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Thank you for your question.
A marriage in Thailand can be completed without a wedding ceremony, the process is detailed at
My opinion is that you can preside at a wedding there if you desire, but the legal marriage is accomplished upon registration by a Thai Diplomatic or Consular Officer.
I hope this information is helpful.
Thanks for the response. The bride and groom are californian and want it to be a legal and official marriage?
It becomes legal upon registration.
I know a couple who were married at the courthouse in one State, then had a wedding ceremony in Japan and then another in a different State, to accommodate their families and friends. Your friends can have any ceremony they want but Thai law says the marriage is legal upon registration.
A legal Thai marriage is recognized as valid in California.
If they want you to perform a legal wedding, they cannot do that in Thailand.