What can you expect from your wedding in Bali?

What can you expect from your wedding in Bali?

Still doubting whether or not you should get married in Bali? It is a big decision, indeed! Yes, Bali is a little paradise, but it is so far away, how can you really know what to expect from a wedding in Bali? Yes, it is indeed one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world but isn’t that exactly what spoils the magic? Is Bali still as beautiful as it once was? Let’s have a look at what you can expect from your wedding in Bali, the pro’s and con’s, the good, the bad and the ugly before you cut the knot.


The cons

Well, with the increasing flow of tourists, expats and honeymooners traveling to Bali Island, the island is getting more crowded. Especially in populair places such as Seminyak and Ubud, it is easy to get stuck in traffic jams turning a 1-hour trip into a 3 hour journey traveling at a snail’s pace. Also, the villa business is booming. More and more private villas and hotels have popped out of the ground, this means construction work, ocean views blocked and competition which in many cases doesn’t do the quality of service much good. Quite annoying things but with the right help, they can be avoided.


The Pros

Despite the booming villa and hotel businesses and the increasing amount of tourists every year, Bali Island remains of significant beauty and the magic of the Hindu cultures still roams the island everywhere. There are hidden beaches, temples and waterfalls, roads through the rice paddies where you most likely won’t meet anyone else, high ocean cliffs with views to take your breath away and within this raw beautiful landscape, there are outstanding luxury resorts and private pool villa’s found – away from the hustle and bustle, away from the traffic and the noise, from construction work and still not too far out if you don’t want it to be. These are the places for dream weddings in Bali and you will be surprised to find out how affordable these gorgeous hidden gems are. A great pick is the Bali based The Seven Agency, praised for their personal touch and expert service, their signature all-inclusive tailor-made wedding packages and their affordable rates.


Yes, I Do

So now we know, there are plenty of spectacular wedding venues around, you just need to know where and how to find them. Here comes the catch – it is very hard to find these magical places by yourself if you are not living on the island. But not to worry, as Bali is such as popular wedding destination, there are plenty of wedding agency’s around to make your dream wedding happen. The second catch is that you have to carefully choose which agency you join hands with in order not to be disappointed in the end. Luckily, it’s not that hard – just make sure they have many years of experience and a whole lot of trustable reviews. If you know what you want regarding location, atmospheres, views and amenities, The Seven Agency knows where to find it. Have a look at their wedding packages to find inspiration and ideas for your own wedding. Be sure to check out their reviews as well!


In the end, it is all up to you newlyweds to be to decide. Is it a yes or a no to Bali Island? Do remember that you are only getting married once, so be sure to make it as unforgettable as can be!

5 Best Totally Unspoilt Destinations for Your Honeymoon


If your perfect honeymoon would be you and your partner, a beach, and lots of sunshine, then you have your pick of the world’s best beaches. However, if you want something all to the two of you, then you have to be a little fussier. Take a look at our favorite secluded beaches and luxurious resorts and choose your ideal honeymoon spot!

Wadigi Island, Fiji

A three-acre private island, Wadigi Island is a place you could happily be marooned for the rest of your life; indeed, you can even see the island on which Tom Hanks filmed Castaway from one of the balconies. Relax in an infinity pool, stroll on one of two private beaches or experience the underwater world with a spot of snorkeling, and then head back to the resort for excellent food and luxurious surroundings.

Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Two hours from Dubai, Six Senses Zighy Bay is a luxury resort and hidden gem. With an incredible mountainous backdrop, private marina and gorgeous sandy beaches, you never need go anywhere else. The accommodation is set up like villages, with individual villas with their own gardens and pools. Enjoy the Middle Eastern sunshine on your Zighy Bay honeymoon.

Fregate Island, Seychelles

Another private island, Fregate has seven beaches to choose from, including one that’s frequently voted the world’s best. Whether you want to go on a sunset sailing excursion, island safaris or a dive trip, you have access to its inland harbor. The resort itself has a library, a restaurant, two pools and a beach bar.

The Sarojin, Thailand

A boutique beach resort in Thailand, you cross a stream through a garden terrace to enter your residence at The Sarojin. Designed to make sure that you’re relaxed, calm and enjoying yourself, this resort is perfect for couples who don’t want to be over frivolous. It’s also accessible for all needs: they have a residence modified for wheelchair use. You can create special occasions with the staff as newlyweds.

Baros, Maldives 

This small coral island offers beautiful beaches, lush forest and a lagoon teeming with marine wildlife. Choose from a villa by the beach or by the lagoon and enjoy seclusion, luxury and relaxation – the perfect honeymoon. Go on a scuba diving or snorkeling adventure, or learn about the local wildlife with the resident marine biologist. The Maldives are perfect for those romantic moments, whether on the beach or in a yacht as you sail together around the islands celebrating your new life together.

Site Visit | Casa Monica Hotel Saint Augustine Florida

Had the pleasure of staying at the Casa Monica Hotel last week and it was really beautiful. We stayed for a few nights and had a visit with Noel Day, who is the Catering Sales Manager for the Hotel. Below are some on my personal pics as well as ideas and pricing.  

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This was our hotel roomCasa Monica Hotel Saint Augustine Florida

View from our room
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LobbyCasa Monica Hotel Saint Augustine Florida

Outside the ballrooms was this really cool vintage car.Casa Monica Hotel Saint Augustine Florida

One of the ballrooms I really love the chandelier.unnamed-2Casa Monica Hotel Saint Augustine Florida

I thought this was really cool.  Housekeeping left us a handwritten note under the door on our last night.
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Here is the info on the Ballrooms: Casa Monica Hotel

This is their outdoor space for ceremony and receptions I love the black chandeliers. Kessler-CasaMonica-Event-SultansPavillion-Lunch_TRB5543


They also are running this really cool special that if you book a wedding before December of this year you get a free honeymoon at any of their 10 locations nationwide. They call it “Honeymoon on Us”.

All in all, I like the venue and the staff is very friendly and helpful. If I had to say anything negative I would say the valet parking is pretty expensive so I would be concerned about that extra cost during my event.  The food was amazing. We ate at the restaurant and had room service. The customer service of the staff was top notch.

*We will be doing many site visits for our brides and readers and will always give an impartial view and these are not paid for sponsored ads in any way.

Australian Honeymoon: Vineyards

Australia offers some of the most incredible vineyards and wineries in the world to visit and sample their creations. Australia actually has over 60 wine regions, offering some incredible vineyards to visit and explore. There are many wine trails to travel, events to go to and romantic restaurants to sample as you explore the incredible vineyards Australia’s wine regions have to offer. Check out these amazing vineyards located all throughout Australia to see why the nation has produced some of the finest wines in the world.

Botobolar Vineyards

Botobolar Vineyard, located in Mudgee in New South Wales, was the very first vineyard to be fully certified organic in Australia. Established in 1971, Botobolar is a 22-hectare vineyard featuring grapes grown without any herbicides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Botobolar is a dryland vineyard well known for their Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Marsanne and Shiraz.

Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyards

Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard, located in Milawa, Victoria, is a family owned wine company that offers a range of wines made from many grape varieties. Brown Brothers was founded by John Francis Brown in 1889 and continues to be operated by his descendants on the same property. They own a variety of vineyards, some of which are over 50 years old, in both Victoria and Tasmania.

Leeuwin Estate

Leeuwin Estate, which was established in 1969, is a winery in the Margaret River wine region that owns over 48 hectares of vineyards and produces about 60,000 cases of wine during each vintage. Leeuwin Estate’s best known wine is the “Art Series Chardonnay.” A large amount of the grapes used to produce this wine are from the “Block 20” vineyard, which was considered by Australian Sommelier Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Australian vineyards. In addition to their wine, Leeuwin Estate also offers an award winning restaurant on their property, as well.

Schiller Vineyards

Schiller Vineyards, in the Barossa Valley wine region of South Australia, is a sixth generation family owned and operated vineyard that was established in 1864. They have 65 hectares of vineyards that they sell to Barossa wine producers for table wines. Some of their plantings include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache, Merlot, Riesling, Semillon and Shiraz.

Vasse Felix

Vasse Felix, the very first winery and vineyard established in the Margaret River wine region in Western Australia, is a recognized pioneer of the region. It was first established by Dr. Tom Cullity, a cardiologist, in Cowaramup in 1967, and features an award winning restaurant on the property as well. Vasse Felix is recognized for their impressive offerings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

Sampling Wines from Australian Vineyards

Even if you’re not able to make the trip to visit some of these incredible Australian vineyards, you still are plenty able to try the amazing wines produced by the grapes of Australian vineyards. There are hundreds of bottles of wines from Australia’s numerous vineyards available online. Check out Jims Cellars wine online to find a huge variety of some of the most popular and award-winning wines from Australian vineyards.