Samui Wining & Dining
Wed In Bliss
Mercure Samui Buri Resort has everything you could ever want to ‘Thai’ The Knot in style.

 

Wed In BlissPlanning a wedding can be a rather daunting experience. There’s a list of lists to be made just to start with and that can almost be enough to put you off. But it doesn’t have to be complicated. Nor do you have to cross your fingers and hope that the weather will be good. Or pray that the reception goes smoothly and that a hundred and one other factors all fall into place. And you can save money – by ‘Thai-ing’ the knot here on Samui.

 

Hundreds of couples choose to do just that every year. And they do it for very good reasons. There’s the tropical climate, fabulous views, incredible beaches, amazing food and truly wonderful beach resorts. And the best ones have dedicated weddings and events teams that take all of the worries away from you and let you and your guests enjoy a truly memorable occasion.

 

One such special venue is the Mercure Samui Buri Resort on Maenam Beach. Its design is contemporary Thai with very modern facilities. Their rooms and villas blend in with the tropical garden that leads down to the beachfront L’escale restaurant and the infinity pool. And not only does the resort sit on a very quiet stretch of beach, it also allows incredible views of Koh Pha-Ngan and that vista is the perfect background for wedding photographs.

 

All of their weddings are bespoke but they do have a starter package that covers everything a couple needs for their big day. And from there it’s simply a matter of adding in whatever would make the occasion more personal and memorable. Their Wedding Package (50,000 baht net) includes:

 

• One night in a Deluxe Pool Villa including daily breakfast for two.

• One bottle of sparking wine and a fresh fruit basket served on arrival.

• Romantic flower bedding on the wedding evening.

• Complimentary romantic oil burner set up in the room.

• Breakfast in-room served the day after the wedding.

• A tropical bouquet of flowers for the bride.

• Buttonhole for the groom.

• Professional wedding celebrant to conduct the ceremony.

• Floral archway and flower stands on the beach and flower petals along the beach aisle.

• One bottle of sparkling wine with complimentary tapas after the ceremony.

• Romantic candle-light dinner for two on the beach (can be taken at any time).

• One wedding cake for two persons.

• One ‘Honeymoon Spa’ package for two persons.

• Release of a ‘Lucky Lantern’ after dinner.

• Planting of your very own ‘Love Tree’ in the garden.

 

And as the ceremony is taking place in Thailand, it’s possible to incorporate elements of a traditional Thai wedding, too. There’re several stages which include all of the guests and it can be done in a sala on the beach before the Western-style ceremony.

 

Step 1: Welcome Parade

The parents of the bride and groom initiate the parade, bringing trays of food, presents and candies to the wedding couple to bless them.

Step 2: Buddhist Monks Blessing

Nine Buddhist monks are involved in the ceremony. During the celebration, a sacred thread connects the hands of the bride and groom to the hands of the monks. The monks also bless the guests with their prayers. And at the end of the ceremony, the newlywed couple offers envelopes containing donations to the monks.

Step 3: Holy Water Ceremony

During the blessing ceremony, a cup of water is blessed by the Buddhist monks. All of the guests then pour the holy water contained in the cup onto the couple’s hands to wish them happiness, prosperity and longevity.

 

This package is an additional 12,500 baht (net) and includes:

• Floral decorations for the sala.

• Altar of marriage with all necessary Thai wedding accessories for the ceremony.

• Sung-ka-tarn set (Thai traditional wedding set).

• Flowers and Thai sweets and fruits for the arrival parade.

• Donations to the monks.

• Bouquet of flowers for the monks.

• Donation for the temple.

 

Your personal wedding planner at the resort can also organise professional photographers and videographers, hair and make-up stylists, additional bouquets and buttonholes and spa treatments for the morning of the wedding. And should you want to arrive in style, the bride or groom, or both, can arrive on a decorated long-tail boat or even on top of an elephant! That’s definitely not something most people couldn’t do at home.

 

After the ceremony, there’s a whole range of options for the reception, including: traditional Thai dancers and musicians, a cabaret show, a fire and dance show, live bands and international DJ’s. In addition, Mercure Samui Buri not only has a wonderful beachside restaurant, they also have Executive Chef, Suraporn Munyuen, heading up the brigade. With more than 20 years’ top-class culinary experience behind him and a team of 25 in the kitchen, there’s little he can’t prepare. Champagne and canapés are ideal for the sunset photographs and pre-dinner festivities and you and your guests can nibble on smoked salmon with lemon sauce, squid and prawn tempura, mini fish cakes, octopus and shrimp sushi, sweet and spicy crab, chicken and pork satays, tuna and beef carpaccio and a host of vegetarian delicacies.

 

Some couples like to have a formal dinner but many choose a beach barbecue and buffet, albeit a very upscale one. But forget about burgers, think more: smoked salmon, scallops, lobster thermidor, whole sea bass, red snapper, roast duck breast, fillet steaks and tables bursting with fresh salads, tropical fruits and creamy desserts. And there can be live cooking stations for all of your favourite Thai dishes or any other cuisine you care to imagine.

 

Mercure Samui Buri is one of the market leaders here when it comes to tropical island weddings. And with a personal wedding planner taking care of every last detail it means much more time for you to simply relax, pamper yourself and have the most perfect wedding day.

 

Johnny Paterson 

 


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