The wedding packages at Amaya Beach include looking into the decor and the style elements of your big day as well as the legalities of conducting a marriage ceremony on this beautiful island. Weddings hosted at our venues include civil ceremonies officiated by a celebrant and Buddhist religious rituals and traditional wedding customs of a Poruwa ceremony. The presence of a registrar can be requested while a marriage certificate legalizing the union will also be provided.
Couples can choose a non-denominational civil service conducted by a Celebrant, with or without a Registrar for the legalisation, and / or a traditional Buddhist ‘Poruwa’ ceremony. The Poruwa ceremony can be tailor-made to your liking.
Note: You cannot have a formal Christian wedding ceremony in a garden in Sri Lanka, only civil services or Buddhist ceremony. You can have a Christian blessing by a clergyman; however, you will need to be in Sri Lanka months prior to meet with the minister. Services conducted by a Celebrant take approximately 25 minutes with spoken vows and readings, and traditional Buddhist ceremonies take up to 45 minutes. The choice is entirely yours.
Weddings can be conducted from Monday to Saturday excluding bank holidays. The couple must be 18 years or over. There is a minimum residency of five days i.e. couples must be in Sri Lanka at least three days prior to the wedding day. Parental consent is required if under 21.
Your Marriage Certificate
Your wedding certificate will be issued in Sinhala and will need to be translated into English in order for it to be legally recognised in your own country. In most cases the Sinhala wedding certificate can be issued immediately, the English translation can take up to three days.
It is then required that this certificate, as well as the original Marriage Certificate (in Sinhala) be taken to the Consular Section of the Ministry of External Affairs in Colombo, along with the following paperwork:
- A statement that you are unmarried and therefore able to get married in Sri Lanka, issued by the local authority where you are resident.
- Copy of your Passport, along with a copy of the Tourist Visa issued on arrival in Sri Lanka.
- If someone is making this application on your behalf, they will need a letter of authority – see “Letter of Authority” attached – signature on a letter of Authority should be the same as on Passport.
After approval from the Ministry of External Affairs in Colombo, it is then required that your paperwork is taken to the Consular / Embassy of the country that has issued your passport, for further verification.
We can organize this all for you and since each country charges a different amount for this, and all couples will be advised as to this cost on a one-off basis.
When we have completed, we will then courier all relevant paperwork to you, for you to keep.
The following documentation is required in advance:
- Birth certificate.
- Valid 10-year passport.
- If single, an affidavit confirming marital status from a solicitor.
- If divorced, a decree absolute with court stamp of the previous marriage and an affidavit to declare marital status stamped by a notary.
- If widowed, death certificate of former spouse and marriage certificate.
- If adopted, an adoption certificate.
- If name changed by Deed Poll, legal proof stamped and signed by a solicitor.
- A document with full names and address of bride, groom and both sets of parents.
- A document with the details of the bride and groom’s professions and that of their fathers
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