07 Feb Irish Weddings in Malta: Planned By Tara – Irish Wedding Planner
Irish Weddings in Malta: Wedding Planner, Tara Fitzgerald, is the Owner and Lead Planner at Planned By Tara. She is Ireland’s leading wedding planner specialising in destination weddings in Malta, working with clients worldwide including those from Ireland, UK and Australia.
What’s The Attraction?
January 2019 has been my busiest month to date for new enquiries. Irish Weddings in Malta are increasing each year, and it seems that more and more Irish couples are considering Malta as their destination wedding location. So what is suddenly attracting this new wave of Irish couples to venture across the Mediterranean?
- Accessibility – In the summer season (April – October) there are 5 flights per week via Ryanair from Dublin, with a further 2 flights per week from Cork (commencing in summer 2019).
- Euro – In Malta, they are also part of the Eurozone, so there is no need to worry about changing currency.
- Language – English is one of the official languages in Malta so communicating with Maltese suppliers couldn’t be easier.
- Emerging Market – Over the past 10 years, Spain and Portugal were the most popular destination wedding locations for Irish couples. The destination wedding market in Malta is increasing year on year and it is recognised as one of the emerging markets in Europe.
- Malta Tourism Authority – You may have noticed some new advertising from Visit Malta (the official tourism body for Malta, Gozo and Comino) on Virgin Media recently. A lot of work is taking place between the Irish and Maltese authorities to encourage continued growth in this market. We can expect to see further Irish people travelling to Malta in the coming years.
- Weather – With almost 300 days / 3000 hours of sunshine each year, you are almost guaranteed sunshine for your destination wedding in Malta.
- Legalities – There is a relatively straight-forward paperwork process (see more on this below) and no requirement to have a registry office ceremony in Ireland before you travel. Malta is recognised as one of the easiest locations in Europe for Irish couples to have a destination wedding.
- Venue Choices – There are so many unique options to choose from; beautiful villas, elegant Palazzos, unique Castellos, sea-view hotels, private gardens and even a former quarry (you have to see it to believe it!)
- Savings – During my initial consultations and discovery calls with potential clients, I always state that Malta is not the location to have a budget wedding. However, there is excellent value to be obtained by choosing a mid-week wedding. Savings of up to 50% can be achieved on venue hire rates.
Legalities and Marriage Requirements
From a marriage perspective, planning a wedding in Malta couldn’t be easier. Depending on your circumstances, here is everything you need to know.
- Church Weddings – You follow the same process as you would at home. Irish couples should link in with their local parish priest to obtain the required documentation. This paperwork is then submitted to the Curia in Malta for final review and approval. This process must be completed in conjunction with the requirements of the Malta Registry Office.
- Civil Marriages – 90% of my clients choose this option. You must submit the required documentation to the authorities for review and approval anytime between 3 months to 6 weeks before your wedding date. The paperwork requirements vary per country of residence and will also depend on your marital status (i.e. single, divorced, widowed or annulled).
- Civil Partnerships – There is great news for same-sex couples. In 2017, the Maltese Parliament approved the Marriage Equality Bill legalising same-sex marriages in Malta.
All of the necessary information can be obtained via the Public Registry Website.
Irish Wedding Planner
As a Malta wedding planner, I have in-depth knowledge and expertise of the wedding industry in Malta. Also, as a former “Malta bride” I bring my own personal experiences to the planning process through the ups, downs and pitfalls that I have encountered. Following my own wedding, I felt that there was a real gap in the Irish wedding market. There was no single wedding planner in Ireland specialising in destination weddings in Malta. There are suppliers that can offer package weddings or those that act as an intermediary between the Irish couple and Maltese planner. However, there was no single independent planner, offering a bespoke wedding planning service tailored to meet the needs of Irish couples.
There are a number of benefits to using a Irish wedding planner for your Destination Wedding in Malta.
Face-to-face meetings – Instead of communicating via email only, you have the opportunity to have in person meetings throughout the planning process. This results in a more personalised experience.
Understanding of Irish requirements – There are no barriers as I understand the needs and concerns of Irish couples.
Been there bride – As mentioned previously, I have been in your shoes, so I bring my own personal experiences into the planning process.
At the other end of the phone – Day or night, I am only a phone call away. No time restrictions, no language barriers and no time-zone delays. My responsiveness, flexibility and accessibility are probably the benefits that my clients appreciate the most.
So, What Next?
If you are newly engaged, are strongly considering a destination wedding in Malta and have no idea where to start, then please get in touch! Let’s meet up, have a chat and I will guide you through all the steps for planning a wedding in Malta. I place a great emphasis on quality-led planning and design. I offer a unique and bespoke experience for each couple. My motto is Quality not Quantity so I only work on a limited number of weddings each year. Places for Summer 2020 are already filling up, so I advise you to get in touch for a complimentary consultation sooner rather than later.
To arrange a complimentary consultation, please send me an email to Tara@PlannedByTara.ie
Looking forward to hearing from you.