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A foreigner could marry a Thai, or another foreigner in Thailand. Thailand’s allure to foreigners as the perfect wedding locale must be from its pristine island beaches, the exotic jungle destinations, the colorful city, historic attractions, or perhaps the concept of the traditional Thai wedding. Apart from the wedding ceremony, here’s how a foreigner can legally register for marriage in Thailand.

Like any other special occasion, marriage takes a lot of preparation. If you are planning to get married in Thailand, you need to be familiarized with several processes and legalities it entails. Securing legal assistance from a local attorney is the best way to ensure that your marriage carries weight in Thailand and abroad, and guarantee compliance to Thai legal parameters. This may sound tedious at first, but rest assured that you’ve done much of the legwork. After all, you’ve already found love, that’s supposed to be the hardest part.

The marriage will only be recognized under the law of your home country if it is valid under Thai law. In other words, simply having a ceremony in Thailand doesn’t mean you are legally married.

It is very possible to complete the process of getting the correct documentation together in one day. However, it is advised to leave a two-day window aside to complete the process just in case you run into a problem.

Whether you are a foreign national marrying a Thai national, or a foreign couple coming to Thailand to get married, you will need to jump through a few hoops before you can legally register your marriage.

Foreigners who are wishing to marry shall appear in person with their respective passports and arrival card at their Embassy in Thailand to complete a declaration called “affirmation of freedom to marry” attesting that you are single and free to marry in accordance with Thai Law. This affirmation is impossible to obtain from your country of residence in advance. The registration shall be effected by a Thai Diplomatic or Consular Officer. You need to take the completed declaration to a reputable translation office to have the contents of the declaration translated into Thai.

Then, the documents together with translation and copies of passports have to be taken to the Legalization Division of Consular Affairs Department, where the Consular Official’s signature will be authenticated. This normally takes two days. These documents and translation are then ready for submission to a District Office, known as an ‘amphur‘ or ‘khet‘, where the District Registrar will register the marriage and issue the marriage certificate in Thai in accordance with and following the procedure led down in Thai Law.

This application can be filed at any District Office or Minor District Office nationwide regardless of the birthplace of the couple.

wedding-in-thailand-2A marriage can take place on a declaration made by both the parties intending to marry by giving consent to take each other as husband and wife publicly before the registrar in order to have it recorded by him. Giving consent to the marriage may be made by:

  • Affixing the signature of the person giving consent in the Register at the time of registration of the marriage;
  • A consent document stating the names of the parties to the marriage and signed by the person giving consent;
  • Verbal declaration before at least two witnesses in case of necessity. The consent having been given cannot be revoked.

Now that all the paperwork is done, it is time you moved on to the next stage, which is living the most memorable experience with your beloved one.

For many of those who are getting married in Krabi with family and friends, about every resort has a specialized wedding or events planner who can make sure that the Registrar comes to your resort. You will have to sign the declaration before the wedding ceremony starts and they will issue you with a Thai marriage certificate.

Krabi is renowned as a premier destination for Thailand weddings where time stands still, allowing your extraordinary moment to unfold. With its amazing landscape and romantic atmosphere, most of Krabi’s resorts offer enchanting wedding venues to accommodate the wedding of your dreams. Just make a wish and experience unique celebrations such as a ceremony surrounded by lotus and orchids, a traditional blessing ceremony performed by Thai Buddhist monks or a refined candles ceremony at dawn.

Depending on whether you prefer indoor elegant Thai style banquet rooms or an outdoor wedding ceremony on the beach, your dream will come true no matter what.

Krabi’s stunning location and picturesque view on the islands make it the perfect location for your dream wedding and a mystic symbol of your new life together as a couple.

You should allow four working days in Bangkok prior to registering your marriage as you are required to have been a resident in Thailand for at least three days before you get married and you must allow time for the paperwork to be processed in Bangkok. This also allows you to visit some of the wonderful attractions of the Capital City.

You may also wish to obtain a sworn translation of your marriage certificate into your native language so that it can be used as a legal document back home.