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1st Year Anniversary Issue

The Wedding Planning Goddess An Interview with Rio Rose

Real Samui Brides Coming March 2013 “Samui, I Do!”

The 1st Annual Koh Samui Wedding Fair

4th Quarter 2012

“Samui’s ONLY Dedicated Romance Magazine!”


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Wedding at Samui’s Secret “Hidden Beach”

Exclusive, elegant and exotic best summarizes your wedding experience at Silavadee Pool Spa Resort. We have exclusive access to Samui’s ‘hidden beach’, the most private, romantic beach setting on all of Samui. Say ‘I do’ at the water’s edge, with gently swaying palm trees lining the fringe of this private cove. All wedding options are available and our dedicated wedding coordinator will ensure that your dream wedding unfolds exactly as you had dreamt it would be. Western style ceremonies, Buddhist Blessings and Vow Renewals are all possible at reasonable prices. We provide free transportation if you would like to come inspect our resort. Tel: +66(0)77 960 555 / Fax: +66(0)77 960 055 Website: www.silavadeeresort.com wedding@silavadeeresort.com


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4th Quarter 2012 - Issue 5 Publisher

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Editor

P.M. Carter

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Contributing Writers

P.M. Carter

Graphic Designer

Rhei Triunfo

Contributing Photographers

Khun Bundit Khun Chu Khun Danai Khun Polsin Khun Rung Khun Tan

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Couple: Sam & Mark Photographer: Khun Danai

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from the editor Happy FIRST Birthday to us! It seemed like only a short time ago that this magazine was just a concept. An idea to help couples from all over the world realize their wedding dreams no matter where on Koh Samui they get married. Well here we are, the final months of 2012. Where does the time go? Is it me or did 2012 go by faster than usual? Maybe it's because I have children, maybe I'm just getting older - either way, 2012 is about to become part of history. And speaking of history, did you book your 12-12-12 wedding to ensure others cannot have the same wedding day for another century? If not, it may be a little too late now - but it is the perfect time to secure your wedding, honeymoon or romantic getaway for 2013! In this issue, we introduce you to Mr. Stewart Wyndham, a wedding Celebrant originally based out of Japan. Mr. Wyndham brings over 1,000 ceremonies of experience to Koh Samui and has relocated pemanently here with his lovely wife, Mako. We also interview The Wedding Planning Goddess; Rio Rose Parr from Melati Resort & Spa. Her expertise has been responsible for amazing weddings on Koh Samui for many couples from around the world. She is so friendly you will like her instantly, we certainly do! SAVE THE DATE! Announcing the "SAMUI, I DO!" Wedding Fair on the 2nd-3rd of March 2013 at the Centara Grand Beach Resort on Chaweng Beach. This event is the FIRST of its kind on Koh Samui. This will be the perfect place to meet Samui-based resorts, wedding planners and everything else wedding related on Koh Samui. Take the time to visit our tropical island at this time - and discover all the possibilities. Make your room reservations early! Enjoy your stay on Koh Samui!

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Coming March 2013 “Samui, I Do!”

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Koh Samui Holidays & Events 2013

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The 1st Annual Koh Samui Wedding Fair

12 REASONS

Why Koh Samui Should Be Your Destination Wedding Location

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The Koh Samui Wedding

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Dreams Do Come True

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Language is No Barrier

Time-Line Schedule & Checklist

Real Samui Brides

Meet the Celebrant Stewart Wyndham

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Reflections in Black & White

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Spotlight: “The Wedding Planning Goddess”

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Indulge in Culinary Delights

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What’s Available On Our Island

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An Interview with Rio Rose

Decadent Dining on Koh Samui

Thai Flowers

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Stag Do’s & Hen Parties Where To Go And What To Do

Spaaaaaaa...

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Pamper Yourself In Luxury

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Directory

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2nd - 3rd March 2013


“SAMUI, I DO!”

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Open to the Public 11am to 6pm OVER 40 Exhibitors Accessories, Bridalwear, Cakes Catering, Co-ordinators, Florists Hens & Stags, Entertainment Honeymoons, Mens Formalwear Photography, Resorts, Private Villas, Tour Operators, Video Services Sponsored by:


holidays & events on Koh Samui 2012 - 2013 November 2012 10 Nov.

13 - 15 Apr. Loy Kratong Thais pay respect to the goddess of the waters by floating candlelit offerings all waterways around the kingdom

December 2012 5 Dec.

King's Birthday His Majesty the King's birthday is celebrated throughout the country and also serves as the nation's Fathers Day. National Holiday

10 Dec.

Constitution Day December 10th celebrates the date in 1932 when the country was granted its first constitution. National Holiday

25 Dec.

Christmas Day

31 Dec.

New Years Eve National Holiday

May 2013 1 May

Labor Day National Holiday

5 May

Coronation Day Celebrates the day in 1949 when the current king was crowned. National Holiday

7 May

Visakha Bucha The holiest Buddhist holiday celebrates the birth, enlightenment and entry into nirvana of the Buddha. National Holiday

19 May

Royal Plouging Ceremony A government holiday only, this ceremony revives an ancient blessing of the plants and ceremonial start to the new growing season. The action takes place on Bangkok's Sanam Luang in front of the Palace.

January 2013 1 Jan.

New Year's Day National Holiday

February 2013 Makha Bucha Makha Bucha celebrates the Buddha's first sermon in to his disciples. National Holiday

10 Feb.

Chinese New Year The beginning of the Chinese lunar year

14 Feb.

2 - 3 Mar

12 Aug.

Queen's Birthday Her Majesty the Queen's birthday is a national holiday, also serving as the country's Mothers Day as well. National Holiday

October 2013 “Samui, I Do!� Wedding Fair @ Centara Grand Beach Resort Chaweng Beach

April 2013 6 Apr.

Buddhist Lent This day marks the beginning of the Buddhist 'lent' period, a time when monks are supposed to retreat to their temples while new life springs forth. National Holiday

August 2013

Valentines Day

March 2013 SAVE THE DATE

July 2013 3 Jul.

7 Feb.

Songkran Songkran is the traditional Thai new year, generally celebrated as a water festival. National Holiday

Chakri Day Chakri Day commeorates the founding of the current dynasty, Rama I. National Holiday

12 Oct.

End of Buddhist Lent Day (Wan Awk Phansa)

23 Oct.

Chulalongkorn Day Celebrates the life of one of Thailand's most revered kings on the anniversary of his death. National Holiday


12 REASONS

Why Koh Samui Should Be Your Destination Wedding Location

Have you ever dreamed about having your wedding on a tropical island beach? The sensation of the warm afternoon sand between your toes; the natural harmony of the sea as it gently caresses the shoreline; standing hand-in-hand, with the one you love, committing to one another completely. Sound like an enchanting dream? As you will discover on Koh Samui, dreams can come true. But why opt for this island paradise as your dream wedding destination, you may ask? In case you need a little extra encouragement, here are a few things to consider... Welcome To “The Land of Smiles”. As you enter Koh Samui’s tropical and most unquestionably unique open-walled airport, you will immediately feel the warmth and hospitality ‘Amazing Thailand’ is famous for; with an obvious infusion of a relaxed island lifestyle. The friendly character of the locals is absolutely contagious – you will soon find yourself smiling at the mention of the word “Samui”. The Alluring Soft Sandy Beaches. Feel the warmth and splendor of the sand beneath your feet while you live out your wedding dreams under the blue afternoon sky, shaded by the abundant coconut palm trees, on a tranquil Samui beach. Shoes are entirely optional.

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The Warm, Inviting Blue Waters Of The Gulf Of Thailand. What could make a more magnificent backdrop to your wedding memories than the Samui Archipelago? Go for a sail around the island, snorkel in the shallow waters, and for the adventurous couples who want to start their marriage with a little “depth”; there are enchanting underwater wedding ceremonies available. Instant Honeymoon. You won't need to travel far to start your honeymoon. Enjoy the entire day; ceremony, photos, dinner, reception and dancing knowing when you get back to your room that night – you've already begun your honeymoon in Amazing Thailand! And with Thailand being such a culture-rich country, there are many places to travel though this Kingdom, discovering exotic new wonders – and creating unforgettable memories with each other.

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REAL Thai Food Is Absolutely Some Of The Best Food In The World! Think you’ve had good Thai food before? Koh Samui boasts some of Thailand’s finest Chef’s available anywhere in the world; where you can indulge in delicious international delights and truly authentic Thai cuisine. But don’t pass over those small restaurants you will notice with only a few tables; you may be missing out on the greatest Thai cooking in the world. And if you find you can’t get enough before you go, Samui has many Thai cooking classes to try your own hand at preparing an amazing Thai meal back home. More RELAXING And STRESS-FREE Than Having Your Wedding At Home. In today’s global society, Thailand is often neutral ground for many families who reside on different continents. Trying to please everyone but yourselves can lead to disaster; I know you’ve heard the horror stories before. Your wedding day should be about you and your partner’s happiness, commitment to each other and the joining of two families together. Let the naturally calm ambiance of

Koh Samui heighten your wedding joy and allow everyone present to relax and remember why they are all here – to be together in celebration. And speaking of relaxing – go ahead and indulge by having a Thai massage every day. We promise – You’ll Love It! Not Just For Weddings. Do you have an anniversary approaching? Surprise your partner and say “I do” all over again with an afternoon vow renewal; champagne in hand, watching the sunset while resting in each others arms. You are never too old to renew your love for each other – especially in a truly romantic location like Koh Samui. Commitment Ceremonies – Because Love Knows No Boundaries. If you want to express your love for your partner in a truly romantic setting; Commitment Ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular and are ideal for many modern couples. Let your love guide you into your future together as you speak from your heart and join your spirits.

"Samui's premier dining and entertainment venue, Red Snapper Restaurant & Bar offers Mediterranean Fusion cuisine by French Chef Sebastien Meunier. In addition to our unrivaled entertainment, our experienced staff provide great, personal service which takes an evening at Red Snapper beyond just dining. Open daily from 5pm to 1am, with live music nightly." Chaweng Beach Road, Next to Chaweng Regent Tel: 0 7742 2008, 0 7742 2389-90 info@redsnappersamui.com www.redsnappersamui.com


Change You Life – Move To Island Paradise. More and more couples are finding Koh Samui to be the place they want to start their lives together – no matter what their ages are. Koh Samui hosts a bounty of beautiful beachfront villas, mountaintop retreats and gorgeous garden homes for couples from all over the world. Would you like to own a home on Samui? If We Don’t Take The Time To Make Something Special – Nothing Ever Is. Getting married is supposed to be one of the most special days of your life. The uniqueness of saying your nuptials on the beach will make your wedding day that much more unforgettable. Women will feel the timeless romance of the classic fairytale; men have the benefit of the casual atmosphere, even if they are dressed formally. It is the perfect choice for your special day – charm and romance naturally included. Don’t just let your wedding day “happen”. Make the choice to make it special.

Give Your Family And Friends A Reason To Take A Holiday! Sometimes we all need a little enticement to escape our daily lives; a reminder that if we don’t take the time to enjoy the opportunities before us, we may never get the same chances again. Koh Samui is the perfect getaway destination for the whole family; young and old alike. Even getting to Thailand’s third largest island has never been easier and simply arriving makes any long-distance expedition worth all the effort. Everyone will thank you for years to come. Discover The Lifestyle That Only Koh Samui Can Offer. There are many more reasons that you will discover to make Koh Samui home to your wedding dreams. And it doesn’t matter whether you want a large wedding, surrounded by your family and close friends, or if you are seeking a small intimate ceremony, standing across from the one you desire most; your wedding dreams begin with you…


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Get Your Guests To Koh Samui They Will Thank You Forever

Are you expecting a few guests at your wedding? Here is a quick list of ways they can join you for your big day.

From Singapore to Koh Samui – has 1 flight per day. Flight PG 962 departs at 20:10 (8:10pm) and arrives at 20:55 (8:55pm). Average flight time is 1 hour 45 minutes.

By Air – Koh Samui has had an airport for over 10 years, which will make getting your guests here a lot easier. From the moment your guests land they will know they have arrived on a beautiful tropical island.

From Hong Kong to Koh Samui – has 1 flight per day. Flight PG 806 departs at 16:55 (4:55pm) and arrives at 19:00 (7:00pm). Average flight time is 3 hours 30 minutes.

There are now over 150 flights per week into Koh Samui; including international flights from Singapore, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Malaysia.

From Siem Reap, Cambodia to Koh Samui – has 1 flight per day. Flight PG 906 departs at 13:15 (1:15pm) and arrives at 17:05 (5:05pm). Average flight time is 3 hours 50 minutes.

Bangkok Air (www.bangkokair.com) is the largest carrier to Koh Samui, but Thai Airways (www.thaiairways.com) also has flights from Bangkok and Firefly (www.fireflyz.com.my) is the only carrier from Malaysia.

Thai Airways From Bangkok to Koh Samui - has 2 flights per day, Saturday – Monday and Wednesday. On Tuesday only the morning flight is available. On Thursday and Friday only the afternoon flight is available. First flight departs 07:45 (7:45am) and 2nd flight departs 16:00 (4:00pm). Average flight time is around 1 hour.

Flight Information for 2012 Bangkok Air From Bangkok to Koh Samui - has on average 20 flights per day, every day. First flight departs 06:00 (6:00am) and last flight is 21:00 (9:00pm). Average flight time is only around 1 hour.

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Firefly Airlines From Subang, Malaysia to Koh Samui - has 1 flight per day, every day. Flight FY 3608 departs at 13:35 (1:35pm) and arrives at 14:35 (2:35pm). Average flight time is 2 hours.


There are several classes in the sleeper cars available. 3rd class is not an option so don't let your guests even consider it. 2nd Class with air-con is a good choice as it can be VERY warm with just a fan. These cars sleep around 32 people, each with their own fold-down bunk (top and bottom), 16 on each side of the train with a center aisle for moving about and a community toilet at one end of the car. If they catch an early evening train, the cabin steward will come around and make up their bed after dinner-time. If they catch the late-night train, their bunks will most likely be ready for them when they board. The other option on the train is the 1st Class Air-Con Sleeper Cabin for 2. Ideal for couples who want more privacy, each cabin has 2 fold-down bunks that can be converted at any time upon request and a private sink. But a heads-up for those traveling alone – a 1st class sleeper cabin is sold as individual bunks, so unless you purchase both the upper and lower bunks – there may be a chance a guest will have to share the cabin with someone of the same sex that they dont know. Local Thai's walk the train all night selling cold drinks, snacks and Thai food or guests can pre-order their meal from a waitress that walks through the car, which is then prepared in the trains kitchen and delivered to their seat or cabin. Breakfast can also be preordered the night before this way. A train official will let them know when they need to get off. Most people will get off in Suratthani and then catch a bus (about 1 hour) to the Don Sak pier where they will take a car-ferry across to Koh Samui – a journey that takes about 1 ½ hours. A less common option is to get off the train in Chumporn and then take the bus to the ferry pier there – then take the ferry to Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and finally to Koh Samui. This is a great option if anyone plans to stop on one of these islands before coming to Koh Samui. By Bus – Have guests traveling this way? Here are a few tips to pass on to them: Take the overnight bus so they arrive at the ferry pier in the morning and just get right on a ferry boat to Samui. Make sure they lock their bags securely – there have always been a few dodgy bus attendants that give the good bus attendants a bad reputation. Bring a good book, iPod/iPad/mp3 player and a small pillow and blanket (or sarong) for comfort. Also, they may want to bring a reading light – it can get dark when everyone else is alseep. The bus will arrive directly at the ferry pier. Once on the ferry boat, it will take about 1 ½ hour to reach Koh Samui.

Photo by: Khun Danai

By Train – If your guests would like to have more of an adventure on their way to Koh Samui and save a little money compared to flying; they can take the overnight train to Suratthani (approx. 12 hours from Bangkok) and then a bus (for 1 hour) to the ferry pier. The ferry boat usually runs every 2 hours from dawn to dusk, every day. The ferry crossing takes about 1 hour 30 minutes.


the koh samui wedding time-line schedule and checklist

12-14 months before Choose your wedding date. The most weddings occur on Koh Samui in February, followed closely by April. The quietest wedding months are from October to the beginning of December. Don't wait too long to reserve your wedding date – it may already be taken Decide on what style of wedding to have; Western, Buddhist - or perhaps underwater? Choose your type of wedding venue. Do you want to be at a resort, remote beach location or a luxury private villa - or maybe a beautiful sailboat or yacht?

Select your bridal party and attendants then ask them to be a part of your special day. Give them plenty of advanced notice so they can arrange to join you overseas Organize a passport (if you do not have one already) or make sure it will still be valid when it comes time to travel to Koh Samui. Get a new passport or apply for additional pages, if needed. If you plan on being in Thailand longer than 30 days, you will need to apply for and purchase a 'Tourist Visa' that is good for 60 days Prepare your budget and review it together. Share this important information with your wedding planner

Pay deposits for wedding planner and venues

Consider your wedding theme. Be creative. Talk to your wedding planner if you have any ideas you would like to share. Send lots of pictures

Will you have a legal marriage, recognized by other nations - or will you have a non-legal ceremony for memories? If one of you has been previously married – certified proof is required – so bring an original or certified copy of all necessary paperwork to show you are legally free to marry. There are services available to assist you with the legal process in Thailand

Prepare your 1st draft of a guest list. Be aware that sometimes every person you invite will want to attend your wedding, and they will make the effort to be there on your wedding day - so make sure your chosen venue can handle up to the amount of guests you invite. Luckily with most weddings, not everyone you invite will attend - but be prepared in case they do

Choose your reception venue. Will it be at the same location as your wedding ceremony?

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Decide what type of parties and gatherings you will have leading up to your departure to Koh Samui. Will you have an engagement party or just send out announcements?

Have your wedding planner book your caterer

Decide on whether to have a 2nd (or 3rd) party/reception at home for those people who you did not invite to Samui or who were unable to attend

Consider color and overall design

Consider getting a temporary “Wedding Website” that you can make updates and provide info to all your guests. Send each guest a password to access your site and update it regularly

Buy wedding dress. Keep in mind - Koh Samui is a tropical island

10-11 months before

6-7 months before

Finalize your guest list

Join a gift registry, if desired

Send out your invitations. Because this is a destination wedding in a foreign country, give all of your guests as much advance notice about your wedding so they can have ample time to prepare their trip

Get dresses fitted

Decide what kind of ceremony you will have. Will it be religious or secular? On Koh Samui, it is most likely that your wedding planner will select the best person to perform your wedding ceremony based on your needs and preferences unless u make a specific request

Book your entertainment

Email cake photo ideas to your wedding planner

Select Bridesmaids' and flower girl's dresses and accessories

Suggest to the Mothers that they get their dresses, if they haven't already Make sure all current payments have been made to your wedding planner to secure all your necessary vendors and equipment Provide your guests a list of hotels/resorts near your wedding venue once they RSVP - Easy if you have a wedding website to share

Buy wedding insurance in the unlikely event you have to cancel or postpone your wedding on Koh Samui for any reason

5 months before

Discuss what kind of catering you want; BBQ buffet, Sit-down meal or casual family-style?

Draft a seating plan

What kind of entertainment will you have at your reception? Do you want a DJ, fire-dancers, traditional Thai dance performance, fireworks or cabaret show? or maybe some live music? Book your photographer – Talk to your wedding planner about what type of photographer you are looking for. Chances are, they know the perfect one for your wedding Book your videographer - Again ask your wedding planner who they recommend on the island

8-9 months before Book your plane tickets Book your accommodations for your entire journey, not just to Koh Samui, if not included in your wedding package

Finalize flower choices and color theme

Discuss ceremony music; both processional (entry) and recessional (exit) If using an iPod – create several play-lists; PRECEREMONY: starting 1-hour before your ceremony, POST-CEREMONY: for around 3-hours after the service, DINNER: to carry you through your meal and then PARTY: with all your favorite songs. It is worth noting that an iPod requires someone to change the song if it doesn't fit the mood. Hiring a DJ for your wedding night party is more likely to provide you with the atmosphere you desire. A DJ can read the people and play what is necessary to keep your party going and take request Liaise with your DJ or musicians to make sure they know what you are wanting to hear

4 months before Review your budget with your wedding planner to see if still on track


Select your wedding rings, if you haven’t already Decide if the men will tailor their suits on Koh Samui or before they arrive in Thailand Finalize your menu

professional wedding photographers on Koh Samui have photos they are going to suggest taking – but a supplemental list of photos you don't want to live without will make the day more successful by getting exactly what shots you want

Discuss pre-wedding dinners and farewell dinners on Koh Samui. What atmosphere do you want to keep for these special occasions? What kind of food? Ask your wedding planner for their suggestions

Think about speeches; who is going to give them and what you will say to each other and your guests. Many couples write out every word they want to say – while others only jot down a list of topics they will speak about. Whatever your method, keeping them under 10 minutes will be appreciated by your audience, especially if they are waiting for dinner to be served

3 months before

1 month before

Send photos to your wedding planner of the hair and make-up styles you want

Make arrangements for any of your animals at home to be taken care of when you come to Koh Samui

Choose an MC or ask your wedding planner if they can provide someone on Koh Samui

Consider what cocktails and other drinks you will have, both on your wedding day and reception. Special cocktails can really make your guests feel the tropical splendor of Koh Samui Decide if you would like to ask any of your guests to do a reading during your ceremony, then ask them. We do not recommend surprising them the day before your ceremony with a request to participate Discuss adding any family or religious traditions or any alternative ceremonies you would like to perform, such as Hand-fasting or a sand ceremony Create an itinerary of activities and important dates for all your guests from the time they arrive to the time they leave. Some guests will want to do things on their own – but many guests will appreciate you have thought about their enjoyment and join you Order anything printed if you are planning on bringing your own table name cards, seating charts, tent cards, programmes or menus with you. Ask your wedding planner if they can provide this service for you if needed

2 months before Finalize your wedding service and send to your wedding planner. Arrange a time to meet with your celebrant or minister once you’ve settled on Koh Samui

Take out travel insurance for any of those unforeseen events Pick up wedding rings and make sure they are sized properly. Here on Koh Samui, be prepared for your rings to be a little more ‘snug’ in the afternoon than back home Send “Must Have” photo list to your wedding planner Pay final balance with wedding planner so all your services can be confirmed Confirm with your DJ, if you choose to use one, about music for your first dance, cutting of the cake or anything that may require special music Follow-up with any guests you have invited which have not yet sent in their RSVP

3 weeks before Confirm with your wedding planner that everything is on schedule Get final fittings for any dresses or men's clothing you are bringing with you to Thailand

2 weeks before Give flight details to wedding planner about arrival on Koh Samui so transportation can be waiting for you

Coordinate with your wedding planner when the ceremony rehearsal will be held

Finalize final guest list and pass this information to your wedding planner

Prepare a “Must Have” photo list to ensure you get all the photos you want, while spending less time getting them done. All the

Finalize dinner seating plan and send to your wedding planner


Exercise often – it helps your body and mind stay relaxed and focused Pack all necessary items for your trip; passports, itineraries, other important documents, any printed material, suits, dresses and all your accessories

1 week before If you are planning on legally marrying in Thailand, you will need to arrive in Bangkok between 5 and 7 business days before your wedding date. If you choose to use a legal liaison service to assist you, you will likely only need 1 morning in Bangkok and the hired service will do the rest on your behalf. But it will still take several business days (weekends and holidays not included) to complete your documents in Bangkok and have them sent down to Koh Samui in time for your wedding day Now that you are in Thailand, you both should go get Traditional Thai massages. Try Wat Po on the Chao Phraya River, a well-respected massage training school located at the same temple as the “Reclining Buddha”

3-5 days before Meet with your wedding planner and confirm all decisions made over the planing process. Give planner any items you will be using on your wedding day such as programmes, tent cards, seating plans, etc. Meet with celebrant or minister to discuss your final ceremony selection Perform a rehearsal with the wedding party participants. If someone has not arrived yet, use a substitute to keep continuity Get another massage. At least once per day is our recommendation while on Koh Samui Meet with guests, enjoy you time on Koh Samui. When you have the right person planning your wedding – there is no need for you to do anything else but relax Enjoy a tasting of your wedding dinner, canapes and specialty drinks you have selected

2 days before Have a trial with your hair and make-up artist Have a massage. Try oil or aromatherapy this time

Have your Stag-Do and Hens Night. It is not recommended having them the night before your wedding

1 day before Sleep off the previous night’s fun Eat a good breakfast (and/or lunch – depending on when you wake up). You'll both need a lot of energy the next couple days Have another massage Enjoy a pre-wedding dinner Go to sleep early

wedding day Wake up refreshed Eat a good breakfast to get you going Get a massage to relax you for the big event The women get ready with the hair and make-up artists Wedding planner visits the bride in her room When the photographers/videographers arrive, they will take a lot of photos of you getting ready The men get ready and arrive around 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony The guests arrive 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony and mingle with the groom and his groomsmen Your wedding planner will inform the guests to be seated before ceremony starts Celebrant or minister is ready to conduct the service The service begins...

post-ceremony Sign your wedding certificate. If you have opted for a legal service, the local “Amphur” (Registrar) will be present to sign your final documents and marriage certificate after the service. If you are not having a legal service, you can choose to sign a keepsake certificate to commemorate your wedding day Open Champagne and share with all your guests


Get a group photo while everyone is present, just after the ceremony concludes While photos are being taken, open the bar so guests can eat delicious canapes and mingle Take special photos of only the two of you walking along the beach Cut your wedding cake, but serve it after dinner. Photographs on the beach of you cutting your cake will be nicer than cutting it later at night and not being able to see the ocean in the background

Depending on how many speeches you are planning, it is a good idea to spread them out throughout dinner Serve the cake after dinner Enjoy your 1st dance as a married couple. Let the other guests join you about 30 seconds into the song If you are planning for any fireworks, for safety purposes, many places do not allow you to set them off until after 10pm when the last planes arrive and depart Koh Samui

Toss your bouquet at sunset to all the unmarried woman

Party until you can't any more, or untill you are allowed to at your venue

Light fire-balloons just after sunset, before you are supposed to sit down for dinner, unless prohibited from letting them off until after 10pm

Offer your flower decorations to any guests who want to take some back to their room

wedding night (reception) After festivities are finished on the beach, your guests will be invited to find where they are sitting at dinner and go to their tables You will then be introduced by the MC of the evening as you go to your table. It is a good place to have a few speeches then open the dinner so everyone can eat. Often, the Father-of-the-Bride is the 1st to give a speech, at this time followed by the best man and then the groom – but here on Koh Samui, you can do it any way you'd like

Photo by: Khun Danai

Say good night and go to Congratulations on your big day!

bed

day after wedding Ensure you have everything you wanted to keep from the wedding Your legal marriage certificate is sent back to Bangkok for final Thai Foreign Affairs certification Get a massage. After a great wedding and reception – you will both need it Enjoy each other as Husband and Wife!


Photo by: Khun Chu

dreams do come true... Real Weddings With Real Samui Brides

Can you imagine yourself standing on the beach, hand-in-hand with the one you desire most, speaking words of love as you join together in marriage? These real Samui Newlyweds are everyday couples from around the world who made the decision to go from wedding dreams to wedding reality for their big day.

Photo by: Khun Danai

They had help at every stage as they planned their weddings from afar. Each couple had a truly unforgettable day.

Will you be the next Samui Bride?

Alexis & Bruce 17th May 2012

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Photo by: Khun Polsin

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Sam & Mark

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14th February


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Caroline & Martynas 21st May


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Legal Marriage in the Kingdom of Thailand Where You Will Need To Start

If you want to have a legal marriage in the Kingdom of Thailand, as well as being accepted as a legal marriage in your home country, there are a few very important steps that must be taken. First, you must begin at your embassy in Bangkok – in person. Most countries have documents to fill out before you arrive to make the process quicker, as well as a processing fee paid directly to the embassy. Many allow same-day service while some countries require one (1) or more days to process. After you have gone to your embassy and have your completed documents in hand, they need to be translated into Thai by a certified translator in Bangkok. There are many to choose from, but not all of them are legitimate, so be aware. After translating into Thai, the documents are then submitted to the Thai Foreign Affairs Department for three (3) days before they are ready to collect. Once your documents have cleared the Foreign Affairs Dept., at any point you can get married legally at the “Amphur's� (Registrar's) office in Bangkok - or on Koh Samui at your chosen venue. This process requires you to be in Bangkok between five (5) and seven (7) business days to complete the whole process. If you do not have that much time or do not feel comfortable doing all the running around yourself, you can hire a professional legal liaison company to assist you with your legal registration.

Contact Samui Legal Marriage Services to ensure your legal marriage registration is easy and relaxed.

www.samuilegalmarriage.com info@samuilegalmarriage.com Tel: 081 956 0905


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Language Is No Barrier Meet the Celebrant Stewart Windham

Samui Bride & Honeymoon met with new resident and long time Celebrant, Stewart Wyndham. Stewart shared his thoughts about Samui, performing weddings and why couples would love to be married on our tropical paradise. Thank you meeting with me, Stewart. Please share with our readers a little about yourself and what started you off traveling. Well, I spent my childhood and high school years in Edinburgh, Scotland. As a young child I lived in my grandmother’s apartment which was next to a horse stable. Sean Connery, the Scottish actor, delivered milk as a teenager using horses from the same stable. Then I spent about fifteen years in Germany where I studied German and became very busy teaching English to Germans. The late sixties and the seventies was an exciting and amazing time to be young in Berlin even when the wall was still there. I started travelling while still being based in Germany and went on my first overland trips to India and other countries in Europe. You finally wound up living in Japan for more than twenty years, I understand. What was that like? When I was still living in Germany I had told myself, well, I managed to adjust pretty well to living in a European society, where English was not the spoken language, how would it be if I could manage to do the same thing with an Asian country?


Since I was already experienced as an English teacher in Germany and I was interested in Buddhism, Japan seemed the best option at the time. So that is where I stayed for more than 20 years, meeting my lovely wife there and really embracing life in Japan the best I could. Did you actually stay in Japan non-stop for more than 20 years? No, I left for about 4 years, trained to become a holistic psychotherapist, counselor and breathwork trainer in the United States and Australia, lived again in Berlin, Germany, this time with no Berlin Wall and returned to Japan after 4 years in 1993. It was since that time that I became established as a high school teacher, holistic counselor and, since 2005, a certified wedding celebrant. In 2011, my wife and I moved to Thailand just after the big earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We had actually been regular visitors to Koh Samui over a period of about 15 years so we had some idea of what to expect. I again took up conducting wedding ceremonies about one year ago here on the island. How many languages do you speak? Fluently, I can speak; English, German and Japanese. But I can speak French, Italian and Spanish as well - but I do not consider myself fluent. Please tell me about being a wedding celebrant in Japan and how it compares with being one here on Koh Samui. OK. Firstly, the companies that hire foreigners like myself to do weddings in Japan expect the celebrants to conduct Christian weddings. These weddings are actually a cross between Protestant and Catholic ceremonies which would no doubt irk some conservative Christians. Also, we were expected to learn the full ceremony text by heart, which was not as bad as it sounds because there was no big variation in the vows. The style was very formal, very standard but I always enjoyed finding my own way to connect with the couples on a heart to heart level. I did more than 1,000 ceremonies over a six year period there. On Koh Samui, on the other hand, most couples as well as the guests are not only in a wedding mood but also in a holiday spirit. The whole potential heaviness of traditional weddings back home, wherever that may be, is lifted and

there is more room for enjoyment which typically lasts for a few days. The “feelings” of the wedding can linger with the couples and the guests, there is no abrupt ending to the party like there might be back home where “the big event” is usually squeezed into one day and everyone goes home immediately. That’s quite interesting. So it sounds like you prefer doing weddings here on Koh Samui than in Japan, is that right? Oh yes, it’s a lot more fun! Back in Japan it was a real business, everything according to the manual. On average there were 2 to 4 weddings on Saturdays or Sundays and occasionally as many as 8. It's nothing like that here on Koh Samui where we only do one per day to ensure the best service possible. What would you recommend to any couple who is considering Koh Samui as their destination wedding location? I would say that if any couple would like to make their destination wedding an unforgettable event in their lives - Koh Samui is more than well-equipped to guarantee a truly romantic setting with beautiful post-wedding sunsets, the happiness and satisfaction of wedding guests together with its gentle, expert hospitality - I would highly recommend it. It's difficult for me to covey quite the right words, but it is a truly once in a lifetime experience. Thank you, Stewart, it’s been really great talking to you. Stewart Wyndham can be reached by email at: stewart@samuicelebrant.com if you would like to have a professional Celebrant conduct your ceremony. His ceremonies are available in English, German and Japanese.


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CELEBRANT Professional Wedding Celebrant Services in the Kingdom of Thailand Having the right person perform your wedding ceremony is often the most overlooked part of wedding planning. Many companies include the "Celebrant" in their package - but who are you really going to get when you arrive at your destination? What if they can't pronounce your name? What if you can't understand them? What if they don't make you feel confident in their ability or comfortable helping you start your new life together? Samui Celebrant is here to make sure you always get a professional ceremony no matter where you are getting married on Koh Samui. With nearly 2,000 combined weddings, there is no other Celebrant team that has more experience on Koh Samui. Our Celebrants are great at keeping couples relaxed on their big day and are very flexible so you can have the ceremony you have always wanted. Put your mind at ease and hire Samui Celebrant to perform your wedding service. After all - there are more important things to occupy your time than to wonder if your wedding ceremony will be what you desire. Samui Celebrant Services Include: Pre-Wedding Meeting (on Koh Samui) Choice of 5 Ceremonies (Mix-and-Match) Experienced & Professional Native English Speaking Keepsake Ceremony Certificate Beautiful Thai Silk Certificate Folder Ceremony Anywhere on Koh Samui Willing to Travel Ceremonies Available in: ENGLISH GERMAN JAPANESE Avoid Any Unnecessary Challenges - Book Your Samui Celebrant Today. Tel: +66 (0)89 590 8823 Email: info@samuicelebrant.com www.samuicelebrant.com


The “WEDDING PLANNING GODDESS” Samui Bride & Honeymoon Magazine got a chance to sit down with long-time resident and native Filipino, Rio Rose Parr, who has been organizing weddings on Koh Samui for many years. Her attention to the couple and every detail inbetween makes her a very popular organizer. Based out of Melati Resort & Spa, Rio Rose is ready to make your dreams come true... SBW: How long have you been planning weddings on Koh Samui? Rio: I have been planning weddings since 2003, so that’s about 9 years now. SBW: What's it like being referred to as the "Wedding Planning Goddess" by couples who get married with you? Rio: Wow! Wedding Planning Goddess... I feel over the moon when I hear these words from my wedding couples. SBW: What do you like best about helping couples realize their wedding dreams? Rio: I like every part of it! From the moment they send me an inquiry, confirming the wedding, through the wedding planning, stag & hen’s do, actual wedding day, even their honeymoon and other small things/details that I could help with. Most people say that my kind of work is a very stressful one! But for me, it's nothing like that... well of course complications may arise but there is nothing that can’t be solved in a very relaxed manner. It does not just complete me as a wedding planner but completes me as a person seeing happy faces and the glow in their eyes not only touches my heart but the feelings deep in my heart-the happiness and love! SBW: Is there anything you think couples should know about when getting married on Samui? Rio: I completely understand that planning a destination wedding is difficult to all couples who live a thousand miles away. I would tell them: 1. Think - Think of what you would really like for your dream wedding. 2. Research - Research the venue and the wedding planning team. They are the most important people that will be part of your once-in-a-lifetime event. A wedding planner and great team with experience will be the one to deliver a perfect wedding celebration. 3. Fulfill - Fulfill your dream wedding! I must say Koh Samui is not only a perfect place for a wedding venue but a great place for a romantic getaway and adventure with friends. SBW: Why do you like to live on Koh Samui? Rio: Living here for almost half of my entire life, it feels like home to me - not only because my family are here but I love the people, they are very kind, generous and hospitable. I love this island, with a very laid back and relaxed atmosphere - no traffic, no pollution and most of all working on a paradise like this -- it's always a holiday for me! SBW: Thank you, Rio. It was a pleasure to talk to you. If you would like to talk with Rio Rose about having your wedding with her, email her at: eventmgr@melatiresort.com Melati Beach Resort and Spa Thongson Bay, Tambon Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Suratthani, 84320 Thailand Tel: 0 7791 3400-20, 0 7791 3444 www.melatiresort.com

Chaweng Regent Beach Resort Chaweng Beach , Koh Samui T. (66-77)422-389-90, 422-008-10, 230-391-40 F. (66-77)422-222, 231-013 eventmgr@chawengregent.com


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Siobhan & Steve 1st October

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Christie & Simon 20th January


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Anna & Dean 12th April

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Recommended Luxury Honeymoon Villas on Koh Samui

Luxury Villa 002 - Set in one of the most desirable and beautiful residential areas on the island, this villa is a truly exceptional villa. The stone wall and heavy wooden gates give a hint of the style and quality that awaits you inside this tropical oasis. Everything about this property exudes luxury and excellence; and a more spacious, well designed layout would be very hard to find.

Luxury Villa 061 - Nestled in the heart of tranquillity in the hills of Bophut, this villa strikes an idyllic balance between contemporary grandeur and Thai-Balinese timelessness. The walk-through the entrance area with its solid wood carved door and water features gives away the atmosphere from the first step into the villa.

Luxury Villa 001 - Translated as "The Sunshine House", sits on a former coconut plantation on Lipa Noi ("Little Palm") beach on the peaceful south-west coast of Koh Samui. Lipa Noi is regarded as the most unspoilt, and best swimming beach on the island and has wonderful views of Angthong Marine Park and stunning sunsets. Reservations & Inquiries: info@samuitropicalvillas.com www.samuitropicalvillas.com Samui Bride & Honeymoon 43


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An exceptional choice for families or groups of friends seeking the ultimate exclusive retreat, this villa’s multifunctional living spaces and luxurious facilities offer guests a range of appealing options for undisturbed relaxation and personalised recreation. Indulgent additions at this villa include a custom built Clubhouse with its own private fitness and massage room, dry sauna, steam and huge jacuzzi. Active guests can play a few sets on the villa's floodlit tennis court or swim laps in the 32 metre private pool. Those who prefer less strenuous vacation fun can also enjoy a game of pool or mahjong in the Clubhouse, then head down to the private, 12-seater cinema for movie marathon complete with popcorn and ice cream.

Location: Bang Por (North-west) Wheelchair Accessible: Yes Beds: 8 Baths: 10

Luxury Villa 021

The Perfect Wedding Location!

Wifi: Yes View: Ocean View with Private Beach Access Pool: Private Daily Rates from: USD $1,800 - $4,400

Tel: +66 (0) 81 968 1050 Reservations & Inquiries: info@samuitropicalvillas.com www.samuitropicalvillas.com


Welcome to The Lotus Terraces - Koh Samui The villas at the Lotus Terraces offer the best of island living. Each of its five luxury villas provide the comforts of a vacation home away from home in a peaceful surrounding. Discover what The Lotus Terraces has to offer for a perfect beach holiday on the island of Koh Samui. The dream of investing in a beachfront property on Koh Samui can now be a reality with The Lotus Terraces. This intimate development of luxury villas and terraced homes offers the finest of beachfront living on Koh Samui. We invite you to explore our various options available in fulfilling your dream. Mention you saw us in “Samui Bride & Honeymoon Magazine� for free bottle of bubbly for EACH Villa you rent.

The Lotus Terraces 12/18 Moo 5, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84330 Thailand International Tel: +66 (0) 7 7447 381 / Local Tel: 077 447 381 Email: sales@lotusterraces.com www.lotusterraces.com Call to arrange your inspection today.


decadent dining on koh samui Indulge in Culinary Delights

When you think of some of the world's best food – Thai is at the top of many people's list. How can it not be? The delectable flavor combinations and fresh ingredients are absolutely magnificent. Here on Koh Samui, we have some of the best Thai food available anywhere in Thailand, infused with a variety of other cultures such as; Japanese, Chinese, Mediterranean, Spanish, Mexican, Scandinavian, Russian, Italian, French, German and Indian to name a few. So, what happens when you cross the best Thai ingredients with the best international chefs who bring their own personal methods of culinary genius to the plate? You get one more reason why Koh Samui is the perfect island destination for your wedding, honeymoon or romantic getaway! Share your discoveries with your family and friends when you come back to Samui for your wedding, honeymoon or romantic getaway. Who doesn't like to be introduced delicious cuisine? What restaurant will be your favorite? Experience is second to none. Make a reservation tonight with the one that you love the most. Because life without love is like food without taste. Bon Appetit!

Would you like to share your Koh Samui dining experience with us? Email: editor@samuibride.com with your stories or reviews. or visit us on facebook: www.facebook.com/SamuiBride


Experience one of the most celebrated restaurants on Samui at Peace Resort. From exquisite dining with sea views, to daily promotions and theme nights, private dining right on the beach and a poolside bar, we have it all.

178 Moo 1, Bophut Beach, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320 Thailand info@peaceresort.com tel: +66 77 425 357 / fax: +66 77 425 343

“…..A Secret World….”

THE SCENT HOTEL 58/1 Moo 4 Bangrak Beach, Koh Samui 84320 Suratthani Thailand TEL: 077 962 198 or 960 123 / FAX: 077 962 199 Email: info@thescenthotel.com www.thescenthotel.com


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The Heights

Watch a spectacular moon rise over a tranquil sea...

Lamai Beach, Koh Samui Tel: +66(0)77 960 555 www.silavadeeresort.com


flowers on koh samui Thailand is known for it's beautiful orchids, but there are many other gorgeous Thai perennials you may want to add to your decorations. Check with your wedding planner about what different flowers are available for your big day. Because of Thailand's warm tropical climate, not all flowers are readily obtainable. Here is a short list of some of the most common flowers available on Koh Samui. Do you have a favorite flower that grows in Thailand? Email us your photos: editor@samuibride.com

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Heliconia

Heliconia Rostrata

Purple Orchids

Green Orchids

White Orchids

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White/Purple Phalaenopsis

Fuchsia Phalaenopsis

Yellow Phalaenopsis

Purple Phalaenopsis

White Lotus

Pink Lotus

White/Yellow Frangipani

Orange/Red Frangipani

White Plumeria

White Calla Lily

White Lily

Pink Lily

Pink , White & Red Roses


Who doesn't like to be pampered? Even most men would agree that being massaged into deep relaxation and groomed to perfection feels wonderful. And I have never met a woman who doesn't want a day at the spa... When it comes to your wedding day, a hens party or having a romantic honeymoon retreat, Koh Samui's spas deliver a complete balance of service and relaxation for any occasion. Spa treatments have taken off around the world and there are a variety available on Koh Samui – from simple Thai massage to all-inclusive award-winning wellness retreats. Being relaxed on your wedding day has it's obvious advantages; being more aware of what is happening around you, being able to enjoy the day even more, keeping the stress levels to a minimum and making your overall mood upbeat and happy. And let's face it – it's your wedding day so you are supposed to make the most of it! Spa treatments have also been know to be very therapeutic. They relax muscles and free toxins that get

trapped within our organs, which can then be directed out of the body with touch. They stimulate the senses and awaken our spirits. A great treatment will loosen your body so all tensions from the real world can be released and melt away. Their aromatic pleasures can penetrate deep into the body to caress your soul into exultation. A relaxing spa day is also a great way to spend time together with some of your wedding guests, family or to enjoy during a traditional Hen Party – or even a stag-do! Complete spa days can be arranged to cater to and delight every sense you posses. Why not encourage everyone to take advantage of this amazing service while visiting the Kingdom of Thailand? Compared to most other countries a typical day at the spa can be very expensive. Even with our global economy in disarray, a day at the spa on Koh Samui is reasonably priced and service is second-to-none. Take the time to visit one of Koh Samui's spas – you will be thankful you did – and so will everyone that goes with you.

Spa experience... Flutter away from daily routines and discover a new journey at Silavadee Wellness Spa

Lamai Beach, Koh Samui Tel: +66(0)77 960 555 www.silavadeeresort.com

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Where To Go And What To Do

When someone mentions a “Stag-Do” or “Hen's Party”, often images of drunken excess and come to mind – thanks to movies like The Hangover 2. Koh Samui has plenty to do after the sun goes down so the only thing we'll say about the night-life on Koh Samui is; be responsible for yourself and don't check your brain at the gate upon arrival. There are a lot things you just wouldn't do at home – so don't do them here. There is plenty of fun to be had while remaining respectful to the locals and other foreigners. On Koh Samui, more often than not, these traditional rites-of-passage are held during the day rather than night. There is so much to do here that it can be exhausting. For the men – fun with the boys is often; Quad Biking, Zip Lines, Scuba Diving, Golfing, Rock Climbing & Repelling, Go-Karting, Football Golf, Fishing, Private Speed Boat Trips, Elephant Trekking and Bungee-Jumping. For the ladies – their parties are often; Spa Treatments, Snorkeling Trips, Massages, Manicures & Pedicures, Cooking Classes, Sailing, Elephant Treks, Shopping and Island Tours. Though there are a lot more times now when the ladies want to be more adventurous than the boys and the boys want to be thoroughly pampered. No matter what your personal style is, Koh Samui is full of great things to do with your family and friends – and especially with each other.

To get your party started contact

Thailand Bucks, Stags & Hens buckshens@samuibride.com www.thailandbucksandhens.com facebook.com/ThailandBucksStagsAndHens

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ATTENTION! some important things to know

Koh Samui is such a wonderful place to be have a romantic getaway, wedding or honeymoon. There are a few things we feel are important to know before visiting Koh Samui so your trip is relaxed and unforgettable - and you'll want to return many times over. FAKE CELEBRANT There is currently a fake wedding Celebrant by the name of Alfredo Alonzo who is trying to pass himself off as a wedding professional on Koh Samui. He is a Food & Beverage manager who has convinced unknowing resorts he is a true Celebrant and charges a little less than the real professionals based on Koh Samui. The best wedding planners and wedding resorts on Koh Samui are already aware of this fake Celebrant and will only use real professionals for your wedding - as it is so important to not cut corners to save a little money. As of this writing, ALL Samui resorts now know of his status and any resort or wedding company who knowningly uses him is trying to cheat each couple out of an honestly professional service. There are excellent professional Celebrants available on Koh Samui; we want to make sure no one gets fooled by this man, as you will be putting your trust in a Samui-based wedding planner you may have never met. Ask your wedding planner or resort who your Celebrant will be - if they say it's Alfredo - get another wedding planner, because you don't know what else they will do to save money on your big day. A professional wedding Celebrant is one of the most important parts of your wedding day - don't leave it up to just anyone. Demand only the best for your wedding. METERED TAXIS There are no such things here on Koh Samui - no mater what the sign on the top of their car says. You will need to negotiate a rate before you travel. After dark the rates go up - sometimes considerably. There are stories about people spending much more than necessary, among many other things, and to avoid this we suggest getting the drivers number if you really like their service and attitude. Then call them any time you know you need a taxi, then you will have a trusted driver. But don't bother trying to get the number of a bad taxi driver to report them, there is no one to report them to on Koh Samui. Best thing to do is rent a small car for your stay. The roads are quite small at times when visiting certain parts of the island and a small car is ideal. MOTORBIKE RENTALS Koh Samui used to be a motorbike haven, but nowadays, cars rule the roads here. Not to mention the condition of many of the roads; pot-holes, open sewer drains and sand on many corners. So we suggest NOT renting a motorbike when coming to Koh Samui - UNLESS you have previous riding experience and are not a drunken fool (sorry to be blunt). Koh Samui is not the place to learn how to ride a motorbike - and contrary to what many visitors believe - they are not kid's toys. Rent a small car instead. JET SKI RENTALS Jet ski's are fun and exciting, but they can quickly turn into nightmares in Thailand when rented from the wrong operator. You may have seen the reports on Youtube and international news media about people renting from unreputable operators and then are involved in physical altercations over bogus claims of damage and demands for extortinate amounts of money. If you REALLY want to rent jet ski's on Samui, talk to your resort or villa manager about the most reputable operators nearby.

In the end, no matter what you do while on Koh Samui - don't check-out your brain when you check-in your luggage at the airport. Enjoy your stay and we'll see you again on your next trip to Koh Samui!


directory Dreams Villa Resort 2/56 Moo 1, bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani, Thailand, 84320 Tel: +66 (0) 85 789 9150 / Fax: +44 (0) 208 507 0269 info@dreamsvillaresort.com www.dreamsvillaresort.com

The Five Islands Restaurant 348 Moo 3, Tambon Taling Ngam , Koh Samui, Suratthani, 84140 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 7741 5359, +66 (0) 814 775 371 samui@thefiveislands.com www.thefiveislands.com

The Heights

The Heights Restaurant @ Silavadee Pool Spa Resort 208/66 Moo 4, Maret, Koh Samui , Suratthani, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)77 960 555 / Fax: +66 (0)77 960 055 www.silavadeeresort.com

The Lotus Terraces 12/18 Moo 5, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84330 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 7 7447 381 sales@lotusterraces.com

Le Jaroen Restaurant @ The Scent Hotel 58/1 Moo 4, Bangrak Beach, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320 Thailand Tel. +66 (0) 77 962198 / +66 (0) 77 960123 info@thescenthotel.com www.thescenthotel.com

Orgasmic Restaurant Located at the far eastern end of Bo Phut Beach For Reservations Call: +66 (0) 86 276 9101 walter.andreini@hotmail.com

Q Signature Samui Beach Resort 24/73 Moo 5 Thambon BhoPhut, Koh Samui Suratthani Thailand 84320 Tel. +66 (0) 77 428 100 Fax +66 (0) 77 428 133 wedding@myqhotels.com

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Red Snapper Restaurant & Bar Chaweng Beach Road, Next to Chaweng Regent Tel: +66 (0) 7742 2008, +66 (0) 7742 2389-90 info@redsnappersamui.com www.redsnappersamui.com

Samui Beach Weddings 157/15 Moo 1, Bo Phut, Koh Samui, Suratthani, 84320 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 85 080 3872 Fax: +66 (0) 77 245 719 info@samuibeachweddings.com www.samuibeachweddings.com

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Samui Celebrant Tel: +66 (0) 89 590 8823 Email: info@samuicelebrant.com www.samuicelebrant.com

SAMUI LEGAL

Samui Legal Marriage Services Tel: +66 (0) 81 956 0905 info@samuilegalmarriage.com www.samuilegalmarriage.com

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Marriage Services

Samui Tropical Villas & Resorts Tel: +66 (0) 81 968 1050 info@samuitropicalvillas.com www.samuitropicalvillas.com

Sea Wrap Restaurant 178 Moo 1, Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320 Thailand Tel. +66 (0) 77 425357 info@peaceresort.com www.peaceresort.com

Silavadee Pool Spa Resort 208/66 Moo 4, Maret, Koh Samui , Suratthani, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 77 960 555 / Fax: +66 (0) 77 960 055 wedding@silavadeeresort.com www.silavadeeresort.com

Sui Kin Restaurant @ Akyra Chura Samui Resort 99/9 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Road, Koh Samui, Thailand Tel:+66 (0) 77 915 100 / Fax: +66 (0) 77 915 111 info@theakyra.com www.theakyra.com

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Samui Beach Weddings - Professional Destination Wedding Specialists www.samuibeachweddings.com facebook.com/SamuiBeachWeddings skype: SamuiBeachWeddings Local Tel: 081 956 0905 / 089 590 8823


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