Recently, the church had issued a directive that no Catholic priest is allowed to officiate a wedding outside a Catholic church. So what does that mean: It means no more Bali catholic weddings in villas, hotels, wedding chapels, etc…
Please note that the commercial wedding chapels such as Infinity, Ritual, Wiwaha, etc… do not qualify as Catholic churches and can therefore also cannot hold Catholic weddings anymore.
Catholic weddings in Bali that have already been booked and confirmed before that directive was issued are not affected and will go ahead as planned.
This seems to be an international ‘trend’ because it is not only applicable for Bali but for other countries as well.
The Philippines for instance, where the vast majority of the population is Catholic and where outdoor weddings on the beach and other nice locations had become very popular, this directive has virtually killed the outdoor wedding business and forced all couples to perform their wedding rites in a Catholic church.
I would like to emphasize that this only applies to couples who want their wedding to be officiated by a Catholic priest in Bali. The Protestant church in Bali does not apply any such silly restrictions and has been known to be always very accommodating towards couples wanting to hold their nuptials in one of Bali’s countless fabulous venues.
However, if you dear reader of this article, are of Catholic faith and you wish to have a Catholic wedding in Bali do not despair – it still can be done. And in fact, as always, there are several ways leading towards Rome… pun intended!
How to have Catholic Wedding in Bali
Here is how:
1. Bali has a few Catholic churches and some are located conveniently in Kuta or Nusa Dua. International couples are welcome to get married in of those churches. Those couples can then, after the ceremony has concluded, celebrate their wedding in style in a villa or any other venue.
2. Even before this new regulation was introduced many couples who were actually Catholics, allowed their wedding to be carried out by a priest from the protestant church of Bali.
3. Many couples chose a celebrant, who is not an official priest of a church to perform their wedding rites. However, please note that if you chose this option your wedding in Bali cannot be a legal wedding that is also recognized in your country.
4. You may also opt to have the religious part of your wedding to be carried out in your home country and have blessing ceremony in Bali. Such blessing ceremonies come in a great variety of ‘flavors’ and your wedding planner will give you options to choose from.
If you want to see a beautiful catholic wedding in Bali please click here. That is how to have catholic weddings in Bali! And as always, if you have any questions about this or if you want me to put you in touch with someone who can arrange a wonderful (catholic) wedding in Bali please drop me an email and I will gladly assist you.
Is it possible to bring our own Catholic Priest from Australia to lead our Catholic Wedding Ceremony in a Catholic Church in Bali?
Im planning a catholic wedding in Bali, is posible? I’m starting and I live Bali but I want to be sure that is posible before any hunting
I wanted to do renewal of vows at Catholic Church.
My partner and I are looking at getting married in Bali in a Catholic Church was just wondering what needs to be organised prior to the wedding and also what are some really nice churches to get married in.
hi, i’m an indonesian buddhist and my fiancee is an american catholic.
which one is the best option to legally married, in buddhism or catholic way?
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We are looking to get married in Bali, my fiance is not religious and I am Catholic however I do not want a Catholic Wedding. How can you get married in Bali otherwise?
We want to get marry in Bali. Can you please give me the name of the churches in Bali that we can enquire?
I suggest you contact a reputable wedding planner in Bali to help you with this. Maybe you want to try:
I hope this helps.
Thx. – Jameela
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hi jameela! can i know the name and location of the church in the link you provided? and can you suggest a wedding organizer/ planner in bali? thanks!
The church is simply referred to as Cathedral. Your best option for a wedding planner that can help you with a Catholic wedding is:
BALI WEDDING PACKAGES – check them out.
Hope this helps. Pls let us know if you require further assistance.
THE SOCIETY OF BALI WEDDING PROFESSIONALS
Thank you for sharing variable information!
Could you please advise me how to arrange Cathoric wedding in Bali?
I’m non- Cathoric Japanese and my fiancé is Cathoric Korean and we hope to arrange wedding in Bali this year.
Looking forward to hearing from soon!
Hi Liz, you may want to check out the following: BALI WEDDING PACKAGES . They have exactly the services you require.
Can you assist me in organizing a Catholic wedding in Bali. My husband and I have already been legally married to each other in Australia however we now want to have a Catholic wedding ceremony.
Thank you, Janice
Could you please help me – I am a Catholic from Australia, engaged to a non-catholic and we would like to marry in Bali next year.
I have read all about the new directives which is fine… My partner is willing to be married in a church in Bali however refuses to have a communion as part of the ceremony.
Any advice would be much appreciated, as we are starting to think this wedding won’t be possible.
My fiancee and I are both catholic. She’s from Indonesia, I’m from Holland. Unfortunately I am divorced. Is it possible to get a legal wedding on Bali with a protestant minister?
Thx. for being in touch and for considering Bali as your wedding destination. Yes, there is no problem for you to get legally married in Bali under Protestant faith. We will be in touch with you on this shortly.
Thanks – Jameela
I am a catholic and my fiancee is a non-catholic. How can I get a Catholic Priest to bless us as husband and wife outside from the church / at a chapel?
Thx. for your comment Ivy. Catholic priest outside of a Catholic Church = IMPOSSIBLE.
Both my partner and I are Roman catholic and would love to have our wedding in Bali can u tell me the names of the Catholic Church available and send me details of this please
Hi Lis, for this I recommend you contact a wedding planner / organizer in Bali.
hi, i am having my wedding in bali next June 2014
I understand it cant be outside but can i have a catholic priest do a blessing at another venue?
Thanks so much your info has been a great help
Thx. for being in touch. You will need to ask your priest if he can officiate your wedding outside a church. And then you will also need to make sure that the priest is coordinated with the civil registry in order to make your wedding legal.
Hope this helps.
Could you please advise us what Catholic churches are there in Nusa Dua area?
Thank you very much.
I recommend you contact any of our member companies who can help you on this.
Happy Wedding – Jameela
i am from jakarta(Indonesia) i am catholic but i was be baptised after my divorce of my first marriage. i never married at cathoic church before . mean while my partner from uk. i can say he is christian protestant but he never be baptised since baby. he also divorce .
well, i hope we can married at catholic church.
waiting for you reply. thanks.
Saya barusan email anda dgn info-2 yg anda butuhkan tuk have a dream wedding in Bali tampa any ‘religious problems’….
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Can you please advise me too, how to have a catholic wedding in Bali.
pls contact any of our member companies – they can help you. Jameela
Could you let me know how I can have a catholic wedding in Bali (Nusa Dua area) and who can I get to arrange this for me? I’m from Philippines and my wife-to be is from Korea. I’m Catholic and she is not (no religion). Really appreciate it.
Thank you for your message. I have already replied to you via email. Happy Wedding in Bali – Jameela
We I would like to know the possijility of having a catholic wedding in Bali. We are both catholics from the philippines. I would like to know how to go way it.
My partner and I wanted to marry in Bali and thanks to your article we now realize what needs to be done.
We are from Australia.
Thanks for all your information.
Do you know the name of the church in Nusa Dua?