Malta is a magical wedding destination
Malta is where you can take centre stage, knowing that whichever backdrop you choose, it will add charm to your special day .
The question has been popped, the ring is on the finger, excitement is reaching fever pitch – let the wedding plans commence! It’s all about having a great location and when it comes to that, the Maltese islands encompassing Malta, Gozo and Comino are hard to beat. One of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean, Malta is a four hour direct flight from Dublin making it the perfect destination if you are looking to get married abroad, but not too far away from home. With over 300 days of sunshine, spell binding Mediterranean waters, spectacular scenery, luxurious resorts and delectable cuisine, here a dream wedding can become reality.
When you choose to have your wedding or honeymoon on the Maltese islands, you are following in the footsteps of some of history’s most significant civilisations.
In Maltese culture, marriages are lavish affairs but whether you’re planning a laidback reception for close friends and family or a spectacular affair for a larger number of people, any wedding held in these magnificent islands will be one to remember. From church weddings to civil ceremonies, the islands offer a vast array of wedding services to fit all budgets and great value for money; the euro is the currency there and almost everybody speaks English fluently.
Spoiled for Choice in Malta and Gozo
Couples are spoiled for choice of wedding venues in Malta and Gozo and aren’t limited to just hotels and churches. The historical capital Valletta, with its ancient buildings and magnificent harbour, adds a sumptuous backdrop to any ceremony as does the former capital Mdina with its breath-taking panoramic view of the island, while Gozo’s imposing Citadel and dramatic coastline are equally spectacular. The buildings are also exceptional: Valletta, which has been named as the 2018 European Capital of Culture, is inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, while more than 300 churches are dotted across the island, ranging from tiny, humble chapels to vast, ornate cathedrals, adorned in exquisite finery collected through hundreds of years.
Religious wedding ceremonies can take place in one of the baroque parish churches or the simple medieval chapels. There are also numerous possible venues for civil weddings, including beaches, charming remote cottages or a landscaped garden overlooking the Grand Harbour.
There are a fleet of luxury vehicles in Malta to transport you in style and elegance, from chic Rolls Royce and Mercedes limousines to classic, convertible Bentleys and Daimlers. Your guests also have the opportunity to travel in the island’s vintage buses now available for private hire. The journey to and from your wedding venue can become one of the most memorable moments of the day. Other options are unique to Malta: a traditional karozzin – a small carriage, drawn by one, two or four horses – can whisk you around the island and later you can drift away to begin your life together on a dghajsa boat through the majestic Grand Harbour in Valletta.
Malta and Gozo are a gastronomic’s dream
Be it traditional or modern, grand or boutique, both islands boast venues available to cater for every taste and budget. Malta and Gozo are a gastronomic’s dream; Maltese and Gozotian cuisines are the result of a long relationship between the islanders and the many civilisations who occupied the islands over the centuries.
This marriage of tastes gives an eclectic mix of Mediterranean cooking including Sicilian, Italian, Lebanese and North African influences, which are used to form the islands’ unique gastronomic identity.
A hive of activity rich in history, the islands’ locations makes them ideal for those who love watersports with a whole host of top class activities available from snorkeling and diving to all kinds of water-sports suitable for beginners and pros alike. Walkers and climbers will thoroughly enjoy the islands’ limitless rocky terrains and breath-taking views while those keen to learn more about Malta and Gozo can get lost in the island’s history, which spans some 7,000 years. The National War Museum, the National Museum of Archaeology, the Inquisitor’s Palace and the 16th century masterpiece Grandmaster’s Palace – which includes both the state rooms and the Palace Armoury – have received an award, for consistently outstanding TripAdvisor reviews.
The Malta Tourism Authority
The Malta Tourism Authority, together with Nature Trust Malta has recently launched The Lovers’ Tree project. This initiative involves the planting of a commemorative tree at the Xrobb l-Ghagin Nature Park for foreigners who are tying the knot in the Maltese islands. In addition to the planting of a tree, a heart shaped plaque with the couple’s name, date of marriage and place of residence will be placed on the tree. Couples can visit the tree at the park or be present for the planting of the tree.
For more information on weddings and honeymoons
in Malta see www.visitmalta.com