Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Wedding planning...the beginning...

So I've finally buckled down and started to think about my wedding. Well, at least contacting the planner and whatnot.

If you don't know already, I'm planning on getting married in Thailand next year. I found a lady just outside of Chiang Mai who does Lanna Buddhist weddings for 'farangs' (foreigners). I was a bit leary, since all I had was a website. But then I found a couple from New Zealand who had used her services, and contacted them directly. They raved about the services and loved it.

A few days ago, I contacted Jit, the organizer, of Thailand It was more of an initial'm interested in having my wedding in mid March of next year...

So we exchange a few emails back and forth, and she tells me that what Thais do is to get the birthdates of the couple, and have a monk look at the dates and pick a wedding date for you that is auspicious. Little things like this...I have no clue on..I'm so farang! So I sent her our birthdates...I told her that we'll be doesn't have to be in long as it's next year, so we can save up...So now, I'm just waiting to hear what the monk has to say. :)

Now, I'm starting to get excited! And you know what, there is no way that I'm going to stress over my wedding. I think it'll be fun. We want to ride on elephants after the ceremony..hehe.

We're going to do the Royal Package for a little over $3000, which includes...

This is the most lavish Thai Buddhist wedding available, for the truly romantic and demanding. It is ideal for an exclusive wedding with from zero to twelve invited guests (easily expandable to 99 guests - for extra charges of course)

Our Royal Lanna wedding is designed around a wedding we provided for a members of an old Lanna Royal family: It includes

Morning offerings to monks on the street using my home as the offering point. I will escort you and your bride to the morning market to select foods and flowers for monks.(special foods you bring from back home are always a welcome treat to add to the offering)

Hair dresser services for bride provided.

Receive formal monk blessing a temple by highly revered monk or monks depending on temple choice. Which of course your wedding party is of course invited and encouraged to attend.

Merit making of offering monks food in morning, birds and fish release to release at temple which is said to encourage good luck in the couples future.

Open Thai bar for all guests, to try some local Thai whiskies and beers as well as some unique local herbal drinks. I will not be held responsible for hangovers - but we make sure they get home safe!

After the knot tying ceremony, the Lanna evening wedding feast will include a selection of entertainment Traditional Thai ethnic dances preformed by a local Thai dance troupe.

Classical Northern Thai musicians at venue of course.

Later if preferred western cds may be played on the stereo. If any special songs are requested for dancing or sing to please bring or asked before hand if we have them.

A Lanna feast where you set the menu! Sample menu here. Totally changeable to suit guest tastes

You partake in setting off Traditional Fire balloons "KomLoi" to remove bad luck (May not possible in February March or April depending on fire hazard)

Your bride to be is treated to a "Spa treatment" or traditional "Thai massage" the day before the wedding.

We will also arrange for a manicure and pedicure for the bride.

Two Vans and drivers at you disposal the whole wedding day till midnight in case you or your guest wish to make use of them, at anytime.

Wedding attire for bride and groom ( "handwoven" silk extra)
Thai jewelry for bride

Use of traditional Thai style attire by your guests

Decoration of wedding venue with seasonal fresh flowers.

Traditional Thai flower arrangement and garlands as part of ceremony and for the nuptial bedroom.

Professional Photographer services over 300 picture proofs in 4X6 inch size. You also get to keep the negatives so you can make as my prints back home as you like! Or the more popular option now the countless number of photos taken on digital and copies of the CDs so no hassles with negatives and proof.

A website from the digital photos will be provided if desired and you choose digital.So any friends may see a number of your wedding photos before you return.

A Video Photographer to provide a life time record that you can show your friends and even your children or grand children. We normally provide a edited DVD of your Lanna Wedding.

The evening is capped off with a professional Thai fireworks display!

Wedding night accommodation for the newly weds, at the wedding venue (if desired).

Fruit platter and bottle of French Sparkling wine in honeymoon suite.(Champagne upgrade available or other beverages if preferred)

First morning as married couple, very simple breakfast including a great selection of tropical fruits and epicurean delights. or what ever you prefer for breakfast. Just tell us indavance.

Couple receives Thai massages in the morning on the private balcony of their teak hideaway if desired.

Return transport to city next day at your leisure.

I mean, holy crap! I won't have to do much planning, no stressing, and damn..that's a bargain, even with the weak US dollar on my side. I'm sure if I did something in the states, it would cost us 10 times is why I'm combining the wedding/honeymoon.

So what does a Lanna wedding entail? Here's a rough itinerary and idea...

Your wedding starts early in the morning, like all Thai weddings at about 4:45 am

We will pick you up and I will take you to the morning market, where we will choose the food and floral offerings for the monks. Then we will go back to my house and prepare the offerings and give the offerings outside my house (shop). Don't worry, I will instruct you in the proper procedure of monk offerings and explain it all to you. Then when all the offerings are given and any blessing are received, we will relax and try some of the Thai delectations we found in the early morning market. This can, if you wanted, all can be done on your behalf. We really find most couples find it is worth the early morning.

Then you will return to your hideaway, where you can relax or rest. I will return later, with the hair dresser. Best you and your guests have a late brunch or an early luncheon as we will pick up you all about 1:00 pm, to go to the temple for a formal ceremonial Buddhist blessing of the wedding. At the temple we will release the nine fish and birds for merit. From there we head off to the wedding venue, where the knot tying ceremony will be preformed and the couple will arrive about 4:00 pm by what ever mode of transport they have chosen

Then the wedding parade will begin. Followed by the knot tying ceremony, all finishing about dusk in time for some garden photos hopefully.

Then the feast begins! Offering your guests the rare opportunity to experience real Lanna Thai cuisine served in true Lanna style. (Sorry mom they made me eat with my fingers) Of course we have Thai dancers and live musicians too.

The evening of drinking, eating and enjoying is highlighted by a professional pyrotechnics (fireworks) display to celebrate your wedding.

After dark your guest are welcome to partake in the traditional releasing of fire balloons for luck and prosperity (Except in dry season, as we are in the mountains)

Then more conversation and time together before the guest are returned to the city by the vans so the newly weds may relax and enjoy the start of their new life together.


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