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Weddings in Sri Lanka

Weddings in Sri LankaSri Lanka is one of the world’s top three destinations for a wedding ceremony overseas. Indulge in a traditional Sri Lankan wedding or opt for a quiet ceremony by the beach. The location opportunities are endless: jungle, hot-air balloon, riverboat, beach, tea plantation, private island, etc.

Destination weddings in Sri Lanka are becoming the No.1 location of choice for a spectacular wedding abroad. Fantastic wedding resort hotels offer some of the most worlds most romantic locations, combined with the friendly & enthusiastic Sri Lankan people, make Sri Lanka an overseas wedding location hard to beat!

In Sri Lanka you can have a Civil wedding, Christian wedding, Buddhist wedding, Hindu wedding or Muslim wedding. Traditional is the Sri Lankan Poruwa ceremony.

Weddings in Sri LankaMost couples getting married in Sri Lanka have a basis of this ceremony either after their religious ceremony as a blessing or combined into a civil ceremony. The stages of the entire traditional marriage Poruwa Buddhist ceremony in Sri Lanka takes about 45 minutes.

There are varying styles of Sri Lankan wedding and these change in accordance with the region. The core elements involve Kandy Dancers and Drummers, exchanging of vows upon a wedding Poruwa (stage) and elaborately dressed elephants to bring in the groom or to carry the just-married couple.

Many hotels will offer other attractive touches: champagne, a wedding cake, artistically arranged Sri Lankan buffets, traditional Kandyan dress and tailor-made saris. The cake styles and table decorations might not be to the British taste so ensure that the hotel have what you desire in mind. They are very creative if guided – perhaps take some magazine references.

The Ceremony
  • The entire traditional marriage Poruwa ceremony takes about 45 minutes and proceeds as follows:
  • Bride and then the groom will be accompanied from their hotel rooms to the marriage ceremony in a spectacular mini procession. Highlights include Kandyan traditional dancers and drummers.
  • Master of Ceremonies invites the couple to be married to the special marriage platform called the Poruwa, blowing of the conch shell.
  • The couple will exchange not just vows but also a sheaf of betel leaves exactly 7 times in a tradition that means the bond, unity and love will last for 7 generations.
  • The marriage is symbolised by tying the index fingers of the couple with a golden chain and water poured on it by the Master of Ceremonies from a Kandiyan crafted silver jug whilst chanting blessings from God.
  • After the couple exchange rings they feed each other with milk, rice and water, a symbolic pledge to take care of each other for life.
  • To celebrate the marriage young girls clad in the traditional Sri Lankan saree will sing wedding songs. The girls are traditionally given a symbolic gift.
  • The newly wed couple is invited to step out of the special marriage ceremony stage amidst chanting and beating of drums. No sooner the couple steps down, a coconut is dashed to bless them with children.
  • The couple lights the traditional oil lamp lit at all important occasions in Sri Lanka to symbolise light of hope and success.
  • The newly married couple and witnesses, one of whom should be a citizen of Sri Lanka, sign the marriage certificate in the presence of the Registrar of Marriages.
  • It is at this final stage, if desired, that the ornately dressed elephants carry the couple for a ride along the beach.
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