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YOUR COMPLETE WEDDING PLANNER

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weddings IN MALTA

THE STUNNING WORLD OF WEDDINGS IN 2020


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23. C ONT E NT S Pg23. A MAGNIFICENT MAY

Spring 2019 proved to be the perfect time for these three couples to say ‘I do’ and throw a dazzling, unique reception.

4 TIMELESS WEDDING THEMES AND

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Pg37. TIPS TO MAKE THEM WORK

Still trying to choose the best theme for your wedding? These might be just what you’re looking for.

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7 DELISH FOOD AND DRINK TRENDS FOR A SPECTACULAR WEDDING MENU

Curate the perfect food and drink menu with the latest gastronomic trends for weddings.

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12 WEDDING TRENDS IN 2020 THAT EVERY COUPLE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

From stationery to accessories to décor and catering, we uncover some major wedding trends for 2020.

Pg54. ELEGANCE AND OPULENCE

A lavish, 10-page fashion shoot for all the wedding inspiration you need.

Pg64. 2020’S TOP BRIDAL TRENDS

The fabulous and fashion-forward bridal trends every bride-to-be needs to know about.

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10 STUNNING VENUES FOR THE PERFECT WEDDING CELEBRATION

Get inspired by our pick of local wedding venues that will set the ideal scene for your big day.

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10 DIFFERENT KINDS OF HONEYMOONS FOR THE MODERN COUPLE

Just like weddings, honeymoon trends are ever evolving, and there’s an adventure out there for all newlyweds.

Pg86. NEW DECADE, NEW INTERIOR DÉCOR The start of married life and a new decade makes this the perfect time to explore fabulous new trends for the home.

Pg94. OUR WEDDING GUIDE PLANNER

The only guide you’ll need to plan your wedding day seamlessly and

ON THE COVER Dress & accessories: A stunning, sensual mermaid gown by Aire Barcelona, exclusively available at Ivory&Co Bouquet: Round, delicate posy including roses, pink Veronica caya, wax flowers as fillers, and a hint of greenery, by Flowers by Julie Location: Domus Zamittello, Valletta Photographer: Matthew B Spiteri Photo shoot coordinator: Martina Said Hair: Lorraine at Alfie’s Hair & Beauty Salon Make-Up: Francesca at Alfie’s Hair & Beauty Salon Model: Giulia, Supernova Model Management

effortlessly – including a detailed breakdown, useful contacts and much more.

Pg140. DIRECTORY

The most extensive list of weddings and homes suppliers across Malta and Gozo.

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Our Wedding Guide 2020 is the sister brand of www.ourwedding.mt, the most popular weddings portal in Malta. The high-end guide is Malta’s largest annual publication that offers couples and their families a unique platform to guide them to their big day. Our Wedding Guide 2020 is distributed to each and every couple attending the Cana Courses throughout 2020. It is also distributed to a select list of wedding-related shops throughout the year and is sold at all leading newsagents across Malta and Gozo. Futhermore, it is distributed to all leading hairdressers, beauty salons, cafés, dental clinics, hospitals and medical clinics across the island. Articles appearing in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of Content House Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission of the publishers is strictly prohibited.

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EDITORIAL

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E DI TOR ’ S L E T T E R The start of a

different wedding planning experiences, the ups

new decade

and downs throughout the process, as well as

brings with it a

highlights from their unforgettable wedding days

renewed sense

which will indeed inspire you.

of anticipation in many spheres

Looking towards the new trends and developments

of life, and for

for 2020, several articles single out the best of

those tying

the best, be it in wedding venues, bridal wear,

the knot this

accessories, stationery, décor and honeymoons.

year, this rings

On page 86, you’ll also find inspiration for your

especially

new nest, and dare we say there are some stunning

true. 2020 is

home trends to consider this year.

expected to be a momentous

Our Wedding Guide wouldn’t be complete without

year in the world of weddings across all facets

its annual bridal shoot, showcasing the crème of

– the emergence of new and exciting wedding

bridal and grooms wear available on the islands,

trends, revisiting old ones in unexpected ways, and

shot on location at the stunning Domus Zamittello

fashion-forward bridal gowns that challenge our

hotel in Valletta. Further on, the detailed and

notion of the ‘classic bride’.

comprehensive guide and extensive wedding directory will ensure you’ve got all the tools you

In the cover story on page 23, three couples who said their ‘I dos’ last May share their widely

need to plan the wedding of your dreams.

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COVER STORY

A Magnificent M A Y

Spring 2019 proved to be the perfect time for these three couples to say ‘I do’. From a grand celebration in Ta’ Qali to a laid-back do and a glamorous vintage theme, they recount magical moments from their wedding days. BY MARIELLA CAMILLERI

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G A BY and RYA N Wedding date, ceremony & venue: 5 T H M AY 2 0 1 9 ST MARY’S PARISH CHURCH, MGARR VILLA ARRIGO 24


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hen Gaby and Ryan Marmarà met at the tender age of 13, she had no idea they would one day walk down the aisle together as a newly-married couple. The two

often met socially but lost touch as the years rolled on. “When Ryan and I met again in the summer of 2014, we had both changed and had lots to catch up on. We fell in love soon after and never looked back.” Before wedding preparations began, the couple welcomed a son, Beppe, who Gaby says has filled their lives with great joy since his arrival in May 2017. “From then on, our focus shifted towards planning our wedding.”

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Ryan says that Gaby had long wanted a vintage themed wedding, and being the natural organiser that she is, “it made perfect sense to leave most of the preparations in her hands.” So, why the vintage theme? “When Ryan and I first met, we played Monopoly together often and it became ‘our game’,” says Gaby. “We have lots of inside jokes about it and decided to design our wedding invites with this in mind, which gave them a vintage feel and reminded us of the early days of our relationship.”

“There are high expectations when the venue’s Executive Chef gets married, but I wasn’t worried.” Choosing a venue to suit the theme also came easily. Ryan is Villa Arrigo’s Executive Chef and the couple love the elegant villa and its splendid grounds. “There is something chic and unique about it, its architecture, and its smart ambience. We also trusted that the professional staff would not let us down on our wedding day.” The couple exchanged vows at St Mary’s Parish in Mgarr, a celebration Gaby says will remain etched in her memory forever. “I enjoyed every moment of the wedding mass, but I missed my father dearly. He had passed away two months before the wedding and my thoughts were with him. Nonetheless it was a beautiful celebration.” 25


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The couple made a grand entrance in their vintage car supplied by Aquilina Bridal Cars and had the time of their lives at their wedding reception, surrounded by family and friends. The vintage themed décor supplied by Villa Arrigo and the appetising food prepared by Osborne Caterers ensured the couple and their guests were left wanting for nothing. “There are high expectations when the venue’s Executive Chef gets married, but I wasn’t worried because Ryan is very dedicated and his food selection pleased our guests greatly,” says Gaby. It’s a wonderful feeling when a wedding goes according to plan, even if a few mishaps do occur. The couple laugh as they recall how Gaby wanted a particular cake topper which she ordered specifically from the US, however, when the parcel arrived, the topper was found broken. “Things will go wrong but you need to move on. Ultimately, you have to focus on the joy of your wedding day and the beautiful life that follows once the event is over.”

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A N TON E L L A and

LENNIE Wedding date, ceremony & venue: 2 5 T H M AY 2 0 1 9 M E T R O P O L I TA N C AT H E D R A L O F S T PA U L , M D I N A TA’ Q A L I N AT I O N A L PA R K

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ntonella and Lennie Sammut Vella met unexpectedly on a late summer afternoon through mutual friends, and, many coffee- and drink-dates later, they shared their first kiss. “From the start it was evident that Lennie and I wanted more than

just the experience of living with someone. We did eventually move in together and have an amazing time but after a while, we decided to buy our own place and make things more permanent.” In June 2018 while on a trip to Sicily, Lennie proposed to Antonella. “I’ve always known that he likes to keep things simple, but right away, we agreed to have a big wedding which I’ve always dreamt of.” This was just ten months before the scheduled wedding date, and a medley of intense preparations lay ahead. Lennie says that his wife’s motto to work hard and dream big proved to be useful. “We wanted to have a seated dinner for around 600 guests but most venues were unsuitable for such a setting. We settled on Ta’ Qali National Park because it was large enough and the surrounding areas provided the perfect backdrop.”

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“Antonella told me, if it pours, we’ll just have to dance in the rain.” Having a wedding at Ta’ Qali, however, brought with it an extra layer of planning and preparations. Permits had to be obtained from the local council, the police authorities and Ambjent Malta. “We also had to give a bank guarantee against any littering or damage. It took us five days to set up the venue and a few days afterwards to dismantle and clean the area.” For added precaution, members of the fire brigade and an ambulance were also present

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on site. Although a wedding planner was roped in, most of the concepts and ideas came from Antonella. “My wife knew exactly what she wanted long before I proposed!” says Lennie. In fact, as the planning went on, no stone was left unturned. A long, white carpet set the stage for the bride’s arrival at the Metropolitan Cathedral of St Paul in Mdina in an elegant car from Aquilina Bridal Cars. The carpet extended all the way from the entrance to the altar. Real butterflies replaced confetti after the ceremony, and the National Park was magically decorated with towering flower arrangements.

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During the reception, guests were entertained by multiple artists, including Coldplay and Bruno Mars tribute acts, while an unmissable centrepiece lit up the venue - a chandelier designed by the bride and groom, the structure of which was fabricated by Steel Shape, and fitted with crystals by Ruben from Sign It. The most challenging part of the preparations, they confess, was planning the table setting for over 600 guests. “The last week was the hardest. We spent days and nights working on the table plan,” they explain. And while the possibility of rain had Lennie on his toes, Antonella’s positivity never wavered. “She told me, if it pours, we’ll just have to dance in the rain.” Watching the wedding unfold was an unforgettable experience for the couple, who both agree that “mass at the cathedral was the best part of the day.” For Antonella, the highlight of planning their dream wedding was spending time with Lennie, who looked sharp on the day in a custom-made suit from Bortex. “I enjoyed every moment of the planning stages, but the best part was having him by my side throughout it all.”

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TEZARA and

DAV I D Wedding date, ceremony & venue: 1 1 T H M AY 2 0 1 9 L APSI CHURCH, ST JULIAN’S

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ezara and David Saliba met

wedding planning wasn’t new to me. I also

at Step Down, a bar which

have three sisters and the wedding party

David used to run. At the

included four efficient groomsmen, so help

time, Tezara was filming

was abundant on the big day.”

the TV show Il-Klikka

and she distinctively remembers noticing

The couple exchanged their vows at

something special about him. She returned

Lapsi Church in St Julian’s, which Tezara

to the bar a few months later for Christmas

explains had a sentimental value to her.

drinks, which is when sparks flew between

“There is something quaint about chapels

the two.

which I find appealing, but this one is

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R A Z Z E T T L- A B J A D

particularly special to me because it’s the The proposal came about soon after the

same chapel my sister got married in. The

couple moved in together. “We had both

place looked beautiful on the day and it

been flirting with the idea of marriage

was incredible to have family and friends

for a few years so it seemed like the next

present for the celebration.”

natural step. From the start, we agreed the wedding would be a fun and relaxed

Afterwards, the couple made their way

experience, and Pinterest became our go-

to Razzett l-Abjad for the reception. “We

to platform.”

first saw the venue in wintertime. It has a beautiful canopy made out of vine leaves

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Tezara, herself a singer at weddings,

and fairy lights, and although it was damp

explains that the couple decided to plan

and quite bare in January, I could imagine

their wedding themselves. “The idea of

us both there dancing the night away.”

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The venue looked even more exquisite in May, continues Tezara, when the grounds were in full bloom. “Dave loves taking pictures, so we decided to adorn the place with Polaroid snap shots and attached them to trees.” A VW Beetle-shaped photo booth also added a fun element to the venue. “Dave and I never made it to the photo booth as we were having too much fun dancing!” The newlyweds and their guests were entertained by the band Relikc, followed by Ziggy for the after-party who ensured the couple and their guests never left the dance floor.

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Even the choice of food, prepared by Elia Caterers, reflected the couple’s light-hearted approach to wedding planning. “We decided to have a pizza station, along with a sushi and a sweet station, together with some finger food items.” Choosing the menu was easy for the couple, however, finalising the 500-strong guest list was challenging. “We didn’t really want to leave anyone out but, at some point, you need to draw a line.”

The bride looked sensational in her wedding gown from Ivory & Co, completed with soft make-up by Schevon and a romantic updo. David and his groomsmen looked equally dashing in suits by Bortex. Throughout their splendid wedding day, the bride and groom were adamant that the atmosphere reflects their relaxed lifestyle. In fact, Tezara believes that no bride or groom should stress over an eight hour do! They didn’t have the traditional first dance, and since Tezara dislikes wearing heels, she got married in Converse. They also had a great time mingling and dancing with their guests. “We have ten nephews and nieces, and we made it a point to dance with all of them. Yes, this was our celebration, but we wanted everyone there to remember this exceptional moment forever.”

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wedding THEMES

and tips to make them work

As with all trends related to the world of weddings, many themes come and go, but some remain popular long enough to make them infinitely fashionable. Here are four wedding themes that are timeless, on-trend, and expected to be big in 2020.

BOHO

The beauty of a boho themed wedding is that it expertly marries casual, laid-back cool with acute attention to detail. The crux of a boho wedding is that it appears (and should be) unfussy, carefree and informal, and there are many ways to execute this. The bride’s gown, for instance, is generally soft, feminine and

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replete with gorgeous details such as floral accents, billowy sleeves, intricate lace and a small train. A ball gown, for instance, would be completely uncharacteristic of this style of wedding. The wedding reception and décor tend to reflect the couple’s love for romance and nature, mirrored in the use of looseleaf florals, Oriental floor rugs, tents, decorative pillows, fairy lights and macramé decorations. Colours are earthy and natural, but often incorporate the rich tones of vivid florals found in nature, beautifully reflected in floral hair accessories, flower crowns and big bridal bouquets.

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ALL-WHITE The royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William in 2011 brought back the white wedding with a bang – and the theme hasn’t gone anywhere since. The beauty of a white wedding is its striking impact and requires quite a bit of discipline to carry out effectively. Characterised by the absence of colour, save for some greenery and pale pink in flower arrangements, white is used in every aspect of the wedding.

All bridal party members, even the youngest ones, complement the bride with a white ensemble, and all flower

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arrangements are designed using white blooms of various shades and sizes. Your choice of wedding stationery – generally the first indication of your wedding theme to guests – should reflect your chosen theme too, as does wedding furniture and décor for your reception venue.

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CINNAMON ROSE Blush and old rose, both beautiful

shades of pink for weddings, have reigned wedding colour palettes for several years. This year, a new shade has emerged, and it goes by the name of cinnamon rose. A mix of burgundy, blush and old rose, this shade has deep undertones brought about by the burgundy, making it a stunning choice of colour for all seasons. Combined with white to balance out the pink, infuse cinnamon rose into your primary wedding details – such as your flower arrangements, bridal party gowns and venue décor – or secondary wedding details – namely bridal accessories, invitations, and the embellishment on your cake – for an elegant and contemporary wedding theme that is both timely

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and timeless.

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MODERN

Minimalism and a clean, current aesthetic are the overarching qualities of a modern wedding, giving couples plenty of room

to interpret this theme as they prefer. To emphasise the mood, however, all aspects of your wedding should carry a fresh feel, which could also mean breaking away from tradition in certain aspects of your wedding day. One exciting way to do so is through your choice of bridal gown – consider an unusual design, or even a colour, which is understated, unconventional and fashion forward. There are endless ways to execute the theme through wedding details, too. Opt for modern materials and textures for your wedding venue’s

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marble, copper and glass over wood; a bold, uncomplicated colour scheme; structural details, such as geometric vases for centrepiece flower arrangements; and stylish sartorial choices for the groom and bridal party that are anything but ordinary.

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décor such as touches of

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delish

FOOD AND DRINK TRENDS

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for a spectacular wedding menu

This year is all about sustainability, with local ingredients and vegan menus offering delectable, healthy alternatives to the usual wedding spreads. Here’s our pick of the most mouthwatering and classiest food and drink trends for your big day in 2020. BY REBECCA ANASTASI

TRADITIONAL PLATED SERVICE While stand-up receptions are all the rage in Malta, 2020 is all about the elevated dinner experience. A plated do might mean you have to scale back on the number of invites, but table service brings a heightened sense of nostalgia and panache to your celebrations. And, you get to have a glorious meal with your family and friends!

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FOOD & DRINK

SEACUTERIE SPREADS Move over meats and cheeses! Seafood is in town. Smoked oysters, mussels, cured fish, octopus salad and pickled crustaceans are making their way onto platters and sharing boards, allowing your wedding guests to taste a bit of the Mediterranean while celebrating your love. Fresh and mainly local, the seacuterie board is a vitamin-packed alternative to

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traditional cured hams.

GO GREEN Organic food and drink options have been making their way onto wedding menus for the past couple of years, in line with increased sensitivity to environmental and health concerns. Opt for canapes incorporating fresh herbs or vibrant veg, and you can even ask your caterer to serve biodynamic wines, infused gins and organic vodka.

ADD COLOUR TO YOUR DESSERT TABLE While wedding cake tables are never drab affairs, caterers around the globe are pushing for bright tones to ensure your desserts take pride of place in 2020. Added to this is a focus on playful designs: choose edible cake decorations and multi-coloured sprinkles. And, with the drive towards seasonal offerings, your sweet morsels can be both naughty and nice.

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VEGAN FRENZY This trend may be a little bit slow in coming to these islands, but more P H O T O : W W W.V E G D E P T.C O M

and more couples will be opting for meat-free wedding spreads in 2020. Plant-based menus do not have to be boring and can satisfy even the most persistent carnivore. Think tofu sliders, cauliflower fritters and smoked king oyster mushrooms for a delightful, and satisfying banquet.

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CHILDHOOD FAVOURITES Imagine indulging in your best-loved childhood snacks at your (very grown-up) wedding – Twistees, Party Time and coke (or milk) bottles can feature on your big day instead of fancy high-end sweets, which might seem a little stiff if you’re going for a more informal affair. It’s your wedding so serve that which recalls the happy moments of your lives.

BRUNCH Daytime weddings are bound to be popular on an island blessed with so much sunshine. But, if you would like to make full use of the day, 2020 sees the rise of brunch celebrations. Cheaper, and a twist lunch (or even dinner) is perfect for those who cannot get enough of omelettes or avocado on toast.

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on the traditional, breakfast-come-


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12 2020 WEDDING TRENDS IN

that every couple should know about

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From accessories for the bride and groom to invitations, décor and reception trends, here’s what’s going to be hot in the wedding world in 2020. BY SARAH MICALLEF

1. Eco-friendly weddings Sustainability is trending across all aspects of life, and the wedding sector is no exception. Eco-conscious couples are increasingly committing to zero waste by composting flowers and food after the event, sourcing locally grown food and hiring vendors who prioritise sustainability.

2. Edible florals Using flowers in unexpected ways is a trend that’s been growing in popularity, and edible flowers are set to be big news at receptions in 2020. These edible blooms are being incorporated in everything from food and drinks to ice-cubes for an easy-to-achieve romantic effect. PHOTO: CUPCAKE PROJECT

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3. Self-service bars In a trend that’s taking DIY to a whole new level, more and more couples are looking to include their guests in fun, unexpected ways through self-service bars. These not only give guests something to do at the reception, but also infuses a more relaxed vibe to proceedings.

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4. Statement lighting While couples opting for traditional wedding venues would naturally rely on the lighting provided, more and more couples are seeking

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out unconventional venues, which means they can get creative with their choice of lighting. We’re talking hanging lanterns, string lights, LED signs and even chandeliers

5. Crystal jewellery

forming part of the wedding décor.

Brides that like a bit of sparkle are embracing crystal jewellery as their accessory of choice to offset their wedding gown. From full-on crystal tiaras to delicate touches of crystal shine like these stud earrings from FINESSE in Msida Valley Road, Birkirkara, crystal jewellery can make any bride feel like a princess. Check out the full Rosalia Collection in store or

6. Floral dresses A whimsical trend for the free-spirited bride, floral dresses are popping up everywhere, and will only rise in popularity in 2020. While bolder brides can choose a floral dress for their big day, others are going for floral appliques on white dresses, or dressing their bridal party in floral prints – the effect is gorgeous!

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online at www.finesse.com.mt/Preciosa

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7. Creative suits It’s not just brides that are stepping out of their comfort zones. Gone are the days when a groom’s first and only choice is a traditional, black tuxedo. In 2020, grooms will increasingly play with fashion on their big day, offsetting their look with bold footwear or different coloured jackets.

8. Barrettes and combs Another accessory trend that will take centre stage this year, barrettes and combs are really having a moment. While the veil is still a popular choice among brides, barrettes and combs are taking the place of the tiara, and they can be adorned with anything from PHOTO: STYLE AND GRACE DESIGNS

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pearls to rhinestones and crystals.

9. His ‘n’ hers jacket Matching jackets for the reception are a sweet trend for funloving couples which makes for a perfect photo opportunity. Inspired by celebrity couples like Kim and Kanye, who sported matching jackets in their 2014 wedding, the idea has filtered down to the masses, and we love it!

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10. Inclusive menus With more of our nearest and dearest embracing different lifestyles and diets, wedding menus are increasingly becoming more inclusive, catering for all. Couples are being more considerate of guests’ food preferences than ever before, ensuring that there

11. Cheese tables Another foodie trend that’s set to be big

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are options to suit all tastes and diets.

in 2020 is cheese – more specifically, cheese tables – putting a savoury twist on the traditional sweets table. Rather than cupcakes and sweet confections, wheels of cheese, crackers, fruit and nuts make for a stunning display, providing guests with a great choice of nibbles.

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12. Personalised paper A wedding invitation can set the tone for the entire wedding, and detailoriented couples are opting for particular paper for their invitations that reflects them as a couple. From recycled-paper to soy-based inks for ecofriendly invites to particular colours, patterns and textures, no stone is left unturned for achieving the desired effect.


FASHION

Elegance

and

OPULENCE LOCATION: Domus Zamittello, Valletta PHOTOGRAPHER: Matthew B Spiteri PHOTO SHOOT COORDINATOR: Martina Said HAIR: Lorraine at Alfie’s Hair & Beauty Salon MAKE-UP: Francesca at Alfie’s Hair & Beauty Salon FLOWERS: Flowers by Julie MODELS: Giulia and Kurt, Supernova Model Management Valentina and Laura (flower girls)

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DRESS: Designed by Daria Karlozi, this boho-inspired bridal gown is reminiscent of the 1970s. Fully laced, it features a full-circle skirt giving you plenty of room to swirl on the dance floor. Exclusively available at WEDDINGBELLS. All jewellery available at ZsaZsa.

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FASHION

DRESS: An elegant, strapless gown by Manila, perfect for the classic bride. Dress and accessories exclusively available at Kenjo Bridal. FLOWERS: Long, cascading hand bouquet including white eustoma, purple phalaenopsis, wax flower and a selection of greenery, by Flowers by Julie.

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FASHION

DRESS: Rosa Clará Couture, exclusively at Ivory&Co. FLOWERS: Long, cascading hand bouquet including white eustoma, purple phalaenopsis, wax flower and a selection of greenery, by Flowers by Julie.

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FASHION

DRESS: Soft and feminine, this Daria Karlozi gown is extra light and easy to handle. 3D flowers on the bodice not only make it romantic, but also give a modern twist to an otherwise classical design. Exclusively available at WEDDINGBELLS. All jewellery available at ZsaZsa. SUIT: Blue evening suit, available at Bortex.

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SUIT: Grey herringbone day tails, available at Bortex.

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FASHION

DRESS: An all-over lace dress by Manila with a beautiful, dramatic train. Dress and accessories exclusively available at Kenjo Bridal. FLOWERS: Round, free-style hand bouquet, including white hydrangea, double white casa blanca, wax flowers, Salix sticks and a touch of greenery, by Flowers by Julie.

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DRESS: A soft tulle, mermaid wedding dress with crystal beaded, embroidered applique. The long, sheer train is finished with scalloped edging. Exclusively available at Alamango. FLOWERS: Round, delicate posy including roses, pink Veronica caya, wax flowers as fillers, and a hint of greenery, by Flowers by Julie. SUIT: Classic shawl collar tuxedo, available at Bortex.

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DRESS: The above display of an exclusive French, hand-beaded lace with a geometric design is a taster of what you can find at Alamango. Besides offering the most exquisite fabrics on the island for any occasion, the specialised textiles department also offers a convenient, one-stop personalised and made-to-measure service which is second to none. Alamango’s talented team assures a unique design that is exclusive to the customer and guarantees a perfect fit.

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Laura (left) wears Nadia blue one-shoulder, floor-length dress. The perfect party piece, it’s covered in sequins and glitter, with a soft lining to keep things comfortable. Valentina (right) fulfils a fairy-tale fantasy in the Ice Gilded Pleat dress. Shimmery, lined and featuring ruffled sleeves for a graceful finish, the dress is styled with a ribbon belt and is machine washable for easy care. Clothes, shoes and accessories available at Monsoon Children, Bisazza Street, Sliema.

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BRIDAL TRENDS

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Top Bridal TRENDS BY SARAH MICALLEF

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LOOKING FOR YOUR DREAM WEDDING GOWN? WHATEVER YOUR VISION FOR YOUR BIG DAY MAY BE, GET INSPIRED BY THESE FOUR FRESH TRENDS BY TOP INTERNATIONAL BRIDAL DESIGNERS.

Capes If you’re not big on cathedral-length veils but are still on the hunt for a bit of drama, accessorising your look with a cape (or choosing a gown with a built-in one) could do just the trick. Styles vary from modern and chic to feminine and

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Voluminous sleeves Thought you’d waved goodbye to voluminous sleeves when the 1980s were over? Think again! A growing trend among bridal collections sees over-the-top sleeves reign supreme once again – the bolder and – yep – poofier they are, the better!

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Two-piece ensembles Looking to make a statement with your wedding look? Unconventional brides have a new trend to try – two-piece ensembles have taken over the bridal world, just as matching co-ords have been all over fashion runways, and we must admit, they’re pretty cool.

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Off-the-shoulder One of the most classic silhouettes to make it into 2020’s trending list, off-the-shoulder gowns continue to be a staple in bridal collections, and we say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! The trend is also incredibly versatile, comprising draped tulle, ruffles and even beadwork, depending on your bridal look.

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From historic sites etched in bastion walls to intimate eateries serving up exquisite fare, the Maltese islands boast myriad – and unique – wedding venues of unparalleled charm. Here are our top picks for the celebration of your dreams. BY REBECCA ANASTASI

1. The Sheer Bastion, Hammett’s Macina, Senglea Wedding venues rarely get more glamourous than this one. Perched on top of Senglea’s historic fortifications, The Sheer Bastion offers dazzling panoramic views, which will look spectacular in your wedding snaps. Part of the five-star boutique hotel, Cugo Gran Macina Grand Harbour, The Sheer Bastion also enjoys unique, architectural features – such as the remnants of the island’s famous Macina, which was used to hoist masts onto ships – so you can really feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. The space is large and can accommodate 350 seated guests or 800 for a stand-up reception, meaning there is no need to worry about your guest lists. 70


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2. Limestone Heritage, Siggiewi Lush landscaped gardens and a 30-foot high waterfall are just two of the unique features we love at the Limestone Heritage in Siggiewi. Perfect for those couples looking for a bucolic space and classic sophistication, the location provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate your love in a rustic setting. You can adapt the space however you see fit, and even request fireworks for the evening, should you wish to kick start your married life with a colourful bang. There’s ample parking and the venue is wheelchair accessible – so no one needs to hassle.

3.The Villa, St Julian’s Fancy a fairy-tale wedding in a historic space and in a central location? The Villa in St Julian’s – part of the newly-renovated Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa – dates back to the 19th century and is one of the oldest buildings in this small, yet popular, bay area. Make sure to take some pics as you and your new spouse walk up the stately staircase leading up to the venue’s imposing entrance; then opt for some family shots taken on one of the two large terraces overlooking the picturesque seafront. You’ll want to have those framed in no time!

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4.Melita Gardens, Attard Known more for its café and casual-eating restaurant, the Melita Gardens may be one of the more unusual kids on the block, but the space accommodates any type of celebration and looks spectacular as the sun goes down. Straddled along the magnificent San Anton Gardens, we love the intimate surroundings ensconced within centuries-old walls, and the fact that you can easily slip from indoor to outdoor means you never have to worry about the weather.

5.Paradise Bay, Cirkewwa Malta is blessed with long days of sunshine, sparkling seas and arresting sandy beaches. So, why not take advantage of what this Mediterranean island has to offer and get married by the water’s edge? The team at Paradise Bay hotel in Cirkewwa can whip up a memorable celebration on their eponymous beach – vows and all – after which you can head to one of the hotel’s three restaurants: The Platform, The Terrace and the newly-opened Porto Lounge. All three eateries serve up honest, tasty fare, but you will want to feast your eyes on the views of Gozo and Comino.

6. Villa Arrigo, Naxxar Built in 1887 and operating as a wedding venue since the 1970s, Villa Arrigo in Naxxar has continuously set the standard and formed the backdrop to many ‘I dos’. Today, the venue keeps exceeding expectations: its classic landscaped terrace is picture-perfect at any time of the day and its spacious interiors are ideal for getting down on the dance floor. Osborne Caterers – who operate within the venue – have decades of experience so they’ll also be able to guide you, should you need a little help. 73


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7. Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar The grandeur of Palazzo Parisio can be felt as soon as you walk through its impressive façade. One of Malta’s most prized wedding venues, this former Grand Master’s hunting lodge is steeped in history, tradition and culture, with its interior chock-full with art created by some of Europe’s most talented artists and sculptors. The captivating gardens and frescoed interiors are easy to fall in love with, making a celebration held within this palace’s grounds one to remember for decades to come.

8.Bacchus, Mdina Nestled within the walls of the old capital, Mdina, Bacchus is one of those rare venues which caters for both larger and smaller celebrations, easily adapting to the scale of each couple’s needs. The venue itself is an extension of the restaurant of the same name, with an indoor hall easily transformed for a stand-up or a sit-down affair, and a lush outdoor terrace right on the ancient town’s bastions. And the food served here – prepared by in-house chefs – is nothing short of delicious!

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9. Ta’ Frenc, Gozo If you’re a massive foodie – as many of us are – why not hop over to Gozo for some deep flavours and sensational aromas at Ta’ Frenc Restaurant in Xaghra? This classy eatery boasts several unique spaces, allowing you to offer a short reception, followed by a seated dinner and an after-hours party – all in the same evening. And you can host your guests in the private garden, or even the wine cellar for a truly unique experience.

10. Fort St Elmo, Valletta Fort St Elmo may have been the site of epic battles during the Knights’ stay in Malta, but, today, it rolls out the red carpet for couples wanting to get hitched in a location written about in the history books. And there are plenty of areas to select from within the ramparts: hold your reception in one of the large open-air terraces, the main square, called Piazza D’Armi, or under the imposing arches of the Casemates Area.

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FLOWERS BY JULIE

MAKE UP BY SCHEVON

At Flowers by Julie, we specialise in creating amazing floral designs for weddings and special events. We maintain beautiful flower styling by using high-quality imported flowers. We pride ourselves on attention to detail and professionalism, and these values set us apart from others. We can work with a variety of budgets, ranging from lush ceremonies to simpler celebrations.

Every bride wants to feel like a princess on her wedding day while keeping her make-up as natural as possible. Schevon Camilleri is an expert at natural and long-lasting make-up for all kinds of occasions. For weddings, she’ll have the bride, bridal party, family members and guests looking and feeling their best, so that you can capture the beautiful moments that will last a lifetime.

Contact Schevon on M: 7945 0585; Fb: Facebook.com/MakeUpBySchevon

Get in touch with Julie Lupi on M: 9982 8923; E: info@flowersbyjulie.com.mt; Fb: Julie Lupi & Flowers by Julie; www.flowersbyjulie.com.mt

BG MALTA FIREWORKS DISPLAY – BERNARD CAUCHI

Fireworks are a fantastic way to celebrate special occasions. Many are those who choose fireworks to be part of their celebration, be it for a wedding, a birthday party and also an anniversary. BG Malta Fireworks Display making every celebration special!

M: 7959 5315; E: info@bgmaltafireworksdisplay.com

CLAIRE CARUANA

Claire Caruana is a graduate in music education and is qualified in piano performance and voice. Claire is a soprano who also sings at wedding ceremonies, offering different musical set-ups. Claire provides reliable and expert advice on the choice of wedding music, and caters for local as well as foreign couples.

16, ‘Melodija’, Triq Pietru Caxaru, Tal-Virtù, Rabat. T: 2146 5340; M: 9944 7879; E: claire@clairecaruana.com; www.clairecaruana.com

ALAMANGO MADE-TO-MEASURE SERVICE

Besides offering the most exquisite fabrics on the island for any occasion, the specialised Alamango Textiles Department also offers a convenient one-stop personalised and madeto-measure service which is second to none. Our talented team ensures a unique design exclusive to our customer and guarantees a perfect fit or your money back!

95, Manoel de Vilhena Street, Gzira. T: 2131 4331; www.alamango.com.mt

ST ANGELO HALL, BIRGU

Enrich your special day with the exclusive nautical charm of St Angelo Hall in Birgu. Set within a 19th century building which originally housed the Naval Bakery for the British Navy, and today serves as the Malta Maritime Museum, this delightful hall is ideal for an intimate wedding. The lovely terrace overlooking the Birgu marina enhances the marine theme.

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HONEYMOONS FOR THE MODERN COUPLE

In recent years, the definition of the word ‘honeymoon’ has changed and morphed to reflect modern couples and their lifestyles, and various kinds of romantic, post-wedding travels have emerged to suit all couples. Here are 10 honeymoon suggestions to push you into the new decade. BY CAROLINE CURMI

1. Eco-friendly honeymoon While indulgence is gratifying, an increasing awareness for more holistic types of enjoyment are not only seeping into mainstream culture but even into the way we travel. Ensuring your travels are environmentally friendly might appear as additional hassle to the already stressful business of getting married, yet it has the power to create a relaxing holiday with the added benefit of not returning home with extra guilt. Refraining from air travel and opting for a location closer to home is one way of doing this. While selecting the right accommodation may prove tricky by just searching ‘green lodges’ – a term often used to classify establishments as eco-friendly – you can bypass any potential greenwashing by checking your prospective accommodation’s carbon footprint and ensuring it possesses a certified sustainability programme with independent audits. For the more adventurous couples who do not require a solid roof over their heads, camping can provide both an environmentally and economically friendly solution that is a green vacation in more ways than one.

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2. Cruising-moon After the intense decision-making months leading to the wedding day, opting for a cruise is a comparatively easy choice to make. With food, drink, travel and entertainment all accounted for in one package, this arrangement provides a foolproof way of keeping within budget. A cruising-moon provides that and more, with the possibility of seeing new places without obligation, witnessing stunning sunrises and sunsets on the daily – weather allowing – and ample opportunities to forge new friendships. Although cabin life may prove claustrophobic to some, to a couple who likes the thought of taking it easy and taking each day as it comes, this concept might prove to be the perfect post-wedding getaway.

3. Foodie-moon For a good number of us, romance is characterised by sumptuous spreads and refined drinks at all hours of the day, and what better time to make the most of that than on your honeymoon? If you and your significant other share a mutual aversion to sea travels and crowded spaces, then this may be the perfect honeymoon style for you. There are different ways to experience a foodie-moon but the main prerequisite is selecting a stunning location which doubles as a culinary haven. The easiest method is to secure an all-inclusive stay at a superior hotel, but more adventurous approaches involve booking cooking classes with regional chefs, food and wine tasting expeditions, and exclusive dinners at world-renowned establishments. They may say that the world is our oyster, but life’s greatest opportunities are best sampled.

4. Buddy-moon My grandparents recently revealed that they had returned home a full four days early from their honeymoon because “we got bored”. If you’re a social butterfly, then a traditional honeymoon may potentially prove restrictive. A buddy-moon takes this into consideration and adapts the traditional honeymoon by allowing friends and family to join in. It also capitalises on the special occasion that is getting married and provides the perfect excuse for friends to free up their schedules and spend some time together – either sipping cocktails by the pool or on whirlwind adventures in exotic locations. Determining the length of their stay is up to the couple’s discretion and can vary between a few days and the entirety of the trip. Despite the entourage, quality time with your significant other is nevertheless guaranteed. 81


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5. Giving-moon If the idea of excessive luxury puts you off while the notion of philanthropy has the opposite effect, then you may want to give the prospect of combining a honeymoon with a volunteering experience some more thought. Such a combination would not only provide you with the spectacular environments and countries often associated with honeymoons, but also allows vacationers to experience both the landscape and culture on a deeply organic level. Although most link volunteering with backbreaking work, there are several ways in which one can offer their assistance, such as by teaching English, coaching sports and assisting in farming or in building homes. This honeymoon trend may not be for everyone, but it certainly allows a couple to start their wedded life on the good side of karma.

6. Acti-moon Short for active honeymoon, this trend has been gaining steady notoriety of late. Catering for restless souls and adrenaline junkies, an acti-moon provides a distraction to couples who do not particularly enjoy the sound of silence. Such a travel experience includes various physical challenges such as scuba-diving, different types of water sports and biking into forests. More extreme options include bungee jumping and sky diving. While the variety of activities is dependent on the chosen location, the time of year and the couple’s personal preferences, an acti-moon is an option to consider if keeping busy is what helps you both relax and have fun.

7. Mini-moon Often considered the little sister of the traditional honeymoon, a mini-moon features all the romance, intimacy and excitement of a grander scale honeymoon without the added stresses of long distance travels. Luxury and decadence are part and parcel of the concept, but rather than spanning multiple weeks, a mini-moon can last anything between a couple of days to a full week. Trips to nearby countries are the general go-to, which is great because the money saved on air travel can be reinvested in a nice massage. Couples who opt for a mini-moon tend to be constrained by work schedules or financial commitments and are generally seeking a quick getaway. The actual honeymoon could then be enjoyed months later.

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8. Tiny-moon While the mini-moon is your standard honeymoon experience cut short, the tiny-moon proves itself a close relative. Lasting no more than a handful of days, it allows a couple an immediate and intimate respite from the wedding chaos, providing them with the perfect tonic before diving back into regular everyday life. Generally, no real travel arrangements are made, and couples opt for local hotels or other forms of accommodation. This option is ideal for couples who prefer subtlety and modesty, and provides the perfect scenario for those whose budget, schedule, or both, does not allow longer or more lavish trips.

9. Self-drive honeymoon The best part about this post-wedding jaunt is that it not only ticks all the boxes for the ultimate romantic adventure, but it allows a freshly married couple to explore the sights at their own pace. Self-drive honeymoons can be motivated by impulsivity, meticulous planning or a healthy mix of both. Picking the right vehicle for the terrain is crucial not only in terms of horsepower but also comfort. After all, you will be spending long hours driving and an aching back is not something you want on your honeymoon trip.

10. Multi-centre honeymoon If your holiday planning is generally characterised by unique experiences and time and money pose no issue, then a multi-centre honeymoon could be the stuff your dreams are made of. Just as the name implies, a multi-centre honeymoon involves multiple locations not necessarily restrained to the confines of one country. Arrangements can be sorted by the couple themselves or through a holiday agent and there are no rules that dictate how luxurious this honeymoon style can or cannot be. Generally categorised among the lengthier honeymoon options, it can also include multiple continents. 84


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decade NEW interior décor Nothing says 2020s better than beautiful design. With January bringing with it not only the start of a new year but also a fresh decade, here are some of the fixtures that will transform your living quarters into a fashionable new-age haven. BY CAROLINE CURMI

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COLOUR OF THE YEAR Pantone’s 2020 colour of the year, Classic Blue, will see it extend its influence on anything from weddings to general fashion trends and interior design developments. Incorporating this colour into your living quarters can be as easy as purchasing a selection of carpets, cushions, table mats or curtains. For more ambitious renovators, a sofa, wallpaper or freshly painted walls matched with bright oranges or muted pastel details could be the order of the day.

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THE BEDROOM This is most people’s favourite room and usually the most personalised, but a new period requires a fresh start. In 2020, trends favour a simplified and classic approach as opposed to more intricate and adventurous designs, and this bedroom set-up from Dino Fino Home is the ultimate embodiment of this trend. With a bed covered in fabric and a headboard to match, it finds the right balance between luxury and comfort. Exhibiting a highly versatile style, this option is a guaranteed success for any master bedroom. www.dinofino.com

V E LV E T S O FA Often, a sofa’s aesthetic is sacrificed for comfort and practicality. Yet Art at Home’s Marvin sofa merges all three features with ease and grace. It has all the requirements of a basic home sofa: electrical recliners, large seating space and adaptable seating measurements – but the real stunner is its coat. Marvin sofa’s velvet casing provides a classier and more comfortable option to the microfibre found on regular couches. Its material also facilitates the maintenance process and conveniently for most, these benefits do not magnify the product’s final cost. www.artathome.com.mt

WA L K-I N C L O S E T The more traditional wardrobe has been a bedroom staple across most continents for centuries, but is slowly yet surely being eclipsed by a very worthy contender. Not only does the Atelier Notte Collection’s walk-in wardrobe carry a sleek and sophisticated design, but it also boasts ample space to house all your garments, shoes and accessories in a neat and orderly way. With its carefully structured layout, it is spacious enough to split between two individuals.

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S T U N N I N G S U R FA C E S Produced in large slabs of 1620×3240mm, and a thickness of either 6mm, 12mm or 20mm, this luxurious Calacatta Oro surface, available at Halmann Vella, is ideal for the modern bathroom. The slabs are composed of natural minerals and raw materials from controlled and certified quarries. Elegant, highly functional, long-lasting and waterproof, this surface is an adhesive- and resin-free option that comes in three different finishes: polished, satin and matte. www.halmannvella.com

FIREPL ACE Chilly winters require more than a regular heater. Il Camino’s Bellfire fireplace fits the age perfectly with its classic range of heating options. Not only is this brand unique and eye-catching but the fireplaces are also exquisite; only the best materials available are used to construct it. Lit by hand, these structures require a chimney, yet the hassle of installing one within a pre-existing building dwarfs when compared to the unique touch it provides that amplifies the cosy home environment. www.ilcamino.net

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ALL ABOUT BOUCLÉ Originally a runway trend, bouclé has now made the transition into interior design. Its looped texture fits perfectly into the industry’s current disinterest in flat surfaces, making it the ideal addition to the modern home. Sophisticated yet cosy, its features are best exhibited through designs incorporated on cushions, sofas and cushioned chairs and stools, which can be displayed in most rooms around the house.

MONOCHROME ALERT Another popular trend that successfully merges simplicity and supreme sophistication is the combination of black and white. Monochrome designs exude a high-end aura that make them easy to incorporate in any room, from the kitchen to the bedroom to guest bathrooms. Generally combined with smooth finishes, this trend can be implemented easily to suit any style: from white walls and dark furniture, to black details on white sofas, imagination and P H OTO: W W W.J O B I N I T.I N F O

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WEDDING PLANNER 2020

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You’re engaged, congratulations! After savouring that blissful ‘newly engaged’ feeling and toasting to your soon-to-be wedding day, it’s time to

The first part of this planner will focus on the nitty gritty and more mundane parts of wedding planning, but they’re the most essential parts,

actually start planning your wedding, at which point you’re likely to ask the same question that all newly-engaged couples ask: Where do I begin? When all you want to do is get married – which should, very importantly, always be at the centre of this celebration – making a million decisions about your wedding day can seem rather overwhelming. But we’re here to break it down for you, making it easy and fun in the process.

so push through. You’ll find lots of useful info about choosing a venue, devising a guest list and budgeting, after which is the fun part, which provides all the information you need to plan the rest, including preparations for getting married in church, a step-by-step timeline for reaching out to suppliers, as well as tips for some of the more essential parts of wedding preparations.

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essential DECISIONS THE HARDEST DECISIONS TO BE MADE ABOUT YOUR WEDDING ARE THE FIRST ONES, AND THE MOST CRUCIAL ONES. THE FURTHER YOU GO – AND THE CLOSER YOU GET TO YOUR WEDDING DATE – THE EASIER THE DECISIONS WILL GET, WE PROMISE!

Every couple has different priorities for planning their wedding day. If you’re dead set on a venue, a month, a date or a church that you’re simply not willing to compromise on, then that’s your starting point. Whether you’re thinking of tying the knot in six months or two years, you should start reaching out to the suppliers you’re specific about immediately to secure their availability, and work backwards. If you’re not resolute about particular aspects of the wedding and have an open mind for all the pieces of the puzzle, then it’s time to hammer out the essentials.

THE BIG FOUR There are four central decisions to make, first and foremost, that will have a bearing on your entire wedding: the guest list, budget, date and venue. They’re all intertwined in such a way that you need to think about all four before making any other decisions or bookings related to your wedding.

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had in mind, in which case, you need to start trimming.

Number 1: The guest list

To help the chopping exercise, split the guests up into categories (immediate family, close friends, extended family, colleagues, other friends) and chop from the bottom up. Chopping isn’t easy, but ask yourself some questions if you’re having trouble removing people from the

If you know for a fact that you want a small wedding (under 100 people), a moderately-sized wedding (under 300 people), a big wedding (under 500 people), or a huge wedding (over 500 people), then this will dictate the most important decisions, primarily your budget. If there are no immediate budget restrictions, draw a tentative list that includes all the people you want invited: family, friends, extended family, colleagues, people of respect, etc. Once you have a rough estimate, decide if your

list: How close are you with this person? When was the last time you saw or spoke to them? Would having them present on your wedding day make or break it? The answers should help you make up your mind. And although it’s early, it would be wise to start gathering contacts and addresses of those guests that you’re sure you’ll be inviting, namely family and close friends, for when the time comes to start writing and sending invitations. You can also use the opportunity to inform them of the date you’ve

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Number 2: The budget If you’ve got a set amount of money to work with that you simply cannot exceed, then this factor should be your number 1. Your budget will then determine your guest list, as the cost of a wedding is directly proportionate to the number of people invited. One of the most expensive aspects of a wedding is the catering (food and drink) – feeding 100 people versus 500 will yield a very different bill. If your budget is flexible, then it would be best to start with the guest list, which will then help determine your budget. Assuming that your budget isn’t limitless, you’d still be helping yourself by having a financial plan, which can be tricky to determine. Flip to the budgeting section of this planner (See p97) for a breakdown of how to do it.

Number 3: The date Choosing your wedding date depends on a number of factors, including what kind of wedding you want (a Christmas-themed do or spring party wedding?), what sort of weather you’d prefer to avoid (you can never bank on the weather, but if the heat is your biggest enemy then it’s wise to avoid the summer months, and the same goes for winter), whether you want a particular reception venue and church, and whether these are even available.

The month you choose could also affect your budget – peak wedding months in Malta are May to July and September to October, which means that vendors could charge you more during high season.

Number 4: The venue Your choice of venue will likely be the biggest influence on the rest of your wedding. A grand palazzo will call for a different set of suppliers to a medium-sized villa, but you can help narrow the choice based on location, style, and numbers 1, 2, and 3 above. If a specific venue you want isn’t available on the date you chose, then you need to revisit 3 or 4. Also, a particular venue might be way out of your budget (2) – but if you’re having a small wedding, then the cost could compensate for a smaller guest list (1). On the other hand, the guest list might be too small for the size of the reception venue – you want to avoid your venue looking empty and your guests looking sparse, or too crammed and bumping into each other. So, as you can see, the big four are all dependent on each other, and one cannot be determined without bearing the others in mind.

As a couple, you’ll need to discuss these issues in detail to reach a mutual conclusion, but before you commit to a date, check that there are no major events taking place around that time (World Cup and UEFA European Championship finals, the possibility of general elections, etc), that close family and members of the bride and groom’s parties are available, and that no other relatives or best friends are getting married on the same date. 97


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LEARN HOW TO REALLY BUDGET PLANNING A WEDDING IS, AND SHOULD BE, A WHOLE LOT OF FUN. MOST COUPLES HAVE LOTS OF IDEAS ABOUT THE WEDDING THEY WANT, AND CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THIS MATCHES THE AMOUNT THEY’RE WILLING TO SPEND. BUT THE TRUTH IS – AND DON’T LET ANYONE CONVINCE YOU OTHERWISE – THAT IT’S VERY, VERY DIFFICULT TO ESTIMATE HOW MUCH THE WEDDING YOU ENVISION WILL COST UNTIL YOU START REACHING OUT TO SUPPLIERS FOR QUOTES AND GET DOWN TO THE NITTY GRITTY OF PLANNING IT ALL.

Often, the let-down is that what you thought would cost you ‘X’ amount ended up costing a little bit more, and then a little bit more, until in the end, it ended up costing you double what you had in mind. When you concede on exceeding your budget by a little here and there, the sum of that ‘little bit of overspending’ can amount to a lot. You’ve probably read and researched tips and tricks on how to save money and how to stick to a budget for your wedding. But how do you figure out that budget in the first place, in a way that’s not going to knock you sideways afterwards? This is how.

Figure out the feel of your wedding Some people have this all figured out from the moment they’re engaged, others have too many ideas to choose a direction. But rather than get bogged down on the finer details (those will come later), think of the overall vibe you want your wedding day to have. For a little help, think back to weddings you’ve attended, or real weddings you’ve seen pictures of, and jot down what you liked about them and the emotions they evoked. Are you after a formal, traditional do? A low-key wedding with an intimate feel? A fun, party-style reception which still looks fancy and smart? Think about the look, the style, the people and the sentiments you experienced – all these pieces will help shape a wedding that is unique to the two of you.

What can you afford? This is the part where you and your partner have a tête-à-tête to discuss and figure out how much you want to spend. Not every couple feels the need to do this, and that’s fine too, but for the most part, setting some boundaries now will help you avoid unnecessary stress later. Here are some factors that will determine your wedding budget: • How much you and your partner earn • How much money you’ve got saved up • How much money you’re willing to spend • How much money you can afford at this point in time • Other big expenses you may have around the time that you’re planning your wedding, such as paying a house loan or doing up a house • How much money, if at all, other people are willing to contribute to your wedding – in which case you need to discuss with them too while determining your own financials.

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Another number which needs to be crunched out at

(if possible, because some venues only use one caterer),

this point is the number of guests. Create an Excel or

or revisiting your guest list altogether. Restrain yourself from going ahead with an ‘over budget’ supplier just

Google sheet and start jotting names down together. No matter what kind or style of wedding you’re planning, the number of guests you invite will be the single most determining factor of your wedding budget. So make a guest list, and stick to it (give or take).

List the priorities During discussions, take some time to list your top three priorities each (separately or together) – the ‘musts’ rather than the ‘wants’. These must be aspects or details of the wedding that you feel really strongly about, and they could be just about anything: lots of flowers, an amazing band, a cocktail bar, a massive cake, an extensive menu or a top photographer. Having your own shortlists will help you focus your money and energy on the things that matter most to you both, and to split your budget accordingly. Be honest about your choices – it could only translate into a better end result!

Face the truth Now that you know how much you’re willing to spend and have a clearer idea of what you want your wedding day to look like, it’s time to find out if the two can come together. Disclaimer: try to avoid feeling disappointed if they don’t – the most important part of this whole day is that you and your partner get married and are happy, and that happiness shouldn’t come down to eliminating some canapés from your menu or ditching the peonies from the bouquets. Keep your feet on the ground from the start of wedding planning and be realistic about what you can achieve with the budget you have. Here’s a practical example: You’ve chosen a caterer, and you’ve decided on the number of people. The caterer should be able to offer you a choice of different packages at

because you envisioned one thing and reality presented itself differently – this will take you back to square one and lead to financial stress down the line, and that’s one kind of stress you want to avoid before even becoming Mr and Mrs.

Adjust the game plan If your vision and your numbers aren’t levelling out, then it’s time to re-evaluate. Can you afford to expand your budget? Do you even want to? Can you change the most expensive parts for more affordable options? Can you save money by making some things yourself or asking relatives to make them for you? Ask yourself these questions and give honest answers. If your budget and vision are still battling each other, something will have to give, and that’s okay. Your budget must be a little fluid and adjusted as you plan along, but keep yourself accountable. If you go overboard on the band, then try cut down on the décor. And keep a record of everything – including receipts, contracts, quotes and costs, so that you can do your sums properly every step of the way.

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different prices, but the cost of one menu could vary dramatically between two weddings of different sizes: Take a menu with ‘X’ number of food items at €30 per person for a standing reception. For a wedding of 200 people, it will cost (approx.) €6,000. The same menu for 350 people will cost (approx.) €10,500. Is the latter over your budget? If so, you should consider changing caterer 99


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planning BEGIN THE CHURCH CEREMONY Most couples begin the process of organising a church wedding ceremony in either of two ways: enrolling in the Cana course or booking their favourite church. There’s no right and wrong way, but here’s how we suggest you go about it.

Enrol in the Cana course If you’re reading this planner, you might be in the middle of a Cana session at this very moment. If not, then you should consider booking your places. Cana courses are organised by Cana Movement, and completing the course is a mandatory step in order to get married in a church in Malta. The course consists of 10 weekly meetings, during which discussions are held in groups, led by a couple who’ll be present throughout the entire course. A booklet will be provided, together with Our Wedding Guide magazine, and at the end of the course, couples are presented with a certificate of attendance which must be presented to the Curia. It’s widely recommended to attend the course a year and a half to two years before the wedding date. Two types of courses are offered. The one in Maltese takes place three times a year, in January, April and October, in a number of parishes across the island. Visit the Cana website to find out which parishes will be holding courses during the month that you choose, and book your places through your 100

parish of choice. The cost is €35 per couple for 10 sessions. Visit www.canamovement.org for detailed information about the topics discussed throughout the course. The second option is the course conducted in English, held twice a year, in April and October. These also take place over 10 weeks against a fee of €35 per couple. There’s also a fast track course in English ideal for couples living abroad but who are getting married in Malta, which takes place over a weekend.

Book the church If you’re adamant about being pronounced husband and wife in a particular church and put this as a priority when choosing the date for your wedding, then we’re assuming you’ve got this part under control. If not, there’s some paper work to be done. Once you decide on a church, visit the parish offices for a meeting with the parish priest (il-kappillan). It’s recommended to call the office in advance in case of odd opening hours. You’ll be asked for the wedding date ceremony time and, if the church is available, you’ll be handed a document which you need to fill out, and which you need to get signed and stamped by the parish priests of your and your partner’s respective localities. Once this is done, return it to the parish priest of your church of choice to secure the booking.


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Publication of Marriage Banns

Useful contacts

Three months before the wedding, couples must contact

CANA MOVEMENT

the Marriage Registry of Malta to make a request for the Publication of Marriage Banns at the Public Registry. Couples can request an appointment in advance to avoid queues (details below).

Catholic Institute, St Publius Street, Floriana. T: 2223 8000; E: info@canamovement.org; www. canamovement.org PUBLIC REGISTRY (MALTA OFFICE)

The following should be provided at the meeting: - Birth certificates (in the case of applicants whose birth is not registered at the Malta Public Registry) - Identity cards and their copies - A photocopy of the identity cards of the witnesses.

Evans Building, Merchants Street, Valletta. T: 2590 4200; E: pubreg.marriage@gov.mt Open: Monday to Friday 7.30am-2pm; Wednesday also 3-6pm; Saturday 7.30-11am. For more information, visit www.identitymalta.com

The Marriage Registrar also needs to know: - The church where the ceremony will be held - The date of the wedding - The name and surname of the priest who will celebrate the marriage ceremony - The surname which the husband/wife will be using after marriage.

PUBLIC REGISTRY (GOZO OFFICE) By the Bastion Road, Victoria, Gozo. T: 2215 6383 Open Monday to Friday 8am-2pm. For more information, visit www.mgoz.gov.mt

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Ten days before the wedding, the couple will need to collect three documents (two Acts of Marriage and the Certificate of Banns) prepared by the Marriage Registry, which need to be taken immediately to the parish priest of the church of your choice. An ID card needs to be presented to collect the documents. After the nuptial mass, together with the witnesses and the priest who administered the Marriage Sacrament, the couple will sign the Marriage Certificate. Maltese nationals who are marrying non-Maltese nationals or nationals who have lived abroad for a period of time should request more information from the Marriage Registrar, since foreign applicants would be required to present a recent free status certificate (that should be dated not more than three months prior to the date of marriage), and other legal documents with their application. Couples getting married in Gozo should apply for their Marriage Banns at the Marriage Registry in Victoria, Gozo.

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BASIC PRIORITY FLOWCHART What follows this section is a detailed, step-by-step checklist in the run-up to your wedding day. If long, detailed lists make you run for the hills, this basic chart should be enough to get you started. Remember, the order of priority can be shifted around to suit your wedding needs, and you can add or remove suppliers and tasks as you see fit.

S TA R T I N G P O I N T

Wedding Vision | Budget | Guest list | Ceremony & Reception Venues

PRIMARY VENDORS

Catering (food & drink) | Wedding planner | Photographer | Band/DJ

SECONDARY VENDORS

Florist | Attire | Officiant | Rentals (stage, carpet, furniture) | Cake baker |Hair & Make-up | Transport

C LO S E R TO T H E DAT E

Invitations | Programmes | Readings | Rehearsal | Wedding day itinerary | Honeymoon

W E E K S A W AY

Marriage license | Assign ‘day of’ tasks | Hotel | Organise payments

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WEDDING COUNTDOWN: STEP-BY-STEP PLANNER You might be considering starting this process two years before the wedding, or six months before – there really is no rule and it can, and should be, adjusted to your own wedding day. Take note of the factors that interest you and ignore/cross out the ones that don’t, and use this planner as a guideline rather than a set of rules. We’ve broken down the fundamentals starting from a year and a half before the wedding but, as per the Basic Priority Flowchart (See p104), tasks can be shifted around along the timeline according to your needs. Everyone has particular preferences about how to plan their big day – be it through a detailed checklist or a simple breakdown of the basics, there are no rules, but we’ve presented you with both options with the aim of ticking as many boxes as possible.

A year and a half before • Determine the style of wedding you want • Establish a target wedding budget • Narrow down your preferred season/month of the year for tying the knot, and keep your options open for a wedding date • Start jotting down names for your guest list, and ask your parents for their lists too. Open an Excel/Google sheet to start keeping track of the number of guests and their addresses • If you’re hiring a wedding planner, now would be the right time to search for and hire one who shares your wedding day philosophy • Narrow down the choice of ceremony and reception venues to your favourite options. Start touring the ones you REALLY like and ask for their availabilities 106

• Book your places for the Cana Course if you’ve decided to get married in church • Set up another Excel/Google sheet to start keeping track of all quotes and costs you’ll be receiving and of all deposits that need to be settled from this point on.

16 months before • Choose your ceremony and reception venues and book them, thereby also establishing your wedding date • If the venue you chose doesn’t come with a caterer by default, then shop around for caterers and book this vendor too • Start looking around for and/or setting up meetings with your photographer and videographer. If you’ve found the right ones, secure their availability • Book music arrangements for the ceremony, reception and after-party (mass singer/choir, band and DJ respectively).

14 months before • Decide on a wedding theme if you’d like to have one • Shop around for and book your wedding transportation • Book any additional stations for your reception that are not supplied by your caterer, such as a cocktail bar, specialised food bar, etc.

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• Choose the members of the bridal party, groom’s men,

• If you want a wedding day organiser, evaluate the

ushers, flower girls, page boys, ring bearer, witnesses

options

and any other roles you may wish to assign • Design and send out your Save the Date cards if you so wish to • Shop around for and book the florist for all your floral needs, including flowers for the church, reception, bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids, boutonnieres for the groom and his party, and flower arrangements for the bride and bridal party’s hair, and wedding cake • Secure your hairdresser and make-up artist • If you’re throwing an engagement party, set the date and send out the invitations • Start discussing your honeymoon destination/s and budget • Advise your employer about the date of your wedding, and book your leave in advance to give enough time for work arrangements to be made if necessary.

• Start discussing wedding cakes with your caterer or with your baker of choice, and ask for tastings.

10 months before • Encourage your respective parents to look into their wedding attire • For the bride: If you didn’t find THE dress on your first round of appointments, have another look, consider buying it online, or book a dressmaker. By this point, you should have your wedding dress, veil and accessories sorted, or almost there • Finalise attire for the bridal party members, as well as for the groom and his party • Book venue décor such as carpets for the church and reception, additional furniture such as seating, lighting, tents, umbrellas and any other décor which you desire to dress up your venue.

8 months before • Select a wedding list if you’re having one • If you’re opting for anything DIY, come up with a plan of action, and get started on whatever it is you decide to make yourself • Research wedding invitations and associated stationery such as the wedding mass booklet and thank you cards. Reach out for design/printing prices, and book your preferred vendor

6 months before • Book your beautician and nail technician • If you still haven’t finalised the guest list, it’s a must that you have by now, and inform your caterer accordingly of any changes • Book the wedding cake • Buy and engrave your wedding rings • If you’re planning to honeymoon right after the wedding, now would be a good time to book flights and accommodation, and look into all the necessary arrangements in terms of visas and vaccines if required. Also, make sure your passport is not expiring around the time you need to use it, and apply for the European Health Insurance Card if you haven’t already and are travelling to Europe (you can obtain an application form from your local council) • Discuss bachelor/ette plans with your maid of honour, best friend or organiser, and choose a few tentative dates within a month or so of the wedding • If you’d like to have a ceremony rehearsal, book it now. If not, it would still be a good idea to meet with the priest presiding over your wedding mass, to discuss any queries you may have about the day • Schedule hair and make-up trials for around a month’s time • Think about your wedding souvenirs – if you’re ordering custom-made objects, do so now, and if not, narrow down your choices and consider placing your order soon nonetheless, especially if it’s a big one.

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•Ensure that all those who are part of the wedding are certain of their roles, including all the ceremony readers • Make sure your best friend has reached out to the attendees of your bachelor/ette party so that they can save the date • Make reservations at your wedding night hotel • If foreign guests are coming over, ensure their travel and accommodation arrangements are sorted • If you’ve got any DIY wedding projects going on, start finalising. If you’ve haven’t started yet, eliminate them from your list and buy • Order or buy your guest book if you’re having one (and make sure you buy pens that work if you do) • Assuming you’ve bought your wedding shoes, start wearing them around the house to break them in. If you haven’t, then get on it.

1 month before • Make any final alterations to your wedding attire, and if your gown is ready to leave the shop, take it home with you. Wrap it in a white sheet and store it somewhere safe (away from pets, humidity, etc). Ensure you have the appropriate undergarments to wear under your dress • Buy/confirm all other jewellery and accessories for the day (jewellery, veil, headdresses, garter, etc for the bride and bridal party, cufflinks for the groom) • Confirm the number of attendees and finalise the menu with your caterer. If you’re having a sit-down meal, devise the seating plan • Start confirming all other arrangements and contracts with your various wedding suppliers, and confirm quantities of all payments • Purchase any ceremony or reception extras you might need, such as the post-wedding mass confetti, confetti cannons for during the cutting of the cake, etc • Apply for parking or special permits at the respective police station, if applicable • Mail or deliver by hand your wedding invitations, and clear your schedules for home visits if necessary • Update your wedding list registry as gifts arrive • By now, you should have your printed mass programmes and all other stationery in hand • If you’ve hired a wedding day co-ordinator, meet them for a detailed run-through of your wedding day 110

• Draw up a honeymoon checklist • Enjoy your bachelor/ette do!

3 weeks before • Make sure you’ve got appetisers and drinks at the ready for guests popping by your house to give you a gift • Draw up a ceremony seating plan – facing the altar, the bride’s side sits on the left and the groom’s on the right – and day-of itinerary. Pass them on to the respective wedding participants (ushers, readers, bridesmaids, best men, close family and friends, etc), and hold a ceremony rehearsal if you’re having one • Go over the choice of wedding music with your band and/or DJ • If you’d like to give a gift to your bridal/groom party members, partner, etc, purchase these now. If you’d like to buy them online, move this point backwards by a few weeks.

2 weeks before • Collect your documents (two Acts of Marriage and the Certificate of Marriage Banns) from the Marriage Registry, and take them to the church of your wedding ceremony • Follow up with guests who haven’t RSVP’d for a more accurate headcount • Confirm the timeline and specific photo requests with your photographer. Also confirm times and details with anyone delivering goods to your home or venue • Send a transport schedule to the transport providers and ensure they confirm it • If you need to exchange currency for your honeymoon, do so now.

1 week before • Ensure that a plan is in place for the set-up and dismantling of the ceremony and reception venues • Pack a bag for the hotel, and include all necessary toiletries, nightwear, and change of clothes for the next day • Haircuts for the men and nail and hair-removal treatments for the women need to be sorted around four days to a week before the wedding • Start packing your bags for the honeymoon, including a change of clothes in hand luggage if you’ve got


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multiple flights to catch. Pass on your honeymoon itinerary to family in case of an emergency • Prepare final payments for vendors in separate envelopes for dispatching once the wedding is over • Prepare an emergency kit with aspirin, mints, makeup, safety pins, a sewing kit, etc, just in case you need them • If you haven’t engaged a wedding day organiser, assign a trusted friend/member to be a point of contact for vendors should something crop up. Pass on the number to the vendors so that they don’t call you • Pass on all plans, timelines and vendor contacts to your wedding day organiser, and leave things in his or her hands from here on out.

1 day before • If you’re up for it, meet up with your bridal party for a last once-over of their duties, as well as a relaxing drink before calling it a night for some beauty sleep. • Take some time to soak in the fact that tomorrow, you’re getting married! Relax and accept that anything that may crop up after this point is simply beyond your control, or in the hands of very capable beings around you • Set an alarm (and a back-up alarm, just in case).

The day • Have a good breakfast and lunch – you might eat sparingly throughout the reception unless it’s seated • Get married! • Take the time to speak to family and friends, and don’t forget to breathe, focus, smile and simply have a great time on your wedding day.

After the wedding • Ensure all vendors have been paid in full • Send out thank you notes to all those who were a part of your wedding and the guests for their gifts • Take your gown and veil for dry-cleaning, and ensure that any rented garments are returned to their suppliers • Head off to your honeymoon and have a great time! • Within six months of your wedding day, apply for the Government marriage grant (See p133).


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advice ASSIGNING ROLES The bride and groom handle most of the preparations for their wedding day, in the knowledge that, on the actual day, they can trust certain responsibilities to be handled by a handful of dependable individuals.

These are the primary roles you’ll need to assign to those who’ll form part of the wedding party.

who coordinates a number of bridesmaid-related activities, such as organising the bride’s bachelorette party, while also helping the couple with any errands or tasks that need to be done prior to the day. She’s generally also asked to attend wedding gown appointments with the bride.

When it comes to the mother of the bride’s attire, she generally informs the groom’s mother of her choice of outfit (predominantly colour and style), in order to avoid any clashes, and to complement each other on the day. The father of the bride gets fitted for formalwear along with the rest of the groom’s party and, traditionally, escorts his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day.

The majority of her tasks come into play on the wedding day itself, however. She helps out with any last minute arrangements while getting ready, and arranges the bride’s gown while she readies herself to enter the church. During the ceremony, the maid of honour often gets up to fix the bride’s gown and veil, and may also hold her bridal bouquet. During the reception and throughout the rest of the day, the maid of honour coordinates the bridesmaids to ensure their duties (if any) are carried out, coordinates with the best man, and collects gifts passed on by guests, which she then stows away in a secure room at the venue. She may also need to help the bride change out of her wedding dress and into a more comfortable going-away outfit, and ensures the bride’s belongings are kept safe once they leave the venue.

Groom’s parents

Bridesmaids

The groom’s parents may discuss with the bride’s parents the option of contributing to the wedding or hosting another engagement party. They’ll need to provide a list of guests, based on an agreed number with the couple, and may offer to host a dinner closer to the date of the wedding.

You may choose to have as few or as many bridesmaids as you wish (none at all is fine too, but generally, not many more than 10). Young girls between the ages of eight and 16 are considered to be junior bridesmaids, with far lighter responsibilities than the adults. A bridesmaid should assist the

Bride’s parents Gone are the days when the bride’s parents are expected to foot the bill – although if they want to, it’s something you should be discussing with them directly. Traditionally, however, they host the engagement party or dinner, and offer assistance with certain details of the wedding.

Maid of honour The maid of honour is the bride’s closest and most trusted attendant, typically a sister or best friend,

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Flower girl

There are also a number of roles that need to be assigned

Usually aged between four and eight, a flower girl adds

specifically for the church ceremony.

an adorable and innocent touch to a wedding ceremony.

Witnesses

She’s usually responsible for scattering flowers from a basket along the aisle, ahead of the bride walking down, and dons a cute dress that’s age appropriate and in line with the overall wedding theme.

Best man The best man is the groom’s counterpart to the bride’s maid of honour. He’s the groom’s biggest source of support and generally a brother or best friend, responsible for organising the bachelor party as well as coordinating a host of other tasks before and during the wedding day. He’s usually also responsible for organising the groom’s men fittings and for picking up the suits from the chosen supplier. On the wedding day, the best man ensures that the groom arrives on location on time, and assists the maid of honour with collecting gifts and putting them away safely during the reception. The best man is often required to make a speech before the cutting of the cake, and takes responsibility for prepping and decorating the couple’s car for their grand exit after the wedding.

Groomsmen/ushers The groomsmen, also referred to as ushers, are primarily tasked with helping the best man plan the bachelor party as well as any other odd jobs they can help out with. On the day, they’ll arrive early to the ceremony venue and greet as well as usher guests to their seats until the bride’s arrival. Throughout the reception, they should be available to help the best man should he need assistance with any tasks.

Ring bearer/page boy Just like the flower girl, the page boy, who usually acts as ring bearer, draws admiration from guests for his adorable appearance and attire. Traditionally, the ring bearer carries the wedding rings on a pillow down the aisle, although symbolic rings are often used instead of the real thing for safety’s sake, while the actual rings are carried by the best man. 114

One witness for the bride and one for the groom is typically the norm, although it’s not unheard of for each side to have two witnesses. Their role is to be bystanders during the ceremony, where, during the stating of vows and exchanging of rings, they stand by the couple’s side, on either side respectively. As witnesses of the so-called contract of marriage, they, together with the couple and the priest, will sign the marriage documents at the end of the ceremony, while guests are busy bustling out of the church to prepare for the couple’s exit.

Celebrant The priest you choose to conduct the wedding ceremony doesn’t have to be someone you know, but it’s likely to be more personal and heartfelt if it is. If you’ve got a family member who can celebrate mass, then it’s an obvious choice. If not though, your choice of celebrant is a personal one – you can opt for a priest whose style of preaching you’ve taken a liking to through a wedding you attended, or simply one who comes recommended from other couples who recently got married. Once you decide, approach the priest, get to know each other to make sure you’re happy with the choice, and book him.

Readers A first reading, psalm and second reading are chosen for the wedding mass, usually with the help and assistance of your celebrant, typically read by two individuals (first reading and psalm, followed by second reading). Bear in mind individuals who can project their voices to a full church and are comfortable reading in front of an audience, and in the language you’ve chosen when making your selection of readers. Towards the end of the ceremony, it’s customary to have a number of short bidding prayers (talbiet tal-fidili) – there’s no limit as such, but between three and six prayers is the norm. You may assign a different reader for every prayer; this is usually a way of involving close family and friends to be a part of the ceremony.


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WRITING YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS The right wording Classic wedding invites are shaped like a card, with the bride’s details listed on the left, and the groom’s on the right. Whoever is hosting the wedding is listed first on the invitation, in the style of Mr & Mrs ‘so and so’ request the honour of the presence of ‘so and so’. Spell everything out, including the time and location of the ceremony, the location of the reception venue, your names, your respective addresses, RSVP details and any other important information. If you, and not your parents, are hosting the wedding, then a single-sided wedding invite will do, typical of modernday wedding invitations, which tend to be minimalist and current in design and style. The latter, however, is totally up to the individual tastes of the couple.

Avoid overcrowding While getting all the information on the invitation is important, avoid overcrowding. Keep the size of the invitation in mind, and get all the key points in there as mentioned above. But squeezing too much text into a card can easily render it too busy, making it harder to read and a little less elegant. If you need to add directions or details about wedding gifts, print them on separate enclosure cards. Important – one bit of information that shouldn’t be on your invite is the wedding registry; guests will personally ask you whether you have one or not.

When to send them While not very common locally, Save The Date cards should be mailed around one year before, especially if you’re tying the knot in the midst of wedding season. As for wedding invites, order them at your stationery of choice up to eight months before the date, and have them ready to

be mailed four to six weeks before. For overseas guests, invitations should be mailed around three months before.

RSVP RSVP information is generally included on the bottom of the invitation or on a separate, smaller card enclosed within it. Give guests a deadline for getting back, and do not make it longer than two weeks after they’re expected to receive the invitation, otherwise there’s a very good chance they’ll forget to RSVP altogether. Check with your caterer when they’ll need a final headcount, as well as any other suppliers who need final numbers a few weeks before the wedding.

Pen to paper The handwriting used for your wedding invites needs to be more than merely legible – it needs to be elegant, if not a little artistic. Many people rope in the skills of a calligrapher who can masterfully address your envelopes and invites, and while it’s not a must, it’s certainly worth considering, especially if your own handwriting is a little wild. If your budget doesn’t permit, you’re better off getting everything professionally printed.

The rest of your stationery Don’t forget to order the ceremony booklet, menus for a seated wedding, souvenir tags, reading cards, as well as thank you notes together with your invitations. This will save you time and money, as the stationer will place a single order and probably give you a discount too for ordering in bulk. Also, remember to stick to the theme of your wedding invite – while minor variations are fine, you want your wedding stationery to look and feel cohesive.

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7 THINGS TO DISCUSS WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER BEFORE THE WEDDING You’ve asked around, viewed scores of wedding photos online and finally chosen the photographer whose style aligns with your vision for capturing your special day. But the conversation doesn’t end there. Discussing your needs, likes and dislikes with your photographer ahead of the big day is crucial for ensuring you’re happy with the results. And the same can apply for your videographer if you’re hiring one for your wedding.

Let them know of any surprises

Are there shots you specifically want?

Is there anything about your guests that the photographer should know about?

There might be particular shots you’d like your photographer to capture – specific set-ups for couple photos, group shots with family and friends, detail shots of the décor you painstakingly prepared for the venue, and any shots that have sentimental value to you and your significant other. If the photographer doesn’t know what you want, she or he won’t be able to capture them, but don’t go overboard – you hired your photographer because you trust their abilities, and they’ll definitely know what does and doesn’t work.

Are there shots you specifically don’t want? From a facial feature you’re conscious of to an angle that makes you uncomfortable or even a type of shot that will make you break a sweat with nerves, it would be useful for your photographer to know what makes you cringe. Just as above, however, don’t be too demanding and allow them to do their job.

Draft a timetable for the day This isn’t over-planning, but rather a vital task to ensure the day runs smoothly, and everything that you’ve planned takes place. Discuss the order of the day with your photographer to ensure she or he can capture all of the day’s events, and include buffer zones in case you run over schedule at certain points in the day.

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“How am I supposed to know if it’s a surprise?” you might ask, and rightly so. You wouldn’t want to spoil any surprises that the best man, bridal party or your parents have in store for you, but perhaps you could advise them to alert the photographer of any impromptu performances or unexpected displays, to make sure the photographer is there to capture the moment.

While sharing sensitive information about your family members may be uncomfortable, it would be better to share it in a private setting alone with your photographer than with a crowd of people at your wedding. Perhaps your parents are separated and not on great terms, or you’ve got a family member who’s sick and frail, and cannot stand for long. Informing your photographer about sensitive issues will avoid him or her making impossible requests on the day.

Make a member of the wedding party a point of contact Whether a close friend or a cousin you can trust, give your photographer a point of contact who they can get in touch with should an issue arise on the day, for gathering people for group shots and for anything else that the photographer might need.

If you’re up for something different, let them know Photographers relish the opportunity to be creative and experimental, even on a couple’s special day, if the couple is up for it. If you’re the adventurous kind and not afraid to step out of your comfort zone on your wedding day, let the photographer know. It could be all the motivation they need to set up and capture an unforgettable photo.


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PLANNING YOUR WEDDING TRANSPORT

Do the parents of the bride AND groom need a car? How many cars should I book? Do both the bride and groom need a car to get to the wedding ceremony? Read on.

When to book your wedding transport If you’re getting married during peak wedding season, then it’s never a bad idea to book your wedding transport as soon as you decide on the date, venues and of course on your preferred wedding transport supplier following a cost comparison exercise. If you’ve eyed a particular car you can really see yourself arriving at and leaving the church in, then make the booking with the car rental company, and leave the 120

details and logistics for later – so long as the cost is affordable.

Take a head count The main people you’ll need to organise transport for are immediate family and members of the wedding party. Widely speaking, this means the bride and groom, your respective wedding parties, both sets of parents, siblings who are not in the wedding party and potentially any grandparents who depend on parents for lifts, although this would best be discussed with the respective parents beforehand. If you’ve got foreign guests over, organise a minivan or bus for them to be collected and dropped off at the same spot,


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presumably at the hotel or residence they’ll be staying

BONUS TIP: Avoid overcrowding your wedding cars.

at for this trip. If you’re keen to start the party early, you

Between large dresses, delicate fabrics and a whole lot of

could join them for the bus ride from the ceremony to

nerves, every passenger should be comfortable and have

the venue.

enough breathing room.

The routes you need transport for You’ll need to figure out transport for three main trips: from the bride’s residence to the ceremony, from the ceremony to the reception, and from the reception to whatever destination you choose afterwards.

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The bride and groom travel separately to the ceremony with their respective attendants – the bride typically travels with her father and/or mother, in the same ride that she and her husband will use to get to the reception afterwards, while the rest of the bridal party travel together. Since the groom will be driven to the reception along with the bride after the ceremony, it’s customary that the groom and his best men drive to the church in one of the best men’s cars, who then leave the ceremony a little early to prepare the venue for the couple’s arrival. If budgets permit, a car can also be booked to take the best men and groom to the wedding ceremony location. Whoever got driven to the ceremony will need a ride to the reception too. The whole group can either get there in a fun ride like an old bus or van, or in the same vehicles that brought them to the ceremony. The newlyweds may choose to join in the merriment and travel in the same vehicle as the rest of the wedding party, or take a private vehicle for a dream ride to the reception. If budgets don’t permit, advise those who’ll be getting a ride to the ceremony about travelling plans, so that they can make arrangements in advance and plan ahead.

Sealing the deal Once you’ve established the logistics of your wedding transport, get a solid quote of the costs involved followed by a contract containing all the details you agreed upon, including the length of time the company’s service will be rendered for, any hidden costs such as fuel, as well as cancellation and refund policies.

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WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING – A TIMELINE The experience of shopping for a wedding dress is a mixed bag of feelings – it’s exciting, overwhelming, unnerving, emotional and a whole lot of fun. You’ll be asking yourself a bunch of questions like when should I start looking? Where should I go first? And should I buy the one I like even if it’s a year early? Here are some answers, as well as a sample timeline of a typical shopping experience.

One year Shopping around for a wedding dress more than one year before will likely be a waste of time. Trends change, and so might your taste and shape, so contain the impulse to start well ahead (Pinterest can be your best friend in the meantime). Once the time rolls around, start by setting a budget. With all the beautiful dresses you’ll see and try on, sticking to a budget will be immensely difficult, and you’ll want to exceed your budget at the cost of finding ‘the one’. While it’s perfectly understandable, try not to get carried away, as your dress is one part of a whole, elaborate affair that doesn’t stop at the dress – there are the shoes, veil, accessories, underwear and jewellery to consider too. Do your research, and figure out what you might and might not like, keeping in mind the location of the wedding, time of year, and the silhouette that might best suit your shape. A heavy, structured gown will weigh you down at a beachside wedding, while a lightweight, floaty dress might get lost in a grand ballroom. Gather your ideas, but keep an open mind. All too often, lots of ideas end up being confusing rather than

helpful, and after trying on a few dresses, you might be surprised to see that what you like on is not what caught your eye in pictures.

Eight months By this point, you should be concluding the purchase of your dress with your supplier of choice, giving you enough time to schedule alterations, which could take weeks of work with months in between, especially if the bridal shop is busy with back-to-back weddings at a peak time of the year. After trying on lots of dresses, your gut is probably telling you which dress is THE dress. Although you might find it difficult to believe that now, you’ll realise it when you find the one that makes you feel equally confident and comfortable. You’ll be required to place a deposit for the dress, which generally amounts to half of the full amount. Make sure all the information the supplier jots down is correct before leaving the shop, and ask when your gown should be arriving or ready for another fitting. Also, now is the right time to fire any questions, namely the costs of alterations, when you’ll be required to pay the full amount, and whether there are any hidden costs to avoid nasty surprises further down the line.

Four months With your wedding dress chosen and bought, you should be shopping around for your very important under-the-dress essentials, be they a strapless bra, support bra, form-fitting pants, seamless underwear, tights or stockings.

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The same applies for your veil, which needs to be bought or borrowed with your wedding dress in mind in a style that complements it. There are plenty of styles to choose from and this, together with your accessories and shoes, should be sorted out at least four months before the wedding. Consider the height of the heel when looking for shoes – you wouldn’t want to be looming over your future husband at the altar, or risk tripping on your way into the church wearing heels you can hardly walk in.

Three months You’ll likely have around two to three fittings before taking your dress home with you, and by this point, you should be having your first. Take everything you’ve bought with you to the fitting, meaning your underwear, veil, shoes and accessories, to see a complete look that is as close to your final bridal look as possible. If you haven’t bought your shoes yet, take something with a similar heel height so that the seamstress can gauge the length of your dress hem. During this fitting, the major alterations will be made, including taking in the bodice, adding sleeves, pinning and tucking. Take the opportunity to move around in your dress to make sure you’re comfortable in it. Take some deep breaths to ensure it’s not too tight around the waist. 126

One month With one month to go, you should be having your second, and potentially last fitting, depending on the extent of the changes required. You may request another one closer to the date. Bear in mind that requesting another fitting two weeks before the wedding is risky, and chances are alterations will be rushed or not done in time. Best to check with the seamstress at your wedding shop of choice to make sure it’s doable. And, when at home, practice walking around in your wedding shoes to break them in.

One week With your wedding day around the corner, you should be collecting your dress, but not before checking it first to make sure everything is as you want it to be. Once home, you’ll need to find a safe place to store it, away from humidity, excessive heat and prying eyes. Keep it in a breathable bag, and by itself – any accessories including the veil should be kept in the same place, but separate to the dress, to avoid any fabric or beading from snagging. Keep an emergency kit handy, with safety pins, tape, needle and thread, for when you’re getting dressed on your wedding day. Schedule around 30 minutes to get fastened in, and enjoy every moment!


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information CHANGING YOUR SURNAME AFTER MARRIAGE The personal choice of whether or not to change your surname after marriage may be a difficult one as, for some, it means parting with a crucial aspect of their identity. Deciding whether to keep your surname, amalgamate it with your spouse’s or change it altogether is a choice that only you can make and which needs to be given due consideration before taking a permanent decision. The options under Maltese law are various – spouses may take each other’s surname, keep their birth surnames, or combine both surnames to form one which their children will then inherit. For instance: Sarah Attard and Mark Borg can keep their identity as per their premarriage status, adopt one of the other person’s surname, meaning Sarah and Mark Attard or Sarah and Mark Borg, or combine both, namely Sarah and Mark Attard Borg or Sarah and Mark Borg Attard.

Amid the flurry of preparations you’ll be handling for your wedding day, planning your last night or weekend as a ‘singleton’ is one that you can completely wash your hands of. Typically coordinated by the bride’s and groom’s respective parties, all you have to do here is sit back and enjoy the surprises they have in store for you. We do, however, recommend that you’re let in on some of the planning to ensure that the events your friends or family have up their sleeves are ones you’ll enjoy, and that won’t embarrass you or make you feel uncomfortable throughout the evening or weekend. As bachelor/ette parties get increasingly elaborate these days – ranging from weekend-long trips abroad to parties, festivals and games intended to make the bride or groom squirm – things could get out of hand, and the last thing anyone would want is to upset the main protagonists of the event.

Also, you can hold on to your passport and ID card after you get married whether or not you change your surname, then update your details accordingly once the documents expire and

Ask your friends to run basic concepts by you to ensure you’re fine with them, and perhaps be clear with them about what you DON’T want on

need to be replaced. Just be sure that, when placing bookings for travel or important events

the day, then leave the rest in their hands, and enjoy counting the days until it arrives!

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SAMPLE WEDDING DAY TIMELINE • Get up early (do your utmost to sleep!) and have a good breakfast. This will see you throughout the entire morning and possibly even through lunch time when you’ll be too excited to eat • Have a bath or shower, and take your time doing so

• Formal photos are taken at the reception before you start mingling with guests • Begin greeting guests and enjoy it while you do. Food and drinks will be served • The band arrives and the couple share their first dance. The dance floor is officially open and everyone joins in the fun

• For the bride and her party, hair is done first, followed by make-up • The photographer arrives at the groom’s residence followed by the bride’s, either while she’s done getting ready or during, depending on the agreement with the photographer • Get dressed • Groom arrives at the ceremony location. Bride prepares to leave her residence • The ceremony begins and ends, photos are taken at the altar, and you exit the church to start making your way to the reception venue

• Time for some speeches and cutting the cake. Couples are increasingly opting to do this before the first dance, to avoid breaking the flow of the party • If you’re planning to stay on till the end, then the after-party soon begins. If not, you’ll be preparing for your grand exit •Get to your hotel and flake out.

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APPLY FOR A MARRIAGE GRANT Did you know?

Useful contacts

Couples who get married in, and are residents of Malta can apply for a marriage grant within six months after tying the knot. The Marriage Grant, paid by the Government, can be a maximum of €277 per person, that is, up to €554 per couple.

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SECURITY 38, Ordnance Street, Valletta. Freephone 153; E: social.security@gov.mt

Who is eligible?

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The Grant is open to Maltese nationals who have contributed at least 26 Social Security Contributions prior to the date of marriage. In the case of a remarried person, 26 contributions are to be paid as from the last date of marriage. EU nationals with a permanent Maltese residence are also eligible.

How do I apply? You and your spouse must fill in an application form, which can be obtained from the Department of Social Security, from your district Social Security Office or online. The form must be submitted to the same Department within six months from the date of marriage. Provided that your marriage was registered in Malta, there’s no need to present a marriage certificate to apply for the Marriage Grant. However, when a marriage cannot be verified against official records, the marriage certificate will be required. The Grant is paid to each eligible spouse on a particular day according to a schedule, which you can view on this site: https://dssservices. gov.mt/Views/PaymentSchedules.aspx For all information about the Grant, the application form and the exact day that you can expect to receive it, visit www.socialsecurity. gov.mt

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Total projected budget:

BUDGET SHEET

Projected number of guests: SUPPLIER NAME & CONTACT

WEDDING PLANNER/COORDINATOR Wedding planner Wedding day coordinator VENUE Ceremony venue Reception venue FOOD & DRINK Food catering (food, service, equipment, crockery) Drinks catering (drinks, service, bar set-up, glassware) Food & drink stations/bars Cake PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY Photography Videography ENTERTAINMENT Band/music for the ceremony Band/DJ for the reception ATTIRE For the bride (dress, jewellery, undergarments, accessories, shoes) For the groom (suit, jewellery, shoes) Bridal party (gowns, shoes, accessories) Groom’s party (suits) STATIONERY Save The Date cards Invitations Church programme Menu cards Postage costs

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DEPOSIT PAID

BALANCE DUE

DUE DATE FOR FINAL PAYMENT

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Total projected budget:

BUDGET SHEET

Projected number of guests: SUPPLIER NAME & CONTACT

DÉCOR Flowers Lighting Rentals (tables, chairs, church carpet) Accessories (lanterns, confetti, guest book, signage) TRANSPORTATION Cars Flights for foreign suppliers EXTRAS Hair (including bridal party) Beauty & make-up (including bridal party) Souvenirs Wedding rings Photo booth Wedding party gifts Documents & bureaucratic requirements Wedding night at hotel Extra fees CONTINGENCY FUND Set aside 5 per cent over and above your stipulated budget just in case

BUDGETED ESTIMATE

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DEPOSIT PAID

BALANCE DUE

DUE DATE FOR FINAL PAYMENT

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WEDDING KEYWORDS Here’s a list of keywords related to planning a wedding – there are lots of things you probably don’t need, but just highlight the ones that you do, and jot them down on your planner to make sure no stone is left unturned. After-party outfits Bachelor/ette party Beauty treatments (hair removal, facial, etc) Beverages (alcoholic, nonalcoholic) Bouquets Boutonnieres Bridal gown Bridal jewellery & accessories (veil, shoes, garter) Bridesmaids’ accessories (shoes, jewellery, flower crown) Bridesmaids’ dresses Cake Cake accessories (topper, knife, etc) Catering Centrepieces Ceremony exit toss (petals/ rice/papers) Ceremony officiant Ceremony programmes Ceremony seating plan Chairs & sofas Champagne & glasses

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Church Church flowers Comfortable footwear (bride, groom, parties) Confetti Confetti cannon Dance lessons Engagement ring Flowers Flower girls Gifts for the bridal party Gifts for the groom’s party Going-away car Groom’s suit Groomsmen suits (best man/ men, ushers) Guest book & pens Guest list Hair (for the bride, bridal party) Honeymoon Hotel (a bag with change of clothes, essentials for a night’s stay) Invitations Invitation calligraphy Lighting

Make-up (for the bride, bridal party) Marriage license Music (DJ, band, playlists) Page boys Passports Photo booth Photographer Rehearsal Ring bearer Ring pillow Save The Date cards Souvenirs Theme Transport Venue Venue décor (linens, jars, lanterns, etc) Videographer Vows Wedding day co-ordinator Wedding day shoes (bride, groom) Wedding planner Wedding rings


DIRECTORY

MAKEUP BY SHIRLEY

M: 7925 3702 www.makeupbyshirley.com

Directory The Our Wedding Guide Directory is a print version of the digital directory available on our sister brand www.ourwedding.mt, Malta’s largest and leading weddings portal.

SLEEK HAIR SALON

T: 2788 8770 FB: Sleek Hair Salon

BEAUTY ALFIE’S HAIR & BEAUTY SALON

T: 2133 4362 FB: Alfie’s Hair & Beauty Salon

FUSS

BORTEX

T: 2701 5999 FB: Fuss

T: 2124 5814 www.bortexgroup.com

GEOFFREY NUTRITIONIST

CAMILLERI PARIS MODE

M: 9982 2288 www.gaxiak.yolasite.com

T: 2010 2030 www.camilleriparismode.com

HBR HAIRDRESSING

EVA MARIEE

T: 2157 0810 FB: hbr.hairdressing

M: 7931 8987 www.evamariee.com

MAF HAIRDRESSING

GAUDI BY JB STORES

T: 2144 0772 FB: Maf Hairdressing

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BRIDAL WEAR & GROOM’S WEAR

T: 2331 4341 www.jbstores.com


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MONSOON

DALTON CHAUFFEUR SERVICE

PORTUGHES LAUNDRY

ECABS

T: 2144 4444 www.portughes.com

T: 2138 3838 www.ecabs.com.mt

SWAN LAUNDRY & DRY CLEANING CO LTD

GARDEN OF EDEN

THE GROOM COLLECTION

ISLANDER TOURIST SERVICES

T: 2123 6327 www.thegroomcollection.com

M: 7953 7567 www.islandermalta.com

XUS MALTA

JOHN’S GARAGE

T: 2134 6080 www.monsoon.eu

T: 2248 2200 www.swan.com.mt

M: 9998 7987 www.xusmalta.com

M: 7942 6332 www.daltonmalta.com

T: 2367 2000/2167 6756 www.gardenofedenmalta.com

T: 2298 2298 www.johns.com.mt

SUPREME TRAVEL

CARS & TRANSPORTATION AQUILINA BRIDAL CARS

M: 9949 2520 FB: Aquilina Bridal Cars

T: 2169 4967 www.suprememalta.com

THE DIAMOND LIMO LOUNGE

T: 2367 2000 www.diamondloungemalta.com

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FIFTH FLAVOUR

M: 9955 1103 www.fifthflavour.com

CATERING AX CATERERS

OSBORNE CATERERS

BUSY BEE

PRIMAVERA CATERERS

CAFFE CORDINA

XARA CATERING

T: 2262 3029 www.axeventsmalta.com

T: 2142 3214 www.osbornecaterers.com

T: 2134 0400 www.busybee.com.mt

T: 2182 6226 www.primaveracaterers.com

T: 2123 4385 www.caffecordina.com

T: 2256 7567 www.xaracatering.com

CAMILLERI CATERING

T: 2147 2255 www.camillericatering.com

FLORISTS CROCE BONACI

ALISTAIR FLORAL DESIGN

ELIA CATERERS

ROMANO CASSAR

T: 2122 5924 www.crocebonaci.com

T: 2124 6920 www.elia.com.mt

T: 2722 3334 www.alistairfloraldesign.com

T: 2144 1264/2148 6307 www.firmromanocassar.com

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HENS & BACHELORS BEMANIA PARTY SUPPLIES

T: 2141 9580 www.bemaniapartysupplies.com

HONEYMOON FEXSERV

T: 2576 2576 www.fexserv.com

MELITA GARDENS

T: 2147 0663 FB: melitagardens

JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES CLEMENT JEWELLERY

T: 2149 4654 www.clement.com.mt

HOME FURNISHINGS BIG BEN INTERIORS

GB JEWELLERS

PM HOBBY

SC BRIDAL DESIGNS

SUNLOCK WINDOW BLINDS

TA’ DBIEGI JEWELLERS

T: 2144 7347 www.bigbeninteriors.com.mt

T: 2298 8000 www.pmhobby.com.mt

T: 2122 2083/2722 2083 www.sunlockblinds.com

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T: 2149 9679/2132 2889 FB: GB Jewellers

M: 9999 8448 FB: SC Bridal Designs Handmade Headpieces

T: 2155 3722


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THE GOLD MARKET

SPITERI LUCAS ENTERTAINMENT

TRESOR D’OR

VISAGE SOUND

T: 2142 3333 FB: The Gold Market

T: 2156 1565 www.tresor-dor.com

T: 2123 3958 www.spiterilucas.net

M: 9947 3535 FB: Visage Sound Malta

VICTOR AZZOPARDI

T: 2010 3715 www.victorazzopardi.com

OCCASIONAL WEAR YANA’S JEWELLERY

T: 2133 5036 www.yanasjewellery.com

CAMILLERI PARIS MODE

T: 2010 2030 www.camilleriparismode.com

DARMANIN FOOTWEAR

T: 2142 1383 www.darmaningroup.com

MUSIC JOSEPHINE EBEJER GRECH M: 2141 7548 FB: jebejergrech

NILARA

T: 2701 0449 www.nilara.com.mt

KIM GRECH

M: 7983 2846 FB: kim.grech.9

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PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY ANDREW RIZZO

RACHEL MUSCAT PHOTOGRAPHY

M: 9944 9635 FB: Droorizz Photography by Andrew Rizzo

M: 7920 2786 www.muscatphoto.com

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PRODUCTIONS

RODNEY CASSAR

M: 7949 5208

M: 9944 5386 www.rodneycassarphotography. com

FENBROS

SELFIE MIRROR

T: 2180 9200 FB: Fenbros Productions

M: 9966 6653 www.selfiemirror.com.mt

IAN ABDILLA PHOTOGRAPHY

THE FOTOGRAPHER FGURA

INIGO TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY

TONIO LOMBARDI

M: 7905 9217 www.ianabdilla.com

T: 2146 0162 www.inigotaylorphotography. com

T: 2166 0166/2788 8999/ 2166 1380/2166 7974/ 2166 7947 www.thefotografer.com

M: 7990 0999 www.toniolombardiweddings. com

PINKISH LINE

T: 2767 7212 www.pinkishline.com

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GOLDEN GATE

T: 2220 6000 www.goldengate.com.mt

PROPERTY & FINISHING ALFRED HILI CO LTD

KB DESIGNS & MAINTENANCE

T: 2723 4527/2144 4669/ 2123 4527/2744 4669 www.alfredhili.com

M: 7723 9712 FB: KB Designs & Maintenance

ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

SOAP CAFÉ

T: 2138 0309/2738 0309 www.alternativetechnologies. com.mt

T: 2788 3675 www.SoapCafeMalta.com

FGP

UFFICCJU MISSJUNARJU

T: 2167 3627 www.fgp.com.mt

T: 2123 6962 www.missio.org.mt

MALTA TILES

VALLETTA GLASS

T: 2189 6534 www.maltatiles.com

SOUVENIRS & INVITATIONS CHARMING DIVA

T: 2142 3634 www.charmingdiva.com

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T: 2143 0966 www.vallettaglass.com

VENUES BELLA VISTA HOTEL MALTA

T: 2157 0591 www.bellavistahotelmalta.com


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CHATEAU BUSKETT

HOTEL TA’ CENC & SPA

DB HOTELS + RESORTS

INFINITELY XARA

DOLMEN HOTEL MALTA

MALTA MARRIOTT HOTEL & SPA

T: 2145 4233 www.chateaubuskettmalta.com

T: 2350 3750/1 www.dbhotelsresorts.com

T: 2355 2355 www.dolmen.com.mt

EDEN LODGE

T: 2168 5021 www.baldacchinoweddings.com. mt

GARDEN OF SERENITY T: 2166 6600

T: 2219 1000 www.tacenchotel.com

T: 2256 7567 www.xarapalace.com

T: 2311 2107 www.marriott.com

MARITIM ANTONINE HOTEL & SPA T: 2289 2000 www.maritim.com.mt

OLIVE GARDENS

T: 2147 2255 www.camillericatering.com

GIARDINI LAMBROSA

PALAZZO CASTELLETTI

HILTON MALTA

PARADISE BAY RESORT

T: 2124 6920 www.elia.com.mt

T: 2373 3634 www.malta.hilton.com

T: 2145 2562 www.palazzocastelletti.com

T: 2289 5000 www.paradise-bay.com

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THE PALACE

KATIA GATT (KG EVENTS)

THE PHOENICIA

MYWEDDINGPLANNER.COM.MT

T: 2133 3444 www.thepalacemalta.com

T: 2122 5241 www.phoeniciamalta.com

M: 7761 8905 www.kgeventsandco.com

M: 7797 9161 www.myweddingplanner.com.mt

TA’ FRENC

T: 2155 3888 www.tafrencrestaurant.com

WEDDING SERVICES & DÉCOR

VILLA ARRIGO

BG FIREWORKS

T: 2142 3214 www.villaarrigomalta.com

M: 7959 5315 FB: bgmaltafireworksdisplay

VILLA MDINA

CREATIVE GLAMS

T: 2134 0400 www.busybee.com.mt

M: 9959 1541 FB: creativeglams

GINO’S CHAIRS

M: 9949 2732/7949 2732 www.ginotahalqormi.com

WEDDING PLANNERS ‘CX’ CHRIS WEDDINGS & EVENTS T: 2123 2170 www.chrisx.eu

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