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How to plan a wedding and get married in Bali

Updated on September 27, 2009

Many couples these days are choosing to forgoe the traditional church or registry office service and head to a more exotic location for a romantic wedding in a tropical paradise.

Bali is unsuprisingly one of the most popular locations for wedding venues abroad, blessed with stunning beaches, luxury villas and hotels and fascinating culture. There are also many Bali wedding planners available to help you plan your wedding whether you want a legal wedding or a traditional Balinese blessing ceremony to renew your vows.

There are so many beautiful locations to choose from in Bali, you can be sure that your wedding photography will be a treasured keepsake of your romantic wedding in paradise. What better place to seal your love than on the Island of the Gods?

Although it's easy to get carried away planning the more exciting aspects of your wedding abroad - choosing resorts, hotels and so on (afterall this will be your ultimate holiday of a lifetime!) there are some more mundane points to take into consideration - getting married in a foreign country is not something to be taken lightly and although there are many Bali wedding planners that will help you out with this side of things, it's important to do your own research and make sure all your paperwork is in order before making any definite plans.

Bali wedding locations

A villa by a lush green rice field in Ubud or a romantic wedding at sunset on the Nusa Dua beach? Whatever vision you’ve had in your head of your dream wedding abroad, Bali can make that dream into reality.

You’ll have the option of conduction your wedding ceremony in a hotel, restaurant, villa, temple or on a beach – whatever you have in mind can be accommodated in Bali.

Take the time to do some research into possible locations once you have a rough idea of the kind of wedding you want. Prices can vary a lot between areas and you don't always need to spend a fortune for your idea of luxury.

Bali wedding planner

First it’s time to think about what sort of wedding you want. You may choose a simple but romantic beach wedding on Bali’s stunning coast line or if you have a lot of guests coming you may prefer a more elaborate function, perhaps in one of the gorgeous Bali villas you always dreamed about.

It’s even possible to conduct your wedding as a traditional Balinese Hindu blessing ceremony, complete with Balinese dancers and Gamelan music accompaniment. This is an ideal option for couples interested in Balinese culture and wanting a more unique wedding experience.

Your wedding planner should be able to help you organize the perfect Bali wedding based on your requirements and budget.

Bali wedding legal requirements

Legal wedding ceremonies in Bali must follow one of the recognized religions in Indonesia – Christian, Catholic, Buddhist, Hindu and Moslem. It is not possible to have a legal non-religious wedding in Bali.

The religious ceremony is conducted first, according to the rules of the particular religion and then the marriage must be legalized with appropriate paperwork at the Civil Registry Office. Foreigners will need to provide birth certificates, passports, proof of divorce if applicable and a ‘Certificate of no Impediment’ which is issued by your own embassy – procedures for this vary so check your embassy website. You should be able to apply for this before you leave your own country or once in Bali, although there will be a waiting period for the latter.

Wedding insurance

It’s easy to get carried away when you’re planning but remember you shouldn’t go on holiday without travel insurance and you’re almost certainly spending more on your wedding so wedding insurance is vital. This is doubly important for a wedding abroad.

Wedding insurance will cover loss or damage to clothing, presents, rings etc and failure of suppliers to supply services (e.g. flowers, photography). It’s not nice to think of anything going wrong on your big day but if the worst should happen you’ll want to make sure you’re covered financially.

Once you’ve planned and costed everything out make sure you visit some wedding insurance comparison sites to compare quotes.

Enjoy your wedding in Bali

There’s undoubtedly a lot of planning that will go into making your wedding abroad perfect but remember it will be worth it when you’re saying your vows on a Bali beach resort at sunset. Remember that a good wedding planner will take most of this load off you so you can just relax and enjoy your big day with treasured memories for years to come.


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