The 1st Annual “Samui, I Do!” 2013 Wedding Fair was held last weekend at the beautiful Centara Grand Beach Resort on Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand. This foundational outdoor event was an astounding success for Koh Samui!

For those of you who took the time to visit, and those who joined as exhibitors; “Thank You!” for your participation and support. We could not have done it without you! We are already preparing for next year fair, which is going to be bigger and better...

With over 800 foreigner-foreigner and foreigner-Thai weddings, not to mention the numerous honeymoons and romantic getaways on Samui - the time was right to spotlight our tropical island's quiet natural beauty as the perfect exotic destination.

Now, every year in March, Koh Samui will hold the annual “Samui, I Do!” Outdoor Wedding Fair to bring together THE BEST romance specialists the island has to offer. If you are interested in a Wedding, Honeymoon or Romantic Getaway on Koh Samui – you will not need to look any further!

Here is a recap of Koh Samui's FIRST-EVER 2013 Wedding Fair:

The weather was absolutely beautiful and Saturday's sun held it's typical warm gaze as it rose above the white tents and vivid green grass of the Centara Grand Beach Resort's courtyard on Chaweng Beach. Samui-resident DJ Dean Lambert eased out mellow beats as the Wedding Fair officially opened at 11am to the public. Around 100 visitors stopped by throughout the day to talk with the exhibitors about a wedding, honeymoon and romantic getaway for themselves, a loved one or friend.

There was a strong ocean wind that swept off the water keeping things cool, perfect for allowing our beautiful runway models to continue smiling as they made their way down the catwalk. Two fabulous shows were held each day; sponsored by Siam Beauty Dreams in Chaweng Noi and Pro Wedding Studio on the Chaweng Ring Road. Both were magnificent in supplying most of the wonderful models, but they also provided the gorgeous dresses and hair & make-up preparations for many of the participants. Hairdresser Dany Lopez and make-up artist Abby ____ donated their professional talents to the runway show as well with hair & make-up on a couple of our Samui models.

While interested brides, their family and friends and other couples interested in honeymoon and romantic getaway information strolled about the grounds, getting to know the island's specialists - 'lucky drawings' were taking place on the main stage giving a few attendees a surprise bottle of wine, such as from New Star Resort and Orapin Group who graciously donated a couple bottles of 'bubbly' each for registered visitors to win. Dany Lopez also gave away a free professional haircut and Carnation Massage donated a few relaxing 60-Minute Thai Massages for 2 to be won.

The 1st Annual Wedding Canapés Contest took place over both days and our top 3 winners have been crowned. Centara Grand's Chef Ahnoosit, Chef Nigel from Nigel's BBQ & Catering and Chef Tommy from The Shack Catering took the top cash prizes. A SPECIAL “THANK YOU” to D.D. and his staff from Noori India Restaurant who did not participate in the Canapés Contest, but served some delicious complementary Indian food to everyone who attended the wedding fair.

Sunday was a very relaxed for everyone after the excitement of the previous day. The sun was hotter than the day before but still around 50 visitors stopped by to meet with our exhibitors and watch the fabulous runway shows. For the 'lucky draws', more wine was donated by New Star Resort and 60-minute Thai massages for 2 were given away by Carnation Massage, both in Chaweng Noi.

The runway shows drew larger crowds than the day before and there was a lot of excitement and 'buzz' in the air. The models were gorgeous and they were joined by a few dapper men.

The final of the Canapés Contest was incredibly delicious. The chefs in the finale really delighted our senses and thrilled our pallets. Look for interviews with both winning chefs in the next issue of Samui Bride & Honeymoon magazine.

Visitors who registered were asked to vote for their favorite Exhibitor Display – and the WINNER of the “Visitor's Choice BEST EXHIBITOR DISPLAY” was Silavadee Pool Spa Resort who designed an eye-catching, elegant bamboo display complete with sand and gorgeous flowers.

Other votes were cast for Bandara Resort & Spa, The Five Islands Restaurant and The Passage Resort.

The Centara Grand arranged a nice beach wedding set-up for visitors to hold complimentary, short vow renewals and comittment ceremonies. This drew a lot of attention to the wedding fair. Professional Celebrants rev. Paul Rambo and Stewart Wyndham were on site to perform any short-notice ceremonies.

To close down the event, there was a Black & White -themed Gala Dinner held Sunday night around the main stage area where over 40 guests attended to watch the awards presentation. A wonderful evening of networking and delicious food was enjoyed while relaxing under the stars.

All the photographs of the “Samui, I Do!” 2013 Wedding Fair were taken by Khun Danai Lapsarn (dani_mali@hotmail.com) who was generous enough to be our Official Photographer on both days.

To showcase their services and products to visitors and other local businesses, 30 Samui-based romance specialists joined in this historical outdoor wedding fair.

Attending Exhibitors

  1. Centara Grand Beach Resort

  2. Samui Bride & Honeymoon Magazine

  3. DJ Dean Lambert

  4. Photos by Danai

  5. Samui Video Services

  6. Samui Palm Beach Resort

  7. Sunset Beach Resort

  8. Orapin Group (Bhundhari)

  9. Silavadee Pool Spa Resort

  10. Siam Beauty Dreams

  11. Pro Wedding Studio

  12. The Fireworks Shop

  13. Hair by Dany Lopez

  14. Grace Beauty

  15. Nigel's BBQ & Catering

  16. Noori India Restaurant

  17. SamuiPicts by Anne Sophie

  18. Villa Riva

  19. Ambrose Wine & Spirits

  20. Carnation Massage

  21. Samui Bucks & Hens

  22. Bandara Resort & Spa

  23. Imperial Boathouse

  24. New Star Resort

  25. The Passage Resort

  26. Five Islands Restaurant

  27. Samui Beach Weddings

  28. The Shack Catering

  29. Samui Celebrant Services

  30. Samui Legal Marriage

WINNERS

The top 3 Winners in in the 1st Annual Wedding Canapés Contest:

Day 1
2nd March 2013
Category
Position
Name
Prize
BEST TASTING 1st Place
Centara Grand Beach Resort
3,000 Baht
 

2nd Place

Nigel's BBQ & Catering
2,000 Baht
  3rd Place
The Shack Catering
1,000 Baht
BEST PRESENTATION 1st Place
Centara Grand Beach Resort
3,000 Baht
  2nd Place
Nigel's BBQ & Catering
2,000 Baht
  3rd Place
The Shack Catering
1,000Baht
Day 2
3rd March 2013
BEST TASTING 1st Place
Nigel's BBQ & Catering
3,000 Baht
  2nd Place
Centara Grand Beach Resort
2,000 Baht
BEST PRESENTATION 1st Place
Centara Grand Beach Resort
3,000 Baht
  2nd Place
Nigel's BBQ & Catering
2,000 Baht
 
BEST OVER-ALL Grand Prize
Centara Grand Beach Resort's
Chef Ahnoosit
5,000 Baht (Donated by the Samui Culinary Circle)
 
PRIZE MONEY TOTALS
NAME
DAY1
Day 2
TOTAL CASH
Centara Grand Beach Resort
6,000 Baht
10,000 Baht
16,000 Baht
Nigel's BBQ & Catering
4,000 Baht
5,000 Baht
9,000 Baht
The Shack Catering
2,000 Baht
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2,000 Baht
TOTAL CASH AWARDED:
27,000 Baht

 


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