U.S. News & World Report named Bali to its list of top Honeymoon Destinations for 2016-2017--landing at #7 on the list—and Brides featured Bali as the in destination for weddings. Couples love the idea of exchanging vows and spending their first days of newlywed bliss in paradise. The picturesque sunsets, the white beaches and the sound of the ocean magically capture tropical bliss—and happily ever after.
But before you and your true love book a flight and head off to your island paradise, you need to make sure you can handle the blissful days of bountiful beaches, serene waters and hot, hot heat. Destination weddings are ideal for adventurous couples and those who want a backdrop that makes for unforgettable photos. But planning an overseas wedding requires a unique ‘to-do’ list.
When planning to say “I do” in Bali (or any tropical destination) make sure to check off the following before you land on sand:
Know the Seasons
You’re heading to Indonesia, which lies right near the equator. The temperatures and climate of Bali are tropical—humid, warm and sometimes very wet. The rainy season is between November and March. Couples should plan on a wedding outside of the wet season…unless they enjoy the rain! Peak tourist season is July and August and again in December (also around Easter).
What to Wear
Most couples opt for a beach wedding or at least a wedding outdoors. Dress for the climate and opt for light wedding attire. Choose sheer silks, breezy linens or light cottons. Avoid heavy fabrics like satin. And grooms may want to wear short sleeve linen shirts or even tropical prints. Saying “I do” on the beach? Skip the shoes and go barefoot! Or wear cute sandals. And definitely, carry a bouquet featuring exotic tropical blooms.
The sun is intense, so prepare your skin. Pack sunscreen and use it! Choose a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Wear sunglasses near the water to shield your eyes from the bright rays.
All-Inclusive or Pay As You Go?
Many resorts offer all-inclusive packages, which means food and drink are included during your stay. For many couples, all-inclusive packages offer the most benefits for their budget. However, some couples prefer to check out different restaurants and sites around Bali and opt to make every night unique. Research your options to find the resort that works best for you.
Research Customs & Laws
Anytime you travel abroad, you should always research the customs of the destination. What may be accepted in the U.S. may be a faux pas abroad. Obey the laws and customs of the travel destination. Be courteous, tip well (where applicable) and use common sense. You may also choose to integrate Balinese wedding traditions and customs into your own ceremony.
Know the Exchange Rate
Be prepared to exchange your currency. Indonesia—and Bali—use the Rupiah. According to USA Today, travelers should become familiar with the Rupiah exchange rate so they do not get shortchanged and should be wary when using credit cards abroad.
TripSavvy warns visitors to “stop, look and listen” as Bali has no traffic laws. As the streets can be crazy, the site also advises that visitors not rent their own cars…get a driver instead. It’s better to have someone who knows how to navigate Bali’s busy streets. And DO NOT SMOKE, as public smoking can be punished by imprisonment. And, while it might sound funny, beware the monkeys (they might snag some of your food!).
Destination weddings are becoming popular among many couples, and Bali is an ideal tropical paradise to exchange vows. Before you set the date and your travel itinerary, make sure you do your homework first. Research the currency, the weather and the laws so you’re familiar with the ins and outs of Bali and Indonesia. And, of course, watch out for the monkeys…they love shiny things (like rings!).
Article by Cassie Brewer
About Cassie: Cassie Brewer is a makeup artist and freelance writer living in sunny Southern California. She writes about, beauty, fashion, diet, and wellness in order to help others not only be beautiful on the outside but radiant on the inside. You can follow her on Twitter @cassiembrewer.