Getting Married in Bali

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Legal weddings in Bali | Balinese Blessing Ceremony | Commitment Ceremony

Legal Weddings in Bali

Getting married in Bali is a simple and straightforward process but there are some legal requirements that do need to be taken care of.

A legal wedding in Indonesia is one that comprises a religious ceremony of the couple’s faith followed by a civil registration. Civil-only weddings are not recognised; a wedding in Bali is only legal when both ceremonies have been carried out and the union is officially registered with the Civil Registry Office. The exception to this is for Muslims who need only to hold a religious ceremony.

Couples looking to wed in Bali should be of the same religious faith. Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Catholics and Protestants may marry in Bali as they are recognised under Indonesian law. In cases where couples are not looking for a union that’s legally binding they can opt for a simple Balinese blessing ceremony or commitment ceremony. These options are perfect for married couples looking to renew their wedding vows in Bali.

Foreign nationalities must obtain a ‘certificate of non impediment’ (CNI) from their local registry office before they travel or from their country’s respective consular or embassy office in Indonesia. This will be issued after the couple have given ‘notice of marriage’ and sworn an oath that they are free to marry. Signed letters from both sets of parents are also required to prove that there are no objections to the union.

There are a number of documents that you’ll need to present in order to process your CNI affidavit and marriage certificate:

    • Passport needs to be at least 1 year valid
    • Original birth certificates
    • Details of religious faith and relevant documents — if both the groom and bride are Catholic then several different documents are required and have to be obtained in their home country, if they decide to carry out a Protestant Wedding, no written proof of religion is required.
    • Divorce or death certificates if either party was previously married. Divorced Catholics cannot remarry in Bali. Original certificates are required.
    • Adoption certificate, if applicable.
    • If you’ve changed your name by Deed Poll, you’ll need to show legal proof that’s been stamped and signed by a solicitor.
    • Six passport-sized photographs of the couple together (head and shoulders only, groom to the right of the bride). The photos can also be taken in Bali. Groom must wear a collar shirt and bride should have her shoulders covered.
    • Personal details of two witnesses (cannot be blood relatives) – actual copies of witness passports are required.
    • Written consent from parents if either party is under 21 (the bride must be over 16 and the groom over 19 years of age).

Balinese Blessing Ceremony

Couples looking for a spiritual start to their union can opt for a simple Balinese blessing ceremony. It comes with no legal implications and a Balinese officiant will simply pray for the future of the couple and bless the beginning of their life’s journey together. A Balinese blessing ceremony is popular with honeymooners.

Commitment Ceremony

This is a relaxed and informal way of declaring your union, and is a popular way to mark engagements and anniversaries as well as renew wedding vows. An officiant or celebrant oversees the ceremony and you can include personal wedding vows, readings and music just as you would at a traditional wedding. A welcome greeting could serve as a background on your history as a couple and you could still choose to exchange rings as a symbol of your commitment to each other.

Bali Wedding Villas

There are many private luxury villas in Bali where you can celebrate your wedding to the person you have chosen to spend your entire life with. Check out Bali beach wedding villas  and Bali countryside wedding villas.