We have noticed that a significant number of couples want to hold their wedding at the end of the year in Bali, but are worried that their wedding day plans may be disrupted by the weather.
We thought that it would be helpful to explore the different measures and solutions that Bali brides and grooms-to-be can take to overcome this issue:
My partner and I want to hold our wedding close to the end of the year in Bali. However, we do know that this is the monsoon period, and are afraid that it may rain on the day of our wedding. Does anyone have any advice or recommendations for wedding or reception locations suitable for rainy weather?
We’ve come up with five handy tips to guide you in planning ahead for rainy weather:
1. Wet Season Months in Bali:
Generally, the wet season in Bali lasts over the months starting from October to April. You can expect a higher level of rainfall and humidity, as well as stronger onshore winds blowing in from the Western coasts of Bali (Kuta, Legian).
Do take note to plan for back up measures that you can undertake if you would like to go ahead with holding your wedding during this period in Bali.
2. Pick the Right Venue
You may want to consider wedding venues with a number of locations within its compound that can serve as your backup options, should there be unexpected rainfall during your wedding. Most hotels and resorts contain a variety of indoor wedding venues, and will offer alternative locations, such as the hotel restaurants and ballrooms as a backup plan.
Do make sure that you take a look at the backup locations with the in-house wedding planner if you are visiting the venue, so as to get a clear idea of how your wedding ceremony will be arranged, should you decide to use it on the day of your wedding. In addition, take note to enquire about the additional costs involved if the backup venue is used.
3. Setting up a Marquee or Tent
If you plan to hold your wedding in venues such as a private wedding villa, it is likely that there will be no additional indoor venues that can serve as a backup option.
In this case, you may consider renting a marquee or tent as your backup option. The costs of renting a marquee will vary, depending on the size of the marquee, as well as on the vendor that you rent the tent from.
You may expect a marquee measuring 5 X 5 metres to cost about USD 500 per tent, while a larger, octagonal-shaped marquee measuring 12 X 12 metres may have an estimated price of USD 4300.
4. Altering the Schedule of Your Wedding Ceremony
Thankfully, rainfall in Bali commonly occurs in short, intensive bursts, rather than gloomy showers that lasts throughout the day.
You may want to schedule your wedding ceremony at an earlier time, at about thirty minutes to one hour before. This will allow your ceremony to proceed on time, should you have to delay it due to unexpected weather changes.
5. Rain-stoppers to the Rescue!
Have you heard of the rain-stoppers of Bali?
Also known as the pawang hujan, these mystical people conduct rituals that can help to control the rain and to prevent it from occurring over a specific area. You may expect to pay approximately USD 300 to engage rain-stoppers for your wedding. This cost may vary, depending on the wedding planner or rain-stopper that you engage for your wedding.