Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding in Bali

You’ve decided on a destination wedding in Bali. It’s the perfect place to say, “I do” – stunning beaches, lush tropical surroundings and balmy temperatures.

Now it’s time to start planning. While organising a wedding in another country might seem daunting, with the right planning help, it can be a breeze.

Set a budget

Although wedding prices in Bali are lower than in Australia, North America and Europe, make sure you know exactly how much your wedding is going to cost and watch out hidden fees or extras.

It can be easy to lose track of how much you’re actually spending if you don’t take any upgrades or extra fees into consideration.

Your best bet: find an all-inclusive wedding package so you know exactly how much you’ll be spending up front.

A set dinner table in Bali

Hire a wedding planner

This is essential! Planning your special day on your own can be overwhelming and stressful, especially from another country.

The right wedding planner can take care of everything for you. We recommend hiring a wedding planner that is based in Bali, since they’ll already have local contacts, can suggest the perfect venues and get you the best deals.

The best way to find a qualified wedding planner in Bali is to check in with your wedding venue. They will either have a recommended partner, or an in-house team. Komune Bali has a team of highly experienced staff who specialise in making your dream day a reality.

If you’re not sure about a planner, ask for recommendations and read online reviews. A well-established wedding planner will have plenty of reviews and a well-presented portfolio full of dreamy videos and images of newlyweds and outstanding venues.

Tip: All legitimate wedding planners in Bali must be legally registered and be members of the Bali Wedding Association, so it’s good to check in with that organisation to know that you’re in safe hands.

Just married couple dressed in white

Take a pre-wedding trip

If you’re able to, we can’t recommend enough visiting your destination before the wedding. Taking a trip to Bali at least five to six months before your wedding day to see the location with your planner and organise venue details as well as hair and make-up trials is well worth it.

If you’re planning your wedding at Komune Bali, combine a pre-wedding recon trip with a relaxing getaway.

Taking this trip can calm any pre-wedding nerves regarding what to expect on the day of, while also eliminating any last-minute surprises.

Sunbeds and palm trees before ocean

Be mindful of the rainy season

Bali has two seasons: wet and dry. If you want to avoid the rain, plan for your special day between April and October. That said, the dry season the most popular time to get married, so plan early to avoid disappointment!

If you are having a beachfront wedding during the wet season, make sure your wedding planning team has prepared backup plans such as tents or tarps where you and your guests can escape the rain. At the end of the day, if you don’t mind getting a bit wet, you’ve got a stunning photo op in the rain.

Legal or symbolic ceremony?

February 13, 2020 update: the future of legal weddings in Bali is currently unclear.

Don’t get caught out with a ceremony that isn’t legally binding.

In order to legally wed in Bali, your wedding must be performed by a religious minister from one of the five religions recognised by Indonesia (Buddhism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam and Protestantism). You and your partner must declare the same religion.

You will also need to apply at the Consulate for a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage.

Feeling overwhelmed? Our experienced wedding planners can help handle all of this.

You can also opt for a symbolic ceremony, and look after the legal formalities in your home country.

With these tips, you should be set up for a stress-free destination wedding!

Not sure where get started with wedding planning? Our experienced wedding planners can help – get in touch today! We’d love to chat about how we can make your wedding everything you’ve dreamed of.