Cultural Wedding Ceremony in Sri Lanka is the most popular type of ceremony. It is filled with rituals and customs passed on from generations in order to bless the happy couple with eternal bliss and it is a grand affair full of grand gestures and colour. As part of it, one can usually expect elephants, fire dancers, traditional drummers and dancers to join in on the festivities.
A Sri Lankan cultural wedding can be tailored to suit the exact needs of the couple, combining the most important elements with the wishes of the couple.
This ceremony can be both of a Buddhist or Hindu nature, both of which practise similar customs to varying degrees.
A snippet of a Sri Lankan Cultural wedding (Buddhist)
- The couple will exit from the rooms to the tune of the traditional drummers and dancers.
- The couple will be led to the ceremonial area
- Betel leaves are exchanged seven times in a tradition that means the bond of unity and love will last 7 generations.
- The marriage is symbolized by tying the index fingers of the couple with a golden chain and water poured on it by the master of ceremonies whilst chanting blessings.
- To celebrate the marriage, young Sri Lanka girls dressed in traditional attire will sing the Jayamangala gatha.
- After this is completed the newlywed couple will step down out of the special marriage Poruwa with the chanting. Traditionally as the couple steps down a coconut is broken to bless them with children.
- The couple will then sit at the marriage registrar’s table for the legal ceremony after which they would proceed for photos and a cocktail.
Barefoot Weddings is able to organise a cultural wedding ceremony to suit each of our discerning clients. Be it a Buddhist ceremony or a Hindu ceremony, Barefoot Weddings is comfortably able to organise it in line with the couple’s wishes.