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Sri Lankan Wedding...
A wedding is a common ceremony spread widely amongst almost all the nations and traditions. But Sri Lankan weddings somehow are more colorful and interesting than the majority. It is not only because of the colorful jewelry and costumes, it's also because of the traditions and the customs that we follow. By following these rituals and traditions it is believed that the married couple will be blessed with prosperity and fortune.
The wedding culture in Sri Lanka consists of two different traditions, the Up country tradition also known as the Uda Rata tradition and the Southern Tradition also known as the Pahatha Rata tradition. The Uda Rata weddings are the most colorful ones and it is believed to be indigenous to Sri Lanka. The Pahatha Rata customs have a south Indian touch.
  • Nekath-The Auspicious Time
  • Poruwa Ceremony
  • Wedding procession
  • Auspicious 'seven'
  • Golden Knot
  • Mother care
  • Chathurthi Karma
  • Shining bright

The traditional Sri Lankan Wedding Ceremony is a beautiful exchange of vows and symbolic gifts that dates back to 300 BC. These traditional Buddhist Weddings are influenced by the Hindu culture which gives prominence to “Nekath” which refers to the auspicious time.

The Ceremony

The entire traditional marriage Poruwa ceremony takes about 45 minutes and proceeds as follows:

  1. 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.
  2. Master of Ceremonies invites the couple to be married to the special marriage platform called the Poruwa, blowing of the conch shell.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The couple lights the traditional oil lamp lit at all important occasions in Sri Lanka to symbolise light of hope and success.
  9. 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.
  10. It is at this final stage, if desired, that the ornately dressed elephants carry the couple for a ride along the beach.

Legal Requirements For Registrations Of Marriages In Mission/ Sri Lanka (For Foreign Nationals)

The legal requirements for Registration of Marriages of Foreign Nationals in Sri Lanka are very straightforward. You are required to produce the following documents to the Divisional/District Registrar of the area where your marriage would take place.

The following original documents are required

  • Birth Certificate(s).
  • Your Passport.
  • An affidavit signed by a solicitor/statutory declaration to confirm who you are and your present status (un-Married).
  • The affidavit (Unmarried Certificate) or Divorced Certificate as appropriate should be certified by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (for British nationals) and legalised by the Sri Lanka High Commission, London. The fee applicable for certification is £.15/- per document. For other nationals the document should be certified by their respective Foreign Ministries.
  • If divorced, a decree absolute.
  • If widowed, the death certificate of your late spouse and your previous marriage certificate.
  • If you have changed your name, a deed poll (including divorcees who have reverted to their maiden names).
  • If adopted, an adoption certificate.
  • The couple should hold a minimum period of residency at the hotel of 4 nights prior to the date of the ceremony.
  • The wedding will take place in the hotel premises and it will be conducted by the Master of Ceremonies at any day between 8.00a.m. And 6.00 p.m. except on Sundays and Public Holidays
  • No one under 21 years of age is permitted to marry in Sri Lanka as according to Government regulations.
  • The above should reach the hotel 30 days prior to the date of ceremony.
  • Also originals of above documents will have to be produced to the respective hotel at least 4 days prior to the ceremony.
  • The necessary marriage certificate and Ministry’s approval with English translation will be delivered to the client within 14 working days after the ceremony
Bentota Beach hotel

Pontoon Wedding - floating Wedding Ceremony on the Bentota River, including decorations, Sparkling Wine Breakfast in the garden and all items listed below.

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Garden Wedding with decorations and Sparkling Wine Breakfast on the Pontoon and all items listed below.

  • Fees for Registrar
  • Assistance locally at hotel
  • Witness if required
  • Marriage Licence & Certificate
  • Bottle of sparkling wine
  • Bridal bouquet/ Head dress and Button hole
  • Decorated location
  • Fruits and flowers in room on arrival
  • Traditional singing of blessings (4 girls)
  • Kandyan dancers and drummers
  • Wedding Cake
  • Wedding gift from hotel
  • 20 Photographs with negatives
  • 1 hour video of the wedding
  • Elephant Ride
  • Fire Crackers
  • Candle lit dinner for the couple at the hotel
  • Pre wedding briefing with hotel weddings co-ordinator and team
  • Room upgrade to Superior / Deluxe on availability
  • Rejuvenation package for the couple

Total cost – contact info@deluxholidays.com


The Blue Water
Silver Wedding package – At The Blue Water

Total cost – contact info@deluxholidays.com

Your wedding day ... It's more than a day – so much more. From engagement to vows to glorious honeymoon, The Blue Water makes every moment unforgettable. Whether you travel across town or around the world, discover everything in one place: superb settings, award-winning cuisine and meticulous, personalized support. Perfect Blue water for you and your guests, with only delightful surprises

Price includes:-

  • Fee for Registrar
  • Marriage license and certificate with English Translation
  • The expert service of our own “Wedding Specialist “
  • Witness if required
  • Choice of location in the hotel
  • Elegantly Decorated location of your choice
  • Bouquet and button-hole with tropical fresh flowers
  • Single -tier wedding cake
  • Bottle of wine for the couple during the ceremony
  • Traditional oil lamp decorated with fresh flowers
  • 5 course sit down candle-lit dinner at your choice
  • Basket of Fruits & Flowers in the room
  • Souvenir gift from the hotel
  • All applicable taxes Inclusive to Government Taxes & Service Charges

Price does not include:-

  • Mineral water, soft drinks, tea/ coffee, alcohol or any other beverages
  • Expenses of a personal nature.
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Gazebo (Marquee contingency in case of over cast weather)

Total cost – contact info@deluxholidays.com






Gold Wedding Package – At The Blue Water

Price includes:-

  • Fee for Registrar
  • Marriage license and certificate with English Translation
  • The expert service of our own “Wedding Specialist “
  • Witness if required
  • Bouquet and button-hole with tropical fresh flowers
  • Hair dressing for the bride
  • Single -tier wedding cake
  • Bottle of wine for the couple during the ceremony
  • Poruwa with floral Décor
  • Kandyan Dancers and Drummers
  • Traditional Sri Lankan wedding ceremony
  • Traditional oil lamp decorated with fresh flowers
  • Choice of location in the hotel
  • 5 course sit down candle-lit dinner with sea food
  • Basket of fruits & Flowers in the room
  • 36 photographs with the pocket size album & negatives.
  • Souvenir gift from the hotel
  • One hour video of the wedding ceremony on CD

Price does not include:-

  • Mineral water, soft drinks, tea/ coffee, alcohol or any other beverages
  • Expenses of a personal nature.
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Gazebo (Marquee contingency in case of over cast weather)

Total cost – contact info@deluxholidays.com

Platinum Wedding Package – At The Blue Water

Price includes:-

  • Fee for Registrar
  • Marriage license and certificate with English Translation
  • The expert service of our own “Wedding Specialist “
  • Bouquet and button-hole with tropical fresh flowers
  • Hair dressing for the bride
  • Single -tier wedding cake
  • Bottle of wine for the couple during the ceremony
  • Poruwa with floral Décor
  • Kandyan Dancers and Drummers
  • Traditional Sri Lankan wedding ceremony
  • Traditional oil lamp decorated with fresh flowers
  • 5 course sit down candle-lit dinner with sea food

Or

  • Spa dining and couple treatment in the spa with Romantic floral bath
  • Basket of fruits & Flowers in the room
  • Souvenir gift from the hotel
  • 36 photographs with the pocket size album & negatives.
  • Champagne breakfast in the couple’s room
  • Boat ride on the river “Kalu Ganga “for the couple
  • One hour video of the wedding ceremony on DVD
  • Use of sauna, steam bath, chill pool, Jacuzzi for the couple entire stay
  • Decorating the room on the wedding day
  • Free canapés, with wine for 15 or more guests
  • Sri Lankan music & Fire works during the dinner for 15 people

Total cost – contact info@deluxholidays.com


Taj Exotica Bentota
Exotic wedding Package

Price includes:-

  • Priority check-in
  • Upgrade on room on availability
  • A 30 minutes Spa treatment for the couple
  • Elephant to greet couple on arrival
  • Complimentary fruits and flowers in room
  • Bottle of sparkling wine
  • Wedding cake with names engraved and in colour of your choice
  • Bridal Bouquet
  • Buttonhole for groom
  • Dressing up of bride ( The traditional Sri Lankan Saree can be provided by you or rented at an additional cost)
  • Hairdressing of bride
  • A wedding representative for pre wedding consultation
  • Decorations for the location on the wedding day
  • Bestsmen, maids of honour and witness if required
  • Special candlelit seafood dinner on the night of the wedding for the couple
  • Continental breakfast in bed on the morning after the wedding for the couple
  • Charges for Registrar with English translation of certificate

By paying an additional fee you can avail yourself to the following extra options,

  • Poruwa Ceremony with Jayamangala Gatha
  • Bound Wedding album by a professional photographer (24 photographs 8x13)
  • One Hour DVD
  • Elephant ride for couple
  • Dancers and drummers on wedding day
  • Hire of local costume Jewelry- Price as per selection

Total cost – contact info@deluxholidays.com



Exotic Premium wedding Package

 

Price includes:-

  • If booked first on the requested day the hotel will not accept any other wedding booking for this day
  • Priority check-in
  • Upgrade on room on availability
  • A 30 minutes Spa treatment for the couple
  • Elephant to greet couple on the day of the wedding.
  • Complimentary fruits and flowers in room
  • Bottle of sparkling wine
  • Wedding cake with names engraved and in colour of your choice
  • Bridal Bouquet
  • Buttonhole for groom
  • Dressing up of bride ( The traditional Sri Lankan Saree can be provided by you or rented at an additional cost)
  • Hairdressing of bride
  • A wedding representative for pre wedding consultation
  • Decorations for the location on the wedding day
  • Bestsmen, maids of honour and witness if required
  • Charges for Registrar with English translation of certificate
  • Private dinner for two by the beach or on a terrace for the couple with an exclusive menu.
  • Continental breakfast in bed on the morning after the wedding for the couple.
  • Dancers to lead the bride to the venue and to perform during ceremony
  • Violinist or Saxophonist or flutist to play background Music
  • Bound Wedding album by a professional photographer ( 24 photographs.8x13)
  • One Hour DVD to cover the ceremony
  • Upgrade to the Presidential Suite or a an Executive Suite on availability on the night of the wedding

Important considerations

  • Weddings are conducted Monday to Sundays excluding Public Holidays
  • You must be 18 years of age or over
  • Its expected to hold the ceremony after 4 nights from the arrival of the couple as it would assist all pre wedding arrangements
  • Required documentation
  • Birth certificate, valid passport, details of your names addresses and occupations, details of your parents, occupations and addresses, and an affidavit confirming marital status.
  • If divorced, a Decree Absolute
  • If Widowed, Death certificate of former spouse
  • If names have been changed, legal proof

Renewal of wows with the same arrangements as the above excluding registration could be organized

Total cost – contact info@deluxholidays.com



Royal Palms Beach Hotel
Nelum Wedding Package

Legal Requirements:-

Couple should be resident at the hotel at least 04 days prior to the date of the wedding. ceremony will take place in the hotel premises from 08.00am -06.00p.m.
(Except on public holidays)

No one under 21 years is permitted to marry in Sri Lanka according to government regulations.

Documents Required- 30 days prior to arrival

  • Birth certificate of the couple
  • If divorced or widowed, relevant certificates
  • Photocopies of passports

Ceremony Arrangements

  • A traditional decorated platform "Poruwa" on which the ceremony will be condiucted
  • Hire of traditional Srilankan wedding dress for the bride
  • Bouquet for the Bride and buttonhole for the Bridegroom
  • Floral decor in the ceremony area
  • Girls dressed in saree will sing "Jayamangala Gatha" ,traditional songs
  • Civil celebrant and the Ashtaka to bless the couple
  • Traditional Kandyan Drummers and dancers
  • Wedding cake -500gms edible
  • Wedding album consisting of 20 photographs -5"x 7"
  • Sparkling wine to toast during ceremony
  • Free video coverage of the whole ceremony
  • Sparkling honeymoon brunch will be served in the room per couple
  • Basket of fruit and flowers in the bridal room
  • Dinner table reservation at the Orient restaurant with menu and name cards
    • Excluding drinks.
  • 03 exotic menus to choose from or you are welcome to dine at the main restaurant
    • Please speak to your M.C on arrival
  • Your personalized Master of ceremonies to coordinate to your ceremony.

Discounts offered

  • 25% discount on the special dinner to other invited guests including family
  • 20% discount on all alcoholic beverages including wine and champagne
  • 10% discount at the Ayurveda Wellness & Spa centre

Optional Extras

  • Extras copies of photographs (5"x 7") of the ceremony
  • Elephant ride for a minimum of 15 minutes : (*conditions apply)

The marriage certificate with Government approval with English Translation will be delivered to the couple with in 14 working days.

Total cost – contact info@deluxholidays.com

Saman Villas
Wedding Package

The traditional Sri Lankan Wedding is performed on a decorated canopied dais(Poruwa). The bride and bridegroom are dressed in ceremonial Sri Lankan costumes. Jayamangala stanzas of blessings are sung by young girls. Dancers to the beating of drums make the ceremony colorful.

 

The ceremony can be tailor made to suite the couple. A list of options and the prices are given below.

  • Registration of marriage and official certificate English
  • Wedding cake, structure and 30 pieces
  • One bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne
  • One bottle of Moet En Chandon Champagne
  • Private six course alfresco gala dinner specially made for the occasion with lobster main course for 2 persons
  • Supplement for half board guests, for 2 persons
  • Serenade at dinner
  • Album with 20 colour photographs- 12” x 8”
  • Additional 12” x 8” photographs (each)
  • VCD of the wedding ceremony
  • DVD of the wedding ceremony
  • Flower arrangements including flowers in the room, bridal bouquet, headdress, buttonholes, flower decorations for ceremonial lamp
  • Decorated ceremonial dias (Poruwa), ceremonial dancers/drummers and singers of stanzas of blessings
  • Above with out dancers/ drummers
  • Complete made to measure wedding costumes for the bride and bridegroom, including dressing of the bride
  • Hire charges for Kandyan jewellery set for the bride
  • Participation of an elephant in the entire wedding ceremony
  • His & Her pre-wedding pampering package at the Sahana Spa
  • Sahana Elixer; a romantic spa treatment for the newly wed
  • Champagne Breakfast in the privacy of your suite or in any one of the special locations
  • Breakfast in bedroom on the day after the wedding
    • Free
  • Mangala Pavilion reserved for private use for one full day
    • Free
  • 1 hour and 20 minute pre-wedding treatment at the Sahana Spa which includes a full body wrap and an aromatic floral bath
    • Free
  • Wedding gift from hotel
    • Free
  • Upgrade to the next suite category(Subject to availability)
    • Free
  • Catering arrangements On request

The required documents for an official marriage in Sri Lanka are given below and each person should provide a duplicate copy of each of the following. These copies should be forwarded to the hotel two weeks prior to the date of marriage.

  • Birth certificate
  • Passports – copies are only required of the information pages, do not include the pages containing immigration and visa stamps.
  • A letter stating your full name, postal address and occupation.
  • A letter stating the full names, addresses and occupations of your parents.
  • An affidavit confirming your status

The following documents are required only if they apply to you.

  • If divorced – decree absolute(s)
  • Legal proof of any name changes by Deed Poll
  • If widowed a) Death certificate(s) of former spouse. b) Previous marriage certificate(s)
  • If adopted – legal forms
  • If any document provided is not in English, then a legally recognized translator must provide a translation.

You must travel to Sri Lanka with all the original documentation for your wedding at the hotel 3 days (must cover 3 working days) prior to the wedding in order to attend to all official formalities. We recommend a minimum of 2 nights stay after the wedding day to produce your album after you select your preferred photos.

Total cost – contact info@deluxholidays.com

Serendib Leisure Hotels - Club Hotel Dolphin | Hotel Serendib | Hotel Sigiriya |
Wedding Package

The above package includes the following

  • 01 bottle of Sparkling Wine
  • Wedding Cake
  • Bouquet and Buttonhole
  • Decorated location (Poruwa)
  • Ceremony/Marriage License
  • Registrar fees & Legal fees
  • Room upgrade subject to availability (Where applicable)
  • Special Gala dinner for the couple on the day of the wedding
  • Drummers & Kandyan Dancers

The following optional features/services too could be arranged subject to payment of sums stated (Payment direct to hotel)

  • Photographs (24 prints +negatives)
  • Video (60 minutes)
  • Extra bottle Sparkling wine (per bottle)
  • Bottle of Champagne
  • An elephant to greet the couple
  • Hair dresser Sri Lankan
  • Traditional dress – Groom, Bride

Couples who desire to get married in Sri Lanka, should be above 21 years of age and also note the following documents are required to be forwarded to the hotel 30 days prior to the ceremony for legal formalities.

  • Certificate of Birth
  • If divorcee - The divorce Certificate
  • If Widow/Widower - The Death Certificate of spouse
  • Passport
  • If name has been changed legal proof
  • Letter from solicitor proving marital status
  • Details of full Names/Addresses/Occupations
  • Details of parents full Names/Addresses/Occupations
  • Any other documents needed (Adoption papers if applicable)

Total cost – contact info@deluxholidays.com

Renewal Of Vows Wedding Package

The above package includes the following

  • The above package includes the following
  • 1 bottle of Sparkling Wine
  • Wedding Cake
  • Bouquet and Buttonhole
  • Decorated location (Poruwa)
  • Room upgrade subject to availability (Where applicable)
  • Special Gala dinner for the couple on the day of the wedding
  • Drummers & Kandyan Dancers

The following optional features/services too could be arranged subject to payment of sums stated (Payment direct to hotel)

  • Photographs (24 prints +negatives)
  • Video (60 minutes)
  • Extra bottle Sparkling wine (per bottle)
  • Bottle of Champagne
  • An elephant to greet the couple
  • Hair dresser Sri Lankan
  • Traditional dress – Groom, Bride

Total cost – contact info@deluxholidays.com

Kani Lanka Resort & Spa
Wedding Package

We at Kani Lanka Resort & Spa have the pleasure in arranging your wedding

  • Preparation of all documentation
  • Certified marriage certificates
  • License and registrar fees
  • Wedding coordinator
  • Decorated location for the wedding ceremony
  • One bottle of sparkling wine for the toast
  • Wedding album including 24 photos
  • Wedding cake
  • Elephant to meet and present through service
  • Kandyan Dancers and Drummers

Especially for you on your wedding night

  • Upgrade to a Junior Suite for one nights from the day of the wedding with typical honeymoon décor – On availability
  • A six course dinner with a bottle of red/white wine served in an area within the resort premises chosen by the couple
  • Breakfast served on your room balcony or terrace the day after the wedding
  • Selected Spa facilities on discounted rate for the Couple on any one day during your stay
  • 30 minutes boat cruise for the couple on the lagoon

Choose your preferred setting to say “I Do”

  • Garden
  • Beach

Legal Documentation Required From The Couple

  • Birth certificates
  • Passports
  • Breakfast served on your room balcony or terrace the day after the wedding
  • Names of the parents
  • Divorce certificates

We kindly request the bride and the groom to arrive in the resort at least 5 days prior in order to plan the most important day of your life.

Optional Services

  • A banquet could be arranged if you are planning your wedding with a group of family members, friends and relatives
  • Arrangements could be made if you wish to have an extended honeymoon in another romantic environment
  • Your wedding could be copied to a DVD

Total cost – contact info@deluxholidays.com