Legal vs. Non legal Weddings In Bali
Updated: May 21
Getting legally married in Bali is the goal of most of our couples. In Indonesia however, that comes with a bit of paperwork. This text will guide you through the necessary steps to get the legalities out of the way as fast as possible.
1. By Indonesian law, every couple that wants to get married legally in Bali must be a part of one of the 5 officially recognized religions and must be either Hindu, Buddhist, Christian (Protestant), Catholic or Muslim.
This means, even if you don’t actively participate in your Church or believe in one of the mentioned religions, you will still need to get married in the name of one of them. The easiest is to choose to be Protestant, as the Protestant Church does not have any pre-requisites for you nor your partner to get married in Bali. An official Indonesian Protestant priest will lead your ceremony in English on the wedding day and your marriage certificate will be signed by him in the name of the Protestant Church of Bali.
The other religions follow a slightly different path but only the Catholic Church will require you to get married in a proper church. You can inquire about a list of churches in Bali here as your reception can still take place in your private villa afterwards.
2. Submit your paperwork to us about 3 to 4 months prior in case we need to get your embassy involved. As some countries do not have an embassy or consulate in Bali, often the paperwork needs to get sent to Jakarta. As this might take a few weeks, we always recommend to plan in an extra month.
3. An expat celebrant (or a local celebrant) can still lead your ceremony and the priest will just step in wherever it is necessary to make the ceremony official. This arrangement still allows you to have a completely personalized wedding ceremony and liturgy.
4. Here is a list of documents that we require in order to arrange a legal Protestant wedding. We do out best to keep this list up to date but as the law can change unexpectedly, we cannot guarantee that other documents might be required on top of what is listed below.
Copy of passports of the couple (valid for 6 months from entry into Indonesia)
Copy of passports for witnesses (2 witnesses required, must not be immediate family)Copy of decree absolute if divorced
Copy of death certificate of former spouse if applicable
Copy of documentary evidence of any change of name if applicable
Copy of birth certificates of the coupleCertificate of No Impediment (CNI), obtained from the respective Embassy or Consular of the couple’s nationality, declaring that the individual is free to marry
Completed wedding arrangement form and civil registry form
Translation into Indonesian of all documents
Affirmation letter from the local authorities and villa you stay at during your wedding celebration
For requirements to arrange legal weddings with other religions, please contact us here.