The civil procedure is usually woven into the religious ceremony.
Both husband and wife will receive a copy of the wedding booklet, in different colors that spell out the mariiage arrangement and the consequences of divorce.
Well before the planned day of the wedding ceremony, as a foreign spouse-to-be you need to get in touch with your embassy in Indonesia to aks about the legal requirements of your marriage.
Please ensure that all the paperwork is completed, including official translations of your birth certificate and a declaration of your social status: bachelor or divorced.
A wedding in Batak marriage in Sumatra will be different from one in Central Java or West Timor.
Ceremonies in rural areas will differ from hose in major urban areas.
Social class manifests itself in the number of guests one is expected to invite, which could easily run into over a thousand.
A traditional wedding is marked by several key stages, sometimes requiring months to perform.
Although freedom of religion is anchored within the Constitution, in everyday life the translation of that right is a bit different.
Only in very rare cases will your partner and the wider group of relatives be willing to tolerate two religions within one household.
Picture taking has become so important that a visit to a studio will probably be inevitable.
During the wedding reception formal photos with different set-ups of relatives, neigbors, friends and co-workers are indispensable.
Foreigners are known of not attaching much of a priority to religion, something most Indonesians consider inappropriate and undesirable.