Sri Lankan Wedding Customs

Every Marriage ceremony is different because every couple is different.  Humanism embraces and celebrates this.

When a couple chose to marry and commit to spend the rest of their lives together, it is not just two people that are coming together, it is two families, often with different cultural traditions and customs.

We work very closely with every single couple to ensure that their Humanist Marriage Ceremony is unique to them and also in accords with their beliefs and reflects who they are as people and how they wish to live their lives.

We are often asked to incorporate family and cultural traditions in our ceremonies and are more than happy to do so.  Most of the time these take the form of symbolic gestures and we will research all the possibilities that are available, if a couple are unsure of what can be included in the ceremony.

I am honored to be conducting a Humanist ceremony for a wonderful couple, who are getting married later this year in a stunning wedding venue in Edinburgh.

They want to incorporate some Scottish traditions as well as some Sri Lankan ones too.  After some research and conversations with the couple, we have decided to include the following Sri Lankan customs.

The couple will be lead by their parents to a traditional Poruwa, where they will stand and face each other.  This is a beautifully decorated wooden platform on which the marriage ceremony takes place.

The Bride and Groom will then each be handed a necklace, and in turn, they place it around the others neck and lock it very carefully.

The Groom and Bride then exchange wedding rings handed to them by the best man and the bride’s brother. The rings are placed on the fourth finger of the left hand.

Finally, an uncle of the Bride ties the small fingers of bride and groom with a gold thread and then pours water over the fingers. Water and earth being the eternal verities, the water so poured and the earth on which it falls are intended to be the lasting witnesses to the marriage.

Before they make their personal and Legal vows to each other, the bride and groom will have a Traditional Celtic hand fasting as well as drinking from the Quiach.

After which we will sign the schedule before I have the pleasant duty of presenting “Mr & Mrs” for the first time at which point they will step of the Poruwa as a married couple and start the rest of the days celebrations with their friends and families.

There are many different ways to embrace the joining of families as well as a couple getting married, so why not get in touch, or call 0800 014 8237,  and we can guide you through all the infinite possibilities you can include in your Humanist Wedding Ceremony

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