We’ve written all sorts of blogs to help you with your destination wedding to Koh Tao and now we’re hitting the big topic of all weddings…the dress! With so many things to think about - the style, the cut, the fabric and, of course, the weather - where does a bride even start? Well… here would be a good place!
Award-winning, couture wedding dress designer James Steward has kindly provided us with some simple guidelines to help you, our Forever Lovestruck brides, think of every eventuality and to ensure that your dress is simply perfect for your tropical island destination wedding.
Throughout our lives, we regularly employ others to help us pick our way through major (and minor!) events in our lives: an estate agent to help us to buy or sell our home, a car dealership to buy or sell our car, a travel agent/website to arrange our annual holiday, delivery companies to ease the effort of getting our purchases to our door, apps to help us get the best online deals, to name just a few. We use intermediaries practically every day to help us to achieve our objectives without even thinking about it. So when it comes to your wedding, why wouldn’t you hire a wedding planner?!
Your wedding day will be one of the most elaborate events that you’ll plan in your whole life, whether it’s an elopement, a simple affair, or something larger with all the bells and whistles. Whilst most of us brides-to-be would like to think that we can do everything and organise the Wedding of the Century as well as carrying on with our already ‘bursting-at-the-seams’ lives, the reality of planning a wedding soon hits home, and for those of us dreaming of a wedding in a far-off land, it can seem like an even more daunting task.
This is when having a wedding planner for your destination wedding will very quickly make you realise that having eyes, ears and feet in the locality are not only a necessity, but a true blessing! Not only will a wedding planner be dedicated to listening to what you want for your BIG day, they’re be able to guide you through what to expect at your selected destination, the legalities of getting married abroad and all those little things that only someone living in the locality will know.
Whether you know the destination or not, having a wedding planner who lives at your chosen destination, who understands the local culture and more importantly, knows who to contact and how to get things done, means that you can have your cake and eat it – literally!
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!
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 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.