[pinterest-pro type=”pinit” pin_url=”http://siam-longings.com/1people-and-places/issan-wedding.htm” pin_image_url=”” pin_counter=”horizontal” pin_desc=”Some indications of what to expect with a wedding in the Issan (Isaan) Region of Thailand.”]
Wikipedia‘s article Isan has an interesting section concerning matrimony:
Marriage and courtship in Isan still mainly follows strict tradition, especially in rural areas, and most young women are married by the time they are 20 years old. Many girls, in spite of the legal requirement, marry as young as fourteen to escape poverty, as usually marriage is associated with a dowry paid by the husband to the bride’s family. A dowry will not normally be less than 40,000 Thai baht, and according to the status of the bride and/or her family, can often greatly exceed 300,000 baht. Isan women rarely have boyfriends until they meet the man whom they will eventually marry, and tradition requires that the betrothal is then announced. Younger fiancées will be chaperoned, usually by a female friend, brother or sister while in the company of their future husband. The wedding ceremony usually takes place in the bride’s home and is normally officiated by one or several monks or a respected village elder who has been a monk. Young couples are increasingly registering their marriages at the city hall, which they can do if they are over 17. The extended family system is still very much the traditional social structure in Isan, with newly wed couples often living with in-laws or building a home on the family compound or farmland. It is not unusual however, for many women to remain single until much later. Tradition demands that the youngest or only daughter continues to live at home to take care of her parents. They are then only free to marry when both parents are deceased. There is also the tradition that a woman should ‘marry up’ in status. If the woman is tied to an occupation in a rural area as a farm or business owner, teacher, or similar profession, finding a suitable husband and one who is prepared to relocate is often not easy.
There are lots of accounts of Isaan (Issan) weddings in forums, blogs, and other websites — here are a few that I’ve gathered up:
- Isaan Style! blog post December 26, 2007: Thailand. The start of a Thai village wedding.
- Isaan Style! blog post December 28, 2007: Thailand. A Isaan Wedding Ceremony.
- Isaan Style! blog post October 26, 2008: A Wedding in Isaan, Thailand
- Isaan Style! blog post March 9, 2009: Thai Wedding Ceremony, Isaan Thailand.
- Isaan Style! blog post March 13, 2009: Thai Wedding Ceremony, Part 2, Thailand.
- Isaan Style! blog post March 20, 2009: Thai Wedding Day, Part 3 Wedding Reception. Isaan Thailand.
- Thai Visa Forum thread begun January 24, 2010: What To Expect With A Issan Wedding?
- Thai Visa Forum thread begun May 14, 2011: Issan Wedding Costs
- Phuket Info Forum thread begun July 19, 2007: Cost for traditional Thai marriage
- Thailand for You (th4u.com): Marriage in Thailand
- MarryInThailand.com: Thai Traditional Wedding
- Sawatdee-Gay-Thailand.com forum thread begun July 26, 2009: Issan wedding — anyone been?
- Allen’s World blog post July 18, 2010: A Christian Wedding In Isaan
- Allen’s World blog post January 15, 2011: Another Isaan Wedding – Perk and Puii
There are lots of other similar accounts online.
I never had a traditional Thai marriage — my Isaan wife and I only had the marriage registered at the main government offices in Udon Thani City. I mention it briefly in an UdonMap forum thread another forum member commenced back on July 22, 2005: ideas of what to do and where in Udon for marry.
For me, the money situation prohibited a traditional marriage. I had always hoped that one day, I would be able to return to Thailand from Canada with my wife, and celebrate her properly before her family and friends. However, financial conditions have only gotten worse since my Retirement. It is very likely that my marriage holiday in 2005 will have been the last time that I will ever set foot in Thailand.
Now as a December 13 (2012) edit to this post, here are a few further related references:
Traditional Thai Isaan Wedding – Vincent and Ploenphit – Wang Sam Mo – Udon Thani – Thailand – ceremony – karaoke – musictrack – bruiloft – 10 july 2010 – Thai and Farang love – Vincent Brueckmann – Anna – Tanja …
Visiting my first Isaan wedding was so much fun! It was a great day celebrating, drinking, dancing and generally messing around. Here are some images I took.
Robert has made Rough Diamonds , the first part of the Thai Diamonds Trilogy available for free f rom Bangkok Books and the Apple ibookst… Isaan Wedding – March 19, 2008. The alarm duly went off at 5.30, to be ignored by …
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 … Continue …
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 …
We were on the road to Sakon Nakhon and had just climbed Highway 213 to a flat part, maybe 40 plus klicks to SN. We stopped at a 7-11, loaded up with drinks and snack foods for our “isloated” resort…
BANGKOK, 8 February 2012: Tourism Authority of Thailand will promote two destinations in the Northeast as wedding venues linked to a traditional wedding.
Our friend Scott who comes to help us, he really likes Isan culture. And he decided to get married in Isaan local style with his girlfriend, Effie, in Bueng Khan, Nongkhai. So we arranged the wedding for him. We invited some old …
My Issan wedding part 1
James Collister Uploaded on 4 Feb 2009
My wedding in the village of Sang Houm.
128 Capacity CD/DVD case Wallet, storage,holder,booklet by Rekukos（Black）
. Protective Keep Dirt Away & Prevent Scratches . Durable exterior protects your CD/DVD . Moisture & Tear Resistant . Holds 128 CD/DVD Discs…
Car Phone Mount, Vena [6Netic] Square Magnetic Cellphone Car Mount, Universal Air Vent Holder for iPhone X/8 Plus/8, Galaxy Note 8/S8 Plus/S8, Google Pixel 2/2 XL, LG V30/G6, HTC, Motorola – Black
A Perfectly Powerful Magnetic Air Vent Mount The Vena 6Netic magnetic air vent mount incorporates 6 powerful N45 magnets to safely and securely mount your smart phone to the magnetic mount an onto almost any air vent, whether in yours or your carpool’s car. Maximize Your Commute with the vCommute Case Pair the magnetic air vent mount with the Vena vCommute case and maximize your commute. With it…
NEW Fuel Valve Petcock for YAMAHA 1992-2004 YZ125, 1993-2004 YZ250, 1998-1999 YZ400F, 2001-2002 YZ426F, 2003-2005 YZ450F
Fuel Petcock for Yamaha
Boveda 72-Percent RH Retail Cube Humidifier/Dehumidifier, 60gm – Pack of 12
Boveda Technology Works Two Ways Whether it’s food, cigars, cigarettes, RYO, chewing tobacco or herbal medicine, these products lose their character if the humidity isn’t right. Too much humidity is just as bad as being too dry, especially when mold enters the picture. Boveda’s patented technology adds or removes humidity as conditions require, maintaining the specific moisture conte…
Coop Home Goods – THE EDEN PILLOW – Ultra Tech Cover with Gusset – ADJUSTABLE Fill features cooling and hypoallergenic gel infused memory foam with fiberfill – MADE IN USA – QUEEN
I’m Eden, and you could say that I’m the top-of-the-line model here at Coop. I’ll keep you cool with my gel-infused memory foam. I also have a special blend of premium combed microfiber, which makes me softer, cushier, and more luxurious than the others. My gusseted cover makes me special and ensures full edge-to-edge support. The Case With an added gusset, the soft, luxurious Eden case allows mor…
Rainbow Vision Sand Picture — Deep Sea Pacific (Black)
Klaus Bosch’s Rainbow Vision Sand Pictures are interactive, ever-changing, mesmerizing and versatile art pieces. Put them on your desk and watch them evolve with a new creation with each turn. Put our “movies” on the wall and enjoy the added dimension of the image to enhance the performance of the sand. We offer a range of Sand Pictures for every budget and every person. We have found men like the…
Ravens Brew Whole Bean Deadmans Reach, Dark Roast 5-Pound Bag
Revitalize your lifestyle and resurrect your palate with this inimitable high-speed blend. Suitably brewed by any method: drip, French press, or espresso. Produces an outstanding crema and punches through a tall latte with dense coffee flavor. Dark Roast….
THETIS Homes (3 pack) 16 oz Plastic Squeeze Squirt Condiment Bottles with Twist On Cap Lids – Perfect For Syrup, Sauce, Ketchup, BBQ, Condiments, Dressing, Arts and Craft, Workshop, Storage, and More
Store and serve your favorite sauces, condiments, and oils with this set of 6 squeeze bottles from THETIS Homes. Full mouths make filling easy, and dishwasher safe PE makes clean up a breeze. Whether you are bottling your secret BBQ sauce for the neighborhood picnic or packing for a camping trip, squeezable condiment containers are a must. Not just any container will do, though. THETIS Homes condi…
Arteza Wine Glass Metallic Markers – Pens (Set of 8)
Now the world is your canvas Don’t restrain yourself to just paper, these markers are fantastic on all kinds of surfaces. They write on glasses, mugs, mirrors… places that have been woefully off limits for ages. This is the Swiss Army Knife of the marker world With the power to apply beautiful, crisp color to just about anything, all those projects you spent your life wishing you could do just …
Toy Story Childrens/Boys Official The Gangs All Here T-Shirt (Years (5/6)) (Multicoloured)
Boys short sleeved t-shirt with Toy Story sublimation design. Features characters including Woody, Buzz, Rex and many more. 100% Polyester. Sizing: (to fit chest) 3-4 Years: 39in, 5-6 Years: 39in, 7-8 Years : 40in, 9-10 Years: 43in, 11-12 Years: 45in. Please also be aware that the sublimation process means that every t-shirt is printed individually, so every shirt is 100% unique. You also may see …