Bali resort sets wedding packages

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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 resort.

The OberoiThe 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 expected.

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.

    Oberoi Group
    Phone: (800) 223-6800 (Leading Hotels of the World), (011) 62-361 730-361
    Fax: (011) 62-361 730-791
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Web: www.oberoihotels.com

    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.

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