Step by step guide to Thai wedding  Ceremony

The traditional Thai wedding is unlike western style. There are a unique part and something that similar such as party. The wedding is a very important day of Thai people that family comes together.

From this article, you will see the wedding process from start to the end of the wedding day. So if you are a foreigner, please do not worry.  We have guideline for those who just want some part of the ceremony too.

Before The Wedding day

  • Proposal and meet the parent preparation
  • What is Thai wedding dowry?
  • Thai wedding traditions who pays
  • Thai wedding ceremony step and preparation
  • Traditional Thai wedding gift

 

Wedding day

  • Khan mak
  • Monk ceremony
  • What is a Thai water Blessing ceremony?
  • Bed arrangement ceremonial
  • Evening Party
  • The foreigner who wants to marry in Thailand
  • What will you do if you were invited as the guest to traditional Thai wedding?

Before the wedding day

Proposal and meet the parent

When you fall in love with a Thai girl , it is very serious to meet and have official meetings with her parent.

The wedding is not just for a couple, it is about marriage to the whole family. So after the couple agree to live together as husband and wife, both of them would go to their parents and tell this happy news to both sides of their parents.

The male will bring his own parent or senior person who highly respect on his family to act as Por Sua.

The meeting will take place in the bride’s house , hotel or a nice restaurant. Por Sua will be a person who starts the conversation with bride’s family for invitation for girl into his family.

He will ask the question that does the bride’s family allow the bride to be part of a new family member.

Thai Wedding and Sinsord , money or gold for the bride parent

The groom precious gifts should be given to the bride’s family. This is a way that the groom will thank the bride’s family to take care of the bride and let him marry her; it is his way of assuring the bride parent that the groom can take good care of his bride in the future. Many times, the parents of both sides will give the money back to the couple to start their life together.

What is Thai wedding dowry?

Por Sua or Mea sua will also talk about the money and gold (Sin sord , Thai dowry)  that groom will be given to the bride’s family.

They will talk about how much money and how much gold to use in this event. In fact , the number is already talks before this official meeting. And the groom will prepare this and make it ready.

 

Thai wedding traditions who pays?

The traditional Thai wedding will be 2 events. First part is consists of Khan mak , monk chanting, water blessing ceremony and Khao Hor (bed arrangement ceremonial). Second part is about the party.

In the traditional way, part one ceremony will be held in female house and all expenses go to the Bride part .OIn party day , groom family takes responsibility of all expense.

 

Now a day, the arrangement and cerebration may not the same as traditional way. It depends on a couple agreements about how many days to set the wedding, whose pay and which cerebration they want to organize.

 

 

Set up wedding date

 This official of parent meeting is very important. But before the parent meeting day, most of the couple has already set the wedding date or engage date in advance. They go to the temple or a fortune teller to find the right date that would be a good start for the couple. In Thai , we call REKDEE (ฤกษ์ดี).

Once, they get the wedding date. The groom, his parent and Por Sua will visit the bride’s family for official proposal.

Thai wedding ceremony step and preparation

Wedding arrangement is consists of 4  main activities, the sequent of activities is set by the host. Below is a suggestion of activities as it normally run.

  • Monk is chanting to blessing a couple in the ceremony
  • Hea Khan Mag , Sinsord parade , fun part
  • Rod Nam Sang , water blessing
  • Khao Hor (by Rekdee or auspicious time )

Thai Weddings and Morning Ceremony

Buddhist monk blessing

Religion ceremony in the morning is included offering food to the Buddhist monk. It is main organized in the bride’s house. Later, the monk will chanting and blessing for a couple and guest. After that Buddhist monk will have a breakfast there.

Wedding Parade, Hae Khun Mag

 The wedding Ceremony starts early in the morning with the procession ceremony called ‘Hae Khun Mag’. During this ceremony, the groom leads the guests and brings the Sinsor (gifts and money) to the bride’s house.

The small parade will start with Horong Sound, acclaim sound specific for wedding only. Them, the ‘Ram Klong Yao’ song plays until the end of this procession.

A fun game will be made before meeting with the bride. They will set gate so call pratu ngen pratu thong (ประตูเงินประตูทอง). This is a small gate that friends and family of the bride will ask questions or ask the groom to do a little challenge before meeting the bride.

What is Thai water blessing ceremony?

Rod Nam Sang , water ceremony

After the monk blessing, in the morning. The bride and groom me set Rod Nam Sang in the morning or evening. Rod Nam Sang is a small ceremony that the groom and bride sit together and the older guest will have holy water and pure to a couple hands. Then, guest could blessing they both of luck and happiness.

Bed arrangement ceremonial

The bride and groom will be brought to the bedroom where the parent , Por sua or Mae Sua of married couples will present them with an array of items to demonstrate the path to a successful marriage.

The bed has nicely set. It will likely be covered in flower petals as well as a brass tray of traditional symbols.

Tradition says the couple should sleep with these items in the bed for three days, though that rarely happens anymore.

 

On most occasions, it will be the parent , Por sua or Mae Sua of married couple that prepare the bed and explain the symbols, and once they’ve completed the lessons, they will leave the newly married couple alone in the bed to show the desire for children.

 

This part of the ceremony has mainly allowed only family member or a couple who had very marriage life to set as a good successful marriage life for the new couple. It is typically held in the real house that couple will live together. However, sometime it is organized in the hotel suite room to make it easy for all attendants.

Evening Party

It is a very formal evening party in the evening. The family and friends come together to meet and had a dinner together. It is not much party like in the western world. It is more official and half of the guest is from relative and the family of the bride and groom.

Wedding Presentation

Since more than half of the guests do not know the bride and the groom. So, the couple will create a little presentation of each person’s background. Some couple starts to introduce since they were young till how do they meet. After the presentation, they will have some short interview. After that, it is a music time.

Wedding party in the evening, mostly held in the house of the bride or in a hotel.

Wedding Gift

During the party, the bride and groom will walk in the party say and thank you for all guests that come. They will have a little gift for all guests too.

Those gift will have a couple names, and date of the wedding . The gift comes in various forms such as small cup, dolls, coin bags and key chain, pillow case or etc.

This gift you can easily find in on Pahurat area which has many choices that you could pick. Since there are many shop so you could compare prices and some shop you can bring products back home right away.

Weekend market

Near JJ mall, around Krongkan 15-17 and near the pet shop that you could select that wedding gift that you like.

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Preparation before wedding

A couple can easily find wedding planer to handle the wedding ceremony or party. Some hotel can set and arrange everything for you. But there are a couple things that you should know in case that you want to prepare the wedding by your own.

Foreigner who want to marriage in Thailand

I recommend to prepare to contact wedding planer and select the package that you prefer the best.

  • Monk chanting and blessing ceremony
  • Hea Khan Mag , Sinsord parade , fun part
  • Rod Nam Sang , water blessing
  • Khao Hor (by Rekdee or auspicious time )

If you have a partner as Thai, we are sure that your partner will guide you through the process. If both of you are foreigner , it is very easy to talk to wedding planner , travel agent that can help you or hotel that have wedding package . They can help you set up the wedding nicely.

What will you do if you were invited as a guest to the traditional Thai wedding?

This is a fun part. If time permit, join the whole event to see the real traditional ways of the wedding till party.

For dress, if you want to have fun, rent Thai dress or buy Thai dress for the traditional part in the morning which is good.

Should you bring anything for a couple?

This is a good question. Typically, we give money in an envelop. Suggestion number is around 500-2000 THB for a couple or person. We help them to share the expense this is the idea is for.  We normally do not give a gift such as a rice cooker, wine, microwave or any kind of utensil.

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