Hotels with wedding halls or Banquet Halls are very popular with the rich people to make their children's weddings and official wedding Reception functions. Sri Lanka Tamil weddings used to take place mostly in Hindu Temples, while Christians make it in Churches. Hindu weddings also take place in Community centers, wedding halls, reception halls, banquet halls and in Star class hotels. Hotels here are well prepared to organize the wedding ceremonies with their specially built Banquet halls. Most of them offer large number of seating facility for the visiting guests. Sri Lanka Hotels used to serve Buffet lunch or dinner for those wedding guests who are attending the weddings. These places in and around Colombo have decorated Wedding/Banquet halls with seating capacity of nearly 1,000 up to 4,000 guests, while some of them offer up to 3 banquet halls in their complex and can provide best service for any Srilankan or foreigner's wedding event. You can book these halls with their managers by paying advance payment according to the number of guests and the type of food to be served. They have minimum Guest attendance and the charge will be flat. If more number of Guests is going to attend the function, they will charge per head. When booking with large number of guests the wedding hall will be provided free of charge. Otherwise the rental charge of the hall will apply in the bill. Most of these places offer ample parking facility.
For the traditional Tamil marriages, hotels can arrange and provide everything including 'muthu manavarai" or Flower manavarai", Buffet style food serving with traditional Jaffna rice and curry along with top Indian recipes along with tasty desserts. Normally 16 varieties of dishes are included in the Buffet while you too can select your choice of dishes at the time of booking. The tables are used to be set with European style cutlery while they also provide facilities for those guests who like to use their cleaned fingers to dine.
They provide specially dressed up guest chairs at extra charge. The halls are provided for 4 hours and ff you need some extra time, they will charge for it at special hourly rate. So when you are booking the hall get the information on the extra time and its rate. They always keep a nice red colored notice Board at the entrances of each Halls, announcing the Bride and Groom's names for the guests' convenience.
They don't allow gift boxes (Presents) to be taken inside of the matrimony hall. It must be kept at the special place located at the entrance. The management can arrange "Mangala vathiyam" and "kurukkal" too which is included inside many of the hotels packages. Arranging the entrance Mangala table, wedding registration table and Piped Tamil music too they will take care through their packages. If it is a Sinhala cultural wedding they can provide "Poruwa" for the ceremony while for the Muslim wedding they used to make special arrangements according to the person who reserved the hall.
A room will be given for the bride to get her makeup done and changing saree. After the marriage ceremonies are over the newly married couples will have free champagne and a Room for 24 hours as a gift from the management. Guests can arrange for their taxis from the lobby, if they need any. Hotels are providing discount priced rooms for those foreign visitors who are coming to attend the wedding ceremony. They will arrange to pick them at the Airport and drop them back at the Airport for their return journey on the required date.
2, Sir Chittampalam A Gardiner Mawatha,
Telephone: +94 11 249 2492
139-141, Gall Road,
Telephone: +94 11 273 8727, +94 11 273 9600
Galle Face Hotel
02, Kollupitiya Road,
Telephone: +94 11 254 1010 - 16
Taj Samudra Hotel
25, Galle Face Center Rd,
Telephone: +94 11 244 6622 -13
64, Lotus Road,
Telephone: +94 11 254 4544
371 Galle Road,
Telephone: +94 11 236 3306