LEGIAN, Bali -- Given the Balinese penchant for elaborate
ceremonies and colorful decoration, the Indonesian island of Bali
provides an idyllic locale for any wedding that requires ample
amounts of both.
The Oberoi, Bali here is promoting a variety of wedding packages
set among the lush tropical grounds of its southern Bali
The Wedding in
Paradise package provides for about as many wedding ceremony
options -- legal or otherwise -- as a nervous wedding planner could
think of. Reception site venues include the resort's Frangipani
cafe, amphitheater and lower lobby gardens, all of which boast
views of Legian Beach and the Indian Ocean.
Perhaps the most stunning reception site is afforded in the
Oberoi's walled villas, where up to 30 guests (standing) or 20
guests (seated) can assemble in a courtyard. The private swimming
pools in the resort's larger villas can be decorated with tropical
flowers and floating candles for wedding receptions.
Another reception site, the Royal Villa Frangipani, can
accommodate larger receptions where up to 50 guests are
The Oberoi charges $940 for a legal wedding ceremony that
includes civil registration, the services of a minister, the
decoration of the Lobby Garden, a wedding cake, a bridal toast and
still photography, including one album and two rolls of film.
The luxury chain's other Indonesian property, the Oberoi, Lombok
(located just east of Bali on the smaller and less-developed island
of Lombok) provides a similar service for $1,330.
A Balinese Blessing Ceremony for a renewal of vows, including
traditional costume and Balinese offerings but no legal marriage
certificate, is offered at the same price.
A strictly religious ceremony for a renewal of vows, for those
who are already married and require no legal marriage certificate,
is available for $885 at the Bali property and $1,275 on Lombok.
All of the above fees include a 21% tax and service charge.
According to Oberoi, couples interested in a legal tying of the
knot are subject to a short list of unbendable Indonesian
bureaucratic regulations, including:Proof of your current religious background (for religious
ceremonies) and a letter from a local religious leader attesting to
regular attendance at services, except for Baptists, who Oberoi
says are exempt from producing the letter documenting their
whereabouts on Sundays.An original letter signed by both the intended bride and groom
certifying that they have no objection to getting married in
Indonesia, which the resort then presents to the couple's embassy
or consulate general in Indonesia for legalization.Photocopies of the bride's and groom's birth certificates.Photocopies of each page of their passports.Six photographs (six by four centimeters) of the couple side by
side in the same photo.
The resort reminds couples that facsimiled documents are not
accepted by Indonesian authorities and that any documentation must
be received six weeks prior to the intended wedding date.
Both Oberoi properties offer discounted room rates to bridal
couples and guests. Oberoi coordinates its wedding and consulate
services through a local company, PT. Bali Weddings International,
which has a Web site at www.bali-paradise.com/baliwedding.
Phone: (800) 223-6800 (Leading Hotels of the World), (011) 62-361
Fax: (011) 62-361 730-791
E-mail: [email protected]
Properties has all the extras
LEGIAN, Bali -- The Oberoi, Bali offers standard amenities, such
as champagne and hors d'oeuvres as well as Balinese-flavored
entertainment, food and decorations.
Wedding reception amenities available at the Oberoi, Bali
include:Wedding ceremony floral arrangements such as the bridal bouquet
($40) or boutonniere ($7 per piece).Decorations, including Balinese woven garlands, table and
buffet decorations, banana-bark-wrapped candles and Obor Obor
torches ($120) or a blanket of tropical flowers with more than 150
floating candles for the swimming pool ($230).Entertainment such as two Balinese bridesmaids in traditional
dress ($135), two xylophonists playing either metal or bamboo
xylophones for up to four hours ($75) or a gamelan orchestra and
dancers for up to one hour ($250).Food and beverage service, including canapes ($16 per dozen),
Moet et Chandon champagne ($165 per bottle), Australian sparkling
wine ($105 per bottle), either alcoholic or nonalcoholic tropical
cocktails ($13 or $11 per person, respectively), a three-course
luncheon ($35 per person), three-course dinner ($55 per person),
buffet dinner ($66 per person), or a romantic, starlight dinner on
Legian Beach for the bride and groom ($148).
A surcharge of $100 is applied for nonresident bridal couples,
and all of the services are subject to a 21% tax and service
charge. Travel agents receive 10% commission on the price of the
services. -- T.D.