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EPISODE 3

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In today’s episode:

Real Bride Interview

This week Annette chats to past bride Jade about her wedding at Phuket Marriott Resort in October 2019. 

Jade explains why she decided to have her wedding in Phuket and we re live her ceremony and reception. 

Jade is now is part of Thai the Knot Weddings and her experience as a past bride is a wonderful addition to our admin team. 

If you want to find out more about getting married in Thailand please feel free to book a free chat via the website.

 

Past Bride Jade chat about her wedding in Thailand
Why Jade decided to have her wedding in Phuket
Advice for future couples thinking about a Destination Wedding

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Intro:

Thai the Knot Weddings is an award winning travel agency specializing in destination weddings in Thailand for over 10 years Thai the Knot Weddings has been helping couples from all over the world create their dream wedding. Annette and her international and local guests share their knowledge and experience to help you plan your wedding in Thailand.


Annette

Sawadee Ka and Hello everyone, and welcome to episode three of the podcast. Today we have a special guest Jade, who is a real life bride and Jade got married in October 2019 at the Phuket Marriott Resort. So today we are going to have a chat to her and listen to her story. So hi, Jade

Jade

Hi, Annette, how you going?

Annette

Just fabulous. So tell me about yourself.

Jade

So I am a mum to three children. My now husband and I had been together at the time for about 10 years. I was working part time, my husband full time and I was also a part time student uni student as well, and I think at the time, I was doing a lot of volunteer activities. Yes, so you know, very busy.

Annette

So pretty busy with the kids life uni, mom. All of it.

Jade

Yeah, yeah, it was. very busy time.


Annette

So you had been together for 10 years. So it’s about time to have to get married.

Jade

It really was. Yes.


Annette

So, When did you actually get engaged?

Jade

So we got engaged? September 18 2018.


Annette

Yep. And did you sort of start to look around for where you wanted to get married location?


Jade

Yeah so, originally, we sort of had a look at different locations. Actually, we were thinking maybe Australia, because obviously we live in Australia.

The UK came up because I’m from England. So I’ve got a lot of family in the UK. And then we also then stumbled across tie the knot weddings. And that became a possibility for us as well.

Annette

So I remember us having a chat at one of our son’s football games. And it was like, Oh, well, what do you do? And I’m like, Oh, I help couples get married in Thailand. And that’s sort of where the seed was planted for you like, Oh, tell me more. So I think, you know, once we kind of went through the packages, and you saw the value for money, it really was just a no brainer, wasn’t it?

Jade

Yeah, look, my partner and I, we sort of sat down and we really, like we just delved into the world of wedding planning. And we sort of looked at the costs involved both here in Australia, as well as over in the UK. And then we looked at your wedding packages. And in all honesty, it was just a no brainer. You know, without our tight schedules, and, you know, with finances, we also were in the market to buy a house at the time. So we sort of wanted, you know, we wanted the big wedding with the little cost.

Annette

And nice that everything was sort of planned out for you like you still got to choose all your flowers and centerpieces. And we’re involved in that. But everything was planned. So all I really had to do was turn up on the wedding day. And you weren’t having to drive around to florists and doing cake tastes, tasting and all of the things that we normally would do here, which, where would you even fit that into your life at the moment?

Jade

Honestly, there’s no way that I would have I think it would have been about October that we decided October 2018 that we decided to book with you. And I think come April, I remember sitting there going, Okay, I’m going to message Annette, and what do I have to do? Because you know, the wedding is six months away, and I haven’t done anything. And I remember sitting there and I’m like, I think I actually rang you and I’m sort of like I haven’t picked this and I haven’t done this and what do I have to do? What do I need to get organized? You’re like you all you’ve got to do is pick your color scheme. Set your dresses out. And you’re done.

Annette

Yeah. Yeah, it’s just super easy and simple. And that’s what we’ve tried to do with our packages is include everything that a couple would need. So you went with the dream wedding package at the Phukett Marriott Resort, and you added on photography and videography.

Jade

That’s correct. So another big drawing point for us was with your wedding packages, it was for 30 people or 50 people. And we really wanted something just small, you know, for the people that really meant the most to us in our lives. So that was a big drawing card for us as well. And I guess with the planning, like we just, I literally we put, we went out, I think it took a day for us to go out and pick the dresses. And I had seen, I’d done some research, I found the color scheme that I wanted for the flowers, I picked my bouquet, we pick the buttonhole flowers for the groom’s party to match. And then it was just hair and, and makeup. And the process was just fantastic. I mean, even to the point with hair and makeup, I think that was probably my biggest worry was I’ve, you know, how are they going to know? They don’t know what my hair’s like my complex, you know, everything like that. But it was just planned out so well. We had I think we had a Zoom meeting with the makeup artist where she got to see my complexion and my facial structure and the different lighting. And then I just sent her through some photos and of what I had in mind for my hair. And we just went from there.

Unknown Speaker 6:20

Yeah, yeah So before deciding to have a destination wedding had you and your husband done much travel before.

Jade

I myself, Like throughout my childhood, we did a lot of traveling. You know, I spent a lot of time in New Zealand as a kid in the UK. I’ve been to Osaka as well. So, you know, I’m fairly well traveled myself. My husband, however, born and bred Australian never been out of the country.

Annette

Never been on a plane had he been on a plane before?

Jade

He had been on a plane down to Sydney, Melbourne, but never out of Australia.

Annette

So it would have been a big thing for Jade to come home and say, Hey, Matthew, guess what? I think we want to go and have our wedding in Thailand. How? How did he come to terms with with going to another country.

Jade

It was an interesting conversation. The leading thing for him I think was the money that we saved. So that was the big drawing card for him was the amount of money that we could save on the wedding that we would then be able to put towards other things as a family.

Annette

Yeah. And to come home and buy a house was like icing on the cake. had an amazing wedding over there with all your family friends, but then also got to come home, and then pretty much in a few months after that wedding. You guys bought your first home.

Jade

Yeah. And that was it. You know, like we were essentially we had no debt from the wedding. Yeah, it was all paid for upfront. We’re not paying it off for the next, you know, five years.

Annette

Yeah, you didn’t plunge yourself into a $36,000 average cost of wedding into debt.

Jade

That’s right. And we and if we had of got the equivalent of if we had had a wedding in Australia for the equivalent of what we got in Thailand, it would have been, we wouldn’t have been able to do it.

Annette

Yeah, yeah, exactly. So your dad and stepmom live in the UK. And they flew in and met in Thailand, because it’s kind of that halfway meeting point in the world between our UK family and Australians. And how long it had been since you’d seen your dad and stepmom


Jade

at least three years. and it was, yeah, it was actually the second time that they’d met Matthew, as well. So yeah, it was a big thing, we actually didn’t think that dad was going to be able to, you know , we were going to have to get married without dad there. So for to be able to have a destination where we could meet in the middle. Yep, it was so convenient.

Annette

Yeah, it saves him coming all the way up to Australia, which is just so much further than meeting halfway is, you know, what a lot of families do that have relatives still in the UK or in Europe.

Jade

So and we actually had an extended family in the UK that actually took the opportunity to take it as a holiday as well. So they stayed 10 days, you know, we hadn’t seen them and I hadn’t seen them in 12 years. You know, and they they’re like, yeah, we’ll come along. We’re looking at having a holiday anyway. So we’ll just come there.

Annette

Yeah. And because you hadn’t seen that family in such a long time, three years. I mean, you got to spend a good week, not only to have the wedding, but you guys got to hang out together and do things and catch up. Which, you know, if you had a had your wedding here, it might not have been the same.

Jade

Now that’s right. And I think at the time as well. The week that we actually got married was my daughter’s birthday. So it was just nice for them

to actually be able to, you know, spend that quality time together as a family.

Annette

Yeah. Especially like your kids seeing grandparents that they don’t see that often. So I think having that time together as a family for the whole week, it’s not just a wedding on the day starts at three o’clock ends at midnight. See you later. You got to have a whole wedding for a week together.

Jade

And it was it was, you know, I think we, we actually arrived in Thailand four days before the wedding. And we got to go sightseeing and do all of the touristy stuff. You know, before the wedding. It was literally we got there, and we didn’t have to worry about a thing. Yeah, everything was just done. So like, we didn’t even have to think about the wedding until the night before. When we had our pre-wedding meeting. We just had our, our rehearsal, make sure everyone knew what they had to be. And that was it.

Annette

Yeah, yeah. I remember when your dad got to the resort. And I mean, they pretty much just dumped all their bags, and everyone went to the rum shop bar for cocktails and drinks. And it was like dad’s arrived. And it was just so exciting. Yeah. And everyone just felt like they knew Jade’s dad after the week, became all our dad.

Jade

Yeah, no, it was definitely a memorable experience.

Annette

Yeah. So pretty much the main reasons why you decided to go to Thailand was budget, you got great value for money with the wedding package, your family from the UK, we could meet halfway. And plus, you’re such a busy family with three kids. It’s after school activities every night, uni, family, studying, like there’s a lot on. So your family got to have a break together as a family and a holiday, as well.

Jade

And that was a massive thing for us. Like we I don’t think we’ve ever actually had a family, family holiday other than when we went to Thailand. And it’s something that all the kids talk about, on a regular basis.

Annette

Yeah. And they were old enough, like at that age to remember, like, all little parts of it. And sometimes these kids come out with the random memories of Oh, do you remember when we went on that water slide at that awesome pool? Or food is a big thing for kids as well? Do you remember when we ate the merchant kitchen? Yeah, yeah,

Jade

The Merchant kitchen has definitely made a big impact on my children’s memories.

Annette

Yeah, especially because your daughter had a birthday over there as well. So decorated the table and everything and, and made it special.

Jade

And the resort were fantastic with that they, you know, they actually did that free of charge for us as well. They decorated the entire wall and a mermaid theme for her and had streamers and, you know, helium balloons and everything. And then they supplied a cake as well.

Annette

Yeah. And had your dad or stepmom or you or anyone ever been to Thailand before? Or was this the first time now this is the first time around?

Jade

Yeah. First time.

Annette

So just by me telling you, hey, you should go to this resort. It’s amazing. And trusting me like I know, it’s amazing. I go there all the time. But for me to try and tell someone else how amazing it is. And then it’s only when you come home and you think that really was like the best.

Jade

It seriously was it was it was such a huge leap of faith just to put such an important time of our lives in the hands of somebody else. Um, there are a number of things that, you know, could have gone wrong. And it was just perfect. Like, you know, right up to how the wedding day panned out to, we actually got to extend our stay and we stayed for our honeymoon afterwards.

Annette

And you sent the kids home.

Jade

Yeah. So we were really fortunate that my parents actually took all of the kids back to Australia and my husband and I could stay on and have a week to ourselves which and the 10 years that we’ve been together, we’ve never never had time to ourselves.

Annette

Yeah. So before the actually going to Thailand part there’s, you know, things that brides want to arrange and make themselves. So what kind of things did you just organize on your own to take over?

Jade

Yeah, well see because I didn’t have all of the worry about, you know, the florists and the cake and everything like that I actually had the time to be able to organize and have those little mementos, I suppose you’d call them. You know, we customized fans for all the guests, with that being an outdoor wedding. We had all of the the bridal party gifts and the cuff links for the groom’s party that we organized as well. We also had I don’t know what you’d call them, but they were sort of like photo memorabilia made of my grandparents that had passed. You know, we attached those to the bouquets. So those little, little items that made the day personalized for us.

Annette

Yeah. all the personalized things.

Jade

Yeah. Yeah. And you also got the silk dressing gowns for the bridal party party. So like, the bridesmaids and mother of the bride, we brought color coordinated silk dressing gowns for everyone to get ready in our room. Whilst we were getting ready, because you know, we were in there for such a long time.

Annette

Yeah. Because all the other part of the wedding was already organized. And you knew what was going to happen. It gave you more time to do all the fun stuff.

Jade

Yeah, definitely.

Annette

And your two girls were your flower girls on the wedding day, which was like super special. And you gave them each a present.

Jade

Yeah. So we had necklaces customized for them as well. And they were given those while we were getting ready.

Annette

Yeah, yeah. And your son was part of the grooms parties.

Jade

He was a junior groomsmen. Yeah, he was our ring bearer. And yeah, he was given his special cuff links and everything on the day as well.

Annette

So to have the kids involved in like the bridal part of it all, and seeing all their, we were just looking back on the photos, and just still picking up things from on the day. It’s super special to have your kids involved.

Jade

It was really special. I mean, it was a really long day for them. But we were really fortunate that we we actually had a nanny while we were at the resort. So on the day, because obviously I was stuck in the bridal suite from 11am. Until I think it was 4:30. You know, when the ceremony started, you know, the kids didn’t want to be stuck inside all day. So we were very fortunate that the kids could go out and go swimming at the resort with the nanny and access the kids club. Whilst, until they were needed, really for the hair and makeup.

Annette

Yeah, so they could go off and do their thing. And as long as they were back by four o’clock to get ready. Yeah. And the nanny kept them entertained. Yeah, it should have bought that nanny home

Jade

That would have been fantastic.


Annette

So bridal shower and bucks days. So what did you decide to do for your bridal shower?

Jade

So because we chose a small number of people to come with us and celebrate in Thailand, I had my bridal shower, here in Australia, and I just had a, you know, classic bridal party, I guess you call it. We actually went out and did something here.

Annette

Oh, was that the paint? The colour my pot?

Jade

Yes. Yeah. And then we went out for a meal afterwards.

Annette

And that was really good. Because everyone that went to your bridal shower had something to keep? Yes, we’ will remember. Oh, yeah. That was Jade’s bridal shower day.

Jade

Yeah. So that was, that was my bridal shower. And then Matthew had his bucks. outing. In Thailand, they went ATV riding.

Annette

Yeah, fun. So lots of fun. Yeah. So we’ve got everything organized now. And we’re we’re off to Thailand. So how are you feeling before? Like, just nervous anxiety stressed or just calm? Or how was it?

Jade

It was a really busy time. It was actually end of semester. So for, for me, it was sort of running on adrenaline until I could get on that plane.

Annette

Did you have exams?

Jade

Exams? Were after I got back. Okay. Yeah. So it was just one of those one of those awkward times. I remember. Being very worried about my dress of everything that could have gone wrong. I was worried I was gonna lose my dress

Annette

And how did you carry your dress over? Do you put it in a suit bag?


Jade

Yeah, we carried it in as hand luggage, so yeah, it stayed with me. If my luggage went missing. I had my dress.

Annette

So you flew out of Brisbane with Singapore Airlines. So you had a short stopover at Changi Airport in Singapore?

Jade

Yes.

Annette

And then, straight into Phuket got picked up and driven to Phukett Marriot Resort. Yeah. So I know landing in another country. It’s a bit like bit daunting. So you know, driving through the streets of the airport to the resort you were thinking, Oh, Lord, like, it was it? Where are we?

Jade

Yeah, it was a huge culture shock. I’m not gonna lie. I remember sitting in the back of the minivan and like we’re talking it’s 11 o’clock at night. We’ve done a 12 hour flight. You know, we were exhausted. The kids had had enough. And I’m sitting there and my heart just sank, like, oh my gosh, like, what have we done? You know, because the expectations of what I thought

Annette

And it’s good for the kids to see how Other families and kids live. Yeah, like, just just to show them, you know, there’s more outside of our little bubble. Yeah. And it’s a lot for them to take in.

Jade

And I think it wasn’t until we sort of, you know, we got to the resort quite late. So we literally just went to our rooms and slept. It wasn’t until the next day when we got up. And we actually went, you know, and explored, you know, Phukett and Merlin Beach and sort of, were like, We got to know the culture and the community that we were sort of like, oh, my gosh, this is just, what a beautiful place.

Annette

Yeah. Especially like the resort being run on the beach. And, yeah, that first morning, when you can sit out there have breakfast. So you just go like, we’re here. Now we can relax.

Jade

Yeah. And it’s just a different way of life. It’s just a completely. You just leave everything, all the stresses behind? Yeah, you know, you just left them on the plane. Yeah, that was it.

Annette

And even though you’ve got free Wi Fi at the resort, you can just leave your phone in the room and just disconnect. Yeah. And just enjoy where you are.

Jade

Yeah. And that was a big thing for the kids. Like, you know, kids these days. They try to get them off of devices. But I don’t think there was a time that they actually asked for them. Yeah, yeah, there was just so much to do. Yeah, with the many swimming pools and the kids club and the beach, which was literally on your doorstep as you walked outside. It was just beautiful.

Annette

And you can just tell the kids over there. Our internet’s not working at the moment, let’s go for a swim, they don’t know any better. They don’t know how to reset the modem. So first impressions, impressions of Phuket Marriott Resort, the pools, loved the swim up Pool Bar.

Jade

The resort itself was just breathtaking. Honestly, I don’t know what I was expecting. But I wasn’t expecting it to be as beautiful as what it was. Just the right the way down to the staff, like the staff were just so compassionate. And they knew who you were, they knew you were a bride. They were excited for you, you know, for you to be there. And for your experience and the resort just literally we could have just spent the entire two weeks at the resort we wouldn’t have had to leave.

Annette

Yeah. And even if you went back now, there will be staff there. That was still remember you Oh, you got married here from? Yeah, 2019.

Jade

And even the community within the resort, you know, other holiday a lot other holiday goers. They, you know, they would congratulate you you know, the day after your wedding because they’ve they’ve walked past and seeing you ceremony is happening. You know, and they’ve seen you the next morning and everyone’s coming up to you and congratulating you sort of like oh my gosh you know.

Annette

your like this celebrity

Jade

It was a bit surreal. Yeah.

Annette

Yeah. And I know we tried out a lot of the cocktails which was Rum Shack bar, pool bar. What any bar actually, and not having to cook food for on a holiday. I really love like, I know some places you want to go when you want to get a kitchenette, especially in Australia, you want to get it somewhere with a kitchen because you want to save money in costs and you want to be able to prepare food. Whereas you go it’s so cheap to eat over in Thailand. You don’t have to cook for a whole week.

Jade

Yeah, no, we, we had a package where we had the all inclusive breakfast. Um, the only thing I do regret is not having the all inclusive package. You know? Because I mean, you know what kids are like they you out of house and home. And my kids just wanted to live at the merchant kitchen. And honestly, you know, they had the pancake and waffle wagon that was out the front every morning. And, you know, it was literally a buffet. And then that’s only one restaurant at the resort. You know, there was more

Annette

and it’s good because there’s so many different you know, the waffles and pancakes. And then you’ve got your, you know, bacon and eggs and cereals and ice cream to go on your pancakes in the morning. Like the kids can just go and pick whatever they want to eat. Yeah.

Jade

Whereas you had different cuisines as well. You know, so it wasn’t just Western food. It was a range of everything was great, because you could just you know, if you wanted to eat Thai one day, you’d eat Thai one day, if you wanted pasta, you’d have pasta if you wanted Mexican, they have a Mexican night.

Annette

Yeah, different theme nights. But I’m all up for the Asian breakfast having noodles for breakfast in the morning and pork buns. I just cannot get enough of it when I’m over there. You would never do that here at home but for some reason when you go overseas and you see pork buns and stir fry noodles for breakfast or whatever. Why not stir fry noodles for breakfast.

Jade

I have to admit, sitr fry noodles for breakfast, It happened a few times.


Annette

and room service is great as well, because it’s 24 hours. So I mean, if you’re in the room and you know, kids are going to sleep and you want to order something that’s available. If you want to get it.

Jade

We definitely made it, like we took advantage of that. Because we did have a conjoining room with the kids. Yeah. And they did, they got to a certain point, and they were tired. Like, my children were young, I had 3, 7 and 11. So, you know, by the time the three year old, was tired, tied out with order room service, if we hadn’t already done and, you know, just sit on the balcony.

Annette

And that goes like in the morning as well. When you just first waking up. You can make a cup of tea and sit on the balcony and just, yeah, have a moment of thank you for being here before the kids get going in. It’s right. All right. Let’s go off to breakfast.

Jade

Yeah, and it’s like a different time. Over there, though. You know, like, I know, being at home, my kids are up at the crack of dawn. But you are so active over there. It’s they want to sleep in. You know, they’re they’re tired because they are not sitting in front of the television all day.

Annette

Phukett Marriott Resort was great. But did you do any other things like tours while you were there?

Jade

Yeah. We did a few day tours. We went out to Khai Island. Yeah. For some snorkeling with the kids. That was for my daughter’s birthday. Yeah. And that was just an amazing experience. We were literally on an island in the middle of nowhere.

Annette

And it’s got a bar on the island, too.

Jade

I did not know that.

Annette

Yeah, just a little bit further up. But how did the kids go with the fish?

Jade

They loved it, they, were not squeamish. Yeah. A lot of kids are like, Oh my gosh, no, don’t let it near me. But um, no, they, they loved it. And it was just one of those experiences that even though they were young, they will never forget. Yeah. Another one that we did, my husband and I, on our honeymoon, we did the John Gray Sea Canoe. And that is just, I highly recommend it. It was absolutely breathtaking. You know, that was a full 12 hour tour, where you just go in and out of all of the the caves where civilization hasn’t made it, you know, and the wildlife and it’s just surreal to be out there. And to be in amongst, you know, this untouched piece of land.

Annette

And John Gray is very well known for wanting to protect, yes, all that. So that’s really good to have someone over there. That’s passionate.

Jade

Yeah. And we were very fortunate because he was actually on our tour. So he was on our tour boat. And it was we actually got to about two o’clock in the afternoon and a storm was coming and we had to you know, they had to maneuver the, the boat around the side of the island so that we didn’t get the brunt of the storm. So we just sort of anchored there until you know, until it passed and the stories that he had to tell his times was just amazing. And then the the culture that they tied into it as well. You know, we made little Krathongs, Once the sunset, we let them go made a wish and made a wish. Yeah. Which was wonderful. You know, being newlyweds. So yeah

Annette

and sometimes like when you know, things like that happens, the weather, you just have to go with it because you got to move to a different location and then heard stories from John Gray. And you know that, you know,

Jade

it was fantastic like John Gray. He He’s so knowledgeable. I mean, he’s lived in Thailand, most of his life. I believe he’s an expat. And like he’s lived throughout the times of the tsunamis as well. And so just hearing, you know, firsthand experience of how he’s been in touch with, you know, the culture. And everything was just, yeah, it was a once in a lifetime.


Annette

And what else did you do? Cooking School poms?

Jade

Yeah, we we really did dive into the Thai culture while we were over there, and we went to cooking schools. Pums cooking. That was fantastic. We got to cook two different Thai cuisines.


Annette

And had you eat much Thai food before going to Thailand?

Jade

No, no, not at all. Yeah, no, this was really like just let’s go to Thailand.

Annette

Yeah. And we just so good to try all different dishes. So then you know, you know? Yeah. What what you like?

Jade

Yeah, and then let’s relax was a favorite massage parlor day spa. Yeah. Yep. So that was one that’s separate from the day spa at The Marriott Resort. Yep.


Annette

And that’s something you would never normally do. Three kids working mom, when would you ever go and have a an hour massage to have time to yourself?


Jade

I haven’t, Can I go back? Yeah. Yeah, no. And we were very, like they I believe we got some vouchers as part of that wedding package as a gift from yourself. Yeah. Um, so for us that was just like, we felt really spoiled.

Annette

Yeah, I think it’s important to take some time out for yourself, and just whether you go and have a foot massage or a back massage, yeah. And just just have some time and just chill, because we don’t chill anymore. When we’re in our busy lives here at home. We’re just on the go all the time. Next thing, it’s the start of the week again. So I think when you’re away on holidays, it’s important to just you need that time to reset. Yes, yeah, yes, I feel like I need to reset every couple months.


Annette

So that’s good about all the things that you got to do. And so let’s talk about the actual wedding day. So how are you feeling on the wedding day? I think you were pretty calm.

Jade

In all honesty, I sort of woke up and it was a bit surreal or sort of like there’s really nothing for me to be worrying about. It was just another day. Yeah.

Annette

It’s like we’ve done all the invites. And we’ve chosen the flowers. And we’re the we’re there now. Like it’s the day Yeah, it’s finally here.

Jade

Yep. So we just got up in the morning and we went and had breakfast. The kids went for a swim. I didn’t because I needed my hair to be dry. for the makeup and hair artist. But yeah, we just relaxed at the resort. And then come like 10:30 – 11 o’clock, Hair and Makeup arrive. Yep. And then we just the bridal party. Were in the bridal suite. Yeah. And that’s where it really began.

Annette

Yeah. Started the getting ready. Okay, it’s real now. Yeah.

Jade

And that’s where the nerves set in I think Yeah, so like, you know, all of this is here for me. Yes. You know, it’s, that’s when it really sort of set in that this is happening. Yeah. Um, but yeah, I remember at some stage throughout the day, you know, we’d been sitting there a while and with hair and makeup. And I remember when they first arrived, they were just so calm. They had a plan. They knew who was going to go when how long it was going to take, you know, and they were just sort of like, okay, you’re up next Mom, you’re now you know, bridesmaid. Let’s go

Annette

to the schedule.

Jade

Everyone knew where they had to be where everyone knew everyone knew what hair they were having what you know, makeup they were having the makeup artists had all the shades, everything ready to go. And then a couple of hours in the coordinator at the Marriott they come in for me to check flowers.

Annette

Oh, yeah, they bought them in?

Jade

Yeah, they brought them in on a on a train for me to check in. Okay. And that was pretty much the only thing I had to do that day other than sit. Yes.

Annette

Yeah. And be pampered and be pampered. I think we had some champagne. I was like, please, have something to drink? Yes. Please eat some food.

So I remember coming to check on you. And I must have been about 1:30. And you were like, Yeah, everything’s all good here. We’ve got heaps of time. And then heaps of time, blinked. And it was 4:30. How could it be 430 already it’s time

Jade

I was meant to be at the altar at 345. Yeah. So we were late. And I wasn’t out the door yet.

Annette

Yeah. But that doesn’t really matter, though. Because there’s only one wedding a day you’re not going to be kicked out because the next brides turning up in an hour.

Jade

No, you know, it was so like, we were so relaxed sitting in our room. And we were just sort of like, you know, drinking away and having hair and makeup done and having a laugh. And then it’s like, okay, you’ve got 15 minutes we go time. Yeah. And it’s like,

Annette

You can’t sit in your room all night. We need to go and get married.

Jade

And then it was sort of like, what have I got to do? Yeah, you know, so let’s put your finishing touches on you know, by that time, my son had come in, you know, for the rings and my dad turned up for the buttonhole flowers and get that veil in, It was last minute photos in the room because photography had arrived you know, just after lunchtime, and earrings on, you know, all of those finishing touches before it’s like okay, out. Let’s go.

Annette

Yeah, let’s go. Let’s go and then walking down and just waiting. Just you know, everyone, all the guests are there. Everyone’s ready to go. And then it’s like, oh, there My song music’s playing, and

Jade

it’s here we go.

Annette

Yeah. And I know you had a good chat to you Dad, like when you left the room and you walked down to where you wait. It’s such a special time, like,

Jade

it’s moments I’ll never forget. Yeah, you know, just like even just that time walking from my room to the doors that I needed to walk out onto the beach, you know, to where, where everything was, it was just, those are moments that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Annette

And that’s kind of like why we get you to hold there for a little bit. Just so you can have a moment you have a time, because otherwise, it’s like, leave the room walk down, walk down the aisle, and it’s so important on your wedding day to stop and have these little moments of time. And like the photographer’s about photos of you and your dad, they’re just, you know, laughing and chatting. And, you know, we give you a bit of space, because you want to have those special moments. And yeah, like that’s what it’s all about.

Jade

Yeah. And I think it’s really important for for brides to have those minutes, because, you know, you only get one shot at your wedding day. Yeah, you know, and you want to make it as memorable as possible.

Annette

Yeah, you can’t walk down the aisle and go, Oh, I didn’t like that. I’m going to go back and do it again. Like it’s just not how it works that way. No, yeah. But that’s why we had the rehearsal the day before. So everyone knew this is what’s going to happen. Yeah. So let’s all you know, practice where we’re going to hold our bouquets, we’re going to hold our head up, because there’s photography, photography, videography, as well. Yeah, you don’t want to get photos back. And everyone’s got double chins and their bouquets covering their face on the floor, because you can’t go and do it again. So have the rehearsal. I know that out. And everyone’s good to go the day after.

Jade

And I think it’s good to note as well that we actually had a photo rehearsal. So the photographer came out the night before the wedding and actually took shots of myself, my now husband and the children so that she knew how to photo graph us. Yeah. And you got to know and we got to know her. Yeah, yeah.

Annette

Which is good. And while you’re up, getting ready in the room, and everything’s having fun up there, you got some music on you’re hanging out with bridesmaids, best friend. Behind the scenes, everyone’s down there, you know, setting up the venue. And I know, like, I didn’t tell you this until after the wedding, like days, weeks after whatever. But I’d gone down there to check and they just use the wrong setup than what we had chosen. So everyone’s calm on the top that, you know, we’re like ducks our, little legs are paddling away going, Oh, no, you’ve got 25 minutes to swap this around.

Jade

Because I remember the conversation, actually. And I think my face just dropped. I had no idea. You know, we’re like, 25 minutes out, and they’ve got the wrong setup. Yeah, I had absolutely no idea.

Annette

And they just grabbed the wrong wasn’t anything major. It’s just the wrong pillars. And where the flowers going to sit. But going down there. I was like, Okay, pick that up. Let’s fix it. Just we just had to swap them out. And get it the way that, you know, we had arranged, but things will always happen on a wedding day. And you just need that planner or that event staff member to fix it. Yeah. And fix it fast.

Jade

And that’s the thing like it, but it’s also something that I didn’t have to worry about myself. Yeah. You know, it’s not something that I’m rushing around before. You know, I have to go and do hair and makeup and walk down the aisle. Yeah, it was something I had no idea about. Yes.

Annette

And we had that event management plan booklet, that everything had been signed off the day before. So we had pictures in there of how the setup was going to be. So all we had to do was grab out that event management plan and go, This is how it’s supposed to be up. Yep. Done. And it’s fixed. Yeah. Yeah. But you know, things happen on wedding days. And it’s just,

Jade

but I wouldn’t change a single thing. Yeah. Like it was so perfect. Yeah, there is not a single thing like right down to, you know, we got the best of both worlds. After we’d had the ceremony and we’d had a sprinkle of rain during the ceremony and it was perfect because it cooled us all off. And it looked like snow. Yes. In the photos. Yeah, it looks really it’s quite surreal. The way that it’s showing up in the photos. It was just like a mist. Like it wasn’t anything to ruin makeup or hair or anything but it’s just like this mist that came down and it was really heaven sent because it was such a hot day. Yes, you know, and brides really need to take that consideration when they’re picking their dresses. Yes. And, you know, not by the winter suits for the groomsmen? Yeah, yeah. But even, you know, like, later into the evening, after we had had our reception, you know, we had our reception outside, and we managed to have our first dance outside and cut the cake. And then, you know, I remember yourself coming up to me going, we’ve got to move inside, there’s, you know, there’s rain coming, there’s a storm coming in seven o’clock at night. So that we’ll finish up here, and everything’s already set up. So we’re just, you know, if anyone needs to freshen up, just transition inside. And that’s where the party started.

Annette

Yeah, yeah. And that’s what we do is we have a backup plan, because, you know, weather can be unpredictable in the tropics. You know, one minute, it’s beautiful. Next minute, a storm can come. It’s just what happens. But we have a duplicate room set up under cover. So if we do move, it’s it’s quick, and you straight in

Jade

But the execution was just fantastic. Like for you guys to have had, you know, already had that set up. The fairy lights were up in the room, you know, the bar was ready. The DJ was already set up there as a backup as well as outside. Yeah, you know, it was all of our food that was at the open buffet outside at the reception was on trolleys to be able to move. Yeah, they’re super fast. Quick, like by the time we had been to the bathroom freshened up and come out. Everything was as it was inside. Outside inside. Yeah, yeah.

Annette

And I remember they’re like you guys go because we don’t want you to get drenched in the storm. And we’re standing there with the umbrella with DJ band, grab the decks and get the chords and I’m trying to hold the umbrella. Like he’s like, you know, you just go and it’s like, no, like, we’re gonna get it off. We just picked up the decks, move them inside. reconnected back to the party. Yeah. Yeah. And the party turned into at one stage. Karaoke, the microphones came out and everyone had a sing along.

Jade

Yep. The microphones definitely came out. We had a photo booth as well. And yeah, it was just a your classic karaoke night. Yes. Fantastic.

Annette

And I remember at the end, like we just didn’t want it to end we just wanted to keep we’d kind of made our own little nightclub up in that room, which was a great room because of the aircon as well. So you had the heat of the day and outside and then into the aircon. Yeah. And your kids just were like that all party animals?

Jade

Yeah. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them party so hard. they were running around with all the all the get ups from the photo booth all the dress ups.

Annette

Yeah. And now you look back on those photos, and you just laugh and you’re just like, Oh, that’s so funny. Yeah, yeah. Now we had a good time. I know there was the speeches were done in there. And then oh, yeah, the Nutbush came out at one. Stay tuned.

Jade

Everyone got up to do that once. Yeah,

Annette

yeah. And that was good that we could go up and request songs and display the music that, you know, we all wanted to hear. Yeah. So which is great. So just winding up for couples that have just got engaged. And they’re thinking, Oh, well, maybe I do you want to have a wedding in Thailand? And they’re just, you know, not sure. Have you got any advice to give them?


Jade

Just do it.

Like, it’s a huge weight off your shoulders, you’ve just got to have faith. It’s a once in a lifetime experience. I know, my husband and I, we can’t wait to go back. You know, we were meant to go back for our first honeymoon and 2020 not honeymoon anniversary anniversary in 2020. And obviously, that was cancelled. So you know what, we can’t wait to go back to Thailand, the memories that we’ve got there. And just trust your team. You know, at the end of the day, communication is key. You know, you can be as involved or as not involved as you want to be, you just it’s all it’s your day. But just trust that, you know, it’s gonna be perfect.

Annette

Yep. And the good thing about a booking is, you know, with my business target weddings is that you have someone here in Australia that you can email call up or have a chat to about your wedding. And then we’ve also got the team on the ground at the resort, so we’re here to help everybody.

Jade

We said that was a massive thing for us as well, because like I’d been liaising with you. And yes, I’d spoken with the team in Thailand. But we were fortunate enough that we were getting married during a time that you were also going to be over there. So we had the personal coordination, as well

Annette

. Yeah, yep. We had that wedding marathon week. Back in 2019, when it was normal world. But you know, things are getting back to normal. Now Thailand’s back open. We’ve got our first wedding will be in October this year. So people are starting to plan and next year 2023 Like we look at the board and April next year is going to be super busy. So people are starting to think about travel again and, and, and reconnecting with family that they might not now have seen for what are we in 2022 they might not have seen since 2019. So I think we should just redo your wedding and fly Dad back here again and you know, have a party. But um, yeah, Thailand’s back open. We’ve got dates open for 2023. We’ve got a super low deposit. Now. I think it’s about $250 to put down on your deposit to secure your wedding day, and then you can pay the package off.

Jade

So it’s a fantastic opportunity and you won’t regret it.

Annette

Yeah, I think we’re all ready to go back after being stuck for two years.

Jade

I know I am.

Annette

Yeah. Yes. Well, I’ve already been back once, but I’m ready to go back again. So yeah. Now that’s great advice. So thanks, everyone for listening. And if you want to know more information, you can visit our website at thaitheknotweddings.com.au. You can also book a chat on there if you want to have a chat about weddings. And thanks and We’ll chat later.


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