If you are thinking about getting married in Malta then this Destination Wedding Guide is a great place to start!
And who could be better than the Malta destination wedding expert Martina, the founder of I Do Weddings Malta to bring you all of the inspiration and information you need to start planning your big day in magical Malta?
Malta is much more than part of a uniquely beautiful archipelago set in the Mediterranean Sea. It is a premier location for destination weddings with amazing weather all year round and backdrops of all types, from sea views to romantic garden getaways.
Beyond the gorgeous landscapes you have the people of Malta – friendly, relaxed, and welcoming – as well as predominantly English speaking. And let’s not forget the food. Chefs across Malta bring you delicious and savory dishes that rival the scenery around you.
So whether you want your guests to feel like they are on their own personal holiday or the crystalline waters draw you to the beauty of Malta, your destination wedding will be an event to remember if you get married in Malta.
Let’s start with the basics. Couples from all over the world can legally marry in Malta – they do not have to be residents of the country. For couples getting married in Malta there are several locations where they can hold their ceremonies.
- Wedding Halls
- Hotels and Restaurants
- Public Gardens
- Castles and Palaces
- Local Councils (These are usually conducted by the mayor himself/herself.)
- Cruise Liners (These are passenger vessels registered in Malta.)
- Approved Designated Beach Areas
Malta has 2 Anglican churches and 359 Catholic churches for couples who wish to hold a religious wedding ceremony. If you want to hold a religious ceremony there are a few steps you will need to take in advance.
Be sure that you check with your specific parish for any guidelines you must follow as well. For Catholic ceremonies you will need to supply documentation to the Chancellory which after approval is sent to the Curia. For Anglican ceremonies you will need to contact the Chaplaincy to make arrangements.
Civil ceremonies can take place in the Marriage Registry in Valletta by appointment or at other public venues that the Registrar deems as appropriate (such as those listed above). Civil ceremonies may not be conducted poolside or on private beaches.
Same sex civil unions
As of April 2014 same sex civil unions are legal in Malta. The Parliament of Malta passed this historic measure, giving same-sex couples legal recognition of civil unions in what is known as the Civil Unions Bill.
Marriages in Malta are subject to the provision of the Marriage Act, 1975. In general, the legal documents you will need to supply to the Marriage Registry in Valletta or Gozo include:
- Original birth certificates for both groom and bride that show parents’ names
- Free status certificates showing that the couple is free to marry (For those whose countries do no issue these certificates, they will need 3rd party declarations instead.)
- RZ1 Form (Request for the Publications of the Banns)
- RZ2 Form (Declarations on Oath)
- Copies of passports of bride, groom, and 2 witnesses
When you complete the marriage application you will be asked to state your intended location of the ceremony. If you decide to change this location at a later date, you must notify the marriage registry at least 3 weeks prior to the ceremony.
Please remember that for religious ceremonies there will be other pieces of documentation required so you must contact your home parish and the Chancellory or Chaplaincy to make these arrangements.
Malta offers an amazing variety of venues for your wedding ceremony and celebration. Whether you want sea views, lush gardens, or historic castles, we have something breathtaking that will meet your needs.
7 most popular venues for destination weddings in Malta:
- Villa Arrigo – This venue is centrally located with amazing value and stunning scenery, and accommodates long after ceremony celebrations.
- Villa Bologna – Originally built in 1745, this venue sits among plush gardens, sunken ponds, and a citrus grove.
- Villa St. Julian’s – This venue offers a stunning view overlooking the Balluta Bay with delicious on-site catering.
- Quadro – Sea View Restaurant – Breathtaking views of the Mediterranean await you, and this venue is recognized for seaside civil ceremonies and award winning catering.
- Castelo Zamitello – This 17th century romantic castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens, options for either indoor or outdoor ceremonies and celebrations, and a fairytale setting.
- Razzet L-Abjad – An eclectic farmhouse with Maltese elegance, this venue is nestled in a beautiful vineyard, and also offers outdoor music opportunities until 2 a.m.
- Palazzo Parisio – This 18th century palace with modern elegance and amazing architecture is located in the Naxxar Village.
Images: via I Do Weddings Malta
This list of 7 popular venues is just a starting point for you. Some other favourite locations include:
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Traveling to and around Malta is not a complicated process as the region is relatively small. There is only one airport for travelers, and the most popular places for couples to stay are Sliema and St. Julian’s. There are loads of hotels from which to choose and these areas are centrally located to night clubs, restaurants, shopping centers, beaches, and other tourist areas.
Malta has wonderful weather year-round, with mild and dry winters and mostly sunny weather throughout the seasons. June and September are the most popular months for destination weddings in Malta, although July and August have the lowest risks of rain. No matter when you choose to get married in Malta there are some great options – but you should always consider a back-up plan for weather issues.
Timing is about more than weather, though. It is important to know that in Malta the weekends – from Friday through Sunday – can be more expensive at venues and with certain vendors. These budget considerations also apply to certain times of the year. To learn more about choosing the best time of year for your wedding, be sure to check out this season-by-season guide to planning a wedding in Malta.
Your wedding will be your unique experience, and so will your wedding budget. Couples come to Malta with very different budgets available, and there are many ways to make the most of what you plan to spend.
As you begin to plan your destination wedding, make certain you consider these points:
- Your guest list – The number of people will dramatically impact your budget.
- Your priorities – Make a list of the things you have to have and those things you want to have.
- Your timeline – The more time you have available for planning, the fewer hasty decisions you’ll have to make that might cost you more money.
For a wide selection of tips on budgeting for your Malta photographer, musician, venue, and more, be sure to visit our comprehensive budget tips.
One of the things many couples love to do when planning their destination weddings to Malta is incorporate Maltese wedding traditions into their own ceremonies. A popular way of doing this is to include vintage Maltese buses as transportation for their guests – it adds such a fun feeling of Malta charm.
Couples can also add traditions of Malta into their wedding favors, such as:
- Mdina glass – Wine bottle toppers are great choices.
- Maltese lace hand fans – These are useful for warm summer weddings.
- Maltese nougat or cookies – These sweet treats bring a taste of Malta.
- Maltese Bajtra liquor bottles – This is a fun favor for the adults at the celebration.
- Maltese Bus Salt n’ Pepper pots – The Maltese bus is an icon of the region and this gift is a fun token reminder for guests of their visit to Malta.
Music and entertainment
The most popular music choices for wedding ceremonies are duo combinations of violin and guitar, violin and piano, harp and vocal, or organ and vocal. Many couples also love the amazing string quartets that are available.
For the cocktail reception and dinner, many couples choose smaller bands such as 4 piece ensembles, and then a DJ who entertains for the after dinner celebration and dance. As Malta is a popular location for destination weddings, there are many music options for couples.
Many couples are also choosing to add photo booths or even fireworks to mark their wedding occasion. The fireworks are actually fairly inexpensive and fun additions. If you plan to have children at your ceremony perhaps you want to consider entertainment catered to them, such as mega slides, bouncing castles, balloon modelling, face painting, and other kid-friendly fun.
Food and drink
After the wedding ceremony, many couples in Malta have a cocktail hour where they serve sparkling wine with canapés. This is followed by a seated dinner of 3 to 4 courses, most often with a choice of meat or fish for the main course. There are many options for scrumptious desserts, from traditional cakes to elegant dessert bars. If you are celebrating with a party after the meal it is also advisable to serve snacks or even more substantial foods such as mini pizzas, mini burgers, and Maltese cheesecakes.
Images: via I Do Weddings Malta
Malta is a popular choice for destination weddings in part because it has so much to offer visitors besides the amazing scenery.
Be sure that you and your guests take advantage of some of the local hotspots:
- Take an excursion on the sea by cruise or charter.
- Explore a sea cavern or go sea diving.
- Visit historical places such as St. John’s Co-Cathedral, the historical home to the Knights of Malta.
- Take in the wonders of Mdina – the Silent City – a walled city with timeless appeal.
- Party in Pacevill, a suburb in Malta known for its nightlife.
- Take in the views of the Barraka Gardens and views of the Grand Harbour.
- Visit Marsaxlokk, a fishing village on the south side of Malta.
- Relax and enjoy an hour or a full day at a local spa.
When planning your wedding in Malta, be certain to keep in mind these top tips for your destination celebration:
- Do not wait until the last minute to plan your wedding. The people of Malta live a relaxed pace of life, which means that vendors may not get back to you as quickly as you might hope. Working with wedding planners can ease this process somewhat, but it still important to remember that you need to allow for planning time.
- Do not plan an outdoor wedding without creating a backup plan. Even during the most pleasant seasons, there is no way to control Mother Nature.
- Do not forget to take advantage of everything Malta has to offer you as an amazing destination. You are coming for your wedding, but you can make it an entire experience to always remember.
Image: via I Do Weddings Malta
Has this Destination Wedding Guide tempted you to get married in Malta?
Thank you to the wedding team over at I Do Weddings Malta for this detailed big day information.
Destination Wedding Guides are meant as just that – a guide to getting started with your destination wedding planning. Please always consult an official or expert (such as I Do Weddings Malta) in the country you wish to marry, to ensure you have the correct and up-to-date legal paperwork requirements, especially for a legally binding wedding ceremony. We would always recommend using a reputable wedding planner who can fully assist you in such processes.