There are a few issues to consider when ordering wine for your destination wedding in Thailand.
It is very important that you know from as early as possible in the planning process that wine, and especially Champagne, in Thailand is expensive. There’s no getting away from this. Wine is imported and is subject to a very high rate of taxation, which will be applied if bought in Thailand or even if sent from elsewhere.
There are a couple of ways to make this pain a little less severe. One way is to ask your guests to bring their duty free allocation for your wedding. This can save a considerable amount of money and really helps if you want Champagne for the toast. However, you will also need to know whether your venue allows you to provide your own wine or if they charge corkage. If it’s a resort then there’s a very good chance that corkage will be charged per bottle.
If, on the other hand, you are getting married at one of our Faraway Weddings venues then no corkage is applied.
The other option only really applies if you use an established wedding planning company such as Faraway Weddings. We have an agreement with a wholesaler which allows us to offer a huge selection of wines at a reduced price, it will still probably be expensive in comparison to your home country but every little saving helps.
This is an area which has seen great improvements in recent years. The choice of wines and Champagnes available on Koh Samui is now extensive and most of your favourite new world or old world wines can be found. If not then there will definitely be a list of suitable alternatives.
If you’ve attended a wedding in Europe, the US, Australia etc then it is fairly common practice to have red and white wine available on the table during dinner.
This is not always an appropriate option here in Thailand. Most climates tend to get cooler during the evening but the tropical climate here on Koh Samui means that the temperature doesn’t really vary greatly at all throughout the day or night.
This presents a relatively unusual scenario for red wine drinkers. Because of the heat many places in Thailand serve red wine chilled or even with ice. This is frowned upon by some wine drinkers who prefer to drink at room temperature. However, if the room temperature is 25-30 degrees then this is not acceptable either. The upshot is that red wine drinkers tend to opt for an alternative tipple and the bride and groom are often left with several bottles of red left over. This equates to a waste of money that could have been used more appropriately towards some other element of the wedding.
Our general advice is to make sure that red wine drinkers are aware of the potential temperature problems and focus more on buying white wine or rose and cut back on the red. The last thing you need is to be left with lots of wine and not enough time to drink it before you head on to your honeymoon destination.