Co-written by Pia Vuolteenaho
With Bali’s gorgeous scenery and luxurious villas, it’s often the dream destination for couples to hold weddings, pre-wedding photoshoots and go on their honeymoon.
Also read: I planned 150 weddings in Bali and here’s everything you need to know before planning yours
Many have chosen to exchange their sacred vows on Balinese land – and that’s a choice you won’t be likely to regret.
But how can you literally make your wedding day the most special day of your life?
Check out our picks for the most unique wedding places in Bali that will blow your mind (while you secure your wedding ring).
1. Mark your eternal love at Diamond Bali
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so isn’t it simply perfect to vow your eternal love for your partner in this gorgeous, diamond-shaped chapel?
Standing at 15 metres tall, the wedding pavilion stands in the middle of a tranquil pond, and you can even get a superb view of the ocean from within its glass walls.
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Better yet, you no longer have to wrack your brain trying to think of who you need to strike off the invitation list just because the venue is too small. The Diamond Bali boasts of the island’s largest wedding pavilion, which has a seating capacity of 60 people at any time.
Besides, it’s also known as “The most beautiful Chapel in the world”. That has to look good on the invitations, right?
Did you know, Hong Kong-Malaysian supermodel Mandy Lieu (劉碧麗) and Korean model Jino C even filmed a jewellery commercial at the Diamond Bali, where they enacted a wedding scene? How beautiful!
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Don’t want to be confined by four walls?
You can get a magical wedding by the sea at the Mirage Wedding Chapel.
Situated directly next to the sea, this chapel is the ideal location for couples who wish to have a simple, affordable, yet fairytale-like wedding.
With its elegant white paveway, simple archway and magical lanterns, the area is bathed in a special glow.
Who says you can’t tie the knot just like a princess?
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3. Say “I Do” Like a Superstar at The Edge
On your wedding day, you should feel nothing short of a superstar. If you want to live this to the fullest, look no further than The Edge, a fabulously exclusive resort literally perched on the stunning cliffside edge of Southern Bali.
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Looking at these views, it’s no wonder visitors often describe the venue as “Heaven on Earth.”
Especially for the wedding couple, you’ll get a 5-bedroom villa, complete with a cinema room, wine cellar, kid facilities for your guests’ needs, and so much more.
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And the magic doesn’t stop here – far from it.
The Edge really strives to treat each and every guest like a rock star – just like the many celebrities who have held their weddings there, like the famous Taiwanese star Vivian Hsu.
Regardless of whether you opt for an intimate event for 10 of your nearest and dearest, or choose to go all out with a celebration for +100 guests, The Edge provides wedding packages with the perfect setting for a wedding of any size.
In addition to that, the happy couple is treated to 24-hour personal butler service, exclusive spa treatments held in the most amazing spa room with a unique water floor, champagne – and much more.
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Complete with those breathtaking views overlooking the Indian Ocean and more than a few celebrities who have also chosen this as their wedding venue, The Edge ticks all the boxes for the ultimate luxury wedding in paradise.
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Photo via: The Edge
4. Walk on Water at Bulgari Hotel & Resort
Isn’t that just what true love is supposed to make you feel like – like you can do anything, even walk on water. At the luxurious Bulgari Hotel & Resort located in the southern peninsula of Bukit, you can actually make that happen.
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Well, sort of.
A Bulgari “Water Wedding” ceremony literally takes place in the middle of an infinity pool. The unique structure of the podium where the couple says their I Dos makes it seem as if the bride and groom are simply floating on water.
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This magical illusion is further enhanced by the gorgeous backdrop of the Indian Ocean stretching out behind them as far as the eye can see.
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Big-time Chinese thespians Hawick Lau (刘恺威) and Yang Mi (杨幂) are among the list of the rich and famous who have chosen to hold their weddings at this romantic and luxurious resort.
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Besides offering a truly unique setting for a wedding ceremony, Bulgari also offers the happy couple and their guests a truly luxurious stay at one of the most exclusive and breathtakingly beautiful resorts in the world.
5. Sustainable Ever After at Eco Paradise Bambu Indah
Bambu Indah is every eco-minded bride and groom’s dream come true. An absolutely stunning location tucked away in the lush rainforests surrounding Ubud, Bambu Indah is committed to sustainable eco-tourism.
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Guests are housed in restored, antique Javanese teakwood houses which are constructed to be as energy efficient as possible. The resort’s stunning pool utilizes lava stones which naturally cleanse and filter the water. On all aspects, the resort is built to exist in harmony with the beautiful Balinese nature that surrounds it. This also makes it the perfect place for beginning your harmoniously ever after with the one you love.
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To be truly close to nature, you can opt for a breathtaking riverside venue for your wedding ceremony. Here you can say your I Do’s underneath the luscious green shade of palm trees while the river gently floats on by. Sounds pretty magical don’t you think?
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If you want to have a more dramatic wedding, why not say your vows closer to the sky?
Even if it’s ever so slightly.
It may not be a cliffside resort, but the Celebration Pavilion, perched on the fifth floor of Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran, boasts of a breathtaking open-concept architecture and an amazing view of Jimbaran Bay.
With the pavilion’s accompanying infinity pool, sandy ground, and even benches made of real wood, you can tie the knot right in the middle of natural surrounds, without having to go through the inconveniences of actually having an outdoor wedding.
Check out this wedding video from Balimetro Wedding Cinematography!
7. Take Your Nuptials to Infinity and Beyond at Conrad Hotel & Resort
The exclusive Conrad Hotel & Resort located in Nusa Dua might just house one of the most iconic chapels on the island.
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The aptly named Infinity Chapel is an exquisite architectural marvel floating two meters above sea level. This combined with the sleek modern design of the chapel itself really does give an illusion of the venue stretching out into infinity.
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Besides the uniquely beautiful wedding chapel whose delicate design is said to represent “a romantic angle towards the heaven”.
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Conrad also offers a gorgeous outdoor setting for the reception complete with all the comforts of a five-star resort.
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All in all, not a bad place to start your happily ever after.
8. Surfer’s Dream Wedding at Uluwatu Surf Villas
Far and wide, Bali is known as the ultimate surfer’s paradise – so for the surf-loving couple, what could be better than tying the knot at this luxury surf lodge?
It’s not only right around the corner from killer waves, but also topped off with terrific cliffside views overlooking the Indian Ocean!
The lavish villas combined with breathtaking sunset views from the resort’s extensive lawn tailor-made for laid-back celebrations make Uluwatu Surf Villas the perfect location for any surfer’s dream wedding.
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At Uluwatu Surf Villas all surfers can have their cake and eat it too – with the beach just around the corner, you can marry the love of your life and still make it in time for the line-up to catch some world class waves.
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9. “When in Rome…” – Tie the knot like a local at Kamandalu Resort
In Bali, manifestations of spirituality and devotion are everywhere and rare is the visitor who doesn’t fall head over heels in love with the vibrant local culture.
The delicate daily offerings made out of palm leaves and flower petals not to mention the majestic cliffside temples have an undeniable romance to them.
Understandably, it is not possible for visitors to marry according to an actual Balinese ceremony – as this is a privilege reserved for the locals who are carrying on the centuries old traditions of their ancestors.
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But this doesn’t mean you can’t include some of the magic and beauty of local customs into your own special day.
Kamandalu Resort helps you capture the essence of local Balinese customs and inject some of their beauty into your wedding day.
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Kamandulu offers couples the option of a “Balinese Royal Wedding” where the happy couple is decked out in full Balinese wedding garb.
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The wedding ceremony is carried out with the backdrop of the luscious tropical forests surrounding Ubud, the beautiful cultural and spiritual capital of Bali.
And it doesn’t exactly hurt that Kamandalu also happens to be a five–star resort complete with a beautiful private pool, either.
10. Sail away together on a cruise ship
Nowadays, getting married on land is no longer your only choice.
For the adventure-seekers out there, saying your wedding vows on a ship is an increasingly popular alternative that’s worth a try.
And honestly, why wouldn’t it be?
While you do have to take note of the weather conditions (please don’t sail out in the middle of a thunderstorm), you get to cruise on the calm waters and feel the ocean breeze – doesn’t it simply call out to your romantic nature?
Have you always dreamed of saying your vows on the edge of a cliff?
That magnificence that spreads out at your feet beyond the horizon, while you vow eternal love to your beloved one, is an experience you can hardly replicate in your lifetime.
One of the best spots is The Wiwaha Wedding Chapel at the very top of a secluded cliff at Hilton Bali Resort – it’s the perfect venue for an intimate wedding reception with a few close friends and family.
From the chapel, which has a modern and traditional fusion design, you can also get a panoramic view of the vast Indian Ocean. You’ll be living a fairytale.
It’s no secret that Hong Kong diva Sammi Cheng(郑秀文) held her private wedding here with her actor boyfriend of 22 years, Andy Hui (許志安)!
Sammi Cheng & Andy Hui
12. Elephants are your witnesses at Elephant Safari Park & Lodge
Want a truly unique wedding ceremony few people have gone through before?
If your childhood dream is to be wild and free like Tarzan and Jane, here’s your chance.
At the Elephant Safari Park & Lodge, your wedding is no longer just a human affair – the elephants are there to celebrate your special union too!
You’ll get to go through a Balinese blessing ceremony from atop an elephant, and say your vows before an elephant-inspired altar.
The gentle giants will also be present at the ceremony as your witnesses, and you won’t be able find better ones elsewhere – after all, they never forget.
13. Tie the Knot Underwater with Bali International Diving Professionals
We have already shared some insider tips on how to throw an underwater wedding in Bali – and BIDP is doing one better by actually making the aquatic magic happen!
Granted, underwater nuptials are not for everyone. Below the waves, the bride and the groom can’t hear let alone speak to each other and wearing a Vera Wang wedding gown is definitely out of the question.
Having the ceremony underwater also limits the number of guests – unless of course all your nearest and dearest are fanatic diving enthusiasts as well…