Having cooled down a little, I'll explain what happened yesterday which if nothing else, will keep you amused.
You may have read elsewhere that I had a few problems getting my affirmation sorted and a Registry Office that was prepared to accept a foreign affirmation. So I drove down to Bangkok on Wednesday afternoon to pick up my affirmation and passport copy from the translation company who I'd paid a little extra to for them to handle the MFA bit. Had a night out in Bangkok and headed home Thursday morning.
My wife had called the Registry Office the week before and made sure the manager would be there on Friday (manager needs to be there for a Thai/Farang marriage) so that was fine then. 10am Friday morning, my wife and I, our 2 witnesses and my interpreter arrived at Buriram Registry Office. "Sorry, big boss go to meeting today, cannot"..........what the hell? My wife explained that she's called about this but it made no difference. We were told that we could go to another Registry Office about 500m away.........OK no problem then. Except that big boss from this office had also gone to the meeting.
We stood outside trying to decide what to do and I asked my wife to call another Registry Office - still within Buriram province but about 30km away. Yes, they had no problem marrying a Thai and a Farang, the manager was there and they didn't need an interpreter............bonus!!! Time was running short for the interpreter anyway so I told her she could go.
Off we go to this office, 30km away. We wait about an hour for the manager to inspect our documents and when he does he proclaims that he cannot marry us. You have to state which Registry Office you will use on the Affirmation Form and I had stated Buriram Municipality - in other words, in the city. We were still in the jurisdiction of Buriram but we weren't in the city. Jeez, I'm starting to lose it now. Its around 35 degrees but it feels like 45, I have to get our marriage registered that day as I'm going back to the UK on Sunday - if I have to do it on the next trip I'll have to get a new Affirmation and passport copy............Laksi and all that stuff again!!
The manager at this office says that although he can't marry us he'll call one of the 'big bosses' at the city offices and square things for us. He did and 'big boss' agreed to be back in his office by 2pm. We drive back to Buriram, go for lunch and then it hits me..........we're back in Buriram city so I need an interpreter!!
I had a brainwave, head back to the hotel and speak to the boss's wife who I know quite well. She agrees to release one of the front office staff who speaks good English so we're sorted. At 2pm we arrive at the Registry Office with a full compliment. I am not proud of the fact but I've been married twice before in Thailand and I have never had to fill in so many forms. I've never had to use an interpreter or answer so many questions and the whole affair has been over in 10-20 minutes. I swear, we were there over 2 hours but we got it done in the end. I think its best to make this marriage work - I couldn't go through that again .