Sri Lankan wedding world record: 126 bridesmaids

Also had 20 page boys and 23 flower girls

 

A spectacular Sri Lankan wedding is laying claim to the title of ‘world's biggest bridal troupe’, with 126 bridesmaids, 25 best-men, 20 page boys and 23 flower girls.

The couple, identified as Nisansala and Nalin, married Negombo last week, at a ceremony that was attended by Sri Lanka's First Lady, Shiranthi Rajapaksa.

Sri Lankan couple Nisansala and Nalin take a group photo during their wedding ceremony as they break the Guinness record for a wedding with the most bridesmaids for a bride in Negombo November 8, 2013. With 126 bridesmaids, 25 best men accompanied by 20 page boys and 23 flower girls, the wedding ceremony broke a previous record of having 96 bridesmaids for a bride at a wedding in Thailand. REUTERS

The ceremony was staged at the Avendra Gardens in 30km from Colombo.

The entire troupe were dressed in richly embroidered traditional costumes in shades of purple and gold.

A page boy waits to take a photo during a wedding ceremony for Sri Lankan couple Nisansala and Nalin as they break the Guinness record for a wedding with the most bridesmaids for a bride in Negombo November 8, 2013. With 126 bridesmaids, 25 best men accompanied by 20 page boys and 23 flower girls, the wedding ceremony broke a previous record of having 96 bridesmaids for a bride at a wedding in Thailand. REUTERS

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the previous record, at a wedding in Bangkok, Thailand, had 96 bridesmaids.

Bridesmaids pose for a photo during a wedding ceremony for Sri Lankan couple Nisansala and Nalin as they break the Guinness record for a wedding with the most bridesmaids for a bride in Negombo November 8, 2013. With 126 bridesmaids, 25 best men accompanied by 20 page boys and 23 flower girls, the wedding ceremony broke a previous record of having 96 bridesmaids for a bride at a wedding in Thailand. REUTERS

Wedding planner and dress designer Champi Siriwardana was quoted by the media as saying it was her dream to stage the record-breaking nuptials.

Bridesmaids pose for a photo during a wedding ceremony for Sri Lankan couple Nisansala and Nalin as they break the Guinness record for a wedding with the most bridesmaids for a bride in Negombo November 8, 2013. With 126 bridesmaids, 25 best men accompanied by 20 page boys and 23 flower girls, the wedding ceremony broke a previous record of having 96 bridesmaids for a bride at a wedding in Thailand. REUTERS

“Breaking the Guinness record is no mean feat,” says Champi.

Champi was so confident of Nisansala and Nalin's world record, she held a press conference the day before to announce the event.

Sri Lankan couple Nisansala and Nalin pour water into small pots during their wedding ceremony as they break the Guinness record for a wedding with the most bridesmaids for a bride in Negombo November 8, 2013. With 126 bridesmaids, 25 best men accompanied by 20 page boys and 23 flower girls, the wedding ceremony broke a previous record of having 96 bridesmaids for a bride at a wedding in Thailand. REUTERS

According to media reports, a representative from the Guinness Book of World Records was present at the nuptials.

Guinness records’ adjudicator Seyda Subashi was quoted as saying, “The couple who were married in the Sinhalese tradition, appeared for their world record attempt in a separate hall.”

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