Sunday, June 2, 2013

Destination wedding in Bali Part 1 - Conrad Infinity Chapel Review

One of our early ideas to avoid an "OEM" wedding (meaning cookie cutter wedding) is to hold it overseas.

Ps: OEM is a term that Mr uses to describe standard conventional cookie-cutter

We looked into a number of places such as Scotland and New Zealand for their unique landscapes that are different from Singapore. However, travelling time is a main concern.

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Eventually, we picked Bali for multiple reasons:
1. Its proximity to Singapore means that more people can join us
2. Bali has a couple of beautiful modern wedding chapels overlooking the sea. Mrs loves the sea and what's can be more romantic that getting married in chapel?
3. Bali destination wedding industry is relatively well-developed. That means helps and vendors are widely available with good quality and attractive prices.

Thus, during December 2011, we jetted off to Bali for to scout for our perfect wedding venues!

Venue 1: Conrad Infinity Chapel

This is a very iconic and popular chapel. I bet some of you have seen it somewhere.

The wow factors begin from the entrance of the hotel. Upon entering the lobby, you will be greeted by blue Indian Ocean facing directly to you.

Conrad Bali lobby looking out into the sea
Conrad Bali lobby looking out into the sea

It was a beautiful sunny day during our visit - very good of the pictures, not so good for my skin. :P
Conrad Bali veranda sea view
Conrad Bali veranda sea view

This is the standard flowers arrangements at the hotel lobby. I find this is already stunning enough for my minimalistic modern requirement.

Conrad Bali flower arrangements at the lobby
Conrad Bali flower arrangements at the lobby

The iconic chapel... looking stunning under the blue sky.
Conrad Bali Chapel
Conrad Bali Infinity Chapel
Conrad Bali Infinity Chapel

Interior of the chapel. I love how it is overlooking the sea and the flowers arrangement is beautiful. And the blasting air-condition provides a much welcomed relief from the scorching sun outside.
Conrad Bali Chapel internal view
Conrad Bali Infinity Chapel internal view

They also managed to show us standard table setting for wedding which they have prepared for an upcoming wedding. I like how the blue tint of the glass plate echoing with the blue tint of the sea.

Conrad Bali standard wedding table setting
Conrad Bali standard wedding table setting

The flowers arrangement is also very simple yet elegant - around 20 frangipani placed in a glass cylinder. Frangipani is widely available in Bali. This can be a great idea for brides who want to have a modern minimalistic wedding in Bali.
Another view of the Conrad Bali standard wedding table setting
Yellow frangipani flowers arranged in a modern cylindrical vase - table setting of Conrad Bali

We didn't manage to view the bridal preparation room as someone is preparing for their big day.

In 2011/12, renting the chapel will cost USD3500++, including:

  • Venue usage for 1 hour
  • Wedding celebrant
  • Music accompaniment by keyboardist and singer
  • Bride's hand bouquet and groom's boutonneire
  • Fresh flowers decoration
  • Usage of bridal and groom preparation room 2 hours prior to ceremony time
  • "Bali Sunrise" wedding toast
  • Flower ptal confetti
  • Comemorative wedding certificate
  • Guest book
  • Wedding program for guests

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Topping up to USD5000++, you will have contemporary dance, lantern and candles decoration and fireworks display  for your wedding reception. 

Wedding reception price USD 50++ per person for lunch and USD75++ per person for dinner. 

Beverage is not included and might totally blow your budget - beverages package starts at USD20++ per person per hour at USD15++ for soft drinks and juice, and will cost USD 25++ per person per hour for wine, beer, juice and soft drinks. That's per person per hour. So having 3~4 hour celebration, you might end up paying more for drinks than food! So, remember to negotiate drinks based on consumption if you are on budget.

Finally, tax are not included. In 2011, this amount to 10% service charges and 11% government tax. That's whopping 21% in total. 


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Pros:
1. Stunning chapel with stunning sea view
2. The standard decoration is the way I like it - modern minimalistic. So I can save substantial in decorations. :D
3. The chapel is located in the hotel compound, so your guests can stay there directly and they have multiple options for receptions. No logistic hassle.

Cons:
1. Although the chapel looks quite stunning in the pictures, in reality it is actually surrounded by hotel rooms, making the area feels much more busy than it looks in picture. Minus point for tranquility.

2. Since it is overlooking the hotel beach, be prepare for swimming trunk-wearing hotel guests to appear in the background

3. The chapel actually is much smaller than it looks. Although Conrad claims it can accommodate 24 people, we think less than 15 is comfortable. Since we were expecting more guests. This venue is not suitable.

Next we will continue to Alila Villas Uluwatu

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2 comments:

  1. Truly a perfect destination wedding at Bali and quite sure that this will be first option for most who are looking for destination weddings. However, I am in pursuit of amazing San Francisco venues for arranging my nephew’s wedding. Hope to find one soon.

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  2. In any case; now that we have entered the 21st century; simply like numerous other basic customs; the guardians are never again anticipated that would convey the majority of the budgetary weight. wedding preparations

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