Bridal Custom in Thailand

Any Thai couple’s marriage is a significant milestone in their lives. Typically, the couple sit in front of their parents or elders to show gratitude and ask for forgiveness before an older male, known as a’ sai sin‘, is invited to thank the pair. The newly-weds are even dipped in sacred water and tied with pieces of white thread,” sai sin,” around their forearms. Some relatives, friends and nicely- wishers will link the wire bracelets for them as well, adding to the joyful environment of the occasion.

Before the actual wedding, a number of senior members of both families meet asian women for marriage and friends are invited to attend a ceremonial Rod Nam Sang () where they will pour holy water from a conch shell over the couple’s hands. The couple will press their hands together and bow to show respect to their guests.

Since this ritual seems to be a very serious affair, many people may find it to be a little intimidating, but it’s actually just a customary way for the bride and groom to respect and applaud their elders for helping them lead happy lives. During the ceremony, the couple will also take a merit gift, usually in the form of money, to give to the monks.

Depending on the region, a traditional wedding can have different religious elements. For example, in the South, where Buddhism is a major religion, it’s customary for couples to invite nine monks to their ceremony and to have a Khan Maak procession.