Ever read the following quote about wedding? Falling in love was the easy part; planning a wedding – yikes! Don’t feel intimidated by this, trust me, planning a Bali wedding is manageable if you are well prepared 🙂
Bring a wedding planner on board is a good step. Because wedding tasks aren’t always fun, these can be diverted to professional wedding planner (support at the beginning to get you on the right track, on-the-day coordination only, or full service from start to end) so you can have a peace of mind knowing that someone is there for you ensuring all is in under control.
Wedding at private villa
That said, still you need to be aware of few main things when planning your Bali wedding :
– Passport Validity. Check your passport validity. Minimum 6 months validity is required by Indonesia/Bali authority when you enter Indonesia/Bali. Share this information to your wedding guests too.
Minimum 6 months passport validity required to enter Indonesia
– Rainy season: You choose Bali because you don’t fancy having the celebration inside a hotel ballroom right? Realise your dream of romantic ceremony outdoor facing the ocean and memorable wedding dinner under the stars. In general avoid December, January and February
– Full legal and licensed wedding. If you plan a full legal and licensed wedding, you better off start preparing the required documents now. The list is rather long, and longer for Catholic couple.
Alongside copy of passport, copy of birth certificate, etc you also have to present Certificate of Non Impediment (also known as certificate of freedom to marry/Civil Letter of Freedom/Certificate de Coutume or Certificate of Nulla Osta.) issued either by embassy or consulate office in Indonesia/Bali.
Good news for American and Australian nationals, you can get this document locally in Bali (1 day service) at the respective consulate office in Denpasar, Bali.
If you are German, French, Italian, Irish and other nationals, you have to go through a longer process, it can take 1 month up to 3 months until the document is ready. For detailed information you can contact Department of Foreign Affair in the country of origin or your country embassy/consulate office if you live overseas.