Frequent Questions

Below are some of the questions you already might want to ask and also some you may not have thought of yet, let Debbie and her team guide you to the perfect day.


The answer every bride wants to hear and the answer I'm able to offer for most requests, let your imagination run wild and together we'll create the most amazing Samui Wedding you can imagine.

Welcome to Shiva Samui

My name is Debbie. I am based on the beautiful Island of Koh Samui and I am here to answer your questions.

What month of the year is best to get married?

Weddings are very popular on the gorgeous tropical island of Koh Samui. June and September until November are the best months for those who are looking for a cost-effective celebration as flights and our accommodation prices are more affordable. January through until April as well as July and August are also popular months’ weather wise for weddings as the sun is shining!

How many weddings do you do per day?

We only ever do one wedding per day.

How do I secure my preferred wedding date?

A deposit of 25,000 THB will secure your date and we can start organising your big day. Unfortunately we cannot confirm any reservations without a deposit.

Can I get married at Shiva Samui if we do not plan on staying there?

We have a minimum stay of 3 nights, dependent on the season. We encourage all your guests to stay with us so that your entire wedding party are together and we can offer special wedding rates which are competitive. We also request 50% of your guests stay with us.

What are the advantages of staying at Shiva Samui that other locations don’t have to offer?

You & your guests can stay in your own private self contained villa with up to five bedrooms to ensure a cost effective stay. Breakfast can be taken at our Beachclub from 07.30-10.30 hours. There is a daily maid service to clean for you!

We have many facilities available to our guests; tennis court, gym, games area with pool table, ping pong table & large screen TV, large swimming pool & kids pool with pool bar, a spa, beahclub and of course room service available from 8am to 10.30pm delivered directly to your private villa.

How many people can your resort accommodate for our wedding?

Shiva Samui can comfotably cater for up to 150 guests.

What time will my wedding start?

Usually your ceremony will start at 5pm before the sun goes down when its starting to get a little cooler. After the ceremony is the perfect time for your guests to enjoy canapés and drinks whilst you are having your photos taken. Dinner is usually served at 7pm or as requested.

Will the celebrant discuss our vows prior to the wedding day?

The English speaking celebrant will contact you for a pre meeting in order to discuss your wedding vows or change the wording if you wish.

What happens if it rains?

Thailand can be prone to heavy rain at spontaneous times of the year. We always have an alternative idea your wedding reception if this should occur.

When is the latest time I can confirm the final number of my wedding guests?

You can update our Wedding Planner every 3 months with confirmed numbers as you receive them, this will help you with your budget. Final guest numbers are required three weeks before your wedding day.

Can I choose which flower arrangements I want?

Yes, you can choose flowers in season, including types and variety of colours. Our packages include local flower decorations and some imported flowers are available but some requests may have to be flown in from Bangkok and extra charges will apply.

The best way to ensure you get the flower arrangements you have envisioned is to email through some photos of what you have in mind and Wedding Planner can then check availability and cost for you, liaising with you until you are completely happy with your floral arrangements.

Do you have a babysitting service on the wedding day as well as during the reception?

Yes, we offer a babysitting service. If there are quite a lot of children in the party, what we usually do is to assign a villa for the children where they can play together and watch DVD´s etc. Some guests prefer to have their kids babysat in the comfort of their own villa as by this time it is familiar to the kids. Don´t worry we have multiple babysitters available to tend to your needs throughout your stay.

What bar options are available?

Option One

We provide a full bar set-up as per our bar option packages. This may include unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks for a set number of hours.

Option Two

To help with your budget control and guest consumption you may choose to limit the choice of drinks. Charges will be based on actual consumption at restaurant prices. Our Wedding Planner will advise you before the limit is reached and you then have the option to add to your “tab” or guests can pay as they go. We recommend a bar tab of 1,500 baht per guest.

Option Three

If you choose to supply your own drinks, Shiva Samui can set up a bar table for you and supply glasses for all of your guests including one large ice box filled with ice and one barman in your villa to serve your drinks for 1,200 baht per hour. This is a lovely way to allow you and your guests to relax and enjoy the evening with family and friends. We recommend one barman for every twenty guests. (Villa only)

If you were to choose one of our venues for dinner and supply your own drinks, Shiva Samui will charge a corkage fee of 500 baht per bottle of wine, regular spirit and one case of beer. Champagne will be charged at 1,000 baht per bottle. Barman charges will apply at 1,200 baht per hour, per barman.

Please speak with our Wedding Planner to find the perfect package to suit your needs.

Can I have cupcakes instead of a one tier traditional wedding cake?

Shiva Samui offers a white fondant iced wedding cake however cupcakes and any other dietary requirements are available upon request.

Does the wedding have to be legal?

No it does not. Thai law states that a wedding ceremony is permitted regardless of actual marital status. Some couple choose to perform the "legal" part of the wedding in their home countries and then celebrate the symbolic ceremony here with us. What we do is provide a Hotel certificate for you to sign in front of all your guests on your wedding day. Please see our Legal Requirements page for more details on legalising your marriage.

What happens if I need to cancel my wedding for any reason?

When we take your deposit, we block off your wedding date and any other enquiries or bookings we receive for that day are turned down so any monies already paid to Shiva Samui are non-refundable. however, we do recognise this as a credit owing to you to be used at a later date of your choosing, within a one year period. This credit can also be transferred to friends or family if you cannot use it within the designated time frame.

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