Legal Wedding Ceremony

Legal wedding ceremony is a wedding ceremony that allows you to have legal wedding certificates (2 certificates: religious certificate and civil certificate) that are valid and legal in any country. Indonesia recognizes five religions Protestant (Christian), Catholic, Hindu, Moslem and Buddhist and it is possible for couples to be legally married in Indonesia who follow one of these five religions with the religious ceremony based on the couples’ religion. A Protestant/Christian couple will have a Protestant wedding ceremony/Christian wedding ceremony with a Protestant/Christian Minister, a Catholic couple will have a Catholic wedding ceremony with a Catholic Priest, a Hindu Couple will have a Hindu wedding ceremony with a Hindu Priest, a Moslem couple will have a Moslem wedding ceremony with a Penghulu and Buddhist couple will have a Buddhist wedding ceremony with a Buddhist Priest.

Excluding a Moslem wedding ceremony which is officiated by Department Agama (Department of Religion) or Kantor Urusan Agama (KUA), a legal wedding ceremony here in Bali consists of two ceremonies. Firstly the religious ceremony which is officiated by a representative of the couple’s chosen religious ceremony type and secondly the civil ceremony officiated by Kantor Catatan Sipil (Civil Registry Office). It is not possible to have one ceremony without the other. Both ceremonies will normally take place consecutively unless otherwise arranged at the couples chosen location. The religious ceremony normally has duration of 15 – 20 minutes depending on the type of ceremony and text content chosen, ending with the minister asking the groom and bride and two witnesses to come forward and sign their wedding certificate. Once presentation has been made to the couple of their religious wedding certificate, the civil ceremony will then commence which has duration of 10 minutes, ending with the couple and two witnesses signing legal documentation issued from the Civil Registry Office.

If you are considering getting married in Bali with a legal wedding ceremony then in accordance with Indonesian Marriage Laws, non-Indonesian citizen will need to present to us a photocopy of the following documents prior to the ceremony taking place:

– bride & groom birth certificate

– bride & groom details page of passport

– divorce or death certificate (if applicable)

– details page of the 2 witnesses passport

– 6 passport size photos.

Indonesian citizen will need to supply us:

– bride & groom and 2 witnesses Kartu Tanda Penduduk (KTP Card)

– bride & groom Kartu Keluarga (KK Card)

– bride & groom birth certificate

– divorce or death certificate if relevant

– photos of the couple.

Please note that further copy documentation will be required to be supplied to us if a Catholic, Moslem, Buddhist or Hindu religious wedding ceremony is chosen, with documentation requirements differing for each religion.

All non Indonesian citizen’s wanting to be legally married in Indonesia are required to obtain and present to us prior to the ceremony taking place, original “Certificate Of No Impediment” (CNI) or similar document declaring freedom to marry. Application will need to be made at the couples consulate in Bali and if the couples’ consulate is not represented in Bali then information will be provided on how application should be made, with application should be made no more than 3 months in advance of the ceremony taking place.

Indonesian citizen’s getting married in Bali with a legal wedding ceremony are required to obtain and complete Surat Lurah N1 – N4 and have it signed and stamped by Kantor Desa / Kelurahan. Application will then need to be made for Surat Keterangan at Kecamatan at place of residence. The original Surat Keterangan will then need to be taken to Kotamadya at place of residence for signing and stamping. Those Indonesian citizens who are of the Moslem religion are required to complete Surat Lurah N1 – N4 and have it signed and stamped from Pemerintah at place of residence. With application for Surat Keterangan made at Department Agama KUA at place of residence. Other documentation may also need to be applied for in accordance with the applicant’s gender, age and marital status and should be checked with each office at the time of application. Supporting documentation such as original KTP, KK card may also need to be provided at the time of application to the offices and we therefore recommend that you check with each office on any other documentation that will need to be submitted. All original documentation issued will need to be provided to us prior to your ceremony taking place.