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How to Plan a Destination Wedding in Sri Lanka - A step-by-step guide for destination weddings

Within the past two decades, Sri Lanka’s popularity as a tourist destination surged sky-high. People from the other side of the world came to know the unperturbed tropical beauty of the island and fell in love with it. With excellent weather that lasts throughout the year, the island has become one of the most visited destinations in the world. Because of all these reasons, Sri Lanka is now a coveted wedding destination as well.


Best time for your wedding in Sri Lanka

December to March is generally considered the wedding season in Sri Lanka. This season is accompanied by beautiful tropical weather with mild mornings and cool evenings. However, if you are considering the east coast for your wedding, the season from April to September would be better.



Getting your finances in order is the first thing you need to do. Think about your budget and set aside a specific amount of money for your wedding. Remember, you have your honeymoon to think about as well.

The reception hall, accommodation, and flights will take a big chunk of your money. You should think about catering as well.


Hire a wedding planner

This is not a requirement, but you should really consider hiring a wedding planner, especially because you are hosting your wedding in a foreign country.

Wedding planners know everything that is there to know about weddings. They will know how to get the best out of your budget. Some wedding hotels and resorts have their in-house wedding planners.



Sri Lanka is listed as one of the best romantic holiday destinations in the world by My Romantic Travel and similar other blogs. And, a couple gets a diverse list of accommodation options. If your friends and family travel from elsewhere, you need to offer them accommodation as well. There are some hotels and resorts that offer both wedding reception halls and guest accommodation. You will also find a number of wedding packages and honeymoon offers.


Choose a location

There’s a reason Sri Lanka is among the most romantic places in the world. The country’s topography is varied throughout the island. In the coastal areas, you get typical tropical weather, while Sri Lanka’s upcountry features a delightful contrast to the coastal regions.

If you want a beach wedding, choose a coastal region, but if you want to host your wedding amidst the sublime beauty of the upcountry, choose a place like Nuwara Eliya or Hatton.

Regardless of the location, you are going to have an amazing time here; you can also have your honeymoon at the same location.


Pick a day for the wedding

This is one of the details you should get out of the way when you first start planning the wedding. Pick a date and consider Sri Lanka’s seasons. The country has two seasons: the dry season and the wet season.


Guest list

This is one of the challenges of hosting a wedding. As you’ve decided to host your wedding in Sri Lanka, you might have to curtail the list of your wedding guests. Everyone might not be able to attend the wedding. So, you should check with your friends and family before drafting your wedding guest list.



Sri Lankan has a good transport network, so transport won’t be an issue. You can find a taxi from outside the airport, or you can get your hotel to pick you up from the airport.

The country has an extensive public transport system as well. There are regular buses and trains, but they are not recommended if you are on a romantic getaway. Also, tuk-tuks are a popular method of travel in Sri Lanka.

You should also think about your wedding car. There are car rental companies that offer a variety of wedding cars. Resorts and hotels offer cars as well. However, if you’ve hired a wedding planner, you don’t need to worry about your wedding day transport.


Final details

Even though you have planned everything, and you know that everything is in order, you should check in with your wedding planner before leaving home.