Legal Marriage Procedures
Registered Thai Wedding is legally recognized in all countries.
If you are planning on having you wedding in Thailand to be a legalized marriage you first must have the proper documentation in hand. The following are the steps to be taken for a legal marriage in Thailand. This will give you an idea if you try and tackle the procedure by yourself. However if you would prefer to spend you time enjoying the pleasures of your stay here in Thailand, we can recommend a professional based in Bangkok that could assist you with all the details at the specific Government Departments.
First, your marital status needs to be checked, therefore, a visit to your country's embassy is necessary. (every embassy has its own form for this regulations.)
The Bangkok representative will help you arrange the meeting. You will need to take your passports and two photocopies of the passport pages that have your photo as well as 2 photographs.
You should arrive in Bangkok at least 2-3 working days prior to your planned wedding, this will give the staff enough time to process the documents and translation. if neither of you has been widowed or divorced, no other documents from you embassy will be required, however if either of you has been previously married, you will need to supply the Bangkok office representing you those documents. If you like to visit the embassy on the day of your arrival make sure that day is not a Thai holiday or your country's holiday. (All embassies are closed during holidays).
The representative will either meet you at your hotel in Bangkok to pick up your sworn statements which have been endorsed and stamped by your embassy’s consular, or you can sign a power of attorney document allowing your reprentative to pick the documents for you. ( different requirements for different nationality). The embassy can take up 1-2 days to process your documents.
The representative will have the documents officially translated as required by the law, and will then take them to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok for endorsement. (This will only take 1 day)
The completed documents are sent by express courier to hotel where you are staying in this case the ‘Andaman White Beach Resort, Phuket (AWBR) and where your wedding will take place. At this time, brides also need beautiful beach wedding dresses. The AWBR will bring these documents to the local Government Office to be checked on the accuracy and to be registered. Please allow 2 working days for the above.
Finally, the Hotel will arrange the District Official to be present at your ceremony, where he will ask you to state your names and professions and 1 or 2 other simple questions. He or She will then present you with marriage certificate. After you sign this, you are officially married as required by Thai law. To ensure your marriage is officially recognized in your own country, it is also good idea to have the marriage certificate translated into English.
Once the legal requirements are met, you can then decide what type of ceremony (Western OR Thai style) you would like to have.
Andaman White Beach Resort
28/8 Moo 4 T. Sakoo, A. Thalang
Phuket 83110, Thailand
Tel.: +66(0) 76 316-300
Fax.: +66(0) 76 316-399
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