Your own wedding on screen

By Vimukthinie Nonis

Vogue Jewellers and popular TV channel Sirasa TV are joining hands to make wedding dreams a reality for a lucky few. A news conference was held at Vogue Jewellers this week to announce the launch of “Mangala Sihinaya”- Sri Lanka’s first ever wedding reality show, that brings with it free wedding packages and 12 gold necklaces each month of the year.

From January 2011, a gold necklace will be shown on Sirasa TV between 7.30 and 9 p.m. This is the Sirasa Thirasa belt and features three top rated teledramas- “Sihina Sithuwam,” “Ganga Addara” and “Vehi Pabalu Sela”.

Viewers need to count the number of times the Vogue gold necklace appears on screen and send as many postcards to “Mangala Sihinaya,” Sirasa TV, P.O Box 929, Colombo or an SMS to 7788. They can also drop off coupons at Vogue branches. The viewers also need to nominate a couple getting married during 2011 with every entry, to qualify.

The lucky couples will be short listed at each monthly draw, from which one lucky couple will be chosen by a panel of interviewers. The lucky couple’s wedding dream will be made a reality by Sirasa TV and Vogue Jewellers.

Sirasa TV will also feature the wedding of the winning couple each month in their new “Mangala Sihinaya Reality Show” and recreate the couple’s journey from the very first day they met right up to the wedding.

“It was Nandadeva Perera who came up with the concept,” said Managing Director of Vogue Jewellers Anura Hemachandra at the news conference which began by creating an atmosphere of a wedding with a playback of “Rattaran Duwe” and the entry of four stunning couples dressed to represent the different bridal traditions of our land.

Sirasa TV group director Mano Wickramanayake said that for Sirasa TV being the pioneers of reality television in Sri Lanka “it is just another stage of development and the first such home grown programme in Sri Lanka.”

Nandadeva Perera, Director of Vogue Jewellers said he was confident that “Mangala Sihinaya” will touch the lives of not only the 12 winning couples, their families and their loved ones, but also create great excitement across the whole of Sri Lanka.

The first draw will be held at the “The Wedding Show” at BMICH on January 14, 15 and 16 and the first edition of the “Mangala Sihinaya Reality Show” hits the Sirasa television screen at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays in January.

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