Tipped as one of the globe’s top three destinations to tie the knot in, Sri Lanka is a destination that is the stuff of dreams to the world’s engaged couples. With its sun kissed beaches, verdant landscapes, mystic riverbeds and sprawling tea plantations, the island paradise of Sri Lanka finds few parallels. The popular choice of couples who wish to enter into their union in a stunning setting full of culture and tradition, the sheer variety of wedding venues, themes and customs also adds to the country’s appeal as a top destination for nuptials.

Those who wish to say “I do” in a truly original manner should opt for a traditional Sri Lankan wedding which encompasses all the pomp and pageantry of a royal ceremony. Decked in gold or silver jewellery in an elegantly draped sari or osari brides can expect to see the groom arrive atop an elaborately decorated elephant for the ceremony that takes place on a poruwa (stage). Accompanied by the infectious rhythm of drums and Kandyan dancers the couple can take their vows in a ceremony that involves centuries old traditions of exchanging betel leaves, spiritual blessings from the heavens and the promise to remain together for all eternity. The sound of conch shells, wedding songs and feeding milk rice to one another are focal points in the ceremony that culminates in the couple setting off on their honeymoon on an elephant.

Whether one opts for a traditional wedding or an intimate and private affair, the variety of wedding venues available on the island also contributes to its overall popularity. Couples can take their vows on the shoes of a crystal blue ocean, while riding on a riverboat down one of Sri Lanka’s many lakes and rivers or even go for a jungle themed wedding and marry amidst nature. Tying the knot on board a hot air balloon is another preferred option while the country’s innumerable tea plantations have also served as the panoramic setting for many a wedding.
Complemented by traditional touches, scrumptious Sri Lankan cuisine and the sunny weather conditions enjoyed all year long, couples also have the choice of hosting their wedding and spending their honeymoon in one dream destination.

Couples in search of luxury Sri Lanka hotels should look no further than the elegant rests of the John Keells Hotels Group. A reputed name in the Sri Lanka travel and hospitality industry, travellers would be hard pressed to find a finer accommodation provider in this charming island nation.