Sri Lanka is a country where culture and historical practices are held to the utmost importance by the people. Never are these cultural practices more important that at traditional weddings; each and every part of the wedding ceremony is carefully choreographed and planned before hand so that it is accurate right down to the jewellery that is worn by the bride.
The concept of marriage was alien to the peasants of Sri Lanka until the arrival of the European colonials who brought with them the notions of marriage being a legal union. Until then, marriage was not a legal union and men and women entered into unions that were celebrated by festivals in which the entire village participated with great fervour. Today’s Sri Lankan wedding has aspects borrowed from traditional Sri Lankan culture as well as incorporating European influences.
The sari is the dress of choice for the bride, and most brides wear three saris during the course of the wedding. The bride usually wears a white sari during the Poruwa Ceremony – where the bride and groom stand on an ornate platform and exchange rings to the chant of traditional songs of good luck. The timing of this ceremony is determined by an astrologer who takes into account the birth times of the bride and the groom.
Guests are treated to a sumptuous banquet following the Poruwa Ceremony, where the newly married couple partakes in their first meal together; the timing of this meal is also determined by an astrologer. The banquet usually consists of traditional food based on rice floor; sweets made out of rice flour are also presented to the guests. However, many couples today opt for a western style buffet which has a selection of continental food as well.
The final event of a traditional wedding is when the bride and the groom leave their place of marriage to their new home. Traditionally this would be to the groom’s home though variations of this existed during Kandyan times, where sometimes the groom would move into the bride’s home. Another reception would be organized at their new home to welcome the new couple.
Though this traditional ceremony has changed over the years, the concepts remain the same and many a Sri Lanka resort offers foreign couples the opportunity to tie the knot the Sri Lankan way. Among them is the Sri Lanka spa resort known as Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa.
Say ‘I do’ amidst the beautiful white sandy shores of the Maldives and mark an unforgettable day that you will treasure for a lifetime. With its relaxing topical climate, picturesque scenery and a romantic atmosphere, the Maldives has increasingly become a very popular destination for weddings. Celebrated in elegant grandeur and style, weddings in Maldives are exceptional each with a unique theme and fashion. Although hosting large banquets in ballrooms of hotels and resorts are a trend in the country, the in-vogue style is to exchange your vows by the beautiful beaches and make full use of this pristine island and the beauty it exudes.

In the Maldives, spas offer special Adam and Eve massages in the morning of the wedding to soothe and relax the couples’ body and soul enabling them to fully enjoy their day ahead. The traditional ceremony of a wedding commences just prior to the banquet. The bride and the groom are respectively attired in the typical white gown and the tailored full suits and commence the rituals by planting a coconut tree together as a depiction of their eternal love for each other. The ritual is conducted amidst the traditional dance tune played by hired local drummers which is followed by the final part of the ceremony where the couple proclaim their vows before a priest binding them together in holy matrimony.

Once the couple is legally husband and wife, it is traditional for the newlyweds to be served with fresh coconut water as a welcome drink. The celebrations begin by the cutting of the symbolic wedding cake and the serving of sizzling champagne followed by a gala banquet feast usually organized by the hosting hotel. The wedding parties go on late into the night with dancing, music and plenty of surprises for the newlyweds.

If you are planning to make this lifetime bond at this romantic paradise, the Anantara, Kihavah is just the place. One of the most luxurious Maldives resorts, this oasis provides a spectacular backdrop for this special day in addition to many comforts and privacy. A villa in Maldives such as the ones found at this resort would be perfect for a memorable honeymoon.