Thai marriage

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A traditional wedding in Thailand.

A Thai wedding generally consists of two parts: the legal and the ceremonial. These are done separately. There is no requirement of government documentation to have a religious ceremony, which is most common with Thai people. This is considered by many to be the real wedding. Normally, weddings in Thailand are Buddhist. A bride token is still common, but arranged marriages[1] are rare.

The legal part is performed at a local Amphoe where the marriage is registered. It is not a chattel marriage, but a contractual marriage. The marriage certificate is in the Thai language.

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  1. ^ Phraya Anuman Rajadhon, The story of Thai marriage custom, Thailand Culture Series; no. 13, National Culture Institute, Bangkok 1954