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Underwater weddings: In Thailand, get hitched with the fishes
This weekend, couples from around the world will don scuba gear to say “I do”
Some say keeping a marriage afloat is a constant struggle, a battle to keep your heads above water. If that’s indeed true, it seems only fitting that you and your sweetheart start your journey as one under the sea, in full scuba gear.
Now in its 16th year, Trang Underwater Weddings welcomes couples from around the world to exchange vows with the fishes from February 10-12.
This year, organizers say they have 34 couples signed up to take part in the underwater wedding, a mix of both Thai and international divers. Prices start from 25,000 baht per couple.
The first underwater wedding took place in 1996, to promote tourism in Trang. Since then it has grown steadily, even being awarded “Largest Underwater Wedding Ceremony” by Guinness World Records in 2000.
In addition to the marriage registration, which takes place underwater, the three-day event features Thai traditional wedding ceremonies including the pouring of water over the couples’ hands, a parade and other events. Afterwards, the newlyweds are escorted to their honeymoon suites by old –- and presumably happy -- married couples.
Trang is one of Thailand’s southernmost provinces, facing the Andaman Sea. Several airlines fly daily to Trang from Bangkok, including Thai Airways, Air Asia and Nok Air.
For more info and to sign up, visit Underwaterwedding.com.