The hardest part about having a destination wedding in Bali is finding the right venue. There are literally 1000s of options to choose from, and the whole process can become quite overwhelming. Not only do you have to choose the style of your wedding (e.g. resort, villa, or private venue) but you also have to decide on the best location. There are pros and cons with all, and our wedding planners can help you nut out the best options for your wedding group.
To get you started, the first thing you need to decide on is the style of wedding. There are 3 main styles of weddings in Bali:
Resort wedding - marrying in the grounds of the resort. Generally when our couples choose this option they’ll stay at the resort with all of their guests, and marry within the grounds of the resort
Villa wedding - there is a villa opening in Bali almost everyday, all of different standards, sizes, and locations. If this is the option you want to go with you can rest assured you’ll find a villa that suits your style and budget. The advantages of villa weddings is that you don’t have to deal with the curfews imposed by many resorts, meaning you can party to the wee hours
Private venues - this option is perfect for those couples not wanting to stay at the wedding venue itself. This way it can be a surprise for all guests when they arrive on the day, and you can then choose to stay in any hotel or location without worrying about the wedding venue suiting the needs of your accommodation location and budget
Chapel - Bali would have to be the home of the chapel wedding. There are chapel venues specifically built for weddings, and many resorts host chapels as well. From glass, whitewash, cliff top, and ocean view - the chapels are stunning and beautiful and you’ll surely find one to suit your tastes.
The next thing you’ll need to decide on is location; the Kuta/Legian area is the cheapest area for weddings.
Seminyak has been the hotspot for the last few years, and is home to some of the most famous beach clubs like Ku De Ta or Potato Head. There are some beautiful 4 star resorts like the Samaya, the Legian, or the W Hotel, that also offer great wedding venues.
A lot of the accommodation in Seminyak is villa complex, which means there could be 20-30 villas in the one location. Many couples choose this style of accommodation and then have their wedding at another location. Seminyak and its surrounding areas is home to some of Bali’s most famous and amazing restaurants. If you’re a foodie, this area is for you!
This area is north of Seminyak and is now becoming what Seminyak used to be before everyone started heading there. It’s still fairly quiet, although give it another ten years and it’ll be just like Seminyak.
This area is full of villas, either on the beach or in the rice paddies. Just note that the beaches up here are black sand, so if you’re picturing yourself standing on the beach with beautiful white sand between your toes, then this place isn’t for you.
Located about a half hour drive from the airport are the beautiful white beaches of Nusa Dua. The resorts down here are on the beach, and are generally rather large with loads of pools and facilities. The beach is big, long, and white, and creates the perfect backdrop for your wedding. You have a huge amount of really large luxury resorts to choose from.
This area is famous for its amazing cliff top views. There are a few luxury resorts and many cliff side villas. The location is quite a distance away from the hustle and bustle of Bali, and suits couples who don’t mind being away from all the action. Bare in mind that it’s secluded, so you’ll also be away from all your guests, but hey! The views are worth it - spectacular.
Is your head spinning yet? And we haven’t really scratched the surface with the options and locations available. One thing to know about weddings in Bali is that there are literally hundreds of options and operators. It’s important that if you want to ensure your wedding day runs smoothly, and the planning process is as stress free as it can be, to hire the services of a destination wedding planning expert.
You need to be very careful who you deal with in Bali as there are many local operators popping up and you need to know who they are, not only to ensure the quality is there on the day but also to ensure that they are! Our company has a team of trustworthy and reputable partners with whom we have worked for many years.