Picking the perfect spot to say 'I do'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 March, 2011, 12:00am

Getting married at the venue of your dreams can be a reality for many couples. With a backdrop of lush gardens and sweeping ocean views, this is the first in a two-part series on wedding chapels around Asia.

At one of Bali's largest beachfront properties lies the Infinity chapel, a striking triangular structure, at Conrad Bali (www.conradbali.com).

'Infinity is a purpose-built wedding venue with an off-set triangle shape floating two metres above sea level within an infinity pool,' says Alicia Budihardja, marketing and public relations manager at Conrad Bali.

With a floor-to-ceiling glass frontage looking towards the ocean, the chapel can accommodate 60 guests.

As one of the most sought-after venues in Bali, there are five time slots each day (10am and 11.30am, and 1pm, 3pm and 5pm).

Budihardja recommends booking your nuptials during Bali's dry season, which runs from June to September.

If you're looking for a crisp white-on-white wedding, Laguna Phuket Resort features the stunning Chapel-on-the-Lagoon.

Built on stilts, the non-denominational chapel, amid lush gardens, has 360-degree views overlooking the lagoon.

'The Chapel-on-the-Lagoon has a loft ceiling, glass walls and airy light interior. It's perfect for romantic sunset weddings,' says Cindy Chan, wedding services manager for Laguna Phuket (www.lagunaphuketweddings.com).

Ideal for small occasions of up to 50 guests, the contemporary building floods with natural light as its sliding glass walls can open for an alfresco ceremony.

If the weather is too hot, the walls can be closed leaving guests in air-conditioned comfort.

As one of the most popular wedding spots in Phuket, the chapel held about 150 weddings last year, Chan says.

Many couples came from abroad, including Britain, Australia and Hong Kong, and Europe and North America.

If you're too busy to organise the big day, the resort also has a team of dedicated specialists offering services, from bridal make-up to spa treatments.

For the best time of year, plan to tie the knot between November and April, during Phuket's dry season. However, Chan adds: 'We've had many weddings during the rainy season and the weather was absolutely fine, as Phuket is a tropical island, we tend to only get periodic showers.'