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25-27 February 2023
The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
Gaurav and Komal had a clear objective in mind: to hold their wedding festivities in the most intimate of settings, in a hidden paradise escape. Off the beaten path of the usual banquet halls and lawns, the couple was fortuitous to find that The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Phuket, met all their wedding desires, gathering their close ones in a truly unique experience. They had found immaculate vibes in a serene venue, creating one of the most beautiful beginnings to a married life worthy of their love story.
Why did you choose Thailand instead of going abroad, and why did you pick this specific hotel?
We were looking for venues in India and came across really good properties there, but didn’t get the feeling that, ‘this was it.’ Our families had attended weddings in Thailand so we started exploring options there and we came across this venue, which never had an Indian wedding or a buyout ever, so it was a risky call but our hearts knew this was the place.
The Naka Island is unlike any other resort. It has a very cosy architecture and design, and the vibe is very chill and natural, which aligned with our tastes. Also, the entire team was very keen to have us on board as this would be a first-of-its-kind wedding.
Having flown in in from abroad, did you include any Thai cultural elements in your wedding?
Yes, we welcomed our guests with Thai music and Thai drinks. We had Thai live counters with appetisers and desserts at our functions too.
What was your favourite memory of your wedding?
Too hard to name one. The Anand Karaj was definitely jaw-dropping; to get married on the panoramic backdrop of the vast ocean was enchanting. Having sundowners on the yacht was also spellbinding. The varamala ceremony against the vast ocean landscape was probably the most memorably moment.
Now that you’ve held your wedding in Thailand, would you recommend it to others?
Yes, it ticks all the boxes. Great food, great hotels, very courteous staff, and professional vendors. If someone doesn’t want to have palatial weddings (like in Rajasthan, etc.) then Thailand is a great option.
What was a surprising element of your wedding?
We did not disclose the venue to any of our guests and all of them were amazed when they had to take a speedboat to reach the venue!
Any tips for other couples looking to tie the knot?
– Do what makes you happy
– Design the wedding yourself (with the help of a professional of course) because it is about you and no one else
– Families do have their ideas, which should be respected, but make sure your soul resonates with your festivities
– Make sure the choices you make lead to what makes you smile every time you think about your wedding celebrations
Give us a fun anecdote from your wedding!
Our bartenders from Flair Mix Co. would go to heaven and earth to make sure we were having the time of our lives. The bartender even jumped in the pool to make sure everyone had drinks even inside the pool!
Wedding Planner: The Wedding Galore
Venue: The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
3 days of festivities – 7 events – 180 guests