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Weddings in Sri Lanka
Expert Planning Guide

 
In recent years Sri Lanka has boomed as a wedding destination. The endless serene beaches, mystical ruins and flavoursome food makes Sri Lanka a fascinating place to visit. Discover the rich culture while wandering around ancient temples, or head to the forested hills if you’re not much for the tropical climate at the coast. With the maximum number of UNESCO heritage sites – 8 to be precise, this island country has much to offer to every kind of traveller - the seeker of ancient knowledge, a wandering vacationer or a couple aspiring to make their marriage promises!

If you are someone who wouldn’t want to travel too far for their wedding, but wouldn’t settle for a regular city wedding either, then Sri Lanka’s pristine beaches are apt for you! Plan your fairy tale moment against romantic tropical landscapes that are so easily and naturally available in this country. A short flight from Delhi or Mumbai, to the land of Lanka, promises to be a hit for your perfect beach destination wedding.

Here is everything you need to know about a destination wedding of your dreams in Sri Lanka. From visa information, legalities, to venue options and bachelor party ideas. Check out these details and then get ready to pack your bags!
 
GETTING THERE
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After a 3 to 4 hours direct flight from New Delhi or Mumbai you will land in Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. The airport is called Bandaranaike International Airport, also known as the Colombo International Airport.

VISAS FOR INDIANS
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As an Indian passport holder, you will need to apply for an online visa before travelling to Sri Lanka. An ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) allows you to enter the country for 30 days. However, this can be extended up to 6 months.

WEATHER-WISE
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The best time to visit Sri Lanka depends on which part of the country you’re visiting. In general, September - April are considered the best times to visit. Overall the temperatures in Sri Lanka remain fairly even all through the year, ranging from 28 to 34 degrees.

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Getting Married in Sri Lanka
Legal Requirements & Documentation

The official age for marriage in Sri Lanka is 18 years. Couples who want to get married here must not be related by blood, adoption or marriage. In order to register for a marriage ceremony in Sri Lanka you will need to be resident there for a minimum of 4 days.

You are required to produce the following documents to the Divisional/District Registrar of the area where your marriage would take place:

1. Valid passports of the couple planning to get married,

2. Original birth certificates of the couple planning to get married,

3. Unmarried certificate / Free to Marry Certificate: An affidavit / statutory declaration signed by a solicitor to confirm who you are and your present status (unmarried / free to marry). Separate affidavits for the period of time lived in different countries which are certified / legalised by respective Foreign Office & Sri Lankan Mission accredited to that country,

4. Valid visa to travel to Sri Lanka (tourist visa),

All documents must be in English in case of foreign nationals. Once you are married in Sri Lanka, you must get your marriage certificate certified by the Consular Affairs Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo; if the certificate issued in Sinhalese / Tamil language you may obtain official English translation and get the same certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Your marriage certificate will be accepted outside Sri Lanka only if it is legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan Wedding
Customs & Traditions

The bride is dressed in an exquisite ivory Osariya, adorned with the traditional Kandyan jewellery, and groom in Arya Sinhala attire. At a predetermined Nekath (auspicious time) the couple steps on to the Poruwa (a decorated platform), thus signifying the beginning of the sacred ceremony of a Sri Lankan Buddhist wedding.
The little fingers of the couple are tied together with Pirith Nool or gold thread by a maternal uncle of the bride who then pours Pirith Pan (holy water) over their tied fingers. This ritual is significant because water and earth are two sacred elements in Buddhism and are considered to be eternal truths.

Beach Weddings in Sri Lanka

NEGOMBO

Negombo beach is one of the most popular locations to tie the knot in Sri Lanka. Set amidst idyllic shores, this is the perfect place to have an enchanting beach wedding complete with a magical ambience created with fireworks, live music, and brilliant decor.

BAREFOOT

The sand beneath your feet, your hands in the hands of your loved one as the beautiful sunset graces the occasion with beautiful hues. Is there a better way to get married than a barefoot wedding on the beach at sunset? At Barefoot beach you can choose a dedicated area for your wedding. Whether a religious ceremony or a traditional Sri Lankan wedding, experience drummers, dancers, an elephant and the abundance of nature.

KALUTARA

Located on a beautiful peninsula, Kalutara Beach is an ideal location for a posh beach wedding. Surrounded by vibrant gardens and a private beach fringed with palm trees, contemporary architecture & top-notch cuisine, it is easily one of the most sought after destination wedding venues in Sri Lanka.

KANDY

Although not a beach, it is still a beautiful city set atop a plateau overlooking the blue seas. Exchange vows outdoors in beautifully landscaped gardens, with the river and mountain range as your witnesses. Sri Lankan traditional drummers, decorative oil lamps around the venue, traditionally dressed ushers and a romantic boat ride for the couple will give your special day a distinctive touch!

Selecting the right destination
is just the beginning!

Planning a wedding from afar can be overwhelming & stressful. Fortunately, you’re in good company!

We'll be there on your big day to make sure you don't have to worry about a thing! Our job is to look after every detail, so that you can relax and enjoy your wedding day.

Socials, Bachelorette, Bachelor &
Group Activity Ideas in Sri Lanka

BACHELORETTE PARTY IN SRI LANKA
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Here’s a great itinerary for you to plan with your girls at your bachelorette party! Lounge around at Negombo beach one day, head over to Kalpitiya for a fun time, playing various water sports like kite surfing, snorkelling, dolphin watching, scuba diving, and by night head over to Unawtuna to party at some cool night clubs.

BACHELOR PARTY IN SRI LANKA

Hikkaduwa, arguably Sri Lanka's hottest party spot, is the best location to plan your bachelor party in Sri Lanka. A place where the partying never stops and drums will keep you on your feet through the night till dawn. You can rent a private villa with your buds, rent bikes and ride out to the beach to where the popular clubs are.

Sri Lanka Sightseeing

Whenever you mention the words ‘Indian Wedding’ your mind automatically imagines 3 to 4 days lined up with multiple events, the gifts, the clothes, the guests, the hotel stays and so on. The list is endless and those who are in charge of ‘getting things done’ might end up feeling like they’re in a nightmare!

Now to add to this, you utter the words – 'destination wedding' and suddenly the math has gone all wrong. How are you going to manage it all? That’s where you bring in the specialists – destination wedding planners!

In this day and age, even your parents should put their feet up as they sip on their drinks, take in the beautiful seaside vistas and see you get married happily at a destination that you always dreamt of!
Let's discuss your special day!
We are always looking for new ways to make your destination wedding the best experience of your life. If you have a vision, we have the means to make it happen.


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