With its amazing scenery, warm climate, and sparkling blue sea, Bali is not only one of the most popular tourist destinations globally – but it is also the setting for many destination weddings. Couples from all over the world tie the knot every year in one of the area’s amazing venues. So if you have recently said yes to marrying your better half, here is how to go about planning a wedding in Bali.

Destination weddings are in fashion – and Bali offers plenty of choices

Destination weddings in exotic places like Bali are all the rage right now. According to research reported by luxury tailor-made holidays provider Ampersand Travel, 25% of couples opt for a destination wedding, with 340,000 such events taking place on an annual basis. The total market value of the industry makes up a whopping $16 billion every year, while 70% of people who opt for a destination wedding have roughly $110,000 in terms of average household income. A destination wedding is an elaborate affair to organize, so perhaps unsurprisingly just 48 people feature on the guest list on average and 80% of couples tying the knot have already been married before.

While Las Vegas, Hawaii, and the Bahamas still top the list in the sector, 90% of couples say nice weather is a crucial factor in choosing a destination, so Bali makes for a perfect choice. It is filled with wonderful venues like the Tirtha Bridal, where happy couples can exchange their vows overlooking the sunset on top of the Uluwatu cliffs and book its famous Glass House. The Ritz-Carlton Bali is another popular choice, as it boasts of a seaside chapel and offers inclusive wedding packages. Alila Villas Uluwatu is preferred by many couples for their striking Cliff-Edge Cabana, while the Nusa Dua beach is a beloved spot for hosting a wedding party.

Getting the details of your Bali wedding right: from paperwork to the right wedding theme

There are many factors to take into account when organizing a wedding, which is why many couples opt for a wedding planner to help make their special day run smoothly. Many wedding planners specializing in Bali weddings offer special packages that cover everything, from tailored floral decorations to a violinist greeting your guests by playing your favorite classical music. Hiring a professional to take care of the preparations will also ensure that you will stay on top of current wedding regulations across Indonesia and Bali. Many details will depend upon your nationality and that of your future spouse, as well as your religion. For instance, every wedding in Indonesia needs to have a religious component in order to be legal, according to one of the five religions recognized across the country: Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Catholic, or Protestant.

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By law, catholic couples are also required to get married in a church or chapel – and fortunately, Bali has several stunning chapels to choose from. Once you have secured all the paperwork and finetuned the legal details, it is time to move on to the fun part of wedding planning. If you want to give your wedding a special touch, you can choose a theme that will go nicely with the ceremony. Bali is famous for its long sandy beaches and emerald waters against the backdrop of its towering mountains, so a beach or fairy tale theme fits in naturally. If you want to be in sync with the nature of a destination wedding, choose a Travel or Exploring theme: design your wedding invites like passports and name the different ceremony components or guest tables after your favorite places.

For something more unique and elegant, go for a Gatsby themed wedding, with art deco decorations and luxurious champagne towers. The 2013 film adaptation of the Great Gatsby novel saw a boom in weddings with that theme. A casino-themed wedding also blends style with fun and excitement. Take a look at prestigious establishments such as the Monte Carlo, if you’d like to capture a grand and regal aesthetic for your theme. Online casinos can also offer a sense of what goes into a casino-themed wedding. Even some online casinos design their websites in elegant black and white colors to match the stylish atmosphere of renowned gambling venues, while dealers on their live casino games are dressed to incorporate elements of black tie. Coupled with roulette-themed centerpieces and poker decorated invitations, the glamour, and luxury associated with casinos can make for a very sophisticated wedding theme. For an out-of-the-box theme, you can always choose based on you and your partner’s mutual love of pop culture. Disney, Star Wars, and even weddings based on Tolkien’s masterpiece Lord of the Rings, with vows exchanged in Elvish, are always in fashion!

It might take a bit of extra preparation, but a wedding set in one of the many gorgeous locations across Bali will definitely be worth the effort!