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The traditional Sri Lankan Buddhist wedding ceremony dates back to the third century BC and is conducted at 'Nakath' or auspicious times derived from the Bride and Groom’s horoscopes. Of the many traditional rituals associated with this wedding ceremony, those that take place on the ‘Poruwa’ – a wooden base decorated with flowers – are the most significant. A typical traditional wedding ceremony involves the following steps: but there is no need to choose a time and date through an astrologer.

Steps of the Sri Lankan style traditional Wedding Ceremony


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Choosing of time and date for the ceremony: Traditionally the bride and the bridegroom set the wedding date with the assistance of an astrologer who will compare the couple’s horoscopes and will identify a specific time that is most auspicious for both.

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Arrival at location: the couple is escorted to the wedding location by drummers and Kandyan dancers

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Master of Ceremonies invites the couple to be married to the special marriage platform called the Poruwa amidst blowing of the conch shell & beating of drummers. ‘Poruwa’ - a beautifully decorated wooden ceremonial platform where the ceremony will take place.

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The `Poruwa’ ceremony: First is the offering of seven betel leaf bundles to the Gods with a request that protection is provided to the seven generations that originate from the marriage; exchanging of rings; bridegroom dresses the bride with a gold necklace.

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Chanting of blessings: Four or Six young girls wearing in traditional Sri Lankan saree (Lama Saree) will sing Jayamanagala Gatha (blessing stanzas) to bless your marriage. The girls are traditionally given a symbolic gift.

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Tie the fingers by gold thread: While the chanting continues your small fingers are tied together with gold thread to symbolise the bond and unity. Holy water is poured over your fingers.

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Breaking of coconut: As you step down from the 'Poruwa', by keeping the right leg first a coconut is broken as a symbolic gesture to drive away evil spirits

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 Lighting of brass oil lamp: A brass oil lamp – one of the enduring images of Sri Lanka – is lit to signify the start of a bright new future together.

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Cutting of the cake/ Milk rice: The final stage of the ceremony is the cutting of the wedding cake/ Milk rice.

 

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Registration: The registration process overseen by a government Registrar of Marriages and attested by two witnesses commences. (only for legal marriages)

 

Optional


• If the groom wants to surprise the girl friend and want to invite to marry him in the air or under water those facilities can be arranged
• Arrival to location: Bride and groom on a beautifully decorated wedding wagon (tirikkale) drawn by an ox going to the venue of the wedding ceremonies (Poruve) accompanied guests group of dancers and drummers
• Arrival to location: If the couple is desire to arrive & depart by a Luxury Car (BMW, BENZ, LIMOZINE) or by Helicopter that can be arranged
• If couple desired, the ornately dressed elephant carry the couple for a ride along the beach or jungle (depend on the hotel policies and the location of the wedding)

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 Homecoming: 


 

13 If you want to have a home coming we can arrange it in a Village house or in a different hotel or in the same hotel you stay. If you like to have and sense the traditions of a Sri Lankan homecoming we advise you to select a village house, as this make sense for you and fell the village culture of Sri Lanka.

 Civil Wedding:


Some prefer to have a simple exchange of vows and private legal ceremony in a beautiful location or at a Sri Lankan Registry Office and have a party in a selected venue as wish

 Exclusive Ceremonies:


 We as experts have identified many exclusive venues for private weddings. We can arrange your custom made wedding ceremony based on your special requests and also with our innovative ideas. Please contact our experts for more information.

 Sri Lankan Traditional Homecoming Ceremony


 wedding2Most Sri Lankan cultural and religious traditions include a second reception following the wedded couple's honeymoon, and given by the groom's family. This is called a Homecoming, and signifies that the groom is "bringing home" a new bride. Long ago, this is what literally happened, as brides went from their homes to their groom's home when they got married. This is still done in many Sri Lankan villages and rural areas, the Homecoming is as much a Sri Lankan wedding tradition as anything else.

Homecomings are supposed to be fun parties, instead of tradition-filled occasions, where the bride and groom can wear whatever style of dress they choose. Of course, this style is always formal, as Sri Lankan wedding celebrations are never casual. However the Homecoming is the event where a bride can make a "fashion statement" with her dress, if she chooses! Thus, she is not supposed to wear the traditional full red bridal dress, but nowadays this has changed almost completely, and Homecomings have turned into the events where brides wear the red wedding clothes that were once worn as Going Away attire.
Traditionally, Homecoming celebrations were held in the groom's home, but nowadays some have become as formal as weddings, themselves, and are held in hotels or reception halls. Nevertheless, Homecomings still usually have smaller guest lists than do weddings, and are just not as huge and fancy.
Homecoming and Going Away attire are often very similar. A typical Homecoming look for the bride would be: The groom can wear a western, Sinhalese or Indian/Hindu-style suit, but he cannot wear a traditional Udarata Kandyan chieftain's outfit like the one you dressed for the wedding.