In our #AmazingThailand series, we take you to discover the country’s various destinations to discover beautiful wedding venues and honeymoon destinations. In this issue, we shine the spotlight on the city of Chiang Mai, also affectionately known as “Rose of the North”. This vibrant and culturally rich city harbours not only many exciting things to do but also stunning wedding venues that we are about to discover.
Thailand’s northern capital is an escape from the fast-pace of life of its southern counterpart. After visiting the bustling city of Bangkok, this is a place where you can find peace and quiet. Even though many tourists flock to Chiang Mai, the former seat of the Lanna kingdom still remains relatively laid-back. In this issue, we set to discover a gem situated in the heart of this charming city – Shangri-La Chiang Mai.
Despite its central location in the city, it is home to an enchanting experience that is delicately tranquil. The moment you step into the estate, be instantly teleported out of the city, for its spacious compound and lush green surroundings and can be quite surreal. Not only does Shangri-La Chiang Mai serve as an elegant sanctuary for honeymooners, we find that it is also an ideal wedding destination for couples. Read on to discover what you can experience in this enchanting sanctuary.
11 Reasons to get wed at The Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai
1. Say ‘I do’ with a romantic garden solemnisation by the pool
Despite being a city hotel, Shangri-La Chiang Mai surprisingly feels like a resort. It measures a large compound of 17 acres, which is hard to come across in the city.
Within the hotel lies many pockets of green spaces, which creates a serene atmosphere for guests to feel relaxed. One of such spaces is the poolside cabana, a popular spot for romantic garden wedding solemnisations. It is also right by the pool, and the waters create a refreshing ambience.
This delicate space tucks your guests away in vibrant greenery to witness your once-in-a-lifetime moment. Exchange your nuptials on the centerstage pavilion and have all your loved ones share that special moment with you. The poolside cabana can also serve as an outdoor alfresco venue for your reception and can host up to 150 pax.
2. Walk on water down the aisle
When we first discovered walking on water for your wedding day in Bintan, we were blown away! At Shangri-La Chiang Mai, you can also wow your guests with a ‘walk-on-water’ setup – a bridge strewn across the pool to serve as your aisle. It is an amazing feeling being right in the middle of the pool, exchanging your nuptials as you are surrounded by water. A bridge across the pool does feel like you are in the middle of a lake!
Your ‘walk-on-water’ wedding set up make wonderful photo opportunities. Sunset hours here are beautiful, and we are certain this jaw-dropping set up will captivate your guests and create unforgettable memories.
3. Host a lavish banquet in one of Chiang Mai’s largest ballrooms
The Grand Lanna Ballroom is an impressive venue for a wedding banquet. The pillarless ballroom can host up to 1,000 guests and its height of 8 metres adds a lavish and grand ambience to your big day. If you are hosting a more intimate wedding yet still want to enjoy the ballroom, the expansive ballroom can be easily scaled down with its sliding doors to suit your ceremony. See all event spaces here.
Lights, camera and… action! The ballroom is equipped with state-of-the-art sound, visual and lighting systems that will make your wedding stage as incredible as it can be. A range of themes is also available for you to choose from, be it Northen Thai, Chinese, Western, Contemporary, Indoor or Outdoor. Custom themes such as the Great Gatsby can also be created!
4. Enjoy an intimate wedding dinner at China Kitchen
You can also opt to host your wedding celebration at the private rooms in their in-house restaurant, China Kitchen. China Kitchen serves up a wide selection of authentic Szechuan and Cantonese dishes in a casual yet stylish ambience. This is definitely an intimate venue that will please your elder relatives. It is ideal for couples who prefer a more traditional approach to Chinese weddings.
5. Choose from 4 complete wedding packages
Shangri-La Chiang Mai has prepared several wedding packages for you to choose from, and come with thoughtful inclusions for your big day. Depending on the scale of your wedding, opt for a package that serves your big day. Choose from Elegant (฿60,000; ~S$2460), Glamour (฿75,000; S$3,070), Indulgence (฿90,000; S$3,683) and Extravaganza (฿100,000; S$4,092).
Included in all packages are perks such as a honeymoon room, exclusive use of the VIP lounge, a guestbook, congratulation box, free flow of soft drinks (4-hours), waived corkage fee, food tasting for 6 pax, wedding cake, decorations, a bridal bouquet, corsages and more. See the full inclusions here.
With the exception of the Elegance package, all other packages even include an additional room for your family! Additionally, for Glamour packages and above, you may be entitled to a free honeymoon stay at any Shangri-La Hotel or Resorts* worldwide (See Point 8)!
The VIP lounge is very useful for your wedding day for it will give you the privacy you need for changing your gowns. It also serves as a personal space for you to catch a breather in between the programme highlights. Additionally, you do not need to source for another venue for your wedding photoshoots, because your package entitles you to use the charming hotel grounds for your backdrop. We suggest taking photos at the Chi Spa, for the pavilion structures looks like it came out of an olden-day drama series!
6. Stylish decor and flexible customisation
Take your wedding up a notch with an additional flower archway. From just 20,000 Baht (~S$820), you can usher your guests into the ballroom in a lavish way. This opulent set up serves as a gorgeous photo backdrop as well. Do let the dedicated wedding team at Shangri-La Chiang Mai know of your preferences, for they strive to create the wedding of your dreams. With their experience, style and elegance are assured for your big day.
For your dinner menu, you can opt for Chinese, International or Thai cuisine. For the Chinese set, it will be served per table, starting from ฿9,000 nett per table (~S$370). The buffet menu starts at ฿900 (S$36) per person.
Flexibility to tailor and customise the package according to your wants is also included in the service. If you wish to downgrade certain inclusions to upgrade others, you can simply speak to your wedding planner. For example, you can exchange a downgrade in your room type to add an additional dish to your wedding menu for your guests to enjoy. Do note that all requests are subject to availability, though I’m certain the wedding team at Shangri-La Chiang Mai will go over and beyond for you and do their best to accommodate!
7. Indulge in a spacious bridal suite on your wedding night
For all of Shangri-La Chiang Mai wedding packages, you will enjoy a fancy suite for your wedding night. If you pick the Extravaganza package, you can experience the Presidential Suite for your wedding night. It is incredibly luxurious. This elegant, ‘Lanna Renaissance” retreat sits on the top floor of the hotel and overlooks a breathtaking view of the pool and gardens. This luxury one-bedroom suite comes with a complete set of facilities such as a spacious living area, kitchenette, dining area and a full set of amenities.
During our visit, we experienced the Executive Suite (86 sqm), which came with a generous amount of space and was very comfortable to reside in – even the bathroom!
The feather duvet and pillows on the large king-sized bed were great to come home to every day. The decor of each room was classic, luxe and came with finishing touches reminiscent of the ‘Lanna kingdom’ era. Special touches around the room such as local celadon tea sets, Thai silk pillows, bed runners, and artwork gave an authentic charm to the decor of the room.
All suites come with exclusive access to the Horizon Club Lounge where you can enjoy handcrafted cocktails and light refreshments every day. Here you can also enjoy sweeping views of the pool and gardens, and the faraway mountains on the horizon.
8. Get a free honeymoon stay* at any Shangri-La hotel or resort!
What if I told you that you can get a free honeymoon just by hosting your celebration in Shangri-La Chiang Mai? As unbelievable as that sounds, you can! Their latest wedding offering gifts you a free honeymoon stay at any* selected Shangri-La hotel or resort, valid for 6 months after your wedding! It is a truly incredible offering, for the Shangri-La Group has over 95 hotels and resorts throughout the Asia Pacific, North America, Middle East and Europe. Click here to find out more.
- If you select Glamour package and above, you can get a Free 2-night honeymoon stay at any Shangri-La hotel or resort with a minimum spend of ฿700,000 (~S$28,645).
- If you select Indulgence package and above, you can get a Free 3-night honeymoon stay at any Shangri-La hotel or resort with a minimum spend of ฿900,000 (~S$36,828).
*Free Honeymoon Stay excludes Shangri-La Hotels of the following: China World, Island Hong Kong, Maldives, Tokyo, Vancouver, and Paris. Click here for the package.
9. Enjoy post-wedding luxuries
After months of hectic wedding planning and a day of celebrations, it is time for you to relax and enjoy your newlywed status! We suggest a visit to the spa, for it is hard to find something that comes close to deep relaxation than lying down on a comfortable spa bed to get a soothing massage amidst a tranquil sanctuary. Knowing this, Shangri-La Chiang Mai has included a spa gift voucher in your wedding package for you to enjoy. Check out the spa inclusions here.
We thoroughly enjoyed getting massaged at Chi Spa! The private spa suites are standalone villas with pools surrounding each one. It did not feel like we were in the city at all! The calm atmosphere was great to loosen up those stiff muscles and sink into deep relaxation mode.
10. Celebrate your anniversary back at Shangri-La for free
Celebrate your wedding anniversary in a meaningful and memorable way by coming back to Shangri-La Chiang Mai. Enjoy being back in the same venue where you exchanged your nuptials and indulge in the hotel’s luxurious amenities and charming elegance.
For the Indulgence and Extravaganza package, you get a free 1-night 1st anniversary stay in a Deluxe room. The package comes with a fresh fruit platter and buffet breakfast for 2 at Kad Kafe.
11. Kickstart your honeymoon adventures in Chiang Mai
There is so much to do in Chiang Mai. This charming city in mountainous Northern Thailand is home to misty mountains, colourful hill tribes and ornate temples, like the one above! The charm of Chiang Mai lies in its authentic, down to earth and laidback experience of Thailand. Named one of the “25 Best Destinations in the World” in 2014 by Tripadvisor, crowned as “Best City in Asia” and “Third Best City in the World” by Travel + Leisure, and recently designated a UNESCO Creative City this is one destination you would not want to miss! Check out our Travel Guide on the Top 18 Things to Do in Chiang Mai. With Shangri-La Chiang Mai, experience the best of Chiang Mai on your wedding and honeymoon.
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