Bali is an incredibly popular wedding destination for Australians…
And for good reason too. The beautiful tropical weather, relaxed island location, and the myriad of colours in the sky that become the backdrop for all your wedding photos. It’s the experience of a lifetime.
…many still ask if a marriage in Bali is considered a legal marriage back in Australia.
We’ve put together a guide on getting legally married in Bali. Keep in mind, this is just a guide aimed at Australians. If you’re a citizen of another country, it’s important you check with your consulate in Indonesia.
To get married legally in Bali you will need to meet the requirements to marry in Australia, in that you can’t currently be married to anyone else, both parties must be over 18, consenting and willing. To prove this, you will have to get a “Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage” to present to your Bali celebrant.
To be legally married in Bali you’ll also need to meet Indonesian requirements.
This means you’re required to have both a religious and civil ceremony (on the same day, at the same location), and the bride and groom need to declare the same religion. Keep in mind this only requires you to “declare” the same religion, not actually change religion.
Recognised religions in Indonesia are Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christian-Protestant, and Christian Catholic. A Catholic wedding has to take place in a church, but all others can be held in homes, villas, hotels, resorts, beaches etc.
While your marriage in Bali can be considered a legal marriage back in Australia, so long as everything is planned in accordance with Indonesian and Australian law, some couples choose to have a simple, legal ceremony in Australia with witnesses, then have a beautiful blessing ceremony and reception in Bali with their friends and family.