Bali is an island in Indonesia, and along with a few other smaller islands, it is also the name of a province of the country. Bali is famous for its magnificent views of the Indian Ocean, cool sea breezes that sweep over pristine sandy beaches, and the friendliness of the local people. This is the perfect place for scenic cliff-top weddings, exclusive beach weddings, stunning villa weddings and luxurious hotel weddings.
Your wedding venue in Bali is mainly dependent on just three things:
- your view location preference
- your guest list size
- your budget size
Your budget is likely to determine the location; a large budget will mean a greater choice of location than a small budget, and it will also make it easier to accommodate the many and varied needs of a large guest list. With a more modest budget you will likely be limited in what is possible, but remember, this is Bali, and that makes up for almost everything.
Bali hotel venues
There are hundreds of hotels in Bali to choose from for your wedding venue. They range from the luxurious and exclusive upmarket 5-star hotels to the more affordable ‘ordinary’ hotels. As a rough guide, the better the view, location and ambience of a wedding venue, the more it is likely to cost you. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t find something suitable within your budget, of course. The varied nature of Bali hotels means there is always something suitable for everyone.
The Bali hotels easiest to recommend have easy accessibility and connect with flights from just about anywhere. Bali has a mature wedding market, and it’s easy to find a good wedding planner who has the experience of working with the best venues within that market. Choose one who knows what works and what doesn’t, one whose reputation depends on your satisfaction.
Bali wedding villas
Like Bali hotel venues, Bali wedding villas have the distinct advantage of letting you have all your wedding guests in one place. This makes it a lot easier to control things. You can expect 5-star service and facilities, a choice of restaurants, and beautiful air-conditioned chapels to keep everyone cool at your most important moment.
As with Bali wedding hotels, look for venues with a dedicated wedding department, not just wedding sales. You should also look for a well-trained banquet team to avoid reception hiccups.
Not all venues can be recommended
While there are many excellent wedding venues in Bali, there are also a number of hotels and villas in Bali that are difficult to recommend. Your chosen wedding planner should be one who is constantly inspecting venues, for not all of them will come up to the highest standards. For example, some wedding venues may have accessibility problems, construction or maintenance problems, or the size or location might simply be inappropriate for any number of reasons.
Problems can also arise when the management overstates the capacity or size of a venue. They may do this to secure a booking, but it will usually only cause unnecessary problems. Sometimes venues that start out in excellent condition with a high quality when new can deteriorate over the years due to poor or no maintenance and upkeep. In addition, some villas or hotels may have the necessary capacity, but have a difficult layout, which makes them unsuitable venues.
It is also not wise to trust photographs found online. Sometimes old photos are used that show the venue looking pristine and perfect, when the reality is that it has been neglected over the years and allowed to be run down. There are also some camera tricks used that can deceive you. For example, a very wide angle fisheye lens might be used to exaggerate the actual size of a garden area, making it appear much more spacious than it really is.
There might also be hidden costs to look out for. If you use your own vendors, for example, you may be charged extra, and the corkage fees for using your own supply of alcoholic drinks can vary considerably. Also, while the bride’s makeup room is often supplied free of charge, it isn’t always the case, and without having the inside knowledge that a good wedding planner can provide about these things, your costs can quickly spiral out of control.
Do your own research!
It is important – vital even – that you do your own meticulous research. If that seems a little too daunting, you should speak to a reputable wedding planner in the first instance. You will usually be offered a free consultation and will be provided with a shortlist of wedding venues that are considered to be suitable for your needs.
Your chosen wedding planner should ideally be able to offer you many years of experience and expertise in dealing with venues and vendors to help you secure the best possible deal. There’s a lot to think about when choosing wedding venues in Bali. Only the highest standards will ensure that you have the best dream wedding experience possible, with an abundance of wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.
What a successful event needs
Ideally, a successful event needs just five things to be in place:
- a dedicated area for your Bali wedding ceremony
- a dedicated cocktail area
- a seated dinner area with a dance floor
- a stage for entertainers to perform on
- a preparation area for vendors
With these five things in place, assuming the overall layout works well, your wedding will be a success, or at least the planning arrangements will be. It’s really up to you and your guests to make a success of the event. Your wedding planner will look after all the boring planning details so you can get on with having fun!