Getting Married in Malta - Weddings & Honeymoons

Malta's heady blend of romance and charm means that it's fast becoming one of the places to get married in Europe. With more than 7,000 years of history, dusky sandstone architecture and deep Mediterranean blues forming the backdrop to your photographs, weddings in Malta embody a true feeling of eternity. Located at the heart of the Mediterranean, Malta has a wonderful mixture of easy holiday sunshine and sites of major historical significance so if you want a romantic wedding in a setting fit for royalty, look no further.

There are many tour operators offering packages dedicated to honeymoons and weddings in Malta, and its sister island Gozo. The packages include all you need for your wedding preparations, from the beautician and photographer to the bride's bouquet and the wedding cake. Most packages centre around a civil ceremony, held in a registry office in either islands' capital, although a small charge can see the service held at a location of your choice. Malta is strongly Roman Catholic and with more churches than there are days of the year, if you want a church ceremony, you're really spoilt for choice. From the grandeur of Baroque parish churches to more intimate countryside chapels, whatever your perfect location, you're likely to find it on Malta. There are also churches of other denominations that regularly hold international weddings.

If you don't want to use a tour operator, organising a wedding in Malta does not need to be difficult. The island has an impressive range of high quality, luxury hotels, all of which are experienced in receiving wedding guests and honeymooners. Any of them will happily organise the details to help make your day special. Maltese wedding receptions are typically large buffets so the island has a wide range of caterers experienced in delivering tailor-made menus for any number of guests. You may prefer a catered sit-down meal in one of Malta's renowned restaurants, or a cocktail party. Whatever style of reception you want, there will be an excellent venue to deliver it.

Legally speaking, getting married in Malta is easy. The Malta Tourist Office supplies all the documentation and application papers so the whole wedding can be arranged without leaving home. The publication of banns form (RZ1) must be received by the Malta registry between 3 months and 6 weeks before the intended wedding. This needs to be accompanied by the couple's birth certificates and the 'declaration on oath' form. If either one has been married before, the office will require a divorce certificate to confirm they are now free to marry. Once that's done, you're free to look forward to your special day.

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