All couples who want to legally marry in Indonesia must declare a religion – also foreigners. Agnosticism and Atheism are not recognized. The Civil Registry Office can register marriages of believers in Islam, Hindu, Buddhist, Protestant and Catholic faiths. Marriage partners must have the same religion; otherwise one partner must make a written declaration of a change of religion. For formalities and paperwork information, please read on in our FAQ.


  • The Religious Marriage under Islam is performed by the Office of Religious Affairs (Kantor Urusan Agama) in a ceremony at a wedding chapel, a mosque, at home, or any other place chosen by the couple. It is legal immediately after the ceremony.

  • A Christian, Hindu or Buddhist marriage is performed as a chapel-, church-, villa-, or temple ceremony. After the religious ceremony, the marriage is registered with the Civil Registry (Kantor Catatan Sipil); it is then legal and recognized in your country. Registration by Civil Registry officials is usually conducted directly after the religious ceremony.

  • Religious Weddings without the registrations from city hall representatives are also possible; they are, however, not recognized as legal in most countries.

Couples with alternative lifestyles (e.g., Romeo+Romeo and Julia+Julia) may have the desire to express their loving commitment to their partners in a beautiful ceremony. Those ceremonies do not have to abide by any government laws and can be prepared and conducted according to the couple's wishes, and can be romantic, exciting, vibrant, solemn.

Couples that have spent a considerable life span together may wish to manifest their love through a solemn ceremony: the Vows Renewal. As in Blessed and Commitment ceremonies, the liturgy (the vows) are not binding: the couples are free to express their feelings and convictions towards their partner in their own words.