Wedding Ideas from Shakkya Studio
Marriage is a special occasion for all, more so for the bride and groom. They are expected to look their best and all efforts are made to ensure that they do. The Sri Lankan wedding attire is no less elaborate than any other and the bride and groom in their traditional costumes and the complementing regalia look as good as a royal couple.
One of the many gifts of the new world to us is that of our movement towards specialization and conceptualization. And this has spread its roots to any and all domains, including that of weddings – in which we see them take the form of themes. Sri Lankan weddings are already an array of festivity by themselves, theme or no theme, with numerous ceremonies and rituals drawing back from ancient beliefs and roots. What adds to the color to the whole deal is tradition. And with the blossoming wedding industry, what with wedding planners, designers etc. it was never easier to pick out your favourite theme.
When it’s your wedding, you want to look the most attractive person in the ceremony. To achieve that, you need to do lots of work. You have to as many shops you can, try on dresses, consult with family and friends & what not. A wedding in Sri Lanka fashion consists of both western and traditional attire. You can go for the flamboyant tuxedo & gown, the ethnic sherwani&sari or the traditional Kandyan dress.
Marriage is a beginning towards a new dawn, to a new way of life. A boy becomes man and a girl becomes a woman after marriage. A lot of duty,responsibility,loyalty,commitment, sacrifice and compromise comes after marriage. These newly acquired attributes are said to make a person mature. They say that it is a sacred tying of two souls that lasts till the last breath and who knows, after the life also, maybe.
Sri Lankan weddings are nothing short of grand regalia of sorts and the bride and the groom, royalty. While a lot of preparation and planning goes into organizing the wedding, the ceremonies, the venues, the guest lists etc., an equally important stature in the scheme of things is accorded to the wedding dress, of both the bride and the groom. The traditional Sri Lankan trousseau is a bouquet of intricacies and symbolisms. While modern weddings have moved away from age old norms and styles, one can’t deny the fact that they remain the overarching influence in about all the choices that one makes.
Being a part of any celebration, we have always noticed an oil lamp being lit before and/or after the ceremony is a tradition. And all the weddings have always seen the bride and the groom lighting up an oil lamp and praying before it. Have we ever wondered why we lit the oil lamp on any auspicious occasion?
Marriage is simply a bond between two people who wish to be together forever. And marriage is the most sacred act of love. It’s an act which binds two people together for the rest of their lives. And since two people are to be tied together, which other way than literally tying them together to each other?
We all know that people of sub-continent are driven by various superstitions. They do things in certain specific ways to keep away the “bad omens” as they like to call it. Since wedding is an auspicious occasion, so it’s natural to have superstitions related to it so as to prevent bad luck. There are various superstitions in the Sri Lankan culture, some relating to weddings specifically.
Times are changing swiftly and how – and with it, our lifestyle, preferences and choices. Suffice to say that nothing has been left untouched by changing times, not even weddings. In an older time, weddings were mostly simplistic. Yes, there has always been an air of celebration that has surrounded them, but it was less perky as compared. While they have become extravagant in some respects such as themes and décor, a certain sense of financial viability and unviability has also. All in all, most people are slowly moving away from the typicality of tradition. Here’s presenting what a present day Sri Lankan wedding looks like.
Sri Lankan weddings are quite like a festival. But in all the noise that surrounds matchmaking and marriages, one must not forget the law and the system which has laid down guidelines that need to be followed, and it is a must that one gets them right.
A Poruwa ceremony is a traditional Sinhalese wedding ceremony with Buddhist affiliations. The main attraction of the ceremony is the exquisitely decorated wooden platform called the Poruwa on which the wedding takes place. A number of rituals are performed by the bride and the groom and their families and relatives. Each of these rituals is significant and sacred and therefore, is performed with utmost care and pure intentions.
Sri Lanka, like all other south Asian countries, is a country with rich and diverse cultural heritage. The place is known for a culture which goes back to at least 2500 years. Though the culture seems to have been primarily inspired by Buddhist and Hindu scriptures and customs, one can find healthy remains of its colonial past in the daily lives of the natives. A sneak peek into a Sri Lankan wedding ceremony through cuisine and other styles of celebration gives a good insight into the culture of the land. With a generous mix of modernity, the traditional look of a Sri Lankan marriage has undergone great changes. Specialization in the world of catering has influenced the marriage ceremony in a good way giving way to some of the best food being prepared and best services being provided. Eating itself becomes such a luxury.
Sri Lankan cuisine is one of the most unique and complex cuisine’s in the world. It has some resemblance with the South Indian cuisine, but yet it is very distinct. Sri Lanka is well known for its spices, which is reflected in most of the dishes. Most of the people opt for the traditional Sri Lankan cuisines in their weddings. The food is simple, yet delicious. The uniqueness of Sri Lankan desserts makes them popular all over the world. Here are some of the dishes that are fairly common in Sri Lankan weddings, giving you enough reasons to choose one in your wedding too. Slurp, slurp!
Sri Lanka, just like India is also a confluence of many religions - Hindu, Buddhist, Muslims and Christians and so their marriage customs and rituals also vary accordingly. Unlike the ancient times one significant change has been we the legal position of women. The Sinhalese customs and rituals have also undergone a vast change from the Kandyan times. Kandyan society has been known for an extremely open and liberal tradition as far as marriage and relationship is concerned. Both men and women had the freedom to cohabit with a partner of their own choice. Sexual morality hardly ever mattered and polygamy (a man taking more than one wife), polyandry (a woman taking more than one husband) was well accepted.
After a hectic wedding, all one looks for is some quiet and peace. Whether you’re looking to spend some quiet time getting to know each other or you want to go for an enjoyable holiday with your spouse, the scenic beauty of Sri Lanka caters to all.Be it beaches, wildlife, archaeological sites or places of worship, Sri Lanka has it all. Add to it the wonderful cuisine, ancient culture, tropical climate and friendly people and you have a perfect honeymoon retreat.
Traditional wedding songs are usually embedded with snippets of folklore and myth. They are passed on from one generation to another and one can always find women singing these during weddings as a mark of blessing for the newly wedded bride and groom. These songs are often accompanied by traditional instruments like drums which provide a foot tapping beat to the music.However, there are also many modern renditions of these songs and also some which are more recent.
Wedding feasts are awaited by one and all. The menu is given a lot of thought and preparations begin well in advance. After all, what are marriages without mouth-watering sweets, spicy treats and delicious spreads? Sri Lankan weddings, like all others are filled with exotic menus and guests are treated to a wide variety of local and foreign dishes.
If you are looking for a wedding destination abroad that is full of culture and adventure then why shouldn't you consider Sri Lanka? Where else can you imagine yourself to be on your special day if not tying knot in great weather and amazing atmosphere with plenty of options when it comes to touring and excursions for your honeymoon? Sri Lanka, as we know, has a rich history. It not only promises plenty of interesting sights and places to explore, but some of them would also make great scenery for unusual wedding photography. Getting married in Sri Lanka promises you innumerable unforgettable memories and a wide variety when it comes to choosing an amazing wedding venue to host your celebration.
Set the date as soon as possible, because if you delay it you might get delayed. The best reception venue, church or hall or your choice beach spot would be booked.Once you have decided to get married then be quick to set the date. You should ideally discuss with your fiancé and workout exactly what kind of wedding you both wish to have. Decide on the number of guests you would want to participate, the type of reception venue that would suit you and most of all, set a budget (very important) and then try sticking to it. It may appear traditional for the bride’s family to bear the majority of the wedding costs and you might want to bring some change in it in your own way.