There are some words and phrases used in the wedding industry that you may not be familiar with. Some of these are very specific to Bali. Here is a list of useful vocabulary to help you understand your wedding plan, and what you can expect.
A
  • A-LINE GOWN

    skirt that is fitted at the hips and gradually widens towards the hem. The style suits most ladies and designers like to use this shape when making a skirt or gown.

B
  • Balinese Gamelan Band

    powerful, traditional Balinese music band normally used for temple ceremonies or a dance performance.

  • Balinese Flower Girl

    flower girls in traditional Balinese costume, to add an exotic element to your wedding theme.

  • Banjar Fee

    for venues located within a village community, a fee is payable for weddings with more than 30 pax that continue into the night. The Banjar has a team of members, who makes sure the venue is secure and traffic smooth.

  • Bouquet

    an arrangement of cut flowers, referring to the special flower arrangement held by bride during the wedding ceremony.

  • Boutonniere

    flower décor for a man, normally worn as single flower or with a little extra contrast

  • Buffet

    variety of food set up on tables for guests to serve themselves.

C
  • Chapel

    small independent churchlike edifice, devoted to special services. Mainly used for wedding ceremonies in Bali.

  • Cocktail Party

    standing party without table or chair arrangement. Guests can freely walk around with waiters serving food and drinks.

  • Commemorative Wedding Certificate

    Wedding certificate for ceremonial use that has no legal power.

  • CONI

    Certificate Of No Impediment to marry

  • Corkage Fee

    convenience fee when guests bring their own wine to a restaurant. Waiters will be able to serve your wine for you.

  • Course Dinner or Plated Dinner

    set menu for appetiser, main course and dessert.

F
  • Favour

    small gift from the bride and groom to their guests, to say thank you for being part of their important day.

H
  • Hotel Villa

    an independent property within hotel grounds that has five rooms or more.

K
  • Kebaya and Sarong

    Balinese or Indonesian traditional costume.

O
  • Open Bar

    a bar at a reception where the host has paid all costs up front. Guests can order whatever they want during any time during the event.

P
  • Petal Confetti

    flower petals used to celebrate the climax of the wedding usually scattered on the Bride and Groom on their way out from the ceremonial area.

  • Prenuptial

    an agreement between the couple before they enter the marriage, especially regarding settlement of personal property before and during marriage, or in the event of divorce.

  • Private Villa

    a very individual property with private pool, personal butler and car, as well as a driver and chef team to serve residents only.

  • Programme

    small handbook for each guest including wedding schedule and details of what the priest, bride and groom will say during the ceremony.

T
  • Trial Make-up and Hair

    a session where the bride can meet the make-up artist to discuss the best look for the wedding day. Normally takes place one or two days before the wedding.

U
  • Umbrella Boy

    boy in traditional Balinese costume who carries a Balinese umbrella for the couple during the wedding ceremony.

V
  • Virgin Road

    The path from the ceremony entrance to the ceremony table, such as the altar in a chapel. Saying is adapted from Japanese culture. In Bali, it refers to a path covered with fresh flower petals.

  • Vow Renewal

    an opportunity for couples that have been married for years to romantically renew their vows.

W
  • Wedding Theme

    subject for the wedding, reflected in the decorations and possibly attire. (e.g. Fairy Tale)

  • Wedding Reception

    lunch or dinner for guests and the wedding couple to celebrate after the wedding ceremony.

  • Welcome Board

    sign, prominently displayed at the reception that includes the name of couple and welcomes their guests to their wedding.