Bali destination weddings are a gorgeous experience for couples and their guests. Here’s everything you need to know to start planning yours.
Bali is a treasure trove of stunning beaches, cascading waterfalls, lush rice fields, ancient temples, and vibrant cultural gems – an adventure you won’t forget. Yet, it’s not just the beautiful landscapes that draw Australians to Bali for their overseas weddings; it’s the warm hospitality and an array of dependable 5-star resorts that make it an irresistible choice.
Imagine glass-walled chapels, clifftop terraces with sea vistas, wedding ceremony aisles floating atop infinity pools, and lotus gardens offering a dreamy space for your big day. Bali effortlessly accommodates any wedding style, whether you’re leaning towards a glamorous, modern vibe or opting for something earthy and tropical.
Getting to Bali from Australia is a breeze, with direct flights regularly departing from all major urban airports, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide. The journey typically takes between six to eight hours – not too shabby.
But here’s the real kicker: Bali is not just easy for you to access; it’s equally accessible for your guests, offering that perfect blend of familiarity and a sense of being in a whole other world.
Getting the lay of the land in Bali
Choosing a destination wedding spot in Bali is like choosing the perfect tropical cocktail while you’re beachside at your favourite hotel bar — no bad choices, just different flavours. Let’s break down the main places you should have on your radar.
This is Bali’s cultural heart, a haven for exploring temples, mesmerising rice terraces, and perusing art galleries.
For upscale vibes, Seminyak is your go-to. Think top-notch dining, boutique shopping, and beach clubs that set a luxe scene.
Known for its lively nightlife and legendary surfing spots, Kuta brings the energy for couples who want to mix romance with a bit of adventure.
Canggu is your spot for a more laidback feel and slightly more affordable options. Perfect for bars, nightlife, and accommodations that suit guests with varying travel budgets.
Picture your wedding with clifftop views and beaches with epic surf.
Beautiful beaches, luxury resorts, and a hub for water sports.
Lombok, Lembongan, Gili Islands
Looking for a more secluded experience? The quieter neighbouring islands of Lombok, Lembongan, and the Gili Islands offer pristine beaches, bustling waterfalls, scenic hikes, and snorkelling spots aplenty.
Get the lowdown on each area in our detailed Local Bali Guide.
Many couples start by reading through our downloadable free destination wedding planning guide, which includes detailed information on planning a destination wedding budget and choosing the perfect location for your wedding.
When to host your wedding in Bali
We usually recommend heading to Bali for a wedding during the dry season, between April to September. You tend to get more affordable accommodation and flights in the shoulder seasons, which is basically around April to June and September to October. We tend to avoid weddings during peak school holidays just because the busy beaches can be a downside to some couples.
For more detailed insights into choosing the right date based on weather, tourism, and good deals, read: What’s the best time of year for a wedding in Bali?
Your Bali wedding planning timeline
While the ideal scenario gives you a generous window of 10-18 months, we’re no strangers to pulling off an epic celebration in a shorter time frame. If you’re following the typical timeline, here’s a simplified guide to orchestrating your destination wedding in Bali:
10-18 Months to go:
Seal the deal by booking your destination wedding package with your go-to Easy Weddings specialist. This includes locking in your venue, accommodation, celebrant, photographer, and entertainment. And, of course, embark on the quest for your perfect wedding attire.
12 Months to go:
Spread the excitement by sending out those save-the-dates via mail or digital. Toss in a notecard or direct your guests to your wedding website, complete with accommodation and travel info. It’s also time to choose and order your bridal attire, as ordered gowns usually need about a year’s notice.
8-10 Months to go:
Secure those flights to Bali and map out your honeymoon agenda. Start working on floral details for both the ceremony and reception. Lock in your hair and makeup artist. If you’d like to do a site visit trip to Bali to see the venue, taste the menu, and trial hair and makeup, now is a great time to do so.
5-8 Months to go:
Start working on the details of your wedding plans. Order your wedding cake if it’s not part of the package. Finalise the decor and furniture for the event, and make sure the wedding party’s outfits are ordered.
2-3 Months to go:
Decide on local bomboniere or welcome bags filled with Balinese goodies for your guests. Get those wedding invitations in the mail.
2-4 Weeks to go:
The final countdown! Easy Weddings swoops in with your wedding day run sheet, complete with timings and supplier contact info. Together, we’ll speak with your venue event manager to hash out all the details for your epic wedding festivities.
Get ready for the Bali wedding of your dreams – it’s going to be a tropical paradise celebration to remember!
Deciding whether to legally marry in Bali
Here’s our pro tip: Sort out the legalities right in the comfort of your own home before embarking on your destination wedding adventure. Picture this: a beautiful ceremony in Bali, but all the necessary paperwork and legal procedures neatly wrapped up in Australia beforehand. So, by the time you land at your resort in Bali, it’s nothing but smooth sailing into relaxation and celebration – the logistical groundwork already sorted. Easy as, right?
Getting married in Bali is actually quite complicated. Our in-depth guide on How to Legally Marry in Bali spells out the logistical hurdles. We suggest skipping the drama and doing things the easy way at home in Australia.