Ever since I got married in Italy (is it five years ago already!) I have been enthusiastic about destination weddings and when a friend invited me to his wedding in Bali recently I said yes, yes, yes. Bali is a popular wedding destination for Australians, Americans and Europeans, and now I see why.
In fact Bali now has to be added to my list of the most romantic places in the world just perfect for getting married. Legally, Indonesian law makes it straightforward for foreigners to get married in Bali under one of the following religions: Buddhism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, and Protestantism. You must prove your identity and that you are legally free to marry. There is a small administration fee and then you can let your romantic imagination run riot.
Do you want to have a beautiful ceremony with paper lanterns and mountains of frangipani flowers? There are plenty of options with a wedding in Bali!
Do you want to prepare for your wedding in Bali with a programme of decadent pampering and Balinese beauty treatments? Spa Lembah is the place.
Do you want to honeymoon in a luxuriously appointed villa with a private pool and romantic bale lounging hut, while enjoying the facilities of a fine hotel in Bali? The Viceroy in Ubud is the place.
Do you want to have romantic, candle-lit dinners in a serene tropical setting with flower petals scattered on the floor around the table and an individually designed menu of fine French cuisine for you and your loved one? The CasCades Restaurant is the place.
Yes, Bali is one of the most romantic places in the world to get married.
By Natasha von Geldern