The wedding ceremony begins in the morning
with the chanting of monks, then the couple and relatives offer
food to the monks who, after their meal, will chant again while
the senior monk will go around to bless the couple and the whole
gathering with holy water before they go back to the temple.
After the monks finished chanting,
my mum and my dad gave some flowers, incense sticks and a candle
to the monks. In the picture on the right, the monk is blessing
them with holy water and wishing them good luck for their future
After the monks went back to the
temple, my parents went to take some pictures with their relations.
On the left is my mum's relations and the picture on the right
is my father's relations.
After the dinner reception, the last ceremony
to be performed is the sending-off of the bride and groom to
the room specially arranged with the decoration of roses. The
ceremony will usually be guided by the elder villager and eventually,
the ceremony ends here.
In the afternoon, my parents received
a blessing from everyone who came to their wedding. People did
this by pouring some rose scented water on my parents' hands.
In the pictures, you can see my parents are joined together with
a white piece of string. The man on the left started the ceremony
by putting a white spot on their foreheads.
in this page mainly comes from a book called "Essays
on Thailand" by Thanapol Chadchaidee. It is used
here with his permission. The book contains 60 essays about
Thailand written in Thai and English.