Sri Lanka Destination Weddings: The Beach Wedding!

Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean and one of the world’s most romantic hideaways. Beautiful resorts nestled into sandy beaches, swaying palms and warm, aqua blue waters –welcome to Paradise!

A tropical Island located south of India blessed with diverse landscapes ranging from its well known sandy beaches to rainforests, arid plains and highlands. Famed for its cultural diversity, historic cultural sites such as Sigiriya, Anurdhapura and Dambulla to it's famous Dutch Forte and Lighthouse in Galle Sri Lanka offers countless stunning opportunities to take it a distinct Island culture.

As a wedding Island, it is near unparalleled. A love island where weddings already form a large part of the local culture which means all sorts of options are available when planning your own wedding. From sunset beach weddings, secret garden weddings up on cliff tops overlooking the ocean to mountain and city locations, Sri Lanka has it all yet without that feel of being a tourist trap but simply a wonderful reality on a magical island.

As wedding planners we are always scouting for new locations and venues and wedding experiences we can offer our couples. So we thought it could be helpful to give a sneak peak into all the gorgeous options available. Hopefully this blog post is helpful to those of you thinking about having your wedding in Sri Lanka or to those thinking about where and what style of wedding in Sri Lanka you may wish to have. Here's our first post in a series about destination weddings across Sri Lanka. This one on Beach Weddings! Enjoy.

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The Beach Wedding

Possibly our most loved and asked for wedding type but then again who doesn't love a wedding on a white sandy beach with the Indian ocean stretching endlessly as the backdrop. Salty breezes, swaying Palm trees and rays of sun leaving that natural glow upon your nuptials that only a magical island can do. Here are some of our favourite Beach locations in Sri Lanka for weddings.

Bentota

Bentota is a resort town on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast only about an hour's drive from Colombo. With plenty of hotels, boutique hotel and villas it has plenty of wedding venues and accommodation options for your guests. Bentota Beach stretches North, where it turns into a sandy strip known as Paradise Island, parallel to Bentota Lagoon. Coral-rich diving sites include the much loved Canoe Rock. On the opposite side you find Bentota River, the centuries-old Galapota Temple with it large Buddha statue which certainly is worth a visit . Southeast is Lunuganga, the estate and luscious gardens of the late world renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa. Northeast is his brother Bevis's Brief Garden, another tropical wonder of flora. You will never be lost for things to explore and enjoy in Bentota but it is equally the perfect location to simply enjoy the breeze on the beach, possibly with a cold beer after a delicious meal at one of its many restaurants.

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Galle

Galle is the ancient colonial Dutch capital of Sri Lanka. Located on the South coast it is well known for its charming Galle Fort, the secured old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the early 16th century. Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, encircle car-free streets with architecture defiantly reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Notable buildings include the 18th-century Dutch Reformed Church and the Galle Lighthouse which stands on the fort’s southeast tip. Just outside the forte you find numerous charming villas and hotels which are ideal wedding locations. Given the amount of great accommodation across budgets that are close by this makes an ideal city for a beach wedding.