A British man will be able to wed his Thai girlfriend for free, after winning the Amari Orchid Pattaya’s Valentine’s Day wedding contest.
Stephen Alexander, 35, was awarded the 180,000 baht wedding package March 3 by Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh and Max Sieracki, resident manager of Amari Orchid Pattaya. His 34-year-old bride-to-be Walaiporn was not present. The couple plans to marry Oct. 15.
Stephen Alexander (4th left) poses with organizers and sponsors of the event.
The contest was launched at the hotel’s Jan. 21 “Amari Loves Weddings” festival, which was aimed at enticing couples into booking weddings at the hotel. The Amari’s ballroom hosted booths highlighting every facet of its wedding service. To be eligible, Alexander had to book his wedding before Feb. 28.
The promotion included free catering, photos, wish book and lodging up to a maximum 500,000 baht. The couple’s initial deposit was also refunded.
“I already planned to marry my girlfriend in Thailand so we chose the Amari,” Alexander said. “We thought the promotion was fun and applied and I’m delighted to have won.”