That sums up a sentiment shared by many Indonesians who remember the late s, when a US-supported regime, headed by the dictator Suharto, began to unravel — and youth of that era imagined a freer, more open society blooming in its wake. Now, Catholics face growing intolerance. Be good to your husband. Serve your husband well in bed. And then you will have a good life. The core message is fairly simple.
Marrying a local partner requires foreigners to take part in several legal procedures and observe cultural norms. Here are just a few important things expats and foreigners must know before picking up an Indonesian partner. Marriage in Indonesia Dating in Indonesia All marriages in Indonesia are overseen by Indonesian law via the Ministry of Religion and all couples are required to submit all necessary documents. While Indonesia does not have strict regulations on wedding venues, many Muslim couples prefer to have their ceremonies conducted at the Office of Religious Affairs. Expats and foreigners who marry local partners should also keep in mind that Indonesian social norms require couples to hold wedding receptions and pre-ceremony photo sessions in addition to the ceremony itself.