A wedding in Sri Lanka is an absolute treat for the senses. This enchanted island captivates the heart and is therefore the perfect destination for a romantic, tropical wedding. Amangalla itself is a unique property, the oldest operating hotel in Asia situated at the heart of the historic Dutch Fort of Galle. The hotel exudes old world charm and character, and any wedding held there reflects this.
Amangalla and the Fort can provide an array of wedding venues, depending on the number of guests attending, and the style of service required.
Inside the walls of the Fort is the Anglican church of All Saints, just down the road from Amangalla. A local priest can hold a simple ceremony in this glorious old English church, filled with stained glass windows, ancient wooden pews, pulpits and vaulted ceilings. For a marriage service, both parties must be Anglicans, and recommended by their priest at home. A blessing service is possible for followers of other denominations. A marriage and Catholic mass may be arranged at the spectacular St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral, located on a hilltop overlooking the Fort.
It is also possible to arrange a civil ceremony at Amangalla, with the ceremony being conducted by the Fort’s Registrar. For smaller parties, this can be arranged in our Garden Pavilion, a wonderfully peaceful open space with wooden floors, surrounded by lush foliage. For larger parties, the poolside gardens are an ideal location, providing a large and private area surrounded by beautiful trees.
Amangalla can also arrange the perfect convertible vintage cars, classic Indian Ambassadors, decorated tuk tuks, bullock carts or even elephants to carry you and your guests to and from the church and around the Fort. These various modes of transport also provide perfect photo opportunities.
Wedding receptions may be held in the pool courtyard, or in the grand reception hall or ‘Zaal’ and Dining Room.
- A buy-out is required for weddings of 20 or more guests
- Legal documents must be supplied four weeks in advance to arrange for the ceremony