A Bali Wedding

This actually applies to Australian residents getting married anywhere overseas.  Basically, an Australian marriage celebrant can only marry couples on Australian soil. So to have your wedding in Bali, you will need to be married here in Australia prior to leaving for Bali.  This can be done with a very short 2 minute registry style ceremony at my house or yours, with just 2 witnesses present.

Step 1

Let's meet to get to know each other. This can be at home or over coffee somewhere - wherever you feel more comfortable.  We can talk through the type of ceremony you want to create and talk about the process we will go through to create that ceremony for you.  We'll also talk about the price and what forms you will need to fill out along the way.

Step 2

Sometimes this can be combined with Step One, but once you have decided it's me you want to officiate at your Bali wedding, we will sit down and have a chat about your history together and who's going to be involved in the wedding.  This will probably take an hour or two and can happen over coffee or even a glass of wine.  The info I get from us spending this time together will help me create your unique wedding ceremony.  I'll be asking about the quirkiness of the two of you.  

We'll also talk about any poems or readings you would like included in the ceremony and who will be reading them, plus what music you have selected and work out where this will go in the ceremony.

At this meeting we also complete the Notice Of Intention to Marry, so you will need to bring along some official identification etc. I'll let you know what to bring prior to the meeting.

Step 3

I go away and create the wedding using the information you have given me. After I've written the ceremony, we catch up to run through it and make adjustments if needed.

Step 4

We catch up before you head off to Bali to sign legal documents to make your marriage official. This means you will actually be married in Australia prior to heading to Bali.  These documents are supplied to Births, Deaths & Marriages after the wedding.

Step 5

Once we're in Bali, we'll do a wedding rehearsal the day prior to the wedding. This is always a good idea as it will put you at ease with what's going to happen. All we need is the wedding party to come along (if possible) so that they all know how fast to walk, where to walk and where to stand.  It's also important for you both to also know this information as it will help you relax on the day so that you too can enjoy the ceremony.  

Step 6

The ceremony day!

I'll be there nice and early to make sure everything is in place.

You enjoy your ceremony and reception with your friends and family and the rest of your stay in Bali.


  • you legally need to allow at least 30 days notice of intended marriage before your wedding;

  • you will be married according to the laws of Australia;

  • your marriage will be completely legal;

  • to be married by an Australian marriage celebrant, you must be married on Australian soil.



More info on getting married in Bali

If you are thinking about getting married in Bali by a Balinese person, you will have your marriage registered in Indonesia, rather than Australia, UNLESS the legal formalities are completed in Australia before their ceremony in Bali, (which we can do with a simple registry type wedding like the one described above).

If you are married in Bali, all of your legal paperwork, marriage registration and history will not be accessible by the Australian Government if you have a wedding in Bali under Indonesian law.

Therefore, if the bride wishes to take her husbands name, she will need to do so by Deed Poll / State Name Change in Australia, rather than using her Marriage Certificate, which will not be recognised as an authority to use her married name in Australia.

However, by completing all of the legal marriage requirements in Australia before you go, couples will have their marriage registered in Australia and all of their paperwork and duplicates of their Marriage Certificate will be available in the State in which they registered their marriage.

Using a local Indonesian priest or celebrant can often be a challenging and very costly process and involves certain procedures and payments to local officials (in some cases up to $1,100) which still do not always guarantee that your wedding will be recognised by Australian authorities. Using an Indonesian priest also requires couples to declare a recognised Indonesian religion and both partners must also be of the same faith. For example; Hindu, Buddhist or Islam are acceptable.  Atheism or Agnostic are not recognised by Indonesian marriage law.

Couples of Non-Islamic faith are then required to file a Notice of Intention to Marry and a Letter of No Impediment in the district they are staying and their ceremony must then be recorded by the Civil Registry (who you can request to do so at the ceremony, for an additional fee). The Notice and Letter must be obtained from the Consular Representative of Australia however there is a 10 day waiting period from the date of filing. (This can be waived in some cases by lodging the Form A: Guest Registration Form.)

If this is the style of wedding you are after, contact me now. My details are below.