If you have decided to get married in a foreign country but are unsure of where you would like the location to be, Sri Lanka just might be the perfect location for you. If you love to travel, why not include your passion with celebrating your special day in a destination you may never have visited before? Sri Lanka was ranked among the top 31 tourist destinations in the world by the New York Times and is among the top three destinations in the world to get married.
You are afforded several wedding ceremony types and styles in Sri Lanka, including a Buddhist wedding. This special ceremony begins with a formal proposal of marriage by the parents of the groom to the bride’s parents by the magul kapuwa (a king of a one-man marriage bureau.) After the proposal, the groom’s horoscope is compared to the potential bride’s and if they are compatible, they may marry.
This type of a Buddhist wedding has a Poruwa ceremony. Poruwa ceremony starts with Bride entering the “Poruwa”, a beautifully decorated, traditional wooden platform, from the left side and Bridegroom from the right side.
Then there are various customs take place on the poruwa:
• handing over betel leaves,
• groom placing a gold necklace on the bride’s neck,
• tying small fingers of the couple with a gold thread and poring water over the fingers to symbolize the unity,
• blessing the marriage couple with traditional chant called “Jayamangala Gatha” sung by girls and a form of mantra called “Magul Ashtaka” sung by an elderly person,
• bride feeding a piece of milk rice to groom and then groom feeding bride.
Apart from Poruwa, Couples may also decide on a Hindu, Catholic, Muslim or Christian wedding ceremony, so you have a large choice from traditional to modern.
Planning Your Wedding
Items you should consider in planning a wedding in Sri Lankan include: wedding invitation, wedding gifts, wedding jewelry, wedding dress (bridal dressers and beauty salon), traditional flowers such as lotus, wedding cake and boxes, local music, traditional dancing groups and drummers (Magul Bera), videographer and photographer, ashtaka, astrologist to prepare auspicious times, Wedding Reception Halls and honeymoon locations.
If you are unfamiliar with the country, then it is a good idea to use the services of a wedding planner. A wedding planner has local contacts and can help plan, arrange the ceremony, reception and even help design your honeymoon. If you prefer to plan your own wedding, there are plenty of online wedding planners to use that are created specifically with Sri Lanka in mind, that will point you to find exactly what you are looking for from wedding packages to musicians.
Since you are already in a beautiful and exotic country already, why not plan to honeymoon here? Sri Lanka offers gorgeous beaches, hot air balloon rides, jungle treks and many cultural heritage, beach, wildlife & hill country destinations. While you are planning your wedding, ask your wedding planner to suggest or arrange for your perfect honeymoon here.
You can enjoy luxury at its finest here in this unspoiled land and enjoy spas, watching baby elephants at play at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and dive among ancient shipwrecks. A wedding here on romantic Sri Lanka offers delights that few other places in the world do to enhance your special day.
Before you travel, make sure you have all important documents ahead of time this includes your passport, original birth certificate, affidavit/ statutory declaration and proof you are single and able to marry for legal purposes.
Video showing a traditional local Poruwa Wedding Ceremony in Sri Lanka