Born and bred, British national Juliette Burrows came to Asia for the very first time two decades ago. She fell head over heels in love with the vibrancy, hospitality and lifestyle the region offered. If you’d had asked her if she would live on the sun-shiny shores of Koh Samui less than ten years later, she wouldn’t have believed you. Yet here she is, running one of the island’s most prestigious wedding planning firms. Juliette is the alchemist’s answer to wedding planners and makes time to lie in a hammock.
With experience in the United Kingdom’s exacting hospitality industry and two young children in tow, the beginning of Weddings on Samui unexpectedly and organically started with Juliette arranging a couple of close friends’ weddings in Koh Samui. At the time, juggling two children and a full-time job just wasn’t feasible, but as the children grew, so did Weddings on Samui. She’s built some formidable relationships with her suppliers and continues to use them and work seamlessly together.
The island has seen a gradual influx of talented individuals move to the island, providing hairdressing and makeup services, photography, catering and wedding cakes. In 2012, Koh Samui had limited resources for décor, flowers, cakes, food and drinks. Collectively, wedding planners on the island searched and researched for reputable sources and suppliers, but in the end, various event companies purchased the necessary equipment for flawless weddings. They worked cohesively together and transformed Koh Samui into a breathtaking world-class wedding destination.
Weddings on Samui works with a well-curated collection of luxury villas on Koh Samui and the neighbouring islands of Koh Phangan and Phuket. Many villas boast sensational beachfront or mountain locations offering wedding couples Insta-worthy venues that their guests will never forget. Juliette has recently discovered some new villas in Natai, a breathtaking palm-fringed beach in Phuket. She’s excited about arranging weddings in the California-meets-Hawaii- vibed venues.
What makes a wedding so special in Thailand? The southernmost islands of Thailand are brimming with natural beauty. Wedding destinations are almost endless, with dense tropical jungles, cooling waterfalls, tropical flowers, almost-guaranteed sunshine and perfectly white sandy beaches with swaying palm trees and awe-inspiring sunsets. Hanging out with your nearest and dearest is the best way to start your new life as a married couple. With empathetic ease, Juliette arranges every last detail of your wedding. She partners with travel agents that can assist with your international wedding destination plans and honeymoons. She provides each of her clients with an effortless one-stop shop.
International weddings can be daunting. Juliette and her esteemed team will help you plan every last detail and use their inimitable local knowledge to ensure a perfectly bespoke wedding. She ensures that the process from the initial enquiry to the magical ‘I do’, the wedding breakfast and after party is uncomplicated and fun. She’ll hold your hand every step of the way. In the days leading up to the wedding, you might want a sand-in-your-toes beach party to welcome your guests or to cruise the Gulf of Thailand on a traditional Asian junk. Juliette can arrange a private tour at a local ethical elephant sanctuary, a rickety long-tail boat adventure to Koh Madsum, where you can meet the friendly drift of pigs, a picnic on the beach, or a party under the stars on a luxury catamaran.
Thailand retains its simplistic beauty whilst offering an array of elegant and contemporary wedding choices. The Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Phuket islands offer a unique collection of villas. Juliette will help you find your wedding party the ideal destination with awe-inspiring views, enviable facilities, and the best chefs Thailand offers. Verbalise your dreams, and she will make them come true. Whether the two of you plan to elope or you yearn for something lavish, your day will brim with love and laughter.
If you are intrigued about the endless possibilities of a destination wedding on one of the islands in southern Thailand, contact Juliette directly for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org. She highlights real weddings and many wedding-inspired ideas on Instagram and Facebook. www.weddingsinsamui.com
Katie Hollamby is a well-travelled public relations specialist turned writer for various international publications, tourism boards and ethical brands. Originally from the UK, she’s worked around the world, lived in and explored North America, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Maldives and now Thailand. She’s passionate about the welfare of animals and sustainability. For more adventures, you can follow her on Instagram @thekatybooks.