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You may be wondering whether it’s possible to get legally married in Bali, and perhaps whether the marriage will be recognized in their home country. You’ll be glad to hear that foreigners can have a legal wedding in Bali, but there are a few steps to follow so it’s important to take a close look at what’s involved, and follow the laws and customs for different religions and nationalities.

Here we hope to provide you with most of the information you need about legal marriages in Bali. However, it’s by no means 100% foolproof, as sometimes the laws in Indonesia are subject to change or have not been made crystal-clear.


We’d definitely advise you to seek the assistance of a wedding company or legal expert if you’re planning to have your wedding in Bali and we have a team of administrators on staff to help do this if you’d like our help.

Oh, and if you’d like to speak to someone at a time that suits, just click here to sign up for a no obligation chat about what we can do for you.


Sadly, Bali is not a destination for rainbow weddings. Same-sex marriage is absolutely forbidden in Indonesia, so no couples of the same sex will be able to get legally married here. In the past, wedding companies that have carried out even symbolic ceremonies for gay couples have gotten into trouble with the law. It’s a real shame, but unfortunately that’s the law in Indonesia.

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Firstly, you’ll have to be over 18 to get legally married in Bali, and the process for having a legal marriage in Bali will be slightly different for various nationalities. You may be required to hand in different paperwork and the process may be different depending on whether your country has a consulate in Bali. For most people, you’ll need to bring your:

  • Passports

  • Copy of Decree Absolute if divorced

  • Copy of Death Certificate of former spouse if applicable

  • Copy of Documentary evidence of any change of name (eg, former marriage certificate/deed poll)

  • Birth certificates are normally required by the Indonesian authorities and it is recommended that you bring these with you

  • Money (the amount varies) to pay the embassy


The first thing couples looking to get married in Bali need to know is that you are legally required to have a religious ceremony alongside a civil one. This doesn’t mean you need to host two separate ceremonies – many are now combined in one. This is made easier by the fact that they do have to be held on the same day, at the same location. The religious ceremony can also take place at home, or at a restaurant, the beach or in a villa. Most venues are fine except Balinese temples, which are off limits.


Having this religious ceremony does mean that both the bride and groom have to declare the same religion. Now, we’re not advising that you be dishonest, but the keyword here is declare. There’s no actual proof needed other than the bride and groom’s declaration that they are both Christian, or both Muslim, etcetera. Their declaration will not be investigated or scrutinised. You must have the right ceremony for the religion you have – so no Hindu ceremonies for Christians or vice versa.


Next, it’s important to consider which religions are recognized in Indonesia (see list below), as not all of them are.

  • Islam

  • Hindu

  • Christian Protestant

  • Catholic

  • Buddhist

We want to remind you that it is absolutely impossible to get legally married in Bali without a religious ceremony. As Indonesia is a highly religious country, it’s imperative that couples have a religious ceremony to be legally married.

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If your home country does not have a consulate in Bali, you’ll have to obtain the document from an embassy in Jakarta. It’s only a one and a half hour plane right from Bali, so it’s not too time consuming, but it’s certainly not the most fuss-free procedure. Again, you’ll still have to be sure that your country has an embassy in Jakarta, but being Indonesia’s capital city, it most likely will.

The certificate can also be issued by local authorities in your home country. But you’ll have to plan this well in advance before your wedding.


Your wedding planner  will be able to help you with the procedure to some extent, but it’s up to you to contact the relevant authorities, find out the timelines and plan accordingly. The following countries have consulates in Bali so you can arrange for a certificate here:

  • Australia

  • UK

  • USA

  • Switzerland

  • Italy

  • Austria

  • Germany

  • New Zealand and several others




BVL Weddings and Even Legal Team Is Here To Help


If this all sounds a little complicated – don’t fret. Contact BVL Weddings and Events today and we’ll assist you with the whole thing so you can have complete peace of mind. We’ve got a wealth of knowledge on the topic and certified celebrants who will hold a beautiful ceremony if you choose to have a non-legal ceremony.

We’ll ensure that the lead up to your Bali wedding is just as straight-forward as a wedding you’d have back home, which means ensuring that there are no problems or mistakes! The best way to start is to book in with one of our wedding experts for a no obligation call at a time that suits you, we can find out what you need and offer any help.



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