Sri Lanka, calm and peaceful after the ending of its civil war, is now anxious to open its doors to visitors from all over the world. Its enthusiastic hospitality makes it an exceptionally welcoming place for weddings, while low labour costs mean a wedding in Sri Lanka can cost less than one in the UK. The country is now rapidly becoming one of the world’s top wedding destinations.
The island of Sri Lanka lies at the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent, so it has a warm tropical climate moderated by refreshing ocean breezes. It is well known for its rich and diverse cultural life, with the two main traditional cultures, Sinhalese and Tamil, dating back thousands of years. All this, combined with its extraordinary wealth of natural wonders, makes it a truly special wedding destination.
Why Should Sri Lanka be my No. 1 Wedding Choice?
A wedding in Sri Lanka is certain to be an astonishing and unique experience, thanks to the exceptional selection of stunning wedding locations that are like nowhere else in the world. The island is rich in history, and steeped in age-old traditions, boasting many world heritage sites. At the same time, however, its rapidly developing tourist industry means that most of its visitor facilities are state-of-the-art and ultra-modern.
Like any other Indian Ocean destination, Sri Lanka is a fantastic place for beach weddings. There are over 1,500 kilometres of golden-white beaches, fringed with swaying palms, round the coastline, with the eastern coast boasting the most beautiful beaches of all. However, there are so many other wedding possibilities — a cliff overlooking the ocean, a lake in the island’s heartland, a tropical jungle, or one of the many National Parks, where you can have leopard, elephant and wild buffalo as witnesses to your wedding.
In Sri Lanka you can have a Christian, Buddhist, Hindu or Muslim wedding, or a purely civil ceremony. One unique and exciting possibility open to you is to choose a traditional Sri Lankan Poruwa ceremony, which involves an elaborately decorated Poruwa or wedding platform, a procession with colourfully dressed dancers and drummers, and brightly adorned elephants for the groom to arrive on, or to bear the couple away after the ceremony. There are fireworks, and special ceremonies for the guests as well as the couple.
Yet another unique wedding location is Sri Lanka’s tea plantations, which provide some of the country’s most breathtaking landscapes at over 5,000 feet above sea level. The Ceylon Tea Trails offer the choice of four elegant tea-estate bungalows, set amongst waterfalls, gurgling mountain streams, and steep hillsides clothed in scented cypress and eucalyptus trees among the tea plantations. Your ceremony can be held outdoors, or inside by a roaring log fire, and for a church wedding there is the nearby charming colonial Warleigh church.
In fact, your options for your Sri Lanka wedding are almost endless — others include the ancient and beautiful city of Kandy, surrounded by steep jungle-swathed hills and with the lake at its centre, and full of historic buildings including the magnificent Temple of the Tooth. With all this richness, and the right wedding planner, your Sri Lanka wedding can’t fail to be awesome and truly unforgettable.
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General Information About Sri Lanka
- Area: 65, 610 sq km (25,332 square miles)
- Population: 20.48 million (2013 census)
- Capital: Colombo is the largest city and the commercial capital. The parliamentary capital is Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, which is adjacent to Colombo.
- Language: Main languages Sinhala and Tamil. English widely spoken.
- Currency: Sri Lankan rupee