The afternoon Thai Buddhist Blessing Ceremony begins on the beach with a bow followed by packaged offerings to the Monks. These offerings are required in order to receive blessings from the Monks.
Enter the Gazebo
Following the blessing chant, you will bow before stepping into the decorated gazebo to begin the prayers. You will be seated in front of the Monks to present the second offering and receive blessings from the Head Monk.
Thai Water Blessing Ceremony on the Beach
*Exchanging of Rings on the Beach (optional)
If the couple chooses to have a ring ceremony, the couple with be given flower garlands to adorn on one another prior to the Water Blessing Ceremony. It is also common for the couple to be garnished with a lei of flowers that are tied together with a piece of string to be placed on the heads of the couple to signify a union in the relationship. The couple will then take turns marking each other with three white spots on the forehead that represent love, life, and luck. Upon finishing, the couple will proceed to exchange vows and finally the rings.
Following the blessing, the ceremony is moved from the Gazebo to a small decorated table closer to the water where your friends and family await. The Water Blessing Ceremony begins as a shell is used to scoop and pour water onto the couple’s palms as they are seated on the table. This is usually performed first by the parents of the Bride and Groom followed by friends and family. They take turns pouring water onto the palms of the couple as they send the couple their best wishes.
Conclusion of Ceremony
As a final parting gift by the Monks, Lucky String Bracelets are handed to the couple as well as friends and family in attendance. With the lighting of the sky lantern and planting of the love tree, this charming ceremony comes to a conclusion.
Professional photographers will be present throughout the ceremony to take photos. There will also be time at the end of the ceremony to take photographs as this afternoon ceremony is an amazing opportunity to capture breathtaking sunsets. (These photos will be viewable on an included online photo gallery).
NOTE: Buddhism is as much of a philosophy as it is a religion. The open minded nature of the faith allows the Monks to perform wedding rituals for those who know unfamiliar with its teachings. Please keep in mind that unlike many traditional wedding ceremonies of the west, there is no kissing allowed inside the temple as well as in front of the Monks at the closing of the ceremony.
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