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Getting married officially in Sri Lanka

All wedding ceremonies are carried out in accordance with British Law and are legally recognised as binding.
For guests marrying in Sri Lanka, the wedding couple are required to arrive in Sri Lanka 5 days before the expected ceremony date.

The minimum legal age to marry in Sri Lanka is 18 years. Parental consent is required if under the age of 21 years.

For weddings in Sri Lanka the required documentation is as follows:

  • Birth Certificates Copies can be mailed and originals to be presented on the day of the marriage.
  • 10 year valid Passport photocopy to be mailed and the originals to be presented on the day of the marriage.
  • A document detailing the names, addresses and the occupations of the bride & groom.
  • A document detailing the names, addresses and the occupations of the Parents of the bride and groom.
  • An affidavit (from a solicitor) confirming the marital status (i.e. single) of the bride and groom prior to the wedding.
  • If divorced, a Decree Absolute
  • If widowed, death certificate of former spouse
  • If names have been changed, legal proof (signed by solicitor) is required.

A marriage certificate is supplied in English.

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