The young and adventurous don scuba gear to say “I do” in Thailand
An Underwater Wedding in Thailand is a romantic and unique way to begin your new life together. Wedding couples get to plunge down the crystal-clear seas and have their marriage certificates signed underwater at Ko Kradan, acclaimed as one of the most beautiful islands off Trang.
In addition to the marriage registration, which takes place underwater, couples get to be part of various festivities over three days. The couples are brought to Trang on a Nok Air flight and welcomed with flowers and cultural performances followed by refreshments in a beautiful botanical garden in Trang where they are to make the first symbolic commitment to each other – a tree-planting ceremony which is a metaphor of the birth of a new bond.
Next up, the hosts go all out to make bride & groom feel like celebrities for an evening. A one kilometer-long parade comprising young flower girls and boys, cultural artists and floats takes the to-be-weds through the town where nearly all the residents gather to wish them good luck on their journey. The parade then leads to an arena where a sumptuous local feast is served while musicians entertain the to-be-weds in an exciting concert.
The much-awaited moment comes the next morning. Wet-suits and theme T-shirts as well as thoughtfully-made bride & groom head-pieces that are aimed at making photo-ops more interesting are handed out. The underwater ceremony actually has your marriage officiated by a government-approved authority who signs the marriage certificate underwater. The traditional Thai wedding ceremony is repeated underwater where water used for blessing is replaced by colourful stones – once again so that the ritual is clearly identifiable in your wedding photo album. Your reception is an idyllic beach party where the hosts transform one of Thailand’s powdery beaches into a veritable paradise.
This year Trang witnessed its first Indian couple who exchanged their vows underwater. “They really made us feel special. We felt famous for a day” says Sailesh Kocharekar who married his long-term girlfriend Pooja Raut at the official Underwater Wedding Ceremony this year. “It was a really endearing arrangement, I even had a veil underwater. It made our day even more memorable!” says Pooja.