A Long Weekend In Sri Lanka

Mount Lavinia Hotel Sunset View Of Ocean

While we were around one month into our trip through Vietnam, friends of ours had their wedding in Sri Lanka. Most of the wedding guests had quite long trips to get to Sri Lanka (mostly from London and Australia) but we just ‘hopped’ over from Saigon haha. It was an amazing long weekend trip from Vietnam and the wedding was lots of fun! Sri Lanka’s beaches are also super beautiful, so that obviously was another big plus!

Wedding Fun

The wedding was a mix of a western (Australian) and a traditional Indian wedding and held at the Mount Lavinia hotel in Colombo. The hotel did an amazing job in decorating the different venues and made sure that both traditions were properly accounted for. Day number one of the wedding celebration consisted of a fun beach barbecue during the day and a henna party at night. I found it super fascinating how quickly the henna was painted on my hands and arms… the below design was done in less than 5 mins! The rest of the henna party was then spent dancing to Bollywood-style music :)

Sri Lanka Mount Lavinia Hotel Henna Party Wedding

The wedding ceremonies were held on day two. Whilst the Indian wedding ceremony lasted around two to three hours, the western ceremony was finished in around 30 min.. There was a coffee and cake break between the ceremonies which was exactly what the guests needed after sitting still for such a long time haha.. Both ceremonies were absolutely beautiful :)

Sri Lanka Wedding Trip
At night we had an amazing dinner on the beach and then hit the dance floor until early in the morning. Everything was so beautifully decorated – AGAIN! 

Sri Lanka Wedding Weekend

La Voile Blanche

Sri Lanka Colombo Beach Trip La Voile Blanche

While waiting until we could check in to our apartment on the first day we decided have a cappuccino and a cocktail at La Voile Blanche. I totally loved this place as it has amazing food and super yummy cocktails. There is also a direct beach access so you can sip your cocktail while sunbathing. In fact we liked La Voile Blanche so much that we came back the day after the wedding for a relaxed day on the beach before heading to the airport at night. If you like playing in big waves during sunset (like me in the photo below!) and a yummy cocktail afterwards, come to La Voile Blanche :) To read more about the place, read my post about it here.

Sri Lanka Colombo Beach Trip


  1. February 20, 2017 / 8:19 am

    I love the traditio if the ceremony, not surprised to read it is linger than the western one, but what an amazing culture. Crazy that that henna pnly took 5 mins! Sign me up for cocktails and big waves too!

  2. February 20, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    I love weddings – so interesting to see and learn from different cultures. It is great that many were able to make it to the wedding from abroad. But I would make sure to attend the wedding as well with that location :)

  3. February 21, 2017 / 1:28 am

    Sri Lanka is just gorgeous. It is definitely a romantic setting for wedding. The henna work was beautiful and it’s amazing that they can do such skillfully work so fast.

  4. Riely
    February 21, 2017 / 3:39 am

    I love how they combined the two traditions into one wedding. It isn’t always easy in making sure both families values and customers are represented, but by the photos it looked like it all worked out. I love the henna pictures and the location looked amazing.

  5. February 21, 2017 / 3:55 am

    I went to a combination Indian / Jewish wedding once. It was a fascinating ceremony. Unfortunately, the groom didn’t ride in on an elephant. Sri Lanka would be such an amazing destination for a wedding. You are so lucky to be able to pop over from Vietnam.

  6. February 21, 2017 / 3:57 am

    I hope you had a good time in Sri Lanka. It is a beautiful place for vacation and destination weddings. And the pictures that you have posted are beautiful. The island is an ideal setting for a wedding. The pictures are indeed stunning.

  7. February 21, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    I love how you could head to Sri Lanka so quickly from Vietnam. Sadly in North American and Australia (Where myself and hubby are from) You can’t hop to another country so quickly (well except to the USA or New Zealand). I think it is great that the hotel was able to integrate both cultures for the wedding of Indian and Australian. Your henna does look fab. I had henna done in India and enjoyed the entire experience.

  8. February 22, 2017 / 11:57 am

    Beautiful! Love how they combined the two cultures. Great idea with the bbq and henna party

  9. February 27, 2017 / 1:17 am

    Wow, those are some seriously beautiful shots. What camera do you use?

    • Karateandcaviar
      February 27, 2017 / 1:52 pm

      I’m 99% sure that they were taken with my Sony RX 100. Nice and small – perfect to carry around in a purse :)

  10. May 7, 2017 / 3:22 am

    Wow! What a beautiful wedding. I love that they wove traditions from both cultures into the event–so beautiful. And your pictures are lovely.

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