Last week we looked at the legalities of getting married in Malta and promised to follow up with our Malta Destination Wedding Guide so as promised, here it is! We’ve touched on this island before in our Malta Venue Spotlight and today we have lots more information for those thinking of getting married here. Malta is a small nation in the Mediterranean situated south of Sicily and east of the most northerly African country, Tunisia. The nation consists of an archipelago of islands, of which only the largest three are inhabited- Malta, Gozo and Comino. These have been inhabited for 7,000 years and have a wealth of historical and cultural significance. The Maltese city of Valletta is Europe’s smallest capitol city- a fortified harbor town with beautiful buildings and panoramic views, and was one of the first ‘planned’ cities in Europe with a grid street system. The sunny Mediterranean climate keeps the average temperature at around 18ºC (65ºF). It can reach 30ºC (86ºF) in summer but 12ºC (54ºF) is about as cold as its gets in winter. Food here is Italian-inspired, particularly by Sicily. Much of the architecture is made from local, honey colored limestone. Walls of this limestone outline fields and yards and the pinks, reds and whites of oleander bushes appear everywhere. Sunsets can be spectacular with magnificent pastel displays. Even though the island of Malta is small (only just over 300 km²) it boasts an abundance of wedding venues, from converted farmhouses to baroque palaces. There is so much to do here that wedding guests will be endlessly entertained- see our list below. It’s a really impressive place, just perfect for a destination wedding, and so many Irish people travel to Malta for exactly that- I’ve been to one here myself and it was just so pretty.

Malta destination wedding guide

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GOZO

“The island where time stood still.” Gozo lies to the north of Malta with numerous beautiful natural and historic sites. A 20 minute trip ferry trip from the mainland will get you from one island to the other. Gozo is one of the top diving destinations in the Mediterranean, and has a large amount of churches for such a small island. Id-Dwejra bay is home to the famous “Azure Window” which you may have seen images of, and because of the dramatic scenery much filming has been done here, including some of “Game of Thrones” recently.

Malta destination wedding guide
Azure Window (David Sim)

CHURCHES

There are 359 churches in Malta and Gozo, so more than one for every day of the year. These range from majestic cathedrals to quaint chapels. Here are a few beautiful ones to get married in.

Gozo Cathedral (Victoria, Gozo) ✈ This 17th century baroque church lies within the walls of the city’s citadel.

Xaghra Basilica (Xaghra, Gozo) ✈ A majestic church covered in marble (interior pictured below).

Malta destination wedding guideXagra Basilica (Working with Light)

Annunciation Chapel (Kercem, Gozo)  Located in the picturesque valley called Lunzjata, this is the oldest church in Gozo.

Sanctuary of Our Lady (Mellieha)  Part of this church is a natural cave. The large courtyard outside offers spectacular views over Mellieha Bay, Gozo and Comino and is a great place for photos.

Balluta Parish Church (St Julian’s) This neo-gothic church dominates the skyline of Balluta Bay in St Julian’s, a main tourist area.

Mdina Cathedral  Fronted by a large square, this impressive cathedral awes visitors with its lavish interior.

Malta Destination Wedding GuideMdina Cathedral (Elegant Impressions)

RECEPTION VENUES

Riviera ✈ Situated in one of the best-preserved and picturesque areas in the north of Malta, the hotel is locatedon HolaBeach- a sandy beach studded with majestic date palms. The venue faces the Islands of Comino and Gozo with gorgeous views, and can cater for up to 150 inside or 300 outside.

The Villa ✈ A 19th-century property on the water’s edge with fantastic sea views. 5 possible reception areas give couples a great choice with the town of Sliema and Balluta Bay only a walk away.

Castello Zamitello ✈ An authentic 17th century castle set in lush gardens and surrounded by calming country scenes. The castle can be hired for exclusive use but also hosts small intimate celebrations. Seating for 150 is possible indoors with numbers of over 500 possible out in the gardens.

Palazzo Parisio ✈ Those looking for bling will love this ornate baroque style palace in Naxxar. The ballroom can hold a reception of 120, or up to 400 if the gardens are used, and the venue hosts smaller wedding parties also. Catering options range from finger food to a 5 course dinner, and they also have a planning service.

Le Méridien ✈ Located in St Julian’s, this four star hotel Caters to both large and intimate weddings with formal sit down or buffet meals available. A fairly comprehensive wedding services menu is available on their website.

Ta’ Cenc Hotel (Gozo) ✈ This 5 star hotel offers various options for the destination bride and groom: star attractions are the Kantra Lido, a private rocky beach, located in a fjord inlet; and Palazzo Palina, a 400-year old palazzo surrounded by patios, gardens and a courtyard typical of local architecture.

Grand Hotel (Gozo) ✈ This 4 star hotel is ideally situated on top of the gateway to Gozo, Mgarr Harbour, and enjoys spectacular views of the Mediterranean sea and the islands of Comino and Malta. It offers 9 unique reception areas, amongst them ‘The Mediterranean Breeze’, the hotel’s roof garden with spectacular views.

Malta Destination Wedding GuideJessica Mortiz

WEDDING PLANNERS

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Malta Event Design

PHOTOGRAPHERS

VIDEOGRAPHER

Pinwheel Productions

CATERERS

Malta Bougainvillea  (Elegant Impressions)

Valetta (Vespucci Travel)

GUEST ACTIVITIES

– Go diving: With many reefs, caves and wrecks, Malta is one of the top diving spots in the Mediterranean.

– Go to one of the many village “festas”- feasts in honour of the village saint. Besides special Church services and sumptuously decorated churches, there are many outdoor festivities, band marches, food and drinks, and spectacular firework displays.

– Take a trip around the harbor in one of the traditional dghajsa boats, so colourful and pretty.

– Try the Maltese pastizzi, filled with cheese or peas, and wash it down with Kinnie, the bittersweet Maltese soft drink.

– Go to Comino (the smallest inhabited island of the archipelago) and swim in the sparking waters of the Blue Lagoon.

– Visit the medieval walled town of Mdina (also called the Silent City as no vehicles are allowed) and take a tour on board one of the karozzins, Maltese horse-drawn carriages.

– Wander the streets of Valletta by night.

– Visit the open-air market in the fishing village of Marsaxlokk.

– Dance at La Grotta, an open-air disco on Gozo island.

– Visit one of the megalithic temples. Ggantija, the temple in Gozo, is the oldest free-standing structure in the world.

Malta Destination Wedding

Malta Salt Pans (Elegant Impressions)

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

✈ The Euro is the currency.

✈ You drive on the left hand side of the road as in Ireland and Britain.

✈ Most banks only open in the morning, with some closing at 11.30 am during the summer.

✈ British 3 prong sockets are used (13 amp).

✈ Most towns and villages have open air markets once a week.

GETTING THERE

Fly: Flights come in from most other European countries. The airport is south of the main city, Valletta, and it’s easy peasy to fly here from Dublin as Ryanair flies direct.

Ferries: Available from Sicily and from Salerno, and from Genoa (on Italy’s mainland). Some are available from Tunisia but not for the return journey so look out for this if you are coming from there.

Malta Destination Wedding Guide

Malta (Remax)

GETTING AROUND

Malta’s public transport system is a good and cheap way of touring the Island. Buses operate to all parts of the island from the main bus terminus in Valletta. There are also direct (point to point) services- have a look at the bus website and here’s a visual map of the bus routes. Taxis are common and handy as well, here’s some more information and a list of taxi companies in Malta. You can also hire a car if you want a bit of freedom to explore the island, which we did, and there are loads or car rental companies to pick from. Don’t forget to drive on the LEFT hand side of the road! They drive quite fast here from what I remember so if you’re the nervous type maybe try get an automatic so you can fully concentrate on the road.

Malta Destination Wedding Guide

Valetta Skyline (Elegant Impressions)

Thanks to Elaine from Elegant Impressions and Anna from Malta Event Design for their fantastic on-site help with this guide! Be sure to check them out if you’re thinking of having your wedding on this beautiful island. We’ll be back this afternoon with an excellent idea for your wedding decor!

29 Responses

  1. David o Byrne

    Looking for help to have wedding in Marla in April 2016 for 30 people .Looking for restaurant /hotel to book.. Any ideas ?? David o Byrne

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  2. Paige

    Hello – organising a wedding for May 2016, but I just want a civil ceremony on a secluded beach somewhere. Very small, no chairs or anything. Any suggestions?

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  3. natalie

    Hi.. i was also looking for around May 2016 n would like some info for a beach weding plzz

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  4. Liz

    Hi I am looking to get married in Malta or Gozo April 2016. Could you send me some details. Also can you get married in a church over there as I don’t want to have to get married first.

    Thanks
    Liz

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  5. Elka

    Hi, we’re planning to marry in Malta, March/April 2016…looking for somewhere About 20 minutes drive from the Airport, Friends and family, (Children) will be coming)..approx 25 people. Do you have any advice or ideas please. Thanks

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  6. Greta

    Hi can someone give me an advise on wedding in malta. We are planning on 30 to 40 people. I want to get married on the beach, no proper dinner needed, nice barbeque would be great outside. Also I need hotel rooms for my guests for one night. The wedding would be this year October or November, is it still worm at that time?
    Thanks so much if someone can give me an advice.

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  7. Edel

    Hi we are looking to book our wedding in Malta for Mid May 2016, we have approx 70-80 going would appreciate any info.

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  8. Rachel

    Hi, I’m looking into a Civil wedding on San Blas beach in Gozo on 1st Sept 2015 for about 40/50 people.
    I have tentatively held a couple of villas in Gozo for that week but it would be great if you have any information on whether a Civil marriage is allowed on San Blas beach. And also if you know of any good local Gozotan caterers and people who might be able to supply a few chairs and wedding decorations (ie flowers/hanging lanterns). Thanks…

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  9. jodie

    Hiya looking to get married in malta in may 2016 any information would be helpful? Need somewhere child friendly aswell as pituresque
    Thank you in advance

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  10. Luke hignell

    Hi me and my partner are planning on getting married in July 2017 in malta but we are coming over on June the 5 till the 8th this year to have a look would you be able to recommend any nice intimate venues that we could visit,anything from farmhouses to beach weddings we want to explore our options.

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  11. Natalie

    Hi my fiancé and I are looking to be married on 6th Aug 2016 in Malta. Please can you help with advice of locations? Thanks in advance

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  12. Chris

    Hello, we are looking for venue/s for a small civil wedding ceremony and reception dinner (10 persons including my fiancé and I) for August 2015. All ideas are welcome! Somewhere near/on the beach would be perfect. Thanks! :)

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  13. ken o sullivan

    any help with a bit of info please ? on 30 person civil ceromony with legal papers and budget deals please inc, photographers , venues please… for the last week of September coming please thank you all, in advance

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  14. Tom and sarah

    Hi we’re looking at getting married in Malta in 2018,we know it’s a long way off,but we are struggling with getting replies from hotels,as we would like to get married over looking a beach and we can’t decide on the best but cheap places to get married,please offer us some advice

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