Well... this is Canuck2233 and I have just returned to Canada, when I first arrived in Vientiane last December I proceeded to do all of the paperwork for Lao marriage on my own which was VERY time consuming and starting to get EXPENSIVE !
So on the advice from the Australian Embassy and five other independant sources (including Vientiane boy's Lawyer)I decided to go with the T.D.S. company to finish my marriage licence paperwork.
They seem to be the most efficient and reliable company to use . Their fee is $2000.00 U.S. from beginning to completion, and require a $500.00 U.S. deposit with the remaining $1500.00 upon completion.
They (T.D.S.) can finish the paper's in two to three month's - but have to tell you that it can possibly take up to 6 month's (just to cover there ass). They also gave me $100.00 off the fee for all of the paperwork and translation's that I had finished by the time I decided to go with them - which was THREE week's worth of running around Vientiane every day ALL day !!
I would have bee better off just going with them to begin with, however I was trying to get the paperwork finished before I had to go back to Canada. I still have to go back to Laos around May 2011 to finalise the paper's through T.D.S. company, which I was hoping not to have to make the extrat trip !
As Vientine boy sais he did it in a week or whatever for $1500.00 through his Lawyer - but I went to visit her and she is a very good and honest person - however he failed to tell me that he already had a legal marriage from Australia (according to your Lawyer Vientiane boy - you should be a little more specific with your advice next time ?!)
She also recomended that in my case I should go with the T.D.S. company and said that there is no quicker way to do the Marriage Licence procedure (by bribing people, etc. which I was willing to do).
So..... my advice to any foreigner who is going to marry with a Loas citizen is to go with T.D.S. company or if you have the time do it yourself, no matter what you do it require's time and patience - like any thing in the
Chok Dee deur !!!