Balinese Wedding Elements

I am trying to incorporate some island elements into the design of our wedding since my fiance is of Filipino descent and we will be getting hitched on an island. One of the celebratory Filipino items will be fans—much needed in the humid tropics, though they may or may not be functional on the semi-arid Californian island where we will get married (will it be in the 60s and foggy or in 80s and sweltering!?). If they are not entirely needed, I want them to be at least an added piece of decor!

I am constantly making note when I see fans making an appearance at a wedding. Especially when they have a bit more pizzazz than just the regular store bought kind (meaning: straw or white and bamboo).


Leo Patrone via Style Me Pretty

I loved seeing this post on Style Me Pretty that profiles a destination wedding in Bali. The ceremony was held in a courtyard—similar to how ours will be—and is a mixture of casual and more formal. The fans they use are spruced up with different papers in geometric designs. The patterns in chocolate brown & cream and white & black add a lot of visual excitement to the calm surroundings. They even complement the Balinese dancers’ attire. I also love the colors of magenta and purple mixed with the natural landscape of lavish greens.


Leo Patrone via Style Me Pretty

It’s very beautiful, and I can’t wait until my own burst of sunshine on our wedding day. So, thanks SMP for featuring more South East Asian & Pacific Island weddings (that were held somewhere other than Hawaii, although I am a sucker for these too, it is just nice to see variety).

Are you incorporating any cultural elements from your FI’s heritage in your wedding day?


Mrs. Pashmina

NYC/Catalina Island, CA
Wedding Date:
July 2010
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  1. cardigan Bee
    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 11:35 am

    Those fans are so gorgeous!

  2. trailmix Bee
    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:46 am

    Those will look beautiful and will def be used/appreciated by your guests

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    winter 1333 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:39 pm

    those will look extremely beautiful. i love the idea of infusing those elements

  4. cola Bee
    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:30 pm

    Ohhh, I love the fan inspiration! Can’t wait to see what you go with for your wedding!

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    Swiss Miss to Bee 1004 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:46 pm

    I think I said this before, but we’re doing the chord and veil ceremony. And then we’re doing a 2’nd wedding (long story) in Jan. and he will wear a Barong for that one 🙂

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    Swiss Miss to Bee 1004 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:46 pm

    ps, I don’t know any Swiss traditions, so if anyone does let me know!

  7. parfait Bee
    parfait 1755 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:05 pm

    These are gorgeous inspiration photos! We had a lot of fun incorporating Mr. P’s heritage into our wedding day!

  8. Guest Icon Guest
    Ratna Dewi, Guest @ 7:21 pm

    Wow this wedding absolutely stunning. and its held on bali. great choice!

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