Getting married is one of life’s memorable milestones, an event marked with a celebrated uniting of hearts in honour of love. There’s no better place to observe the joy of matrimony than on the Island of the Gods with its culturally rich and diverse setting, relatively low costs and ease of organising an extraordinarily beautiful wedding.
If Bali sounds like the perfect place to get married, that’s because it is. An island coveted for its colourful culture, smiling faces and lazy coastlines, Bali has become a top-tier destination for those looking to get hitched. Of course, as echoes true in any paradise, there are things that one should keep in mind if they are seeking to marry on the Island of the Gods. But with mindfulness, and a little help from our friends at The Legian Bali, a tropical wedding can be elevated from dream to reality.
While Bali flaunts its beaches as top-tier, it’s not just these that make the island a dream wedding location, it’s the sense of balance that the island portrays. A uniquely Hindu island, Bali has mixed old world with new, and while bars, restaurants, expatriates and mega-labels call the island home, so too do the lush rainforests, towering volcanoes, sprawling temples and colourful culture and traditions of the Balinese people. This speck of green in the 17,000-island-strong Indonesian archipelago is a medley of old and new, a combination of the realistic and the idealistic, and a union of the past and present, and what better place to start your lives together than an island that is a representation of what many seek in marriage itself.
This speck of green in the 17,000-island-strong Indonesian archipelago is a medley of old and new, a combination of the realistic and the idealistic, and a union of the past and present, and what better place to get married than an island that is a representation of what many seek in marriage itself.
For those seeking the subtle, yet only-in-Bali celebration, look no further than the wedding packages at The Legian Bali. Set in the garden of the exclusive Beach House (The Legian Bali’s most esteemed stay), you will be married overlooking the rolling waves of Seminyak Beach. With room for 60, and a menu that features pre-arranged meals based on the nearly-weds’ requests, these arrangements offer a private ceremony that becomes unique in both its presentation and setting. These packages, though considered standard, are anything but. Everybody has different requests, and whether it’s pursuing traditional Balinese decoration, finding traditional Balinese outfits to marry in, incorporating Balinese traditions, or even just arranging for tux rentals, The Legian Bali is there to take care of it all. But it doesn’t end there.
While a wedding on the beach is the stuff of fantasy for many, it is a reality in Bali. But the possibilities are stretched and re-imagined when a couple experiences first-hand the diverse allure of this island paradise. It is for this reason that the staff at The Legian Bali recommends visiting first, because according to them, a lot can change, and has in the past, when couples are confronted with Bali’s beauty. From beaches, to mountain tops, to the open-air pavilion of Hendra Hadiprana’s private family estate at Bumi Duadari on the banks of the Petanu River in Ubud, or even to the Balinese amphitheatre overlooking the greenery of Bali’s rice fields at The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Ubud, ceremonies have been carried out everywhere across the island, and the crew at both The Legian Bali and The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah are more than happy to make those ceremonies possible.
Not only is everything possible, but it’s reasonably priced as well. It is estimated that if a couple were not paying for guests’ flights and accommodation, the whole wedding arrangement could run up to 50% less than the price of something of equal pomp and ceremony in a more developed country, and with the pricelessness of the diverse surroundings, it’s certainly an irresistible proposition.
From beaches, to mountain tops, to the open-air pavilion of Hendra Hadiprana’s private family estate at Bumi Duadari on the banks of the Petanu River in Ubud, or even to the Balinese amphitheatre overlooking the greenery of Bali’s rice fields at The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Ubud, ceremonies have been carried out everywhere across the island…
But while location, customisation and price all make Bali one of the most desirable locations on the planet for soon-to-be’s, there are still some considerations that one must keep in mind before tying the knot on the Island of the Gods. First and foremost, if a couple is seeking a legal marriage, they first must check with their country of origin to see if it is possible to legally marry outside of the country. If marriage outside of home country is possible, the next consideration is that of Indonesia’s religious laws. For a couple to marry in Indonesia they must be of the same religion, but there are ways around it. Declaring under the same faith, regardless of deep-held beliefs, is one way, and is rarely questioned, and while declaring a faith is a must, it doesn’t mean that processions have to be of the religious assortment—quite regularly religious sermons are bypassed completely without issue.
Another consideration is for those who are a part of the LGBTQ community. While legal marriage between partners of the same sex has yet to be officially recognised by the Indonesian government, the ability to have a ceremony is still an absolute possibility (one The Legian Bali has made happen before), but it is recommended to find legal union first in a country where it is officially recognised. While considerations are certainly to be had, the beauty of Bali’s tropical aura is that most things can be worked around in one way or another much to the pleasure of those that make the island home.
So whether your wedding overlooks the oranges and pinks and yellows of a Seminyak sunset on the beach, or the terraced green rice paddies of the Balinese countryside, a union conceived in Bali is sure to be something special.
(Feature image: The Legian Bali offers those getting married in Bali an exclusive beachside wedding at the private Beach House. With room for 60, the 800-square-metre villa compound offers guests privacy but also the convenience of the resort’s facilities.)