Why Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka’s seductive mix of beautiful landscapes, tropical beaches, rich culture and friendly, laid-back people have lured many romantics over the years. It is no surprise that the island is an increasingly popular wedding and honeymoon destination. It is an idyllic location setting for those in love and starting a new life together.
The perfect location for your wedding is a tough choice in Sri Lanka as there are numerous possibilities: A wedding on the coast with swaying palms and the shimmering waters of the Indian Ocean; in the hill country amidst luminous green tea plantations, misty mountains and gushing waterfalls; or by an ancient reservoir in the north central province surrounded by untouched wilderness and sounds of birdcall. Once the setting is decided upon, then comes the selection of venue: options range from beachside villas, refurbished colonial bungalows, boutique hotels to eco retreats – all offering a unique service to make your wedding a memorable one.
A wedding in Sri Lanka is like no other. Horoscopes, auspicious times and rituals are blended with colourful dancers and drummers, followed by a feast to be shared by family and friends in celebration the coming together of two lives. The island’s vibrant mix of ethnic communities means that Sri Lanka is home to various religious groups – Buddhists, Hindus, Muslim, and Christians – all of whom follow different rituals, yet share an underlying tradition.
Couples can choose a non-denominational service conducted by a Registrar of Marriages, a church ceremony or a traditional Buddhist ‘Poruwa’ ceremony. Wedding ceremonies are conducted Monday to Saturday excluding bank holidays. There is a requirement of a minimum period of residency of five days in Sri Lanka prior to the wedding ceremony. The minimum age requirement for marriage is 18 years. If under 21 years, parental consent is required. All the ceremonies are performed in accordance with British law and are legally recognised as binding. If you aren’t British we recommend you seek advice regarding the requirements of your marriage abroad.
Why Red Dot?
We aim to take the stress out of your marriage, helping you concentrate on enjoying this special occasion. This starts from the planning stages, when we strive to keep things as simple as possible.
Research – review the information on our website
Flexibility – email us outlining your preferred options
Personal service – we will appoint a special wedding advisor
Organisation – confirm arrangements and make reservations
Insurance – before booking, consider raking out wedding insurance
Tailor-made Sri Lanka Weddings
If the standard packages offered by the hotels don’t appeal, then Red Dot’s wedding team would be delighted to help design a tailor-made wedding to suit your needs. We can organise all the arrangements, from the ceremony itself to the sourcing of a beautiful or novel location. Whether you fancy marrying in a luxury south coast villa overlooking the Indian Ocean, in the heart of a tropical rainforest, close to the ruins of an ancient city or in an old Colonial mansion, Red Dot will help. In the evenings, we could also help plan some private parties and dinners, sourcing the best caterers, employing bar staff and waiters and helping create a really special ambience. Contact us now if you want a tailor-made wedding at [email protected]
Honeymoons in Sri Lanka
Honeymoons are not mere holidays; they are once-in-a-lifetime journeys that celebrate the finding of love and your new lives together. They should be special, unforgettable and unrepeatable. They should leave you with happy memories that glow far into the future. So, at Red Dot, we’ve decided to take honeymoons very seriously indeed. Our dedicated team can design a tailor-made Sri Lanka honeymoon for couples with their hearts set on Sri Lanka. For an idea of what we can offer take a look at our Honeymoon Sri Lanka tour of the island.