Brides- and grooms-to-be looking for an exotic, faraway location to say "I do" will fall in love with Bali. The Indonesian island boasts some of the world's most beautiful beaches, luscious jungles, and exceptional resorts. The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas - Nusa Dua, Bali is one such property, offering five-star accommodations and amenities. Guests won't even have to leave the resort with four on-site restaurants, five bars, a stunning spa, and a range of water-based activities.
The impeccable location also offers three incredible spaces to exchange vows for a destination wedding: couples get the choice of two architecturally beautiful chapels as well as the opportunity to have a beach ceremony overlooking the Indian Ocean. The resort is also a wonderful place to enjoy a honeymoon, so couples traveling to the island after a stateside wedding can experience a getaway they'll never forget.
As the media partner for a recent trip to The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas - Nusa Dua, Bali coordinated by DFW Events and Destination EnSite, Inside Weddings had the opportunity to spend a week at the beautiful property to experience all it has to offer, along with top wedding professionals from around the world, including Editors Circle members Bella Flora of Dallas, Bobbi Rice Weddings, Engaging Affairs, Hope Weis Consulting, Ilana Ashley Events, Jackson Durham Events, Kelli Corn Weddings & Events, and Kristin Banta Events. Take a look at some incredible photos from the trip – captured by Brian Leahy Photography – below, and let us know if you're thinking about having a destination wedding in the comments!
Couples planning a destination wedding in Bali should be aware of the travel time, which is upwards of 24 hours. Strong Travel served as the travel partner for the trip and booked flights for many of the US guests. Attendees touched down at Ngurah Rai International Airport – Bali's primary airport – and were greeted with white glove transfer service from The Mulia. Once they arrived to the property in a private car, a welcome ceremony – including the cleansing of hands with frangipani water and the gift of a lei made up of local flowers crafted by the property's team of florists – was performed before transporting guests to their rooms.
Every morning started with an exercise option, with the first day giving attendees the opportunity to join an in-house yogi for Vinyasa sunrise yoga on the lawn featuring a view of Nusa Dua Bay followed by breakfast at The Café, which delighted travelers with coffee brews, pastries, and a build-your-own parfait tray. After a few hours of free time, guests enjoyed a Japanese lunch at Edogin, complete with coastal cocktails, assorted sashimi, sushi, and tempura, as well as meats and seafoods prepared Teppanyaki style. Later, they attended a welcome event at Eden Garden, which was bedecked with beautiful décor provided by the resort, where they took part in an open-air traditional Indonesian dinner beneath the stars and observed a Kecak fire dance performance.
The second day began with Hatha sunrise yoga at the Unity Garden followed by a Chinese-style breakfast at Table8, which included a Tea Kung Fu presentation – the act of pouring tea as an art form. The rest of the morning was spent exploring the three divisions of the property – The Mulia, Mulia Resort, and Mulia Villas. A family-style Mediterranean lunch at Soleil delighted event professionals with choices ranging from lobster to fried squid to handmade pastas. After sunset, guests sampled open-air drinks, tapas, and barbecue at Sky Bar.
The penultimate day of the trip started with a yoga-Zumba session followed by a continental breakfast in the foyer of The Grand Ballroom. Guests then traveled to Ubud, Bali in a caravan of brightly colored vintage Volkswagen safari cars fashioned as wedding getaway cars decorated with balloons, soda cans, and "Just Married" signs. Travelers got up close and personal with monkeys at Ubud's Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and explored the grounds of the Pura Beji temple, which is a place of purification where locals go before performing a ceremony. The evening ended with an elaboate dinner at the courtyard of Mulia Villas. The dessert course was the highlight of the night – a chocolate cake encapsulated by a chocolate pagoda and metal fortune cookies containing love-inspired quotes.
The final day began with an optional pilates session followed by breakfast at Cascade Lounge and a leisurely afternoon. The resort held a private arts-and-crafts market at Eden Garden, so guests could browse products from local artisans, get hands-on and prepare a Canang Sari offering, or shop for silk and cotton saris on display. Later, guests headed to the Unity Garden to observe a Balinese wedding show showcasing the events of a typical royal Balinese wedding. The bride and groom made a grand entrance as they were carried on palanquins accompanied by men playing percussion instruments and Balinese flower girls – called Megayot, Sekar Jepun dancers performed, and the show concluded with a sacred Mekala-Kalan commitment ceremony, exchange of promise and vows, and an Oleg Tamulilingan dance.
Following the cultural event, the resort's in-house floral team created lush runners made of blush and lavender blooms accented by translucent candelabra for a farewell dinner. Attendees savored a choreographed presentation of a nine-course dinner menu. The end of the night was marked with a wish ceremony at Harmony Chapel where faux lanterns were released into the night sky, and everyone enjoyed an evening of dancing at ZJ's Bar & Lounge.
The trip as a whole was an incredible and magical experience for all involved. From learning about the cultural traditions of Bali to indulging in the impeccable cuisine, drinks, and desserts offered at the resort, the days were filled with good eats, great company, and exquisite experiences. If you and your beloved are looking for a one-of-a-kind destination wedding experience, be sure to check out the island resort. The romantic property is also a beautiful place for couples who are planning a tropical honeymoon or a dreamy anniversary trip. For more information, click here.
Photos: Brian Leahy Photography; Event Host: DFW Events & Destination EnSite; Event Partner: Jackson Durham Events; Host Resort: The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas - Nusa Dua, Bali; Media Partner: Inside Weddings