Why did you choose a destination wedding?
A lot of our friends and family got married in Katherine and Darwin and we decided to do something different. A destination wedding also allowed us to have a holiday and spend time with friends. The wedding destination also doubled as our honeymoon location.
Why did you select the venue?
The Sun Island Kuta offered great service, value for money and it’s a lovely hotel. During our first meeting with wedding coordinator, Shanti we were won over straight away. We also chose Sun Island due to its location at Kuta – in the heart of Bali – which is central to great shopping centres and nightlife, as a lot of our guests enjoy the pub/club scene.
How did your guests react to you choosing a destination wedding?
We had around 40 guests and they were excited about a Bali wedding. Many arrived into Bali a week before the wedding or stayed on afterwards to explore the area and have a holiday.
What style did you base your wedding on?
The team at Sun Island decorated our ceremony and reception with local flowers (yellow frangipanis), lanterns, and traditional Balinese umbrellas – it looked fantastic.
How did your coordinator help you?
Shanti was always on the ball and kept in constant contact despite the distance. She assisted with all aspects of the wedding planning and was extremely helpful. For example, the groomsmens’ suits were made in Bali, so Shanti helped to organise meetings with the tailor and arrange delivery. We didn’t have to do anything, just show up. One year later and Shanti is still assisting us, helping us to book our honeymoon with Sun Island sister resorts, the White Rose and Sun Island Seminyak and organising a beautiful first year wedding anniversary dinner. This is far beyond her call of duty.
What was the best thing about having a destination wedding?
Being in another beautiful country to share the day with our best friends and family. It’s not very often that we all get together.
Your best advice for couples planning their own destination wedding?
Don’t hesitate… just go for it.