If you are thinking about getting married in the tropical paradise that is Bali, then this Destination Wedding Guide is a great place to start. And who could be better to bring you all of the inspiration and information you need to start planning your wedding than the talented team of wedding photography experts at PhotoFactory Bali?
PhotoFactory Bali: The island of Bali is one of the most beautiful wedding locations in the world with spectacular scenery, year-round tropical sunshine and a fantastic variety of breathtaking wedding locations. From stunning clifftop chapels overlooking crystal-clear waters, to vibrant, exclusive resorts set upon Bali’s pristine white sand beaches and secluded, exotic private villas in remote villages – you couldn’t hope for more for your destination day.
A wedding in Bali can be a magical holiday for both you and your guests and it’s the perfect place for a short mini-moon or your honeymoon after your big day. There is so much to see and do in Bali – it is the perfect place for having some downtime with your nearest and dearest before and after your wedding day. You can enjoy a cycle or hike across the rice fields in the Ubud area, or relax and enjoy the beautiful sunsets seen from Kuta, shop in fashionable Seminyak, or go surfing in Uluwatu, watch the famous Kecak dance or dance in one of Bali’s hip and happening clubs or try out tasty, traditional Balinese cuisine and enjoy fine dining. Your guests coming to your wedding will appreciate the many interesting adventures they can enjoy around your wedding day celebrations.
Tip! With rice fields, beaches and more, Bali makes an excellent place to have your engagement photo session. If you have your session with PhotoFactory a few days before your wedding in Bali, you will have your engagement album ready to show off on your wedding day!
Many good wedding planners have been around for decades in Bali and some great newcomers have recently joined the scene too. Top quality, international-standard vendors such as professional photographers, decorators, talented musicians and dancers are all set to deliver you with your dream wedding. You will have no problems communicating with your Bali wedding vendors in English either, giving you full confidence before your big day.
Blessing ceremony / commitment wedding
This ceremony is suitable for couples that wish to celebrate their wedding with a blessing in Bali, or for couples who don’t want to be legally banded in a marriage but wish to live in love and commitment. Everything is similar to a religious ceremony but it’s led by a celebrant and the certificate does not legally bind you in marriage. For this kind of ceremony you do not need to complete any legal paperwork and no authorities are involved.
Balinese blessing ceremony
Made famous back in the 90s when Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall tied the knot in Bali, the exotic Balinese blessing ceremony excites couples wanting to have an authentic Balinese cultural experience for their wedding. This is a blessing ceremony and not a legally binding wedding ceremony. It is only possible for couples who are genuinely of the Balinese Hindu faith to be legally married in the Balinese Hindu style. Again, you would not need to complete any legal paperwork and no authorities are involved.
Legal wedding ceremonies
All couples that want to legally marry in Bali (which is a part of Indonesia and is subject to Indonesian laws) must declare a religion. The Civil Registry Office can record marriages of Islam, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian-Protestant and Christian-Catholic faiths. Marriage partners must have the same religion otherwise one partner must make a written declaration of change of religion. In Bali, the legal civil ceremony takes place after the religious ceremony. You will have an English speaking ceremony leader (priest or government official etc). Whatever ceremony you choose, your wedding planner or hotel wedding coordinator will be able to help you through the preparation and throughout the wedding.
Catholic Church wedding
A Catholic wedding ceremony must be held in a Catholic Church, they can not take place anywhere else. Both partners must be single and if either are divorced they must have a dispensation letter from Rome. Also, if one of the couple is not Catholic, a dispensation letter from the Catholic Church is necessary. A popular Catholic Church for foreigners to get married in is the St. Francis Xavier in Kuta.
Christian Protestant wedding
The Protestant wedding ceremony can take place at the Church, on the beach, in a villa or chapel, just about anywhere. The religious wedding is recognised by the Indonesian Christian Church and a Protestant wedding requires much less paperwork too.
After the religious ceremony, you continue your wedding with the civil ceremony. You will receive your religious and civil marriage certificates straight away after each separate ceremony. The religious certificate is required for your civil ceremony. Prior to a civil ceremony, couples are required to file a ‘Notice of Intention to Marry’. Both partners will have to submit the following documents to the Civil Registry Office in Bali:
- Passport for foreign citizens.
- Original copies of your certified birth certificates.
- Certified divorce decree (absolute) or death certificates regarding the termination of all previous marriages (if appropriate).
- Four 4×6 cm photographs featuring both partners side by side, with the bride on right hand side. The bride must ensure she does not have bare shoulders showing in the photographs. You can can easily get these photographs taken once you arrive in Bali.
- Certificate of ‘Non-Impediment to Marry’ issued by your local authorities at home or by the Consular Representative for Bali or Indonesia.
Your Bali wedding planner or hotel wedding coordinator will be able to guide and assist you further with the documentation needed and the process.
Bali is blessed with hundreds of extraordinary venues, perfect for your wedding ceremony and/or reception. Some of the most popular areas are listed below:
Uluwatu: Uluwatu is located on the southernmost tip of Bali. Hidden amongst its cliffs are numerous enchanting wedding venues, from cliff-edge chapels, to luxury villas and hotels and beautiful surfer shacks.
Nusa Dua and Benoa: Nusa Dua and Benoa are home to some huge five star resorts set along an east facing white sand beach.
Western beaches: The Western beaches are popular for their awe-inspiring sunset weddings. Diverse hotels and villas of any budgets can be found along the shores of cosmopolitan Seminyak, the attractive fishing village of Jimbaran and Canggu and the hustle and bustle of Kuta.
Ubud: Located amongs rice paddies and steep ravines, Ubud is Bali’s major arts and culture centres. Traditional boutique hotels provide lush wedding venues with a traditional and sacred feeling.
PhotoFactory have created a comprehensive list of around 200 Bali wedding venues complete with beautiful imagery to give you the perfect overview of well-liked Bali wedding locations.
Popular entertainment for weddings in Bali are live music bands, traditional Balinese dancers and contemporary fire dancing and fireworks.
Bali is warm throughout the year and temperatures range between 25-35ºC. Except for the wet months from December through to February, you can enjoy good weather almost all year. The dry season starts in May and ends in September with the peak season months being June and July. All year round the sunset is between 6-7pm and most ceremonies take place around 4.30-5pm, when it’s less hot.
Tip! If you plan a wedding in the rainy season, consider hiring a rain stopper through your wedding planner. The rain stoppers are Balinese priests who perform a ritual. Believe it or not, it works over 90% of the time! It’s also a good idea to have a Plan B option arranged indoors.
A wedding that’s held in Bali brings unforgettable memories for the couple. Many come back to refresh their happy memories and take another look at the stunning island.
Has this Destination Wedding Guide tempted you to say ‘I do’ in breathtaking Bali? Thank you to the wedding photography experts over at PhotoFactory for this detailed big day information.
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Destination Wedding Guides are meant as just that – a guide to getting started with your destination wedding planning. Please always consult an official in the country you wish to marry, to ensure you have the correct and up-to-date legal paperwork requirements for a legally binding wedding ceremony. We would always recommend using a reputable wedding planner who can fully assist you in such processes.