This year’s mass underwater wedding in Trang province, Thailand has just fin-ished and I hear it went down a splash. This annual event, now in its 16th year gives couples the chance to ‘take the plunge’, quite literally.
34 couples, mostly Thai but also some foreigners, took part. The cost of the ceremony starts from about 12,000 Baht (roughly £240), enabling people to experience a pretty unique wedding day without breaking the bank.
The first underwater wedding took place in 1996, to promote tourism in Trang. Since then it has grown steadily and gained recognition as the largest underwater wedding ceremony in the world by the Guinness book of Records in 2000.
The couples must all be certified divers in order to take their vows below the waves, although the ceremony can also be performed on the beach for those lacking diving skills. In addition to the underwater marriage registration, the three-day event features other traditional Thai wedding ceremonies, including the pouring of water over the couples’ hands and a parade.
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The Trang wedding festival is a great way to generate tourist revenue, but it also does its part to promote eco-tourism with the location being specifically chosen to not cause damage to the delicate marine life.
For more information visit the Trang Underwater Wedding website.