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Planning Your Marriage Ceremony In Bali

by | Blog News, Honeymoons, Location Asia


Brisbane City Celebrants, Brisbane City Celebrants
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Image by Christine Lim and Ruby Yeo via Delara and Brian’s Villa Latitude Bali Wedding

A truly wonderful location, Bali, is also known as Island of Love – and for good reason! With its amazing scenery, picture postcard views, warm temperatures, it is indeed a wedding paradise! With so much to offer couples looking to marry at a truly idyllic location, it’s worth taking note of a few “housekeeping” things before you decide to say “I do” in Bali.

Marriages in Indonesia are performed by religious ministers and Indonesian law requires that in order to be legally married in Bali, you are required to hold one of the five religions recognised by Indonesia (Buddhism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam or Protestantism).

If you are an Australian planning a wedding in Bali, you can choose between having a legal religious wedding in Bali, or a commitment ceremony in Bali, with the legals done in a simple ‘legals only’ style ceremony with a celebrant or minister in Australia.

A legal religious wedding in Bali involves completing an application and bringing relevant identification to be sighted (passport, proof of marriage dissolution if applicable etc) to the Indonesian Embassy or Consulate-General. There are costs associated with this process and each document sighted incurs a charge.


Image by Windee Winata – PhotoFactory, Bali via Amity and Alex’s Relaxed Bali Wedding

If a bride that legally marries in Bali wishes to take her groom’s last name, the name change process involves you sending your original birth certificate away and having a replacement birth certificate issued with your husband’s last name. More information about the process and costs are available from the Australian Consulate-General in Bali.

It’s worth noting that an Australian marriage celebrant is only permitted to conduct legal marriages within Australia and may require a work permit/ visa if they are to conduct a commitment ceremony overseas.

A commitment ceremony in Bali, with the legals addressed in Australia either before departure or upon return to Australia involves booking a celebrant or minister that is happy to provide a ‘legals only’ marriage or a simple ceremony (or you could go all out and have two amazing weddings if you choose!)


Image by Veli Photography via Jess and Rick’s Modern Bali Destination Wedding

Having the legal marriage take place in Australia enables the bride to take her groom’s last name via the standard process of applying to your State’s Office of Births, Deaths and Marriages for your official registry issued marriage certificate, and using this certificate to update your last name with all the relevant authorities and organisations.

There are different processes and different costs involved for each option, so it’s really about deciding which one is the most suitable for you. Whichever one you choose, we wish you every happiness for your magical day!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Great advice to consider; there are a few important things to know to ensure your special commitments of love are legally recognised.

About Brisbane City Celebrants: Hi, I’m Ciara from Brisbane City Celebrants; we specialise in modern, simple and meaningful, short, sweet and happy weddings.  With your choice of a female or male Wedding Celebrant, our brides and grooms describe us as warm, friendly and calming. We love being Marriage Celebrants and we LOVE celebrating love!

Luxurious Spicers Peak Lodge

by | Honeymoons, Location Australia, Reviews


Chloe van der Werf


Luxurious accommodation can be a challenge for some when planning a honeymoon. But I may have found just what you are looking for! Spicers Peak Lodge, nestled on a mountain top in Queensland’s scenic rim, is a breathtaking lodge that ensures all your cares will just melt away! Showcasing some of the country’s most picturesque scenery and World Heritage-listed rainforests, Spicers Peak Lodge is surrounded by six National Parks making it ideal for avid naturalists, hikers or newly weds looking for somewhere to just completely unwind.



Serenity and fresh air is what Spicers Peak Lodge is about. With nothing but green undulating hills, billowy gums, eucalyptus and the odd cow or two lazily grazing, here is where you can come to truly unwind and get back to nature.  Whether you want to lounge by the pool, play a friendly game of tennis, or a spot of lawn games with a glass of Dom Perignon in hand. There is a cosy loft where you can bunker down for an afternoon of board games and cards, and of course this would involve red wine and an array of local cheese (well for me anyway!) You can take a guided hike or a helicopter flight to check out the breathtaking scenery – or simply stroll hand in hand around the property exploring the local fauna and flora with a gourmet picnic to feast on along the way.




But maybe you just want to spend an entire day getting pampered. Spa Anise is where one comes to relax and rejuvenate – isn’t that what honeymoons are all about? This stunning spa offers single and double treatment rooms, slippers, robes and only the best locally owned and made spa products by Waterlily. After a day of taking in the region’s organic beauty the spa is the place to wind down.



The surrounding area boasts an abundance of boutique and gourmet food, wine and craft beer thanks to its rich volcanic soil.  The Peak offers the best seasonal tastes of the region. With your choice of á la carte or full degustation menus to tantalise your palettes all complemented by local wine, the award-winning fare is beyond sublime!


Spicers Peak Lodge has four suite options available for every type of couple. From loft suites to a one bedroom private lodge, this is the millionaire lifestyle! The private lodge was indeed my pick! A cozy 83 square metre intimate lodge perfect for couples wanting a little more privacy and finesse. Featuring a king size bed, Bemboka blankets, marble bathroom, wood fuelled fireplace perfect for laying in front of with a glass of mulled wine and your own private outdoor infinity spa, it also features an outdoor lounge and Bose bluetooth speakers, just to name a few. The only uninvited visitors on your doorstep here will be cute and furry rock wallabies.




All images via Spicers Peak Lodge

Only a short two hour drive from Brisbane, Spicers Peak is a honeymoon match made in heaven – amazing memories you will never forget!

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Ms Chinoiserie says: With picturesque mountain views and luxurious accommodation, your honeymoon at Spicers Peak Lodge will leave you feeling like you’re on top of the world!

Honeymoons A – Z: Cape Town

by | Honeymoons, Honeymoons A-Z,


Naomi Neilson


South Africa’s Cape Town has everything. Adventure, wine tours, gourmet restaurants, historic towns, breathtaking scenery, and a whole lot of romance. It’s an understated location for a honeymoon, but this beautiful city boasts some of the most breathtaking views and offers a wide range of alluringly charming activities that will make your honeymoon unforgettable.


Images via Cape Town Tourism

5 Places to Stay:
Cape Town has some of the most stunning views in South Africa and the hotels throughout the city show them off as much as possible. Not only are the hotels luxurious, but they also ensure their guests are indulging in the best South Africa has to offer. Here are our favourite places to stay on your honeymoon.

1. Cape Grace Hotel

This elegant hotel doubles as both a relaxing place to stay between adventures and a contemporary hotspot for tourists and residents. The hotel offers top-of-the-line room service, a renowned spa and fitness studio, refreshing pools, and a delightful array of food and refreshment choices in the bars and restaurants.

Cape Grace Hotel

Image via Cape Grace Hotel

2. The Marly Hotel

This exceptional hotel destination is within walking distance of some of Cape Town’s most scenic attractions, like the Theatre on the Bay and Camps Bay Beach. This upscale boutique hotel offers alluring views, friendly staff and concierge services, luxurious rooms and common areas, and spectacular outdoor recreational activities, including a pool and spa. Enjoy a night out in one of Cape Town’s restaurants, or stay in with 24-hour room service.

The Marly Hotel

Image via The Marly Hotel

3. Queen Victoria Hotel

This outstanding option is close to the V&A Waterfront, but is also nestled away in a secluded area that’s both gorgeous and quiet. Here you can be sure to enjoy a pampering at the spa and take advantage of the excellent service. The rooms, when you find your way back, are very spacious and very luxurious. It’s really, really hard to check out from here – it’s simply unforgettable!

Queen Victoria Hotel

Image via Queen Victoria Hotel

4. 12 Apostles Hotel

This award-winning hotel is on one of Cape Town’s scenic routes – not only does it overlook the Atlantic Ocean, but it’s also surrounded by the stunning Table Mountain National Park, a World Heritage Site, and the 12 Apostles Mountain Range. The hotel’s irresistible unique features, like the spa, cinema, Azure Restaurant and The Leopard Bar, make it a top spot to stay.

12 Apostles Hotel

Image via 12 Apostles Hotel

5. The One and Only

Indulge in some of the most fascinating places on Earth in this gem of a hotel. The rare and wonderful honeymoon hotel destination has celebrated chefs providing decadent choices for gourmet dining, relaxing spa services, and personal sommeliers ready to take you out to explore local vineyards. This exceptional retreat is the perfect option for your honeymoon.

The One and Only

Image via The One and Only

5 Places to Visit:

Cape Town is the perfect South African honeymoon spot and with an array of beautiful places to visit, it’s hard to pass it up. Take the time to visit South Africa’s wildlife or seek out wine valleys and shopping venues. Whatever it is you’re after, Cape Town has it – and does it spectacularly.

1. Boulders and Foxy Beach

Home to a breeding colony of over 2000 endangered African Penguins, Boulder Beach and Foxy Beach are rare hidden gems on South Africa’s coastline. This Cape Town attraction is the only place in the world where visitors can get up close to the adorably-suited African Penguins, and it’s never been easier to marvel at the animals with the upgrade of boardwalks that traverse the beach, information centres, and nearby facilities. It’s a must-see location in Cape Town, and a nice introduction to Africa’s wildlife.

Penguins on Boulder Rock

Image via Cape Town Tourism

2. Durbanville Nature Reserve

The six hectare nature reserve offers a range of activities for travellers. If you’re an adventurous and sight-seeing type of couple, this is an irresistible place to visit on your honeymoon. Explore everything from the breathtaking walking trails, the lovely picnic sites, birdwatching opportunities, and an abundance of animal species. Here you can get up close to Cape Town’s most beautiful and most historic scenery away from the bustling city.

3. Wine Valleys

Cape Town has an array of charming wine valleys worth exploring – and all offer tours, tastings and a lifetime of memories. The Constantia Valley is one of Cape Town’s most renowned wine locations, and with its heritage and alluring landscapes, it’s not hard to see why. The valley has something for every honeymooning couple, from wine estates famous for their cool climate wines, and year-round wine tastings to catered picnics, live music, and delightful festivals.

Constantia Valley

Image via Constantia Valley

4. V&A Waterfront

Situated in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour is the charming historical waterfront that hosts shopping, dining, entertainment, and leisure activities. The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront has an abundance of unforgettable experiences, from the breathtaking views to the contemporary atmosphere, and there is so much to see and do. Be sure to discover this lovely hot spot.

5. Table Mountain

The best for last – Cape Town’s crème de le crème! Renowned for being one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Table Mountain boasts the most beautiful views in all of South Africa. It’s renowned for being Cape Town’s most iconic (and most photographed) landmark, and it’s no surprise with the Cape of Good Hope and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens also adding to the beauty. Make absolutely sure you take the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway for views of a lifetime!

Table Mountain

Images via Cape Town Tourism

5 Things to Do:

There are so, so many things you can do in Cape Town, and it was hard limiting it to just 5—nonetheless, these all earn top-spots. All boast some spectacular views, amazing facilities and services, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that lead to lifelong memories.

1. Gourmet Restaurants

As I mentioned in the top five places to stay, the hotels of Cape Town have some extraordinary restaurants to dine in. But these are just the tip of the iceberg. Explore some of the best restaurants in South Africa across the city; the majority of which you can find at the V&A Waterfront. Venture out further than the immediate area and find the hidden gems of food and wine in Cape Town, like the mouth-wateringly-good La Colombe.

La Colombe

Image via La Colombe

2. Take to the Skies

It’s no secret that Cape Town is one of the more adventurous and exhilarating honeymoon destinations, and with the breathtaking landscape it’s easy to see why. Check out Sky Adventures to take the ultimate plunge, literally! Book out an instructor and the equipment and take to the skies to test out paragliding, microlighting, and skydiving – and make a whirlwind of memories in the exhilarating space between the plane and the ground.

3. African Wildlife Trails

I’ve mentioned Boulders Beach (which is absolutely gorgeous), but that’s just the start to South Africa’s wildlife. If you and your better half are considering a sightseeing, adrenaline-pumping, once-in-a-lifetime type of adventure on your honeymoon, then there’s no better place to do that then in Cape Town, surrounded by the best of South Africa’s wildlife. Earthstomper Adventures offers a Safari tour that takes you out to see some of Africa’s most spectacular animals. Or, if you only have time for the one-day stopover, check out Cape Town Safaris.

Cape Town Safari

Image via Cape Town Safari

4. Cape Peninsula Road Trip

Enjoy the quaint towns, the lush hillside, wildflowers, and the white sand beaches of South Africa on a road trip across Cape Peninsula. This romantic little trip can be organised with Cape Town Day Tours or Cape Town Tourism. Be sure to take your time exploring the hillside and finish off the trip at Camps Bay late afternoon to witness one of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever see.

5. Simon’s Town

For an undersea adventure, I can’t recommend anything more than Simon’s Town. The scenic 40-minute drive south is only part of the romance; when you get there you have the exhilarating option to take a dive. Team up with Shark Explorers to either test the adrenaline rush in an offshore cage dive with white sharks, swim with the inshore creatures and say hello to sea turtles, take a two-tank dive to search for the elusive Sevengill Cow shark, or, best of all, spend the day swimming with the goofily-adorable Cape fur seals.

Shark Explorer Simon's Town

Image via Shark Explorers

Cape Town in South Africa is an absolutely perfect honeymoon destination! Here you can either take the plunge and test out the thrills of South Africa’s adrenaline activities, relax and enjoy a pampering in a number of Cape Town’s hotels or explore the stunning array of the city’s hot-spots.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: From safari adventures and deep sea diving to luxurious hotels and awarded cuisine, Cape Town ticks all the boxes for a honeymoon delight!

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