Celebrate the start of a lifetime of love at Talalla.

The beautifully maintained grounds and tropical gardens at Talalla are the perfect place for the celebration of a marriage or unions of two hearts in a traditional Poruwa wedding ceremony.

A Poruwa ceremony is a traditional Sri Lankan wedding ceremony with Buddhist influences. The ceremony takes place on a “Poruwa”, a beautifully decorated, traditional wooden platform and involves a series of rituals performed by the bride and groom, and their families. Often the Poruwa is decorated with lotus blossoms which in Buddhist philosophy represent faithfulness.

At a Poruwa Wedding Ceremony, the bride and groom will exit their bungalow, followed by a procession of Kandyian traditional dancers and drummers. They will then be led to the special marriage platform called the Poruwa, with the blowing of the conch shell.

Next, the exchange vows and also betel leaves 7 times in a tradition that means the bond unity and love will last 7 generations. The marriage is symbolized by tying the index fingers of the couple with a golden chain. Water is then poured on it by the master of ceremonies from an ornate silver jug whilst chanting blessings from God.

After the couple exchange rings they feed each other with milk, rice and water, a symbolic pledge to take care of each other for life.

To celebrate the marriage, young Sri Lanka girls dressed in traditional saree will sing wedding songs.
After this is completed the newly wed couple will step down out of the special marriage Poruwa with the chanting and beating of drums.

Traditionally as the couple steps down a coconut is broken to bless them with children.The couple will light a traditional oil lamp to symbolize light, health and success, before taking a ceremonial walk along the beach, symbolizing their journey together for life.

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Legal Requirements for weddings at Talalla Retreat

  • The couple should hold a minimum period of 05 days residency at the hotel prior to the date of the ceremony.
  • The wedding will take place in the hotel premises and it will be conducted by the Master of Ceremonies at any day between 8.00am to 6.00pm.
  • No one under 21 years of age is permitted to marry in Sri Lanka, according to the Government regulations.


Customise your wedding at Talalla.

Create your special day, with elements of Sri Lankan and traditional European weddings.

  • Traditional dancers, drummers and singers.
  • Traditional wedding arch – Poruwa.
  • The Sri Lankan master of ceremonies.
  • The garden and villa decorated with flowers.
  • Traditional flower bouquet.
  • Hire of traditional Saree and National Kit for the bride and groom.
  • Dressing of bride and groom including makeup and hair.
  • Champagne.
  • Wedding Meal – Traditional Sri Lankan menu or a 5 course western ala carte menu.
  • Photographs including a wedding album, (sent to their home address if they are not staying long in the area).
  • 3 nights’ accommodation including all meals inclusive of all taxes.


Bespoke Wedding Options

  • Chantings
  • Kandyan dancers & Drummers
  • Six young girls to chant the Jayamangala gatha
  • Registrar of marriages and translation of marriage certificate
  • Poruwa with natural flowers
  • Bridal bouquet
  • Garland & buttonhole for bridegroom
  • Photographs
  • Video taping of the ceremony
  • Brides Kandyan Saree and Jewellery (on hire)
  • Bridegroom’s National (decorative Kandyan costume)
  • Dressing of the Bride, hair and makeup
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Romantic open-sky showers are perfect for honeymoons.

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Deserted Talalla Bay beach is the perfect place for a honeymoon rendezvous.

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Pre-wedding pampering is a must at the Talalla Spa.