When it comes to planning Phuket beach weddings – or nuptials in any tropical climate – there are some very specific aspects of the experience that you will need to consider. This isn’t some draughty European church you’re getting married in, nor a breeze temperate climate – you’re getting married on a beach in a tropical country. Check out these tips to make sure that you get the best out of this amazing experience.
Don’t assume the weather will be perfect
Thailand’s weather is very pleasant, especially in Phuket’s peak season between December and May. However, clear blue skies are never guaranteed. If you fret about the weather in the run-up to the event, you will stress out completely. You can’t control the weather, so don’t worry about it. It’s likely that the hotel hosting your Phuket beach wedding will have an indoor space available as a back-up option or you can just suck it up and do your vows in monsoon rain – it would certainly be memorable! Most importantly of all, do not trust the weather forecast for Phuket. For some reason, it always says that there’s going to be a thunderstorm, even when there isn’t a cloud in the sky.
Dress for the location, not the occasion
A morning suit or flowing white gown may be perfect for a European summer, but Phuket’s humidity is very high and everyone is likely to be sweating profusely within minutes of stepping out of your air-conditioned hotel room. At best, this will mean a lot of embarrassing wedding photos filled with sweat patches and melting makeup. At worst, someone could suffer from heat exhaustion. There are plenty of elegant outfits you can wear that are properly suited to a tropical climate, but the simple solution is to go as lightweight as you can. The same goes for shoes, incidentally – high heels don’t work well on sand!
Keep things casual
Phuket beach weddings are light and breezy in every sense of the words. Trying to enforce formality will almost certainly not work. Set the mood to suit the setting, because the setting certainly won’t change for the mood.
Keep things simple
As with your clothes, the decorations for your wedding should also be simple. Being out in the open air, anything light is likely to be blown away on the breeze. Besides, the beach is beautiful enough as it is – it doesn’t need gaudy additions ruining the look (and potentially creating pollution).
Remember that it’s your day
This is just as good advice for Phuket beach weddings as any other kind. Don’t get too distracted by the organisation, the catering, the photography, the seating arrangements, family drama or anything else. Getting married on a Phuket beach is an outstanding, almost once-in-a-lifetime experience, so don’t let little things distract you. To help keep you focussed, consider booking a beach wedding package and let experienced professionals look after the organisation for you.