We know you have a lot of questions about having your wedding in Bali. Yes, it can be stressful and a bit unnerving having a destination wedding in a foreign country so following are some answers to frequently asked questions we get all the time. If you have any more questions or need any help in organising your wedding in Bali please get in touch with us anytime.
Why have your wedding in Bali and not another tropical / exotic destination?
It is really the exotic nature of the place. I mean, it’s hard not to get totally seduced by Bali and the people. If you have never been there this might be hard to explain, but for those people that have been there, and keep going back, you will know what I mean. It is a magical, beautiful island that is extremely unique. There is no other place on earth where you are going to find such an intensity of culture mixed with the beauty of nature. It is seriously gorgeous and this makes Bali the ideal setting for your wedding. YES, there are other extremely beautiful wedding destinations in the world but Bali seems to have that magical and mystical aura that presents the perfect back drop for your wedding.
Another reason is the sheer scale of guests you can have for your wedding. It comes in at a much cheaper rate (and you get a lot more value for money), than having it back home in a standard boring wedding venue. Bali brings in economies of scale so it works out more economical for you than having it back home in Australia / Singapore or Hong Kong.
Why is a YOUR BALI WEDDING different?
Your Bali Wedding is really the only wedding planning company in Bali that is able to promise 5 essential ingredients that will make your wedding day in Bali perfect.
ONE: We have offices in Bali and in Sydney so we are able to have dedicated staff working on your wedding in Australia as well as coordinating everything in Bali. This is rare and NO OTHER company can offer this!
TWO: We provide all wedding costs upfront. There are absolutely no hidden fees or any kind of surprises. We are totally transparent and upfront with everything we do.
THREE: Our affiliation with Bali Villa Escapes means that we have the hugest range of wedding venues and VILLA accommodation for you to choose from. Not only do we look after the whole wedding, but we also take care of the accommodation side of things as well. This is a huge advantage as we are able to bundle everything together in your wedding package quote. Other companies have to outsource this component which means you end up paying more.
FOUR: Our head wedding planner, Cindy and her team have over 10 years experience organising weddings in Bali for Australians. You are not dealing with someone who has just started out in this business but you are going to put your wedding plans in the hands of a seasoned veteran. This means total security and peace of mind.
FIVE: We have Australia’s largest and most experienced destination weddings office in Bali, a team of 8 full time experts in Australia and Bali means that you We make sure that we are in touch with you constantly via email, phone and Skype. It couldn’t be easier or more streamlined.
In regards to the cultural differences between westerners and Balinese – what do I need to know?
The Balinese are extremely religious and spiritual. Everything they do, every part of their day is filled with spiritual and religious significance. Family is of paramount importance to them and they live within a very tight knit village community. It is far removed from our western way of life. But saying this you will not come across a more friendly or welcoming culture than the Balinese. Every action is with a smile and a warm gesture. This is their mantra and they actively promote happiness as a way of living. As westerners all we can do is learn from this and take this on board. Be mindful of their good nature but never take it for granted. Like with people all over the world, you need to show a level of respect to their way of life and culture. If you can learn even a few words like hello or thank you, the Balinese will appreciate this. There has been over the years an attitude amongst some Australians to go wild there with drinking and partying, but this is slowly changing as the relationship between the Balinese and Australians matures. All I can say is enjoy the culture, it’s food, people and religious ceremonies but be respectful Dress appropriately and adhere to their protocols, when going to a Balinese temple and avoid treading on their offerings which are dotted all over the place.
Will it be cheaper if I organise the wedding myself in Bali?
No it won’t be. Simple as that. You may save a few dollars here and there but overall you do not know the language and do not have the contacts and suppliers in place to get the discounts. Plus you are going to be really stressed and worried the whole time that something is going to go wrong. My advice is to forget about it. If you think you can manage the whole operation in a foreign country you are mistaken. If you have never dealt with the Balinese before and if you are unsure about the cultural differences in doing business ( especially something as time pressured as a wedding) then you are going to end up in serious trouble – it will go pear shaped – DON’T DO IT YOURSELF!
Will my marriage be recognised back in Australia? Will it be legally binding?
Absolutely, YES. Getting married in Bali will be recognised back home. We will guide you through the whole legal process and make sure you have the right paper work and legal documents. As soon as you arrive in Denpasar we will collect you from the airport and take you to your consular office to make sure all the correct documents are signed. We also have the wedding celebrants and Balinese officials present at your ceremony so everything is totally legal and legitimate; both in Indonesia and in Australia, Singapore, New Zealand and Hong Kong.
When is the best time to get married in Bali?
Be warned! Bali has a wet season and this runs from November through to February. Whilst it might not be raining the whole time during that period, you may want to think twice before you have a beach wedding or a wedding outside. When it rains it pours and it can last for hours – so be aware of the rainy and dry seasons. The rest of the year is generally dry, but it can also rain as well, with tropical showers. If you are having a wedding in a venue that’s completely covered then there is no need to be worried.
If it rains on your wedding day we can organise cover as Plan B. But overall no need to be overly concerned as we can move times for the wedding by a couple of hours in needed to avoid the rains.
How Many Guests are we able to handle?
It’s totally up to you. We can handle weddings ceremonies and receptions of any size. Our venues can hold as many as a thousand guests which is more than enough. Alternatively, if you are after a very intimate wedding then we can also hold it in a smaller venue or even in your villa.
What is the next step once we arrive in Bali?
There will be someone to meet you at the airport and take you straight to your Villa or hotel. Immigration can be quite lengthy in Bali, with extensive queues but our representative will be there to whisk you through immigration by organising your visa – it does cost $25, but we will help you buy this. With us there are no delays or queues at the airport – it’s only a matter of 30 min or so.
Is the villa where we will be staying near the venue?
Most of the villas and venues are in the local area of Seminyak so yes, everything is close by. Plus you will have a driver at your villa so there is no need to worry with the hassle of getting a taxi. Most locations are only 10 minutes away from each other. Distances in Bali are not huge but it’s the traffic that can be a concern. All you need to do is give yourself plenty of time to get anywhere.
What happens with the children?
If there are kids and you want a babysitter for the after party we can organise that. Our villa staff are great with kids and can keep them entertained for hours whist you are enjoying yourself.
Will there be a rehearsal?
No necessary. Although many couples think this is a necessity we don’t. our ceremonies run like clock work and because we are so well prepared and have done this so many times in the past, nothing unexpected should happen. It’s so seamless and we make it so easy that all you need is to show up on the day.
So how to I book my Bali wedding?
Simply complete the inquiry form and Cindy will get back to you ASAP. It is obligation free and we are happy to discuss anything you might need in detail.