Wedding/ Pre-shoot Locations in Colombo – Sri Lanka

Wedding/ Pre-shoot Locations in Colombo – Sri Lanka

Colombo Edition

Sri Lanka is a beautiful country. It is a paradise for photographers and videographers. City or suburb there is no shortage of beautiful scenery. Here is a list of places you can use to have a beautiful wedding photo shoot or a pre-wedding shoot.

Vihara-mahadevi Park

Viharamahadevi-Park: Image source

Viharamahadevi park or The victoria park is a very popular destination for wedding photography. The location situated right middle of a busy area in Colombo next to national museum but the beauty and peace it holds is unmatched. It is the oldest and the largest park in Colombo. Named after queen Vihara maha devi, the park rich in both natural environment and wonderful architecture of its’ modern and  colonial era. 

Even though the park is a public place, permission is needed to shoot video or photo in the park. Permission for wedding and pre-wedding shoots can be obtained  from Colombo Municipal Council and the fee is Rs. 2340/= for wedding pre shoot. There is no time limit.

Independence Square

This symbolic cultural architectural building is iconic to Sri Lanka. Situated in a calm environment it is also rich in natural beauty. This is a great place to shoot traditional kandyan weddings as the architecture of the building is inspired from old Sinhalese artchitecture from ancient kingdoms.  

Independence Square Colombo : Image source –

To use this location for wedding and pre wedding photos and videos, you have to obtain permission from department of cultural affairs. 
You will need following set of items to apply for permission.

  • Dully filled application 
  • Wedding invitation
  • The letter of permission will be issued either to bride or to the groom or to mother/father.
  • Charges 
    chargers may subject to change from time to time, you can contact department of cultural affairs via 011 2882592 and get the latest information.

You can get more details from the department of cultural affairs website 

Arcade Independence Square

Arcade Independence Square : Image Source –

As this phenomenal place is also handled by the department of cultural affairs, you will need the same set of documents to book the location. Charges will differ, Call the department of cultural affairs for more details via 011 2882592 or visit their website 

Baddagana wetland park

Beddagana wetland park : Image source

Wetland park beddagana is a hidden gem for wedding photographers. There are several different setups to experience in a small area.  
This is being handled by urban development authority srilanka. So you have to get permissions from them. 

Pricing for wedding photo shoot in Beddagana wetland park : Image source – Urban Development Authority

Diyatha Uyana Broad walk – Baththaramulla

If you are planning to have a garden theme wedding photo shoot or pre shoot, Diyatha uyana- Broad walk is just the place you should book for it. 
Surrounded by greenery and water the landscape just gives the best natural backdrops with gorgeous sceneries 

Fortunately shooting in the diyatha uyana is free and you don’t need permission beforehand. Writing the names and getting a token from the security is sufficient., but we always advice to check before making your schedule since the authorities has power to chance these policies according to the circumstances. 

Dutch hospital complex

Colombo Dutch Hospital Complex

Colombo Dutch hospital which falls under Urban Development Authority The charge for a Pre -wedding photo shoot is  Rs. 5000/= per hour. The charge for a wedding day photo shoot is Rs.2500/=. The area is open for photo shoots until 6.00P.M

These are the most popular places couples can go to have wonderful wedding or pre-wedding photo session surrounded by beautiful greenery.

What other places you would like to know about? Let us know in the comments. 

Bonus list of places. 

1.Galleface green 
2. Race course 
3. Colombo light house 
4. Chatham street
5. Pettah main street (red mosque) 
6. Colombo lighthouse temple 
7. Marine drive 
8. Mt. Lavinia beach
9.Diyatha uyana broad walk 
10. Fort floating market 
11. Old railway stations from bambalapitiya to wellawatta 
12. World Trade Center 
13. Dematagoda old train yard 
14. Malabe chandrika kimarathunga mawatha. Madiwela walking track has small shops that’ll be good for a pre shoot too.

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Posted by The Real Wedding Talk on Tuesday, August 7, 2018
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