How to Plan a Destination Wedding in Bali

Newlywed couple's first kiss


If you are about to plan a destination wedding in Bali, congratulations! Bali can be the ultimate destination wedding when you wish to celebrate your special day in a location that suits your personality and dreams. 

What are some things to consider when you plan a destination wedding in Bali? First of all, you would have to find the location that most speaks to your heart. Are you dreaming of a beach wedding? Or a lush green getaway? Are you thinking of a prestigious hotel chain or a private villa just for you? And then, of course, you'd have to settle on a date.

Choose the Right Season

Wedding dates are all important! If you are planning a destination wedding in Bali, you should know which seasons are best. Maybe your wedding dates are already locked in. If that's the case, you can still plan a fantastic wedding in Bali. Just make sure you have the location that can arrange a perfect wedding, rain or shine.

The best time to plan a wedding in Bali is during the dry season, May to September. Pleasant temperatures, lower humidity, and gentle breezes will grace you and your guests during these months. While these months are weather-perfect, they are also a bit busier and could be more expensive, especially the ever-popular July and August. 

What if your dates are set during the rainy season, April to October? Worry not. The rain might show up on your wedding day. However, it usually will not last long. A short burst of rain will usually be followed by sunshine for the rest of the day. Even then, you might want to plan for it. Either allow for a flexible timetable to circumvent a possible rainstorm, or choose a location and a wedding planner offering a covered option.

Plan for Privacy when Getting Married in Bali

Swimming at a Private Villa in Bali


Your wedding is one of the most important milestones of your life, and privacy is of the utmost importance. Be it in a hotel, on a beach, or in a private villa, consider whether you'll be in a peaceful environment or if you'll have tourists watching from the sidelines. 

When looking online for a vacation rental to begin planning for a destination wedding in Bali, consider the location and how close it is to where tourists hang out. It might be tempting to be close to all the sights, but make sure that the venue will be able to shelter you from passers-by during your ceremony and party. 


Enjoy Some Downtime

Weddings are more than just the moment of "I do." For a destination wedding in Bali, you and your guests will be on vacation, so you'll have extra downtime. There's no better place than Bali to make the best of your holiday! 

You and your guests will probably want time to explore the beaches, rice fields, temples, and nightlife that Bali has to offer. There is plenty to see and do in Bali for everyone. Take time to enjoy the build-up: Bali is a spectacular backdrop to your meals together, your excursions, and the relaxed days leading up to the big one. 

So, when looking for a venue, be it a hotel, a compound, or a beachfront villa, you want to make sure that it is accessible to all the fun while maintaining privacy.  Most villas include minimum stays of a few days, and actually, that's a good thing. You'll have time to relax before and after the big day, and you'll have a chance to explore Bali.


Plan Some Activities

What is the point of traveling to another country if you can't explore it? When planning a destination wedding in Bali, be sure to choose a place where you can have the privacy you need, yet be close enough to sites and activities. 

Bali has a lot to offer in this respect. You could arrange for massages for your guests or spa treatments for the ladies. Another good idea is to organize a minibus. This way, a small group can visit a temple, or go shopping in the boutique-filled streets of Seminyak and Ubud. The most adventurous guests can spend time white water rafting, jumping on an ATV tour, or even climbing a volcano. For nature lovers, a great bird-watching tour, a snorkeling day out, or a hike around the rice fields will do the trick. And for sure, everyone will love to spend some time visiting the temples.

Some beautiful hotels in Bali are located in enclaves where not much is available apart from the hotel amenities. In that case, make sure to arrange for some private drivers. They can take you and your party around the island while telling you about the sights! On the other hand, you may choose a place to stay where you and your guests can be more independent and able to explore easily, on their own. This could make it easier on you, too.


Choose the Right Villa

tables on a beach wedding venue in Bali
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Not all villas have privacy, unfortunately. In recent years, there has been a construction boom, and some Bali villas hardly have any land at all around them. When planning a destination wedding in Bali, make sure you have room to breathe. Just walk down to the beach and have fun! You can never go wrong with a beachfront villa. The views and the proximity to the beach will keep everyone entertained in the most simple, natural way.

When comparing venues, look at more than just pictures. Check to see what is in the surroundings of the villa. Make sure you have something more than just construction around you! Other elements to consider when choosing a villa are: does the villa offer a private chef? That could save you a lot of money on catering. Does it have a large staff? Some villas have a butler that can take care of the planning of activities for you and your guests. Does the villa offer any wedding services, or can they put you in touch with someone to officiate the wedding? What is the minimum stay, and how many people can the villa accommodate?

These are important questions to ask when planning a destination wedding in Bali. It could be a good idea to write an email to the villas you like, and see how the person in charge responds. Are they polite? Helpful? Do they seem knowledgeable? Are they excited at the prospect of having you as a guest? The response you get could help orient you to the right choice.  

A Great Destination Wedding in Bali

Planning a wedding in Bali can be a wonderful experience. If you pick the right venue, the process can be quite stress-free. And when you land in Bali and experience the beauty of the island, you'll know you have made the right choice.  Congratulations on your upcoming wedding, and may you celebrate it surrounded by the beauty of Bali! A destination wedding in Bali is a wonderful way to unite your closest in an unforgettable location.

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