Recently, I came back from Penang and I found an awesome place where I'd like to get married: the Eastern and Oriental Hotel.
It is a venue with a 19th Century setting and full of history. Hermann Hesse, Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham are some individuals who have lived there. Its Grand Ballroom can seat up to 400 persons and feature a "full stage, royal boxes and gallery".
Much of the hotel has been preserved to reflect its old world charm, but is now equipped with modern infrastructure such as en-suite toilets that flush and Internet access.
You can even arrange part of the wedding to be held by the sea.
After all by 1927, in the grand shipping tradition of Southeast Asia, the Eastern and Oriental Hotel has been "pronounced in advertisements as 'The Premier Hotel East of Suez'" and boasting "a 842-foot seafront, 'the longest of any hotel in the world'".
Have an offshore wedding for three reasons:
1. You know the guests who will attend are those that really consider you a loved one, and this will make it even more memorable.
2. It can help reduce expenses at your wedding, and it will force you to plan your wedding more efficiently.
3. One gets to go on holiday, including guests who attend the wedding.
There is a lot of persuasion involved. It extends to your parents; your partner's parents and your guests.
Of course, the most important person you need the buy-in of is your partner!