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Thanks everyone that's replied, it's been a great help to get me started
Talk to someone from Bali weddings international. We had two ceremonies. One wedding in perth, with relatives only and the other was classed as a commitment ceremony in Bali, but set out like a wedding.
Bali weddings international can legalise your wedding, organise all paperwork etc. When we got married 4.5 yrs ago, they said all that would be needed was for the aust consulate staff (1/2 people) to witness the legally binding ceremony and it would be legal everywhere - however we decided to get married before Bali and have a certificate that we could understand before we signed!
We had our ceremony in nusa dua beach hotel. So lovely.
Hope that helps! Xx
We got a quote for the hotel to arrange it for us and they were really expensive. I got reffered to Bali Weddings international. I dealt with a lady named Liz, she is an Australian living over there and she was amazing.
They arranged everything from the ceremony, transport, photos, food, make up, hair, all the legal stuff, you have to get a photo taken and go to the embassy, she arranged for us to be picked up and walked through everything.
We did not want a religous wedding and they were happy to oblige.
It was so easy and stress free and perfect!
Our photos were delivered to our hotel 3 days after and they were wonderful too.
It was the best decision we ever made and they made it so easy for us, i highly recomend them.
Thanks so much! I will definitely contact Bali weddings international.
If you don't mind me asking bpac and LysnDan, or anyone else that's had a wedding over there, approx how much did it cost you all up? Pm if you like. We haven't worked out a budget yet but would like to stay at or below about 7k.
Before setting any dates check for the local holidays in Bali and school holidays, especially for Western Australia. Bali comes to a standstill at the end of Ramadan, shops and banks close etc and it's at bursting capacity with local (Indo) tourists. A 5 minute taxi trip can take hours. I may be wrong but April sounds close to when it will be that year?
Also Tripadvisor has specific threads on getting married in Bali.
Cost me 6 grand including flights and accommodation AND wedding ceremony in perth too. xx hope that helps.
Do you go ok in the heat? We went to a friend's wedding there years ago. It was in the late afternoon to escape the hottest part of the day, but everyone was all dressed up and sweating! The bride and groom were pretty sweaty in the photos too! Otherwise it was lovely, so different. I think everyone that was invited went (nearly 100). We all stayed for the week so loads of group dinners etc, which was good and bad.
We got married overseas and not having an Australian marriage certificate was really only a pain for Vic roads - they wanted me to do a name change with births, deaths and marriages. Everyone else accepted my overseas certificate and let me change my name and marital status with no issues. By the time I went to do the name change form with bdm, all my documents were already in my married name (including my new passport) so they refused to do the form (which I would have had to pay for) and made Vic roads change it! Bonus!
Veggiemama I'm not keen on heat, would like to avoid really hot months if possible. We are very flexible with dates. April has no meaning to us, was just a month that I chose as it would work well for an outdoor wedding in WA, still warm but not the middle of summer. I'll look into what the weather would be like in Bali around that time and also the Bali holidays/school holidays here to see when it would be best to go. I'm happy to make it earlier or later in the year if need be.
I've enquired with Bali weddings international that was mentioned earlier about having a legal but non religious ceremony that would be recognised over here. If we can't get it I'm happy to have a small ceremony at home before we leave. Good to know that most places seem to accept an international marriage certificate for name change though, thanks.
If you don't like it too hot don't go in November/December as it is wet season and it is very humid. Just got back 2 weeks ago (12-19 July) and it was a lot cooler/more comfortable but it also coincided with school holidays. My mum usually likes to go in April as it is nice weather but I would definitely look into it
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