samui as it’s the rainy season. 3. Set the budget, size & style of the wedding Once you’ve decided on the where and when of your wedding, it’s time to talk money. So get out the trusty calculator and figure out your budget for your beachside wedding, including how many people you’re going to cater for and what style you want (e.g., Thai traditional, Indian, Chinese, Buddhist ceremony, Christian ceremony, etc – Thailand can host them all). Thankfully, Thailand offers incredible value-for-money and couples get a TON more in Thailand than what they’d get in Australia. Indeed, you’ll be happy to know that your money goes a long, LONG way in Thailand, and that the Land of Smiles can host weddings to match every taste and every budget. 4. Plan the schedule for the day Now it’s time to sit down with a pen and paper and determine the schedule of the day. Sunset wedding ceremonies are usually the most romantic and the coolest part of the day. 5. Wedding Planner, Tour Operator or DIY? Your big day is your special day, and so you may want to enlist the services of a professional wedding planners (there are literally hundreds in Thailand) to help ensure it goes off splendidly. You can also choose to use a Tour Operator that will take care of the flights, transportation and accommodation aspects of your wedding. Wedding planners can help with your budget constrain. We can stretch your budget because we know what’s more important. Even small decisions can add up to big savings when you have a planner who knows what they’re doing. Techabhat Yoksiri, Managing Director, Wedding Idea & The Event Thailand. Wedding planners will also ensure that everything stays on track with all the vendors so that everything runs according to plan. Of course, you could also go DIY. In that case, you’ll be happy to know that there are hundreds of suppliers (including tailors, jewellery makers, photographers, make up artists, catering services, musicians florists) to choose from to make your day truly special. 6. Book flights, accommodation & contact embassies Before booking everything in, it’s important that you confirm the visa situation for both you and your partner and your guests. Contact the relevant embassies or consultants to confirm that everyone will be able to attend the wedding without any hiccups. Once you’ve done that, you’ve made it to the second last step – congrats! All you need to do now is book in all your flights, transportation and accommodation, as well as notify your guests that they should too. If you’ve opted to use a Tour Operator then this will all be taken of for you. If you’re doing this DIY style, it may help to use a Travel Agent. 7. Explore honeymoon ideas in Thailand This is the fun part. After all your hard work in organising your dream wedding in Thailand, it’s now time to start research different honeymoon ideas post your special day. One of the best reasons why Thailand is perfect for a beach wedding is that couples can launch immediately into their honeymoon as they’ll already be in paradise. Couples can trade the beach for Thailand’s jungles, rivers and mountains, and enjoy outdoor activities such as zip-lining, hiking, mountain-biking and river kayaking. They can also head indoors and can get their hands dirty by taking a cooking class or simply pamper themselves with one of the spa treatments. Of course, no visit to Thailand would be complete without a dose of shopping – bargain and luxury. So much sure you factor in time for this too. Or they can stay near the sea and scuba dive or snorkel in some of the best sites in the world, or simply relax on a gorgeous stretch of sandy beach and enjoy the beginnings or their new life together. The more adventurous can go rock-climbing on lime-stone cliffs. Subscribe to thailand.net.au to receive inspirational stories and idea to help you plan your next holiday in Thailand. This article was brought to you by: Other stories you may like Weekly Travel Agent Bite: 24 May These short and sweet escapes are so close you can almost touch them! Which city is the most visited in Asia Pacific?