By far my most personally anticipated post and the most exciting one to boot – booking our wedding has been something I’ve wanted to gush about for at least a decade, minimum (or a month). We got engaged in February and weren’t sure if we were going to be married for a few years, as our priority has always been buying a house; to save for both simultaneously would eradicate any chance of travel as well, which is a compromise we’re not fly with. Originally, I wanted to wed at Leopold’s absolutely (and ostentatiously) luxurious and beautiful Campbell Point House – so to save for that, and a house, I’d have to work the streets even harder than I already do.
I mean – it’s a mansion. It’s literally a mansion.
We decided to put Wedding plans on the backburner until we’d purchased our house, and just see what happened. UNFORTUNATELY (fortunately), I HAVE A PINTEREST ACCOUNT. There’s only so many pictures of ethereal gowns and peony bouquets a female can take before she books ten weddings and robs Bridal World.
Being a Travel Agent, I am privy to a buttload of overseas nuptials. I book the flights, the hotels, the transfers, give recommendations for how to transport the dress, etc. One day, out of curiosity (or determined Pinterest furor), I decided to click around and see what exactly an overseas wedding would cost.
I initially looked at Ubud in Bali, because the direct flight options appealed to me and I love love love the incredible landscape.
This is a photo I took in 2009 when one of my best friends and I did a bike ride amongst the rice paddies of Ubud. Ignore the foreground and bathe in the beauty of the manicured background.
I couldn’t narrow down any resorts that ticked all the boxes (“Facilitate weddings” being first and foremost as you can imagine), so broadened my search to other South East Asian countries. I am very conscious that guests would be using Annual Leave to attend and wanted to provide a destination that was affordable enough that all of our guests could make a holiday out of it!
There were a few options in Koh Samui that looked promising, so I decided to send off an enquiry, starting at the top – the one we liked the most. The Six Senses in Koh Samui looked to be exactly what we wanted – stunning property, out of the main tourist drag, and received great reviews. This one comes from Trip Advisor and solidified my interest:
I sent off an enquiry knowing that the return quotation would likely exceed out budget – if it would be close to our original Campbell Point House estimate, we wouldn’t go to all the bother and would go back to our original plan (and get married in 17 years).
Attached were a bunch of pricing PDFs with all our options. Hypothetically, I selected Dining on the Rocks as the Ceremony location for a Western Ceremony, and Dining on the Hill as our Reception location with the “Chill out BBQ” menu.
I calculated the totals based on the above parameters and 48 guests, and my eyes popped out of their sockets and rolled all around the world. SO CHEAP. SO SO CHEAP. LIKE – A THIRD OF CAMPBELL POINT HOUSE. The BEST part is that it includes the extras that our original estimate did not. Basically I immediately booked a date in November 2014 and notified Leigh by text – “We r getting married @ 6 senses kohsamui i booked it x” – Needless to say, Leigh is ecstatic; He loves Thai culture and is excited just to have a holiday there let alone marry my bitch ass.
Despite being 18 months away, a combination of loving stationary more than life and wanting to give our guests as much notice as possible, I went ahead and had our Save the Dates made up by SweetPeaSunday on Etsy (Etsy + Pinterest = wedding needs sorted).
Today, we got the proof:
AHHHHH! I am so so so so so SOOOO HAPPY WITH IT (Although Leigh’s initial remark was wildly offensive: “It looks like it says SAVE THE NATE”). Suffice to say I sent them to print and am now eagerly anticipating their arrival! Oh and PS we haven’t even finalised our guest list yet. HA.
So now that deposits have been paid, a cast call for all Lady Boys in the near vicinity of Six Senses have been summoned to attend and Tony Jaa has been invited to be our celebrant (I wish/Leigh wishes) – we are legitimately getting married. EEEEEPPPA.
Getting old / loving lyf.