August 22, 2020  •  5min read

Getting Married in Bali – Know the Pros and Cons

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There’s no better way to celebrate love than combining it with an amazing vacation! A wedding should always be out of the ordinary, which is why destination weddings are becoming a trend nowadays.

Imagine saying I do on a breathtaking view of a cliffside, jungle, or white sand beaches to make your special day last a lifetime. Fortunately, a small island known as the “Island of the Gods” has all these dreamy and magical places combined.

We are talking about the island of Bali, Indonesia – famous for its rich culture and Instagram-perfect sceneries that will guarantee not only for you lovebirds to have the most memorable wedding day ever, but the people you invite to also have the best trips of their lives.

Even though the idea of a destination wedding in the most romantic island may be amazing, it might not be the right choice for everyone as some limitations may occur. If you’re still deciding whether or not a wedding in Bali is right for you, keep reading as we’ve listed the pros and cons to help you consider.


You’ll Be Spoilt with All the Options

Whether it’s in the lust tropical jungle, on the top dramatical cliff overlooking the crashing waves, or at a beachside at sunset, Bali will grant you all the spots of your dreams for your special day to be held. There is an endless choice of resorts that offer scenic wedding venues taking place at epic locations. From stunning beachfront in Canggu, fresh green paddies and Jungles of Ubud, jaw-dropping cliffside options in Uluwatu and if you’re looking for something truly unique, you can get married on elephants at the Safari Park.

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You and Your Guest Will Save – A lot

Thinking of spending your days in life-changing five-star resorts? Or perhaps some smaller, affordable yet incredible accommodations? Bali will spoil you and your guests for a classy weekend at the fancy resort or the exotic Balinese-themed Villas with as little as USD 50 – USD 75 a night complete with pools and breakfast. The food in Bali will cost no more than USD 15 and even cheaper in the local “warungs” if you’d like to try out the local cuisines.

Vendors and Sources in Bali Will Exceed your Expectations

Planning a wedding in Bali may not be as hard as you think, thanks to the ever-growing tourism and wedding business in the last decade. You would expect some challenges and obstacles ahead, but these sources and vendors will help you achieve your dream wedding as easy as possible. Their services include finding the best locations, arrange accommodations and ensure to fulfill you and all your guests’ needs from start to finish.

Witness the World’s Best Sunsets While Tying the Knot

If you’ve been dreaming of getting married on a paradise island with the best sunsets, then a wedding in Bali’s beaches will leave you wishing the day to never end! The options are endless with Villas located in south Bali such as Uluwatu and Ungasan perched over stunning cliffs where you’ll witness the sun descending into the ocean with the soothing sound and view of the waves crashing below you.


You might expect different rules and regulations with some confusing paperwork when it comes to getting married in other countries. Yes, this applies to Bali as well.

Getting married in Bali will require you to host both legal and religious ceremony on the same day, you’ll also need to find a local priest to conduct the ceremony.

To avoid this complication, you can always get married legally at home after or before the trip. Once you’ve landed in Bali, you won’t need to worry about the legal process and jump right into the symbolic ceremony.

Villas May not Be as Private as They Look

The growing tourism business in Bali results in new villas spawning every year. Sometimes, they are placed right next to each other, which means, your moment of walking down isle may come with loud music and noises from another celebration next door.

This is why it is essential to do proper research and asking reliable sources about the privacy of the villa you are considering.

Don’t Expect Unlimited Styling Options in Wedding Packages

Wedding packages are always efficient and ideal if you’re planning to save time from deciding every available option of linen, cakes and centerpieces. However, you may find the availability of options isn’t suited to your taste, especially with the limited options.

An option for total customization is always available, though this usually ends up being a tad pricier.

Not All Your Guest Will Be There

When it comes to attending a wedding ceremony halfway across the globe, keep in mind that some of your friends and families might miss out due to family, work or other issues. A big commitment is needed to attend a destination wedding and not all of them might make it due to their personal reasons.

The best idea is to prioritize the VIP guests and make the trip desirable for your guests by organizing hotel block discounts and infant/child care service in case your guests are bringing their children along.

In the end, it all comes down to you and your partner’s preferences which matches your dreams and budget. With the help of extra research and planning, you’ll be able to create a long-lasting memory of your special day in paradise for both you and your guests.

Guntur author at Bali Wedding
Guntur has been writing tips and tricks for weddings in Bali since 2020. He has written everything from preparing a pre-wedding in Bali to the best wedding dress and makeup you should choose for a wedding in paradise.

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