Legal and symbolic weddings
Whether to make the Thai wedding legal or not is purely a personal decision. The format and presentation of the actual ceremony remain the same either way.
We offer a legalization service which does ensure that the marriage is recognized in your home countries as well as in Thailand.
The legal process is as follows
Each embassy will have different requirements and it is your responsibility to make sure that can reach these requirements and obtain an “Affirmation of freedom to marry in Thailand”. With most nationalities we have information on what you will require and we can assist you wherever possible. However, many embassies will not deal with a third party and will only speak directly with the bride and groom.
In any event our legal rep will meet you at your embassies in Bangkok and once you hand over the affirmations you will be free to leave Bangkok and continue travelling. Embassy appointments tend to be only available in the mornings and so an overnight stay in Bangkok is required. Embassies are not open on weekends or Public Holidays and your appointment date must be at least 6 working days before your ceremony date. We recommend that if you require the legal service that you speak with us about possible appointment dates before booking any flights.
Once our legal rep has the documents from your embassies they are translated at an official translation bureau and then submitted to the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They release the papers back to our legal rep, after approximately three days, with authorization that the bride and groom can legally marry in Thai Law.
This paperwork is couriered to our office on Koh Samui and an appointment is made with the local registrar. The registrar then prepares the register and your certificates and will turn up at the end of your ceremony for the legal signing and certificate presentation.
You will receive two original certificates and it is worth you knowing that these are the only two certificates that will ever be issued. If you were to lose or damage these certificates then a certified copy of the register is available as a back-up.
Our legal rep will arrange for a certified translation of one of your certificates so that can carry our procedural changes in your country. With some embassies our legal rep has to resubmit the certificates and some paperwork at the embassy so that the marriage can be officially recognized or registered in your country.
The fee for our legal service is currently 23,500 baht – 28,500 baht depending on the embassies involved.
For some people, visiting the embassy 6 working days prior to their ceremony is simply not possible or practical. There is no issue with having the legal wedding done in your own country before or after your wedding in Thailand. This has no impact on the ceremony and you would still have a signing after the ceremony with your wedding celebrant (non-legal).