Every engaged couple wishes to have a truly memorable wedding ceremony and these days the exotic paradise of Thailand with its pristine beaches, rich culture, exotic food and highly urbanized cities and resort areas has become the world’s favorite wedding location.
Couples come in droves to get married in Thailand. If you want your wedding to be extra special, Thailand is the perfect place to have it. You can choose to have a Christian ceremony on either a beach or on a hilltop; or instead have a Traditional Thai wedding characterized by a series of Buddhist rituals that give the ceremony a festive touch and add more meaning as well.
Foreigners often wonder about the validity of their Thailand marriage. Marriage laws are different for every country but generally speaking, a marriage that is duly registered in Thailand is recognized in the couples’ home country. A major requirement for the registration of a Thailand marriage is the affirmation or affidavit of freedom to marry. This document is issued in Thailand by the respective embassies of the individuals seeking to get married in the country.
Each embassy has its own set of requirements that need to be submitted first by an applicant before it can issue the said document. Some embassies only ask for the applicant’s passport and divorce certificate while others demand a battery of documents and implement stricter procedures such as the Chinese embassy. In the case of Filipinos, once they are able to comply with the documentation requirements of both the Philippine embassy and the Thai government, they can already marry in Thailand and such marriage will be recognized all over the world.
The Civil and Commercial Code of Thailand (CCC) which is the governing law on marriages requires that all foreigners who want to marry in Thailand must submit copies of their passport and arrival card as well as execute an affidavit attesting to the details of their marriage status from their respective embassies.
Applicants should also provide a version of said affidavit in the Thai language and the document must bear the certification of an approved Ministry of Foreign Affairs translator. Compliance of all these requirements is necessary in order for a Thailand marriage to be declared and upheld as valid.
The process of meeting the requirements can be tedious and troublesome; fortunately there are well-established and reputable law firms in Thailand which specialize in assisting foreigners with all the legal matters involved such as translations, embassy verifications, pre-nuptial contracts, and marriage registrations. One such firm is Siam Legal which offers all the legal services mentioned at a reasonable price. In addition, Siam Legal also has an in-house professional wedding planner who works with the soon-to-be married couple in preparing their wedding celebration.