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How to Get Married in Sri Lanka

A popular long haul wedding destination, there are plenty of tour operators and hotels which offer weddings in Sri Lanka. Most couples choose to marry by the sea, perhaps arriving at the ceremony by elephant? But there are also some beautiful wedding locations in the mountains too.
Below are the legalities for marrying in Sri Lanka, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad, and you can also contact our trusted Wedding Providers below.

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Sri Lanka Marriage Law Requirements

What are the legal requirements to get married in Sri Lanka?
Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women.
Bride and Groom may not be related by blood, marriage or adoption.


How long do I have to be resident in Sri Lanka before I can get married?
You must be resident for four days before the wedding.


Getting a marriage licence
In Sri Lanka you must take the original documents mentioned below to a Civil Status Officer or Registrar in the area where you wish to marry.
You must provide your full names and addresses and those of your parents, as well as your professions. Your wedding planner must have photocopies of all documents three weeks before your date of travel.


What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Original birth certificate which shows the names of both parents.
Full names, addresses, religions and occupations of both parents and of the wedding couple.
An affidavit stating that both parties are single and free to marry.
If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers must be shown.
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse and your former marriage certificate must be shown.
If your name has been changed by deed poll then legal proof must be shown, stamped and dated by a solicitor (including if you are divorced and have reverted to your maiden name).
If adopted the adoption certificate must be shown.


Please note: this information is for guidance purposes only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding planner in resort or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend to marry for up to date details before you marry.


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Sri Lanka Marriage Registrar's

Department of Registrar General's
No: 234 /A3,
Denzil Kobbakaduwa Mw,
Sri Lanka.
Tel:+94 11 288 9488
Fax:+94 11 288 9491


Our Sri Lanka Wedding Providers

Reef Villa and Spa

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Location: Wadduwa
Business Type: Hotel
Contact: Bernadette Barker

A wedding on the idyllic island of Sri Lanka at Reef Villa and Spa captures the true spirit of island romance, luxury and beauty. Set in stunning tropical gardens Reef offers breathtaking views of the majestic Indian Ocean. What better setting for the most special and romantic day of your life?
At Reef we lavish a great variety of options for your reception; be it ocean side, pool side by the coconut grove or highly recommended at our magnificent Plantation House. Combine your wedding and honeymoon at Reef and experience our hospitality which offers tranquil surroundings, soothing ambiance, unmatched luxury and create everlasting memories of your wedding and honeymoon.

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