Things you need to know about getting married in bali
Things you need to know about getting married in bali
Where do I start?
We hear that question a lot! Our advice is that narrowing down the type of wedding you want is a great place to start.
There are literally 100’s of amazing venues to choose from in Bali no matter what your style or dream there is something for everyone, the hardest part is narrowing down your choices to just one.
First you need to have a think about where you would like to get married and a rough budget, this will make it easier to narrow down venue options.
On the Beach
For all those beach lovers there are many stunning beach front restaurants and resorts to choose from with the perfect beach front areas at very affordable prices. This is our most popular choice of ceremony location. Please note that in Bali you cannot just pick part of the beach and get married on the beach as there are Banjar (community) fees and licenses required.
A few of our favorites include – The Westin Nusa Dua, The Aston Nusa Dua, Majolly Restaurant, White Sands Restaurant Jimbaran, Bali Garden hotel and the Grand Nikko
Don’t want to get sandy but still want the stunning backdrop of the ocean? Plenty of hotels offer beach front ceremonies either in Bales or gardens just back from the sandy shores.
Our favorites include – The Bali Mandira, Bali Garden, Anatara Resort, Majolly Restaurant, Cocoon beach club, Four Seasons and Le Meridan in Jimbaran.
From the hills in Jimbaran and Uluwatu it is possible to have breathtaking ocean views from the cliff tops either at a hotel or private Villas. A few of our favorites include – Le Meridan Jimbaran, The Four seasons Jimbaran, Blue point Villas Uluwatu, Karma Kandara and Semara Uluwatu.
In Bali there are many gorgeous chapels, most located within resort hotels, imagine floor to ceiling glass and panoramic views of the ocean whilst surrounded by your loved ones. A few of our favorites include – Infinity Chapel at Conrad, Blue Point chapel, Blue moon Chapel and Cloud nine chapel at the St Regis.
Villa or Private Hotel
Villa weddings are becoming more popular with couples who want to incorporate their stay and wedding all at the one location with their close friends and family without having to share their location with other guests. Another option is picking a small boutique hotel that only has a few rooms. Villa weddings do normally have extra fees such as local community fees, electricity and event fees in place by management.
A few of our favorites include – Luna 2 private hotel Seminyak, Alila Villas, Semara Villas and the Phalosa.
Church or Temple
For those couples wanting a more traditional wedding there is the local Catholic Church in Kerobakan, Protestant Church in Nusa Dua or the Hindu Temple in Kuta. Please enquire for more details.
If none of the above are what you are after there are other options available such as private gardens, rooftop venues, ballrooms and more please send us an email outlining your idea and we will reply within 48 hours.
Q – Why do I need a wedding planner?
A – Arranging a wedding in Bali from overseas can be difficult and time consuming. Bali Brides can offer complete coordination and save you time and money as we have contacts in everything to do with weddings from photography to arranging your documents and will be there on your day to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Q – Why choose us?
A – We are based in Bali and you will be dealing with Tristan who is from Australia so you do not need to worry about a language barrier when trying to organize your wedding. All emails are answered personal and there is always support and advice offered through our Facebook page for any and all questions you may have.
Q – Is it expensive to get married in Bali?
Not at all, same as in Australia there are so many options for weddings depending on your budget. I have seen small weddings for less than $2,000 or weddings at close to $50,000 it all depends on what you are after and what you want to spend.
Q – How many days before the wedding should I get there?
A – If you are having a legal wedding we do require you to be here a minimum of 3 business days before the wedding to arrange your CNI at the embassy as well as photos. For other ceremony types usually a day or so before to recover from jet lag is fine.
Q – Do I need to come over to meet or view the venues?
A – No, but it’s up to you. We can arrange everything for you for your wedding but some people do prefer to come over to see for themselves.
More questions? Get in touch and we’d love to help!
Types of Ceremony
Types of Ceremony
Getting married in Bali doesn’t need to be stressful or hard and we can arrange any type of ceremony you need.
Please see below requirements for each type and email me for further information.
Commitment Ceremony or Vow Renewal
Popular for couples who want to arrange all the legalities and paperwork in Australia or New Zealand so they do not need to do anything more once they get to Bali. A commitment ceremony is a non-legal ceremony performed by a celebrant, priest or minister of your religion.
You will still be issued with a commitment certificated however it does not make your marriage legally binding. This ceremony type is available to all couples from around the world as well as same sex couples wanting to celebrate their love for each other or couples simply wanting to renew their wedding vows.
To be legally married in Bali so that it is recognized internationally the main thing that is required is that the couple must be of the same religion. There are only 5 recognised religions in Bali being – Catholic, Protestant, Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist. We recommend having a Protestant ceremony for most couples as it is the easiest and you can have this ceremony done anywhere, even if one person is Catholic and one Christian you can still have a Protestant ceremony. For any other religion type both people must be of the same religion and if not you must convert prior to the wedding. Further documents will also need to be provided such as Baptism certificates, pre-marriage counselling certificate issued by church, consent to be married in a foreign country and more.
For a Protestant ceremony the documents we would require are – certificate of no impediment issued no earlier than 3 months prior to your wedding , This can be obtained at the your consulate in Bali no more than 3 days prior to your wedding current cost is $110 AUD and must be paid in IDR. Photocopy of both bride and groom’s birth certificates, photocopy of bride, groom and 2 witness’ details page of passports, 6 passport sized photos (this is easiest to get done here prior to wedding), divorce or death certificates (if applicable).
Non-Legal Religious Ceremony or Vow Renewal
Similar to a commitment ceremony but incorporating your religious beliefs, a religious ceremony is available for couples following Protestant, Catholic, Hindu or Buddhist. As the ceremony is “non legal” this will not interfere with any past or future legal weddings.
The ceremony will be done by an official from your chosen religion and consist of readings of chosen religious text as well as being able to add your own special vows should you choose.
For this ceremony type we do require a photocopy of your legal wedding certificate if already married, a photocopy of bride, groom and two witness’s passports these witnesses can be family if you wish and 3 passport photos – we can get this done in Bali. Please note further documentation maybe required for Catholic, Hindu or Buddhist ceremonies.