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Tying the Knot in Sri Lanka


Looking for the ideal backdrop for your destination wedding? No matter whether you prefer a beach wedding by the glistening Indian Ocean, a romantic garden ceremony or a completely traditional ceremony filled with color, sound, and music, Sri Lanka awaits you.

With golden beaches that spread for miles and secluded coves by the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is your best choice for a destination beach wedding that is classically elegant or has the boho-chic vibes.

Golden Mile Beach

Among the most favorite beach destinations to get married in Sri Lanka is the Golden Mile Beach of Sri Lanka in Bentota. Bordered by an ocean that softly kisses the golden sands, the golden mile beach is bordered by some of the leading beach resorts in Sri Lanka, making it extra convenient to host your guests in luxury after the ceremony by the beach.

Whether you are looking for a morning or an evening ceremony with vows on the beach and a celebration at the hotel or a complete wedding banquet under the stars, by the sea, the Golden Mile beach offers you a multitude of options.

Many hotels by the Golden Mile Beach, The Palms Hotel included, offer a comprehensive line of services for beach weddings from floral arches and petal aisles to scrumptious meal plans, traditional music, and lighting.

Receptions can take place at any of the spacious in-house banquet halls, sprawling palm garden or on the beach itself, romantically lit with candles and torches.

The Bay of Weligama

If the wedding of your dream is a no-frills affair with just the friends that are family and a family that are friends, the hidden bay of Weligama is the ideal backdrop for your vows and reception.

Surrounded by a natural sand barrier and a favorite surfing spot, the white beaches of Weligama Bay promises you a calm sea and eternal sunshine throughout the year. The wide beaches are ideal for daytime receptions while the fishing harbor nearby assures that your banquet would not be short of all the exotic seafood Sri Lanka has to offer.

With many couples opting to combine Sri Lankan traditional weddings with a beach wedding, that features a traditional poruwa, Sri Lankan dancing, drumming and blessings taking place on the beach, number of hotels and resorts in Weligama including the Fisherman’s Bay Hotel offers the happy couples a range of flexible wedding packages to suit their taste and budget.

Not a fan of beach weddings? Fear not. If a location steeped in natural beauty and history is the destination of your choice, Sri Lanka has a multitude to offer. With a history rolling back to nearly three thousand years, the country has no shortage of locations that are picturesque as well as historical to say I do in Style.

Sigiriya, the Rock Fortress

Built by a patricide king who sought refuge away from the Kingdom of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s valley of the royals, Sigiriya and the forest reservation around it is a world heritage site and is ideal to say I do in style.

With numerous hotels situated around the fortress including the scenic Sigiriya Village Hotel offering the facility to host indoor and garden weddings in a location filled with manicured garden, open spaces and ancient trees, tying the knot with the Sigiriya as a backdrop has never been easier.

Treat your guests to a scrumptious buffet or a sit-down dinner filled with Sri Lankan delicacies in the shade of frangipani trees and dance away at the open space banquet hall till the wee hours.

Useful Information

If you are non-Sri Lankan planning to marry in Sri Lanka, you will need to bring a number of documents to have your marriage officiated including;

  • Proof of ID – Your original birth certificate and the passport, valid for at least six months from date of entry
  • Proof of Status – An affidavit signed by a solicitor stating that none of the partners have been married before. If divorced you must provide your decree or when widowed, the death certificate of your late spouse.
  • Legal proof in case of name change
  • Parental consent in the form of a sworn affidavit when one of the partners is younger than 18 years.

In addition, both the marriage partners should be residents in Sri Lanka for at least four days before the wedding, to officiate your marriage the original copies of the documents require to be presented to the civil status office in the area, along with your full name, address, parent’s name and details of profession.

Once officiated the marriage certificate should be authenticated at the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Sri Lanka for it to take full effect.

Admin Nov 10, 2017