Weddings at Eden Hotel

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Overview

Experience the charm and romance of starting your wedded life together at the Eden Resort & Spa, a tropical hideaway where your romantic dreams become a reality.

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Eden Resort & Spa is situated moments from Bentota Beach – picture yourselves on the golden shore, exchanging your vows surrounded by your loved ones and the beauty of Sri Lanka. The contemporary style of the resort is perfect if you want to create an elegant yet modern wedding, which will be infused with the authentic culture of this amazing destination.

Get married with the sun setting behind you over the Indian Ocean. Have a troupe of traditional drummers and dancers escort you to the wedding poruwa (platform). Enjoy a royal ride on an elephant where the surf breaks, right after you get married. If you like you can even dress in traditional Sri Lankan wedding attire and get married in traditional Sri Lankan style, with all the ancient rituals, blessings and customs. An exotic setting adorned with fresh flowers, a traditional “poruwa”, a group of beautifully dressed young girls chanting traditional blessings, a conch shell blower, traditional Kandyan dancers and drummers, a tiered wedding cake, professional photographers and videographers to capture those cherished moments and even a majestic elephant are just some of the special arrangements we will make to create unforgettable memories of your wedding day.

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Wedding Information

  • Registrar’s fee
  • On-site wedding coordinator
  • Marriage license and certificate
  • Bottle of sparkling wine for the couple during the ceremony
  • Two-tiered wedding cake
  • Fruits & Flowers on arrival
  • Bouquet and button-hole
  • Witness if required
  • 15 minute Elephant ride for the couple
  • 30-minute video of the wedding ceremony on CD
  • Decorated wedding location
  • Poruwa and traditional oil lamp decorated with fresh flowers
  • Traditional religious blessings sung by a group of Sri Lanka girls
  • Souvenir gift from the hotel
  • 24 Photographs with album (8 x 13 inches with 72 negatives)
  • Registrar’s fee
  • On-site wedding coordinator
  • Marriage license and certificate
  • Bottle of sparkling wine for the couple during the ceremony
  • Two-tiered wedding cake
  • Fruits & Flowers on arrival
  • Bouquet and button-hole
  • Witness if required
  • 15 minute Elephant ride for the couple
  • 30-minute video of the wedding ceremony on CD
  • Decorated wedding location
  • Poruwa and traditional oil lamp decorated with fresh flowers
  • Traditional religious blessings sung by a group of Sri Lanka girls
  • Souvenir gift from the hotel
  • Kandyan Dancers and drummers
  • One day Ayurvedic Spa programme for the couple
  • 5 course candle-lit dinner on wedding night for the couple
  • Canapés and soft drinks for 10 guests during the ceremony
  • 30 Photographs with album (8 x 13 inches with 72 negatives)
  • Registrar’s fee
  • On-site wedding coordinator
  • Marriage license and certificate
  • Bottle of sparkling wine for the couple during the ceremony
  • Two-tiered wedding cake
  • Fruits & Flowers on arrival
  • Bouquet and button-hole
  • Witness if required
  • 15 minute Elephant ride for the couple
  • 30-minute video of the wedding ceremony on CD
  • Decorated wedding location
  • Poruwa and traditional oil lamp decorated with fresh flowers
  • Traditional religious blessings sung by a group of Sri Lanka girls
  • Souvenir gift from the hotel
  • Kandyan Dancers and drummers
  • Canapés and soft drinks for 10 guests during the ceremony
  • Upgrade to the next category during stay (for bookings made on Superior & Deluxe room categegory)
  • Three-tiered wedding cake
  • 5 course candle-lit dinner on wedding night for the couple on the beach
  • Fire crackers
  • High-tea session
  • Champagne Breakfast
  • 30 minute video of the wedding ceremony on Blue ray
  • 40 Photographs with album (8 x 13 inches with 72 negatives)

  • Minimum residency period prior to marriage: 5 days
  • Suggested stay in Sri Lanka: 10 days
  • Minimum age : 18 years old

Documents Required:

  • UK/Irish passport (which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return home )
  • Birth Certificate (Both short and long certificate are acceptable)
  • Affidavit to confirm single status (even if previously married)

If Required

  • If you have been divorced: Decree Absolute is required.
  • If you have been widowed: The former marriage certificate and original death certificate
  • If you have changed your name: Deed Poll certificate will be required. 
  • If you have been divorced and have reverted to using your maiden name then this counts as a name change and proof will be required.
  • If you have been adopted: Adoption papers need to be produced

Before you travel: (new important information issued by Sri Lanka High Commission)

The following documents should be certified by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (for British nationals) or The Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland.

  • Affidavit and Divorce Certificate if applicable
  • If widowed, the death certificate of your late spouse and your previous marriage   certificate
  • If you have changed your name, a deed poll (including divorcees who have reverted to their maiden names)

For other nationals, the document should be certified by their respective Foreign Ministry.  Approx. cost for certification is £70 per document.

For further information regarding the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, please go to:

Phone: 03700 00 22 44 (Monday to Friday 12:00-16:00)

Email: LegalisationEnquiries@fco.gov.uk

The Legalisation Office

Foreign and Commonwealth Office PO Box 6255

Milton Keynes

MK10 1XX

Before you travel, next step:

Once you have had the required documentation certified by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the next step is to have them legalised by The Sri Lanka High Commission, London.

For further information on legalisation, please contact the Sri Lanka High Commission:

Sri Lanka Tourist Promotion Bureau                              Sri Lanka High Commission, London

No. 1, 3rd Floor Devonshire Square                             020 7262 1841 – Ext. 223

London EC2M 4WD

0845 880 6333

The Sri Lanka High Commission also requires you to obtain a Business Visa before travel to enable you to have your wedding in Sri Lanka.  This can be obtained from the Sri Lanka High Commission and costs £38 per person.  The visa needs to be applied for no more than 30 days before travel and takes approx. 4 working days to process.

Guests marrying at hotels in Sri Lanka will need to send photocopies of the documents listed to us at least 12 weeks before the date of travel.

In Resort:

Once you have married in Sri Lanka, you must get your marriage certificate certified at the Foreign Ministry, Ministry of External Affairs in Colombo; only then will your marriage certificate be valid to submit to authorities outside of Sri Lanka.

All original documents to be taken with you.

Translation of documents

All legal documents must be in English or legally translated into English. All translated documents must be from a legal translator with letterhead, stamp and seal from the translator's office or notarised by a Notary Public.  Occasionally the documentation will have to be sent to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for their approval before being sent back to the notary to sign.

The Wedding Ceremony

In most destinations, your wedding ceremony will be conducted Monday to Friday (excluding local holidays).  In some destinations, local festivals and holidays will determine available wedding dates.  Generally, your wedding will take place in the grounds of the hotel unless otherwise specified.  Many hotels offer wedding gazebos for extra privacy.  Some hotels may offer more than one wedding per day with the first wedding taking place at around 10am with the last wedding at 4pm.  The majority of our weddings are conducted by a marriage officer whose title varies depending on the resort.  Where it is possible to be married by a Minister, the ceremony will be non-denominational unless otherwise stated and will be a Civil wedding.

Tropical Sky Weddings and the information given above only apply to couples:

•        Born in the UK

•        Have a valid UK passport (with some months validity on return home)

If couples do not fulfil these requirements they must advise us.  Couples should be referred to the embassy of the country of origin and the country where they wish to marry as they may require extra documentation to satisfy their own embassy requirements – Tropical Sky cannot advise on this and couples must investigate this on their own.

As Tropical Sky weddings have no jurisdiction over hotels/resorts/venues/legal requirements and their charges, we cannot be responsible for any increases or changes to these wedding arrangements.  We will, however, endeavour to advise you of changes as soon as we are made aware of them.  All prices and legal requirements correct as of June 2013.

Karen Andrews
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