- Posted on Thursday, 02 June 2016
This destination wedding planned by The Wedding Bliss Thailand comes just in time for some midweek wanderlust. Its classic white, gold and coral colours effortlessly complement the infinite view of the blue Andaman Sea, creating the perfect canvas for Darin Images to capture the couple in an intimate ceremony at the private Villa Baan Santisuk in Phuket, Thailand.
Be sure to read on till the end of the feature for some expert tips on planning your destination wedding by planner Sonia of The Wedding Bliss Thailand.
How did you meet?
“We met 7 and a half years ago when we worked at the same company in London. We didn’t work together directly but we got talking one Friday night on a company night out and it all started from there!” ~ Betsey
How did he propose?
“We spent Christmas 2013 in Sri Lanka – we were travelling along the south coast for two weeks. We went for a walk along the beach on Christmas Eve to catch the sunset and he pretended to take a photo of me. When he showed me the ‘photo’ he had just taken of me, it was actually a photo of a diamond. We then had the ring made in Hong Kong.” ~ Betsey
Why did you choose to have a destination wedding?
“We wanted a small and intimate wedding and have always loved Asia and the idea of getting married somewhere hot and exotic. We had both been to Thailand a few years back together and Phuket had so many stunning venue options overlooking the sea. It was a great option for us now living in Hong Kong and an excuse to get our friends out to Asia from the UK.” ~ Betsey
What are some of your favourite memories from the day?
“There are so many, I can’t really pinpoint just one. The nerves and excitement just before walking out across the villa and down the aisle to the ceremony was really special. I also loved the speeches in the evening by my dad, David and his best man. They made me both laugh and cry.” ~ Betsey
Do you have any tips and wedding advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
“Spend time thinking about what kind of venue you want as a lot of other decisions are made around them. Will it be a hotel or villa, is it private or will there be other people? Privacy was important to us. With hotels, everything is more packaged but you can tailor things more with villas.
Also, over-invite when doing the guest list. We were quite conservative as we knew our venue allowed a maximum of 50 guests and we didn’t account for many dropouts (it was a shame but we really considered who we really wanted to be there). With all weddings, there are friends and family that really think they will be able to come, but won’t be able to make it at the last minute. This is more so with a destination wedding as people need to travel, get time off work, etc.
Spend a few days after the wedding to chill out, relax and take it all in.” ~ David and Betsey
Planning your destination wedding? Here are some top tips from Sonia of The Wedding Bliss Thailand:
1) Plan in advance
The ideal time to start preparing for your destination wedding would be 8 months — 1 year ahead of your celebration. First of all, that will give your guests and yourself enough time to save the dates and come up with travel plans. Secondly, you will have a wider choice of good wedding professionals, especially wedding planners and photographers, who normally get booked far in advance.
2) Get a wedding planner
Planning a wedding at a place you live might be something a bride can handle personally, but dealing with planning from another location is challenging, so having help is essential here. Your wedding planner will help make sure that all details are in place and that you have the best team working on the most important day of your life.
3) Make a trip before the wedding
It's always a good idea to plan a holiday to your wedding destination around 6 months before the wedding itself. It can give you a great opportunity to see everything with your own eyes and test them out – the location, food tasting, makeup trial, and so many more things.
4) Take care of yourself
Traveling for a destination wedding can be challenging: time or finances may limit some of your guests from attending, even closest friends sometimes. Don't be discouraged and never let these things get you upset.
5) Take it easy
Destination weddings are supposed to be relaxing, laid-back affairs, with the bride and groom surrounded by the most important people in their lives, beautiful scenery and positive vibes. Don't let the stress of planning take over you. If your destination wedding is somewhere on the islands, remember that time there may flow differently; the term ‘island time’ means that people will be slower, more chill and easy-going.
Thank you Sonia for these tips, we’re sure our brides and grooms will find them very helpful. And congratulations on your marriage, David and Betsey! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Venue: Villa Baan Santisuk, Phuket, Thailand
Photography: Darin Images
Hair and Makeup: Neil Donkin Elite Hair & Makeup
Flowers: Wedding Flowers Phuket
Cake: Le Petit Prince
Catering: Two Chefs Catering
Planning/Styling: The Wedding Bliss Thailand