When The Wedding Community’s Weddings Abroad experts Perfect Weddings Abroad called me and asked if I would like to go to Malta with their team to see what Malta has to offer for weddings, how on earth could I possibly say no? I put the phone down and let out a little squeal of excitement! So, last month I packed my bag and went out to Malta for three days. I would like to share my experience with you all.
For those of you who are looking to get married abroad, have you thought about Malta? It may not be one of the first destinations that comes to mind, but please, please, please consider it.
We very privileged to stay at one of Malta’s most iconic resorts, the incredibly beautiful and historic Phoenicia Hotel. Famed for its superb service, the Phoenicia Hotel has attracted the likes of Pierce Brosnan and Rachel Weisz.
From the minute we arrived at the hotel we were treated like royalty. The staff were so friendly and made my stay so enjoyable; I have never experience a hospitality team like them – they are a real credit to the hotel.
The 5 star hotel is in Valletta, the capital of Malta. Situated in 7.5 acres of mature gardens at the entrance to the capital, Hotel Phoenicia commands glorious views over the surrounding areas. Imagine having your wedding with the Valletta fortifications as a backdrop; it’s simply stunning.
Our visit was organised by the lovely Mary Grace and Steve of Dreemz Planners, who are Malta’s premier wedding planners. Both Mary Grace and Steve are Maltese and know absolutely everything there is to know about Malta, Gozo and weddings. They organised the most amazing itinerary for our trip to make sure that we experienced some of Malta’s hidden gems, fabulous wedding venues, and food to-die-for.
On our first night at the Phoenicia hotel we were treated to an incredible six course dinner so we could experience some of the divine food that is available for weddings at the hotel. WOW! From the foie gras amuse bouche, to the rack of lamb main course, it was all incredible.
During our time in Malta we visited some of the most popular wedding venues that the island has to offer. The island has some incredible venues, and there really is something for everyone; whether that is a beach wedding venue, a venue overlooking the sea, a garden overlooking the capital city, or an old quarry venue, Malta will not disappoint you.
Hotel Resort Weddings in Malta
The enviable location of the Westin Dragonara Resort offers many outdoor sea view locations for weddings, as well as cosy indoor rooms that will make your wedding truly unforgettable. There are a number of different areas for weddings at the hotel, including elegant ballrooms, mysterious gardens, by-the-sea peninsulas, and magical pool settings, so there is definitely something for every bride and groom’s taste.
Palazzo de Piro
If you are looking for a venue with culture and history, then this could be for you. Palazzo de Piro is a 17th Century Palazzo nestled in the bastion walls of the medieval city of Mdina, Malta’s Silent City. This private, high-end and totally unique setting is also the ideal choice of venue for weddings, and can accommodate wedding of 10 to 300 guests. You and your guests will be delighted with this charming venue, which combines both a sense of history, as well as offering contemporary qualities and comforts.
The Xara Lodge
For those of you looking for a contemporary venue, The Xara Lodge is going to be the one for you. Set in the unspoiled and secluded countryside beneath Mdina, The Xara Lodge is the newest wedding venue on the Maltese Islands. The Xara Lodge offers a mix of interconnecting indoor and outdoor locations of varying sizes for your dream wedding. From the roof terrace with its 360º views, to the ballroom overlooking the swimming pool, this venue really has the wow factor and will make a beautiful setting for your wedding.
When I walked through the gates at Villa Bologna, I was speechless. Oozing charm and elegance, with its limestone exterior, blue shutters, and beautiful Mediterranean garden, I instantly fell in love with this venue. This elegant and welcoming 18th century Maltese country house is still lived in by successors of the family who built it in 1745. Outside there is an old citrus orchard, majestic fountains and luscious lawns which provide the perfect setting for your Maltese wedding.
Beach Weddings in Malta
As well as hotel resort venues there are also some beautiful beach venues too. So if you fancy getting married on the beach, with the sand between your toes, overlooking the sea then these two venues could be for you.
Paradise Bay Resort
Paradise Bay Resort Hotel is the perfect location for your beach wedding in Malta. Picture standing on the beach under a cute gazebo looking out across towards Gozo. Venues for wedding receptions at this resort include the Il-Merill Restaurant, which offers an unobstructed view of the clear blue Mediterranean Sea. Alternatively, you could have your wedding under a gazebo on the private sandy beach, and there is also extensive terrace space surrounding the outdoor pools, overlooking the picturesque Paradise Bay.
Hola Beach Club
Hola Beach Club, with its private beach, is a marvellous location for a wedding and guarantees stunning photographs. Shaded by tall palm trees and with a picturesque view of neighbouring Gozo and Comino, this venue will certainly impress your wedding guests. There are also six banqueting rooms which are all luxuriously finished and perfect for weddings.
Garden Weddings in Malta
If you fancy an outdoor wedding somewhere a little different, how about a garden wedding? When I say garden, I don’t mean garden in the sense of a UK garden. Malta has a number of ‘gardens’ which are public areas of beauty that you can hire for your wedding and the council will close them to the public. We visited two garden venues, Hastings Gardens and Valletta Harbour View Gardens.
Hastings Gardens is a public garden in Valletta, located on top of the bastions on the west side of the City Gate. The garden offers views of Floriana, Msida, Sliema, and Manoel Island, making it the perfect backdrop for your wedding.
Valletta Harbour View Gardens
A hidden gem! These beautiful gardens can be hired for your exclusive use for your civil wedding and reception celebrations. Imagine the setting, the imposing Valletta harbour in the background, the gardens decorated for your ceremony, and then afterwards, as the sun sets and the harbour bastions are lit up, your wedding reception begins. For a private outdoor ceremony which captures the historic tradition of Malta, this is a perfect venue.
An Alternative Wedding Venue in Malta
If you are looking for a wedding abroad but don’t want the sand between your toes, Malta has an alternative venue.
The Limestone Heritage Park and Gardens
Now, I may have saved the best for last! When you think about your wedding abroad, have you considered an old quarry? I doubt that the thought of getting married in a quarry has ever entered your mind, but I hope I can enlighten you!
The Limestone Heritage Park and Gardens is a celebration of Malta’s vibrant history and its unique stone resource. This venue is an old quarry that has now been turned into a truly unique wedding venue and oozes traditional Maltese charm, ensuring that your wedding is surrounded by a delightful aura from the start. With the extensive limestone quarry walls and the peaceful waterfall, imagine this setting for your wedding. At the Limestone Heritage Park you’ll also have the option to make use of some of the venue’s unique facilities, including wall projections, fireworks and pyrotechnics. This really is one of the most unique wedding venues that I have ever seen.
Planning your wedding in Malta
When you are planning your wedding abroad you will need to take into consideration the flight time for your guests. From experience, couples who choose faraway places to get married usually have a limited number of guests attend. Well, how long do you think it takes to get to Malta? 3 hours. Yes, that’s right, just 3 hours* and you are there (*flight time from LHR and LGW).
Malta has amazing weather. Summers are warm, dry and very sunny. The weather usually shows signs of warming up in April, with long spell of hot, dry weather; it rarely rains from April to August. July and August are Malta’s hottest months, with daytime temperatures usually above 30ºC and quite often also above 35ºC, so if you are planning a summer wedding in Malta it’s a good idea to consider a late afternoon or even early evening wedding. We went in November, the beginning of winter in Malta, and had sunshine and temperatures in the low 20ºs. If you are looking for a winter wedding abroad, Malta has the perfect climate.
I hope I have given you a small insight into some of the wedding venues that Malta has to offer. It’s totally amazing!
An enormous thank you to the Phoenicia Hotel for their hospitality, to Dreemz Planners for organising the incredible event, and to Perfect Weddings Abroad for inviting me to experience Malta at its best.