We’ve all been there - you’re off on holiday, you’ve done your bikini diet and now it’s time to enjoy all the local cuisine and cocktails that are on offer. But what if you want the best of both worlds? How do you mix entertaining your guests with delicious food and sunset cocktails whilst maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Whether you’re coming here for your destination wedding or are just coming on holiday, Koh Tao is a holiday destination where it's surprisingly simple to Live Well and Eat Well.
A previous blog, ‘Why you should get married in Koh Tao – Part 2’, details the activities available on our little slice of paradise that range from rock climbing and cliff jumping to paddle boarding and hiking, but there’s more…
Grounded is a wellbeing centre that offers classes in yoga, Pilates, meditation, primal flow, Latin dance and functional strength workshops as well retreats and hosted hikes to the breath-taking viewpoints of Koh Tao. They also work closely with the community offering the space for Saturday weekly markets and Wednesday "Crafternoons', plus they organise beach clean-ups, which anyone can join. Their classes, which are 300THB, are small and intimate. You can pick from beach yoga, at Maya Beach Club, in the morning, or rooftop sunset yoga, at Summer Guesthouse, in the evening. You also have the option of a guided paddleboard tour after your morning beach yoga; what a great way to further relax and explore Koh Tao!
When my friend asked me to be her Maid of Honour (and only bridesmaid), I was delighted…and terrified! What did I have to do? What would the bride’s expectations of me be? What would the rest of the guests expect of me? OMG…I had to organise the Hen Party! My biggest concern was that it was a destination wedding, so I wouldn’t be able to check things out in person beforehand. As with the majority of destination weddings, it’s pretty normal that most of the guests won’t have been to the destination, so for them it was going to be a great holiday with the added bonus of a wedding. For the wedding party, it’s also going to be super exciting, but there will be a number of additional steps that they’ll need to plan for as they may not be personally familiar with the location, or know what to expect regarding the local culture.
I was lucky – I had previously lived at the destination and the bride, groom and most of the guests were still residing there; so at least I knew what to expect, but I was now living in the UK…!! How was I going to be a supportive bridesmaid from a distance? As it turned out, it didn’t really make any difference – it’s not uncommon for brides and their bridesmaids to live in different parts of the country; so just like them, we messaged, Pinterested and WhatsApp called…a lot!
There’s nothing quite like cozying up to your OH on the sofa with your subtle ‘warm light’ lamps on, to create the perfect mood for a romantic night in. Whether you’re watching a movie, or just catching up on the day’s events, nobody wants to feel like they have (quite literally), a spot light on them. It’s no big secret – bad lighting can totally kill the moment.
The same goes for weddings – it’s frequently an overlooked element and often not seen on planning checklists, but it’s vital to think about how to set the mood and tone of your reception so that everybody feels relaxed and comfortable.
Have a look at our magical lighting setups at our styled photo shoot at POP Villas, Koh Tao.
When it comes to beach weddings, heels are most definitely overrated. Whether you chose to wear sandals or go barefoot, it’s the one place where formal wear will look out of place; so kick off your shoes, feel the sand between your toes and forget you ever voluntarily wore high heels!
Check out our alternatives so that your tootsies look wedding ready and as pretty as a picture.
Take a look BEHIND THE SCENES at our styled photo shoot at POP Villas featuring just some of our brand new event lighting equipment which is now available for our Lovestruck couples.
As we are lucky enough to enjoy so many days of sunshine in Thailand, couples usually always opt to hold their wedding reception outdoors, whether on the beach, on the terrace of a luxury villa or on the grounds of a resort. And as dusk falls during cocktail hour, our magnificent sunsets will captivate you while the lighting starts to do its job and create a dreamy atmosphere for your evening reception.
Today, the boys were very busy all day rigging the lighting in preparation for our evening shoot which transformed the roof terrace into a romantic, magical space, creating the perfect mood for any wedding, proposal or special event.
Special thanks to POP Villas for allowing us to store over 15 boxes of lighting equipment whilst set up and rigged our styled shoot on their amazing roof top ocean view villa.
You won’t have to wait long! We’ll be sharing our evening photos with you very soon!
We love these glass lanterns, suspended from different heights for a simple, non-fussy feel with views of the bay.