Bali. It conjures up images of endless rice paddies, lush rainforests and bottomless cocktails on some of the most picturesque beaches in the world. It is easily one of the world’s most perfect honeymoon destinations if you’re after a little romance, relaxation and unbeatable views. But why not bring your friends and family along and say, make a wedding out of it? Lucky for us, Bali is one of the closest tropical destinations to Australia, as well as one of the most affordable. Here are just a few reasons you should pack your (and your bestie’s) bags, jet off to Bali and tie the knot in front of your nearest and dearest.
Have you always wanted to wed in a beautiful, luscious rainforest? Amongst the awe-inspiring blue lagoons? Or maybe on some of the most white-sand-crystal-clear beaches in the world? Bali has it all and even more, just waiting for you to come on over.
For some gorgeous greenery and rainforest nuptials we suggest Maya Ubud Resort and Spa, bordering the Petanu River valley and the beautiful rice fields of Peliatan. The Laguna Resort and Spa is our top pick for those couples looking for a sense of enchantment amongst seven dreamy, turquoise lagoons and pools. Alternatively, The Samaya Seminyak will have you saying “I do” within earshot of the ocean waves and provide the perfect scenic beach location for your Bali wedding.
A destination wedding that won’t break the bank- Bali will give you and your guests all of the luxury with half of the price tag. With AirBNBs and resorts offering private rooms, huts and cabins starting at just AU$70 a night, your guests will be willing to make the trip knowing that their wallets won’t be hurting by the end of it all.
If you’re after more of a luxury treat, Bliss Creations is a one-stop shop for bespoke destination wedding planning specialising in the Asia-Pacific. They will do all the hard work for you (and your guests) and help to find the most elegant resorts, super fancy restaurants and top-rated spas in the area.
Don’t be fooled at this point, Bali is a lot more than just a pretty face. If you’re looking for a little (or a lot) of adventure- this is the place for you. For beginners, you can learn to surf on the Denpasar beaches, explore the stunning waterfalls of Gitgit and hike volcanoes in the Kintamani District. For those a little more brave-hearted, you can take the ultimate Insta on the Bali Swing in Ubud, over looking a sea of green rice paddies and the Bali jungle. Even just looking at the pictures is enough to inspire any adrenaline-junkies to make the trip.
5. Honeymoon/Buddymoon destination
Slipping into honeymoon-mode has never been so easy. A simple wave goodbye to the friends and family, perhaps a change of resort and you’re ready to go. Alternatively, keep your closest pals around for a while and have the ultimate buddymoon before venturing off with your new husband or wife. Sienna Villas is the ideal location for hosting a destination wedding or buddymoon in a private luxury oasis. The Villas have a range of accommodation options (breakfast included) and are located in the heart of Seminyak, with some of Bali’s most popular tourist locations at your doorstep.
6. Natural Beauty
The Royal Purnama Bali is just one of the many natural beauties of Bali to incorporate into your destination wedding. With majestic stone cliffs that look stunning against the backdrop of the glistening ocean, this venue is one that will give you and your guests the extra wow-factor to remember. Honestly, the epic sunsets against this, and every other beach in Bali are reason enough to start packing your bags.
7. Once in a lifetime
After all, your destination wedding is a once in a lifetime event. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make your day as magical as it can be!