Wedding Advice

4 things to know when planning a wedding in Bali

Known for its stunning cliff-side venues, luxurious resorts, and laidback lifestyle, the Indonesian city is also a popular destination for weddings, especially amongst brides in the region. Here, the things to take note before having your celebration there.

Lace and chiffon A-line gown with keyhole neckline and tiered skirt, from Rico-A-Mona. Photo: Her World Brides December 2015.

1. A wedding planner will really help
With the city's legal requirements, as well as other issues, it would help if you got a wedding planner to help deal with the paper work, as well as other nitty gritty details.A good planner will help with ensuring your ceremony is legal (this is if you're not going to have another ceremony back in Singapore), book your accommodation, negotiate rates, source for other vendors as well as arrange for other personal requests that may come at a lower rate.

Do note that he/she should be unbiased and fair in providing reviews, and showing you a variety of options. You can look on the Internet as well as forums to source for recommendations, and of course, from friends who've held their own weddings in Bali.

2. Having a legal ceremony
To wed legally in Indonesia, you have to have a religious and civil ceremony, which has to be held on the same day. You also have to state the religion you ascribe to. The major ones Indonesia recognises are Islam, Buddhism, Catholicism, Christianity and Hinduism (note: you don't have to have a Muslim ceremony in a mosque, but it is required for Catholics to wed in a chapel for it to be legally recognised by the Indonesian government).

If, however, you're just thinking of having a celebration there, which may be cheaper, you can skip all of those, and plan your own ceremony. Your legal faith won't be questioned too, should you opt for the latter. Generally, it'd be easier if your country has a consulate or embassy there. But as we do not, you'll have to go to the consulate here to obtain a letter from a representative to indicate that there "are no objections" on your intention to marry in Indonesia.

3. The best time to go
Between the months of May and October are best, if you're seeking to hold an outdoor celebration.

4. The important documents you need to prepare:

  • Passports
  • Birth certificates
  • Four 4x6cm photos
  • A letter from your embassy representative on his/her non-objection to your wedding in Indonesia (only if you intend to have a legal ceremony there).

See also: 7 Bali resorts with lovely wedding venues, and 6 wedding mistakes to avoid there.