Marry in a blaze of colour!
Thrill your guests with a colourful Buddhist-style wedding in Sri Lanka that embraces the local culture in a truly meaningful ceremony, set against a stunningly beautiful backdrop.
A world of possibilities await couples choosing to say “I do” at destination weddings across the globe, however, if you are looking for the wow-factor, then a traditional Poruwa wedding celebration in Sri Lanka has to rank as one of the world’s most magical ways to begin married life.
And it’s not just during the wedding ceremony that you will be honoured with charming tradition – after the service your wedding transport will be aboard an elephant, which has been colourfully decorated and represents a symbol of good fortune for the newlyweds. Your day will then be filled with traditional dancers and musicians to ensure that you celebrate in style.
Sri Lanka is a tropical island at the toe of India, with mystical cities, thick jungles, tea plantations, miles of soft sandy beaches and the brilliant bluke hues of the Indian Ocean making it one of the most scenically interesting islands in the world. For those seeking a picture-perfect wedding destination, Sri Lanka is hard to beat.
Marry in Sri Lanka
You can exchange your vows in a choice of stunning ceremonies – from an intimate civil wedding, just the two of you, to a flamboyant, religious ceremony with friends and family. Weddings in Sri Lanka are legally recognized in the UK, as long as you have the correct documents and are free to marry. You can have a Civil, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu or Muslim wedding and can even dress in traditional Sri Lankan wedding attire for a Sri Lankan-style Poruwa Ceremony, complete with ancient rituals, blessings and customs.
Traditional Poruwa Ceremonies
The traditional Poruwa Ceremony is named after its decorated marriage platform, the Poruwa, which is prepared in accordance with ancient rites and customs by being covered with a white cloth placed with rice, medicinal herbs, a coconut and coins to bring the couple blessing and prosperity. Oil lamps are lit on the corners of the Poruwa, which are believed to give protection from the Gods. The bride is escorted to the platform by a troupe of Kandyan drummers and dancers, then afterwards she travels on the back of an elephant.
As part of the ceremony some of the following rituals may be conducted: the couple will be asked to cast seven sets of betal leaves to the ground, which symbolizes happiness, joy and luck for the next seven generations; The couple’s fingers may be joined together and water poured over them to depict anointment of the union together; The splitting of a coconut brings a blessing and prosperity to the marriage; The lighting of an oil lamp brings light to a new life.
A traditional Poruwa wedding package can be booked through leading tour operators. Most couples marring in Sri Lanka have a basis of this ceremony either after their religious ceremony as a blessing or combined into a civil ceremony.
Sri Lanka has much to offer honeymooners, with its rich culture, breathtaking scenery and tropical climate. The island is absolutely fascinating, and exploring it is a must. The island has more than its fair share of top-notch sightseeing spots. The best way to see Sri Lanka is to take a 4-5 day tour that includes accommodation and takes – from the jungles, the summit of Adams Peak and watching baby elephants bathing in the river to visiting tea plantations and white water rafting. PL Tours are offering private tours with your own driver from £450. firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must send photocopies of all the documents at least three weeks prior to your arrival and need to be resident in Sri Lanka for at least four days before the wedding. Those under 18 need parental consent with a sworn affidavit. You need:
- Birth certificate Valid for at least 6 months
- Proof of Status: affidavit signed by a solicitor stating there is no legal obligation to the marriage.
- Decree of Absolute: if either of you is divorced
- Death Certificate: if either of you are widowed.
Top 5 things to do
- Fall in love with the baby elephants as they bathe in the river at the Pinnawala elephant orphanage.
- Get an adrenaline rush at Kitulgala and have a go at white water rafting.
- Be amazed by the sacred canine tooth relic of Buddha at the Buddhist Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy.
- Explore the ancient capital city of Anuradhapura Sacred City, with its monasteries, ruins and historical remains.
- Discover the endangered flora and fauna in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka – an UNESCO World Heritage Site.