Offering a diverse range of wedding formats, from intimate sit down dinners and beachside ceremonies to church weddings and traditional receptions, Malta has a vast range of products and services available which make planning the ceremony relatively stress free and great value for money.
Malta offers both civil and religious ceremonies and in either case, the legal formalities are relatively simple and can even be done in advance from your home country. Gay weddings are also welcomed on the Maltese Islands.
Being predominantly Roman Catholic, the Islands boast around 365 beautiful churches, making Malta and Gozo the ideal destination for those desiring a religious wedding. The elegance and splendour of one of Malta’s baroque parish church will provide a beautiful setting to a special day, or if intimacy and seclusion is desired, the many charming countryside chapels are ideal. However, couples of other denominations will also find their perfect place of worship for their dream wedding. For those opting for a civil wedding, since Malta has such a varied and colourful historical past, there are a number of interesting outdoor and indoor venues from which to choose. The grandiose will love one of the grand baroque palaces with stunning gardens, and those preferring something more rustic can choose a beautiful farmhouse set in the quaint countryside of Gozo. For nature lovers, Malta’s many beautiful sandy beaches, backdrops and countryside provide a location like no other.
Image: Bride & Groom in Senglea, Malta
Foreign visitors who wish to marry in the Roman Catholic Church will have some formalities to complete in advance. The process is very straightforward and will involve providing documentation such as birth certificates and letters from the couples’ diocese in their country of origin. These would need to be submitted to the Maltese Diocese for those planning their wedding in Malta, and Gozo Diocese for those intending to tie the knot on the sister Island of Gozo.
Several specialist tour operators feature both Malta and Gozo in their dedicated wedding and honeymoon brochures, and offer the services of a personal wedding organiser, make-up and hair artist, photographer, bridal bouquet, groom’s buttonhole and wedding cake.
A large buffet reception is very much part of the traditional Maltese wedding, but if you prefer a British style sit-down wedding breakfast, or indeed something more bespoke, the Islands have a range of experienced and professional caterers who offer a wide selection of luxury modern dishes in addition to local cuisine. Most hotels in Malta have a food and banqueting team who will be pleased to meet individual requirements and special requests for any size of wedding party.
Image: Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar Malta
Once married, the ‘going away’ ritual is a memorable moment. Whether you choose a horse-drawn Karrozzin, a sleek limousine or even a traditional Dgħajsa boat in Valletta’s Grand Harbour, you’ll be sure to enter your married life in unforgettable style.
A list of local wedding planners can be found here.
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