I married in Udon Thani City on May 30, 2005; but it was a civil ceremony essentially involving considerable document-signing, and that also entailed a fair amount of just sitting and waiting. Then, in the office of uniformed Yutthana Pojyothin, the Deputy District Chief (Administration Official 7), a certificate was stamped…and that was that.
The certificate is entirely in Thai — I only know the chap’s name because it was later translated by a firm in Bangkok for purposes of the visa my wife eventually needed in order to join me in Canada the following year.
Apart from the whole process taking what seemed like several hours, the only other thing I really recall is that the serious-looking Deputy District Chief suddenly broke into a great smile and offered his hand to me upon finishing his signing and stamping of the marriage certificate with his official seal.
There was no monk-attended ceremony afterwards. My new wife and I were taken by her family to a nice restaurant over by a quiet section of Nong Prajack Park, for it was by then into the midday — everyone were hungry.
That evening, my wife Jack’s brother Santi and his wife Sujittra, as well as three or four others whom I did not know, came to where we were staying beside a lake outside of the city, and we ate and drank until quite late — it was quite enjoyable. I remember that there were some fireflies — the only time I ever saw any in Thailand.
Anyway, since I never really had anything at all like a traditional Isaan wedding, I am just going to grab some varied references to “Isaan brides” and you can check out any of them that you feel might be of interest.
-INTERNET DATING BLAMED – Its Thai Brides week in the British Press, or at least the Daily Telegraph, and the Government wants to close a few loopholes without being accused of ‘social engineering’. It seems ‘single’ …
Publication date: Tue, 07 May 2013 02:15:00 -0700
Khon Kaen, THAILAND : This picture taken on January 12, 2010 shows Australian man Ronnie Behnke (R) feeding fish as his Thai wife Parnom looks on at their fish farm in Parnom’s home village in the Isaan province of …
Publication date: Sun, 28 Mar 2010 07:23:00 -0700
I’ll call her Noi, because that’s the name of every Isaan girl at one time or another, or so it seems. Noi was one of those gai yung ladies at that sprawling wet market in Udonthani but maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, I’ll start …
Publication date: Sat, 04 Feb 2012 11:16:07 -0800
A Thai woman who went missing for ten days has now been found, Police Scotland, said yesterday Mrs Oranuch Waugh,38, from Drylaw, is a witness in a case being brought before the European Court of Human Rights, …
Publication date: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:12:00 -0700
THAI BRIDE ACQUITTED OF MURDER CONSPIRACY NOW SEEKS HER JUST DESSERTS. November 25 … Sad news from Briton as the elderly 82-yer-old mother of Briton Stephen Phillips, who was gunned down outside his home in Isaan …
Publication date: Monday, November 25, 2013
The Bride and Groom, then left the raised area where the ceremony had been conducted and went to the large wood bench at each side of the church. The Groom’s parents sat on one side of the church and the Bride’s parents …
Publication date: Sat, 17 Jul 2010 22:27:00 -0700
In Northeast Thailand, a region called “Isaan“, there is a custom and accepted practice of “Sin Sod”. Sin Sod is essentially a dowry provided by the Groom and/or his family to the Bride’s family. The payment is a complex and …
Publication date: Wed, 28 May 2014 08:52:00 -0700
My first thought upon waking was a panic that I had slept through part of the ceremony. There was music playing, coming from a set of speakers at the bride’s house. Then I checked my clock; it was 5:30. No problem. (I went …
Publication date: Tue, 08 Nov 2011 05:16:23 -0800
Here in Thailand you don’t buy gifts or the bride and groom don’t have a gift register at a big chain store, you simply bring the envelope you received the invitation in with you and inside place some money. In this picture you …
Publication date: Wed, 26 Dec 2007 03:31:00 -0800
The bride and groom offer the food to the monks. The tray has to be touched by the monk when receiving from a person, also a girl isn’t allowed to give anything directly to a monk so usually they will touch the person offering …
Publication date: Mon, 09 Mar 2009 06:15:00 -0700
After the religious side of the ceremony the groom’s party then leaves the bride’s house and gather at the groom’s house if it isn’t too far away otherwise the gather a few hundred metres away. This precession is known as the …
Publication date: Fri, 13 Mar 2009 08:40:00 -0700
There are many common elements in all weddings but there are some large differences mainly attributable to the social and economic status of the bride. In Isaan, there is a custom and accepted practise of “Sin Sod”. Sin Sod …
Publication date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 03:06:00 -0700
About 11 we set off walking through the village to the brides house about 400m away. Nit and I duly taking photos and video of the procession. On arrival at the house the Grooms feet were washed and then the groom and the …
Publication date: Sun, 06 Mar 2011 18:02:00 -0800
Then the ceremony finally started and the marriage celebrant I suppose you would call him started reading from a small book he had and the bridal parties sat in a circle with the string running through all their hands.
Publication date: Fri, 28 Dec 2007 08:10:00 -0800
It is of interest to note that Isaan, the area with the highest number of these mixed marriages, also happens to be the poorest area in Thailand. It is no secret that these marriages have become a matter of business for many of …
Publication date: Sat, 30 Jun 2012 17:58:00 -0700
This is a sad story that was meant to be happy day for a couple getting married here in Thailand. In Thailand the groom’s party arrives at the bride’s front door and she walks down the stairs to greet the groom party for the …
Publication date: Tue, 05 Jun 2007 07:20:00 -0700
PS: Sorry to comment again, but I wanted to say that your photos look so well done that you should get copies to the bride and groom. They look as though a professional did them – you’re really very good and I’m sure they’d …
Publication date: Sun, 26 Oct 2008 09:06:00 -0700
I have written about how Thais and foreigners simply pay fines or marry child brides to get off rape charges. This man, Maurice John Praill should be exterminated in the cruelest manner possible. The man kept a diary of all the …
Publication date: Sun, 08 Feb 2009 05:50:00 -0800
However, there was still the matter of dressing the house for the ceremonies, the arrival of the groom’s party of 40 or more in a bus from distant Ubon Ratchathani and gradual buildup of the bride’s friends and colleagues some …
Publication date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 05:27:44 -0800
We all know that female children, like the adorable Isaan girls in this photo, are less valued than boys in many Asian countries. It’s true in Thailand. When it’s rice-planting or harvest time in Isaan, up in the Northeast of the Kingdom, the whole … There is already a widespread trade in taking marriageable young men to other Asian countries to find brides. Secondly, poor village families who kept their daughter — or even had more than one — are sitting pretty all over …
Publication date: Sat, 11 Dec 2010 20:47:00 -0800
In practice, parents of the bride and groom would meet even before this ceremony to discuss the fitness of the couple and to start with dowry and wedding plans, ad in fact in modern times this formal engagement is often …
Publication date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:30:38 -0700
It’s impossible to point the finger and blame anyone here – is it the power crazed old retiree who wants to buy a trophy Thai bride, or the gold digging conniving Thai bar girl with her Thai boyfriend and family siphoning the …
Publication date: Thu, 08 Nov 2012 23:25:51 -0800
The village’s elephants were traditionally used as limousines for the would-be groom to travel to the bride’s home to ask for her hand in marriage. Surin is around 500 km from Bangkok in the lower Isan area and Udon Thani is …
Publication date: Wed, 08 Feb 2012 01:59:24 -0800
Isaan Wedding. Isaan is the North East of Thailand, a huge plateau, Thailand’s rice bowl so to speak. It is sun baked, parched, dry and dirty, the soil giving off red dirt which features largely in the local Isaan dialect. Yet it is a mere 2.5 hours drive form the northern … Eight monks came for alms at about 0730h and then sat down upstairs with bride and groom and joined them together with string which they were all holding and began chanting and blessing the union.
Publication date: Sat, 10 Jan 2009 04:48:00 -0800
We arrived in the bride’s village which was well off the beaten track and the monks were already there waiting for the groom. I had taken my camera, fortunately as there was no one organised to take pictures. There were a few …
Publication date: Thu, 19 Mar 2009 06:38:00 -0700
Oh the other stupid thing is “Sinsot” or paying a dowry to the bride’s family. What a load of crap that is for this day and age. I know that here in Isaan it’s still practiced a lot but have been told it isn’t so prevalent anymore down …
Publication date: Sun, 08 Jul 2007 08:48:00 -0700
We stayed in our bridal suite, which is the tiny room on the wodden 1. floor – just out to main intersection in the village. For six months we stayed in that room with no aircon, no chairs, no table, just 3 mattresses on the floor, just …
Publication date: Mon, 10 May 2010 05:18:15 -0700
There’s just something about the Isaan/Lao culture that fills me with a peaceful, relaxed feeling. Time moves slowly here and the people are warm and friendly. This past … It was my first time to experience a Thai style wedding, where the groom first has to pay the youngsters outside to allow him to enter the room, then pays a dowry to the family and adorns his bride with golden bracelets. A string is tied between the heads of the bride and groom to show their new link, …
Publication date: Tue, 02 Jul 2013 02:07:19 -0700
There are marriages that I know of here in Thailand where a grown man has taken a teenage bride 13 -15 years of age. This is wrong and should be outlawed. One girl was 14 when she married her husband and he was 25.
Publication date: Wed, 02 May 2007 22:14:00 -0700
Thai culture expects men to pay a dowry (sin sot in Thai) or bride price prior to the marriage as a symbol of love, respect, appreciation and gratitude to the. … They seem to think that we Farang can only date Isaan girls. It is an …
Publication date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 15:50:37 -0800
Thailand, Isaan, Our private bedroom and honeymoon suite at Oi.s home, Chuampa
Jens Chanthasook Sommer Uploaded on 27 Oct 2009
Our Former Bridal Suite from 8th August, 2008 and bedroom from June – October 2009
Bonking Billy’s Thailand Diary (Parts I+II)
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