Thailand is no stranger to the Guinness Book of World Records. The largest bicycle parade, the largest motorcycle parade, the longest catwalk, the world’s most expensive meal. So does it come as any surprise that the nation also holds the record for the largest underwater wedding ceremony?
Held beneath the surface of the very bright blue waters off Koh Kradan in Trang, the underwater wedding attracts couples from across the world. The record-setting ceremony took place in 2000, but the underwater wedding endures, now in its twentieth year. Spouses-to-be first arrive on dry land, where they find the island’s white-sugar sands decorated with arches and banners and even a heart-shaped stage. Interestingly enough, stray tourists rove among the wedding parties (there are bound to be tourists—it’s a tropical island, after all). After a series of Buddhist rituals, the couples licenced to dive strap on their tanks and prepare to go under. This is where things get a little murky. All couples receive a wedding certificate formally—and miraculously—signed underwater. Call it a mystery of science, if you will, but it happens. The officially wedded couples rise to the surface, where they celebrate on the shores with a romantic dinner complete with serenades.
Beyond offering a unique way to tie the knot or renew vows around Valentine’s Day, the event also promotes the spectacular natural wonders and marine resources of Trang. It seems love is in the water as well as the air. Those interested in taking part should visit underwaterwedding.com.