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Reader Wedding in Bali: Singapore-based couple Rachmania and Knut’s beach ceremony

Planning your wedding in Asia and looking for inspiration? We asked this Singapore-based bride to share the ins and outs of her big day in Bali, Indonesia.

Name: Rachmania and Knut Thorsland
From: Indonesia and Norway
Wedding destination: Bali
Bride’s dress: Meras Jakarta
Photographer: Bani Amir Photography, Jakarta and Ningali Photography, Yogyakarta
Florist: Ai Luo Si Floristry, Bali
Head count: 120


When did you get married?
12 April 2014.

Who designed your invitations?
They were designed by Rumah Bingkisan by Vena Noorbasha in Jakarta.

Why did you pick this destination?
Bali was a natural choice as I’m a true island girl and have always dreamed of a beach wedding – I grew up near the ocean with swimming, scuba diving and surfing. I also used to live in Bali, so it feels like home to me – I couldn’t imagine any other beach destination for my big day!

Did you use a wedding planner?
I used Bali-based wedding organiser Dove Wedding Infinity, and they did an amazing job of pulling everything together.

What was the biggest obstacle?
Funnily enough, we didn’t have any big obstacles – everything ran very smoothly, probably thanks to our wedding planner!

What was the biggest expense?
Our biggest expense was definitely the decoration of the venue, and I took part in every single tiny detail. But it was worth it to get everything looking beautiful.

What did you serve your guests?
Because they were from all over the world, we served a selection of different cuisines for dinner: Indonesian, Balinese, Western and Chinese. We also had a variety of Indonesian and French desserts, along with cold and hot tapas, cocktails and beer at sunset.

Did you have any favours?

Any complications with the marriage formalities?
Not at all. We got married in Singapore two months before through ROM (Registry of Marriage). It was a quick and simple process for foreigners like us. In Bali, we had our holy matrimony ceremony and reception.

Top tips for brides-to-be?
Many brides stress about their wedding day, especially when they’re working or studying at the same time. I really suggest hiring a good wedding planner, as for me this made all the difference. She helped make my dreams come true!

Other recommendations
Krishna Aji Photography, Bali

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