BALI VILLA WEDDINGS ARE NOT MORE EXPENSIVE THAN WEDDINGS AT OTHER VENUES !!
At least not necessarily. So why there is a common misperception out there that villa weddings are more expensive? That is because when comparing the cost of another type of wedding to a villa wedding most people forget that they are comparing apples to oranges.
Let me define first what I mean by a villa wedding in Bali. I am talking about a wedding held in the garden of large villa plus a reception / dinner in the evening. Such a villa has at least 4 bed rooms and a spacious garden of at least thousand often up to several thousand square meters. And I am also talking about weddings with at least 20, 30 guest – sometimes up to 100 and above. I am not talking about small bungalows that have one or two bedrooms and a tiny garden. Just have a look at the following photograph to get an idea what I mean.
To understand why villa weddings are often considered to be expensive let’s look first at a wedding at another venue such as a chapel, a beach or a hotel / resort. There the cost usually includes:
- Venue fee – cost for wedding ceremony & reception location
- Décor of the venue
- Cost for the ceremony
And now comes the important part: Such a wedding will not include the cost for accommodation for the couple and other people attending your wedding.
But a villa wedding will usually include accommodation for at least 6-8 persons for 3 to 5 days!!
That is why you need to be careful comparing the cost of a villa wedding to another type of wedding.
A typical Bali villa suitable for weddings has 4 or more bedrooms. And usually you need to book the villa for 3,4 or 5 minimum nights. The bride and the groom will anyway most likely stay for 3 or more nights in Bali and will require accommodation. So will the parents, the best friends or other people attending your wedding.
So please keep the following in mind when you compare the cost:
A Bali villa wedding comes with at least 12 – 20 room nights included
So, now what you need to figure out is: Who pays for those room nights that come as part of a Bali villa wedding. If it is beyond your wedding budget to also pay for those room nights then you need to convince others to stay with you for a couple of days in ultimate luxury and pay for it themselves.
After all they would need to pay for their accommodation in Bali by themselves anyway. At least that applies for most destination weddings in Bali.
It should not be too hard to convince the parents or your friends to stay with you in the villa because not even the best suite rooms in the best 5 star hotels in Bali can offer you the comfort and luxury a villa can.
A Bali villa wedding can actually be an inexpensive option
All things considered, a Bali villa wedding can actually also be the least costly option. Especially when you take into consideration the luxury and comfort that a private villa has to offer.
Add to this the fact that the typical bed rooms in most of Bali’s villas are larger and thus much more comfortable than hotel rooms. You have your own private pool, large verandas, super spacious gardens and what you get is a true luxury experience. Then a villa wedding actually starts to look rather inexpensive.
One thing is for sure: a Bali villa wedding is the most cost effective type of wedding you can have in Bali. Or in more casual speak: a villa wedding gives you the most bang for your buck.
Popular Bali wedding villas have 4,5 or more bedrooms. There are also villas with 10 – 12 bedrooms. Some villas are part of villa complexes with several villas. In those places it may be possible to accommodate everyone attending your wedding. Ask you wedding planner to find the right villa for you.
Also keep in mind that a villa wedding offers you:
- 100 % Privacy
- 100 % Freedom of choice in terms of vendors you appoint for your wedding
- Unmatched luxury and comfort
- Heaps of space
- Unlimited options in terms of décor and scheduling
- The holiday of a life-time
The other cost components necessary for a destination wedding in Bali such as décor, ceremony, priest / celebrant , photographers, makeup & hair, etc.. are the same for a villa wedding than for any other type of wedding venue in Bali.
For a Bali villa wedding you can choose your own vendors
However hotel / resort weddings often force you to buy their photographer, their makeup artists and other vendors. And you often will end up with services below your expectations or with package inclusions that you don’t need. With a villa wedding you have all the freedom to choose whoever and whatever YOU want.
Another misperception is that it is cheaper to book a villa directly via the villa’s website, rather than through a wedding planner. Or that there is little use for a wedding planner because you can anyway organize it all by yourself.
Sorry ladies that is not true. A good wedding planner will actually help you to save money!! And choosing vendors and organizing it all yourself from overseas is not for the faint-hearted.
In the following article you can learn more about the cost of a villa wedding in Bali.
I hope I have been able to give you a new perspective on Bali villa weddings. Now all you have to do is find some family and / or friends who want to spend the holiday of a lifetime with you. How hard can that be... ?
Please leave some comments below and share your thoughts and questions with us. I look forward to hearing from you.
If you need help arranging a villa wedding for you in Bali please click below:
For some of Bali's most spectacular villa weddings you may want to see the following:
- HOW A BALI VILLA WEDDING SHOULD BE
- BALI VILLA WEDDING: JANIS & JORDAN
- AN EXPLOSION OF EMOTIONS – FABULOUS BEACHFRONT VILLA WEDDING IN BALI
- FAR, FAR, FAR AWAY ON A QUIET BEACH IN BALI…
- A BALI VILLA WEDDING – AS GOOD AS IT GETS…
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If yes, then I have good news for you. We have a created a Facebook group where you can ask questions and get answers to your questions from leading wedding experts in Bali.
There a team of seasoned wedding experts, including myself provide free and independent advice on all things relating to having a destination wedding in Bali.
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I am from Malaysia. We are told that a wedding in Bali may save us way more than doing it in KL itself. We were wondering if it is possible to accomodate about 150 guest and at about RM 40k?
We’re looking at having a villa wedding but it would only be for 15-30 people in Seminyak or Ubud but we are open on locations. We don’t mind if we have to do all of the legal stuff if Aus either we just wanted to know if you could recommend a wedding planner for such a. Small event.
Thank you so much. We have already replied to you via email.
Hi, we are planning to have a small wedding, just the two of us
Great – we have already replied to you via email.
For infos about great elopements in Bali you must see also the following:
Hi,thank you for the very useful information on your site! My fiance and I are planning for a intimate wedding in Bali with about 60 guests. We are thinking of doing a chapel cliff side wedding. Any suggestions for a venue, and also recommendations for flowers vendor/event decoration makeup, band, fireworks vendor?
Hi! Great blog!! So useful! We are planning our Bali wedding for 30-40 ppl in Jan 2019.
We are thinking to have a chapel wedding ceremony and the reception in a villa. We are planning to hire a villa for our close family and friends (10-12 rooms)so we can spend a day or two together before and after the wedding. What are your suggestions.
I have already sent you wedding planner recommendations to your email.
Thank you so much for hosting your wedding in Bali.
Chairwoman of the SOCIETY OF BALI WEDDING PROFESSIONALS
Hi we planning to have wedding just two of us, small budget, could you recommend, thanks x
Thank you ! We already replied to you via email.
we wish to have a simple romantic wedding.
maybe just 10 guests.
we prefer outdoor beach.
we are chinese and Buddhism.
thank you Sonya for choosing Bali as your wedding destination. We have already replied to you via email.
Hi 🙂 i am hoping to have a villa wedding at villa tamarama ungasan.. do u have any wedding planners recommended who could help me organise this within a budget?? 🙂 thank you so much!
My fiancé and I are planning to renew our wovels in Ubud this June/July. We would have a handful of guests, 6-8ppl max. I’m looking for ideas for a low cost, intimate ceremony in a scenic location with dinner afterwards. Would you have any recommendations in Ubud area?
Hi my man and I want to elope in Bali next year.
It will just be the two of us and we would like to have a commitment ceremony inBali and then do the legal side of it in Aus.
How do we budget for this?
Also what’s the best way to organise it?
Thank you for your enquiry, we replied.
Im indonesian n my fiance id hungarian, we planning to have a vacation in Bali and for this reason, we want to marry there in Bali, so we will be like 2 persons only. Any advise for how much will we budget for this small event? We are christian, but we dont have any church paper. Thanks.
Hi! The replies to your questions can be found in your email. Warmest Regards
Hi I am on a budget and looking for a villa wedding and then reception but just for the day/evenig hire. About 70guests. I prefer the area around ballangin/bingin/ulluwatu on the clifftop
Hi Rachel! Thank you for your message. For budget weddings I recommend to take a look at the wedding planners mentioned on our blog. They have an eye for cost effective weddings and still manage to arrange a beautiful event 😉 For now I would like to direct you to: https://baliweddingblog.com/2014/02/bali-villa-weddings-cheaper-than-you-thought/ Happy Wedding – Jameela
Im planning to have a vacation in Bali with my girlfriend, and for this reason, i want to marry her on the spot, so we will be like 2 persons only. Any advise for how much will i budget for this small event. Thanks.
We have sent you our recommendations via email! Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance 🙂
Happy Wedding – J
Hello, great blog!
I have the same question as Daniel, planning for jun or july 2017. A simple ceremony for 2 persons. Any idea?Thanks!
Hi Priscy! We sure have! Check your inbox 😀 cheers J
My fiance and i are getting married at a villa in Changgu in Nov 2014.
We visited Bali in Feb for 9 days to look at venues and met with 3 Wedding Planners. 2 of the planners were great, however they are not cheap. Because my fiance and i are doing the legal side of things in Australia first, this has reduced cost for us. We are fortunate to have a friend who lives in Bali who is also helping us with alot with aspects of our wedding. I wanted to ask you though, who you used for Florist, Event Decoration, Photography & Videography. Any advice or recommendation would be helpful & appreciative.
Can you recommended any good villas that will accmodate a wedding of 70guests in the kuta/seminyak area.
I recommend that you discuss this with your wedding planner.
Thanks – Jameela
Hi there, I recently had my wedding at the venue in the top photo. The total cost compared to doing it anywhere here at home (Sydney) was significantly less. We had 70 guests attend all spent a week in Bali altogether. This combined to make the event even more special as everyone had the opportunity to get into the spirit of the event leading up to it. We hired a planner who assisted us for the 10 months leading up, with everything from flowers, music, celebrant, photographer etc. Even with a quick 2 day visit 4 months prior to the wedding, we still ended up way ahead of if we had had the wedding here at home. The villa latitude was an amazing setting (pool was a little dirty) for the wedding and we had the most amazing day.
Thanks Cameron!! I am sure this is very useful to our visitors and other couples.
We are planning a villa wedding in Bali this May. Any recommendation of Villas should I pay attention at?
Thx. for being in touch. If you want a villa wedding in May you better hurry organizing… I am not able to make any recommendations because I would need to know more about what villa best suits your requirements. You may want to fill out our wedding planner form:
Happy wedding – Jameela