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The Islands of Malta & Gozo

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Without further ado, may I offer my congratulations on your joyous news. Your wedding will be just the start of a lifetime of happiness together and I send you all my best wishes for the future. W H E N Y O U C H O O S E to have your wedding or honeymoon on the Maltese Islands, you are following in the footsteps of some of history’s most significant civilisations. For more than 7,000 years, the Maltese archipelago has been singled out as a place to celebrate: we have some of the oldest sacral sites on these Islands, used for centuries as the location for lavish festivals. It is not officially understood why the ancient explorers settled

here, but you need only set foot on the Island for a matter of minutes to understand how the appeal has only grown stronger throughout the years. These Islands are alive with colours, sounds, flavours, aromas and activities, the location for great merriment at all times—and all only three hours’ flight from the UK. But there are also areas of utmost serenity, where one can feel as if transported to a secret paradise. The sun shines more than 300

days per year; the sand is golden; and the sea lapping through the bewitching lagoons is always blue. We have an enormous range of the highest-quality services here as well: from five-star hotels to rustic farmhouses; restaurants run by internationally-renowned chefs to family-owned vineyards. There are thrilling bars and nightclubs as well as spectacular examples of art and culture, plus outstanding sights of natural and man-made beauty. When the

sight-seeing is done, there are also spas and wellness centres to offer unparalleled opportunity for relaxation. Everybody on Malta and Gozo welcomes you as you celebrate the beginning of your life together. You will remember these Islands with great fondness as the location of your dream day. Alex Incorvaja Malta Tourism Authority Director UK & Ireland

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THE HEART OF THE MEDITERRANEAN Malta is truly magical as a wedding venue, a place where a photographer can turn a lens in any direction and capture a view of impeccable beauty.

THE ISLAND IS surrounded by the vast, shimmering expanse of the Mediterranean, with year-round sunshine glinting off blue water as far as the eye can see. Golden beaches snake around stunning lagoons; hilltop gardens peer over picturesque bays, harbours and lemon groves. The buildings too are exceptional: the entire capital city of Valletta, which has been named as the 2018 European Capital of Culture, is inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, while more than 300 churches are dotted across the Island, ranging from tiny, humble chapels to vast, ornate cathedrals, adorned in exquisite finery collected through hundreds of years. Religious wedding ceremonies can take place in any of these wonderful buildings, be it in one of the baroque parish churches or the simple mediaeval chapels. There are also numerous possible venues for civil weddings, including on beaches, in charming remote cottages or in a landscaped garden overlooking the Grand Harbour. You take centre stage on Malta knowing that whichever backdrop you choose will add nothing but more splendour to your most special of days. GETTING THERE AND GETTING AROUND The Island may feel a world away in terms of its peerless opulence and beauty, but Malta is one of the most accessible destinations in

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Europe. Flights from the major UK cities take less than three hours, and the Island is small, meaning transfers to whichever venue you choose is simple. There are a fleet of luxury vehicles on Malta to transport you in style and elegance, from chic Rolls Royce and Mercedes limousines to classic, convertible Bentleys and Daimlers. Your guests need not be left out: many of the Island’s vintage buses are now available for private hire. The journey to and from your wedding venue can become among the most memorable moments of the day. Other options are unique to Malta: a traditional karrozzin – a small carriage, drawn by one, two or four horses – can whisk you around the Island. And later you can drift away to begin your life together on a dghajsa boat through the majestic Grand Harbour in Valletta. R E S T I N G YO U R H E A D The Maltese have a welldeserved reputation for exceptional hospitality and there is an enormous range of resorts, boutique hotels and guest houses across the island. There are five-star properties with facilities to match the most

luxurious establishments in the world, as well as numerous rental properties in the finest locations, often with views across the sea, private swimming pools and terraces. The Riviera Resort and Spa, for example, is situated on the very northern tip of Malta and enjoys a peerless view across the sea to both Gozo and Comino. It has three swimming pools – one indoor and two outdoor – and guests can peer out across the sea as they swim. Similarly, the contemporary styles of the db Seabank Resort and Spa offers high-end, allinclusive packages a stone’s throw from the Island’s largest sandy beach in Ghadira Bay. Its sister hotel, the db San Antonio Hotel and Spa, overlooks the picturesque St Paul’s Bay. The Corinthia Hotel is located in St Julian’s, close to the centre of Malta’s vibrant nightlife. Yet the rooms stare out over the tranquil sea, flooded in the year-round sun. There are also a selection of charming boutique hotels on Malta, offering distinctive features and high-quality facilities in a more intimate environment. Hotel Phoenica is located amid 7.5 acres of garden at the entrance to the UNESCO-listed capital city of

Valletta. Rooms offer views across the historical Grand Harbour. Almost all of the Island’s hotels provide exceptional wedding packages, meaning your guests can enjoy your big day without having to worry about where they can stay. TA S T E S O F PA R A D I S E The cuisine of Malta represents its enviable location in the middle of the rich sea and combines influences from across the Mediterranean region. Ingredients are fresh and wonderfully flavoured, prepared with a combination of rustic cooking techniques and haute cuisine. Caterers on the Island can prepare any meal for all specifications, including traditional wedding breakfasts, expansive dinners, canapés and buffets, all prepared with the finest local produce. Several top European chefs have made their home on Malta, transforming the Island into a hub for gastronomes. It is always also possible to sample Malta’s array of award-winning wines, many still produced by small familyowned vineyards, and the Island’s own beer. All of Malta’s hotels provide bespoke wedding menus, combining both traditional and modern food, while numerous

catering companies can also tailor menus to be served at any venue of choice and to satisfy all tastes. PA M P E R I N G A special day demands special treatment, particularly for the happy couple and their closest friends and family. Malta is home to some of the world’s finest spa hotels, where the opportunity to be pampered is far too attractive to be passed up. The very latest, luxurious treatments are all available on Malta, including algae body wraps, Thalasso therapies and balneo baths. There are Vichy showers, Okkaido and massages in a hydrojet tub. You can find the most state-of-the-art facilities on Malta and Gozo, and expertly designed all-inclusive packages. Myoka spas are unique to Malta and Gozo and can be found across the Islands. Myoka’s main focus with wellness is the overall improvement of quality of life, with particular emphasis on relaxation, inner peace and individual equilibrium. The Myoka Ayurveda Centres, whose treatments originated in India in about 5000BC, draw on seven thousand years of wisdom distilled to purify the body, mind and soul.

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with ricotta cheese or peas), fenek (rabbit stew) or ftira (a flatbread topped with numerous ingredients). It is always possible to sample Malta’s array of award-winning wines, many still produced by small family-owned vineyards, which offer wine-tasting tours. There are also countless vibrant nightclubs in which to dance the night away, which sometimes spill over into beach parties. Tired legs can always be rested beside swimming pools, in peaceful cafes or in the spa.

Similarly the list of locations for civil ceremonies is endless and includes ancient citadels, ornate landscaped gardens and romantic beaches. Wedding parties are welcome at a vast array of exquisite locales.

ANCIENT CHRISTIAN TRADITIONS Malta was one of the first countries in Europe to embrace Christianity, and Catholic traditions on the Island are still strong. There are as many Catholic churches as there are days in the year. There are Christian churches THE FORMALITIES in Malta for those wishing to be Arranging a wedding in Malta married according to Anglican, or Gozo need not be any more Methodist, Evangelical, Bible Baptist, complicated than contacting Greek Orthodox or Pentecostal one of numerous experienced traditions, and weddings are easily wedding planners, who can arranged at these places of worship. guide couples through a short list of formalities. ALL FAITHS AND Couples must register their D E N O M I N AT I O N S intent to marry between six Malta and Gozo welcome visitors weeks and three months of from all over the world and there their intended wedding day are buildings in which couples and submit documents to of any faith can be married. the Maltese authorities. It is Traditional Jewish weddings can MAKE THE SPECIAL necessary to arrive a few days be arranged in Malta’s synagogue, further endorsing its status among D AY L A S T A W E E K before the wedding to finalise Europe’s elite cultural cities. Tours for example, while the Muslim, Although all focus will be on the plans – before enjoying of Malta’s outstanding capital are Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist the big day, most of your guests everything the Islands have to available year-round. communities in Malta cater for will want to remain in Malta for offer ahead of the big day. The waters around the Islands weddings in accordance with Any bridal couple who at least a few more nights and offer the chance for adventurous these faiths. have guests travelling to Malta explore this charming country. visitors to plunge into the deep or Gozo for their wedding Malta has some of the most and explore the unique aquatic CIVIL UNIONS can send the Malta Tourism significant archaeological sites in wildlife. Guests can learn to scuba Since a landmark ruling in the Authority their guest list all of Europe, including temples dive or swim with dolphins, else Maltese parliament in April in label format and an that pre-date the pyramids of take a long yacht trip to explore 2014, same-sex couples can also information pack will be Giza by 2,000 years. Meanwhile, the beaches and coves that are celebrate a civil partnership in mailed to their guests. every single building in the capital otherwise out of reach. Malta. The first ceremony took of Valletta is of outstanding There are plenty of place in June 2014 and it was a A N Y T H I N G YO U beauty, including the St John’s opportunities for cycling, rockmoment widely celebrated among CHOOSE Co-Cathedral, built by the Knights climbing, hiking, yachting and the gay community, bringing Malta There are almost no limitations of St John, which is considered even para-gliding, with ample in line with most other countries by many to be the single most chance to recuperate in between. on the type of wedding available in the European Union. in Malta and Gozo, nor the venue spectacular building in the world. Your guests can meet in some Malta is a member of the in which couples can tie the knot. Commonwealth, the European Among its many treasures, it of the country’s countless The Islands welcome all faiths houses Caravaggio’s masterpiece, fine restaurants for traditional Union and the Schengen and denominations and the country Agreement, meaning no visa is The Beheading of St John, which feasts, sampling some of Malta’s is home to some of the most is among the most celebrated delicacies. There are endless required for visitors from most majestic sacral buildings in the paintings ever produced. choices of freshly caught fish, western countries. Both Maltese world alongside those for couples Valletta has been chosen as the traditional specialities such as and English are spoken widely on seeking something more modest. 2018 European Capital of Culture, pastizzi (a savoury pastry filled the Islands.

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CORINTHIA HOTEL ST GEORGE’S BAY HHHHH uninterrupted sea views. Each of the 39 suites and 31 executive rooms are serviced by a separate reception for the express check-in service, and a separate executive lounge to ensure convenience, privacy and comfort. Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay offers a unique venue for an unforgettable, fairytale wedding. With stunning sea views, a romantic terrace complete with cascading fountain and the opportunity to sail off into the sunset from our perfectly positioned jetty, whatever your dream, our wedding planner will OVERVIEW: look after your every need. Located at the mouth of And with our restful Apollo picturesque St George’s Bay in Day Spa and fabulous Dean St Julian’s, the five-star Corinthia Gera Hair Salon, you will have Hotel St George’s Bay offers everything you need to ensure a unparalleled luxury and comfort perfect big day. in a serene setting. The hotel has a large and Surrounded by the Mediterranean attractive cascading outdoor Sea, it is within walking distance pool complex, which flows of the prime entertainment areas all the way down from the and casinos, just 3km away from hotel to the private beach lido, modern Sliema, with its wonderful and the shoreline is a hive of promenade, and 8km from the entertainment, with more than historical capital, Valletta. nine restaurants and bars. All 249 rooms and suites have Whether you're looking for

a lavish celebration or a more intimate, family affair, you can rely on us to bring your vision to life with creativity, passion and skill. H OT E L FAC I L I T I E S Rooms: 249, of which 39 are suites and 31 are executive rooms. Restaurants: Fra Martino, Continental, international and local specialties; Henry J. Bean’s Bar and Grill, all-American bar and grill; Pearl Lounge, champagne cocktails; Caviar & Bull, fine dining and molecular cocktails; Oasis Pool Bar, snacks and drinks (seasonal); White Olive, restaurant and lounge at the Lido (seasonal); and Sizzling Deck, alfresco dining (seasonal) Pool: 4 outdoor, 1 indoor

Spa: Apollo Day Spa Gym: Yes Sport: Sun & Fun Water Sports and Yacht Charter (seasonal), Starfish Diving School, beach volleyball court Also: Dean Gera Hair Salon W E D D I N G FAC I L I T I E S Ceremony: Civil ceremonies at various locations within the grounds Reception rooms: A choice of eight indoor and outdoor venues all with spectacular sea views Catering services: Yes Wedding planner: Yes Wedding suite: Yes GENERAL I N F O R M AT I O N Contact: Samantha Aquilina Seasonal opening: Open all year Telephone: +356 2137 4114 Address: Corinthia Hotel St George's Bay, St. George's Bay, St. Julian’s STJ 3301, Malta Email: events.stgeorges@ corinthia.com Website: www.corinthia.com/ stgeorges/weddings

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HOTEL PHOENICIA HHHHH

OVERVIEW The Phoenicia Hotel is one of the most exclusive and historic destinations on the island of Malta, and one which will make the ideal venue for your wedding. The Phoenicia’s position at the gates of Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage site, makes it the perfect five-star location for everything from lavish, luxury celebrations to more discreet family events. Getting married in Malta may well be your dream come true – and we’re here to help that become a reality. From the initial consultation to the cutting of the

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cake, we look after every detail. Whether you’re planning your ceremony at home here in Malta, or getting married abroad, our wedding planner will offer her expertise to help transform your big day into the unique Mediterranean wedding you have always wished for. We believe that each wedding is unique and that it should reflect the character of the happy couple, and we take pride in guiding you to create a ceremony and reception that will inspire delight. Whether you want a civil

ceremony or hope to tie the knot in one of the many beautiful churches on the island, the Phoenicia Hotel will help ensure you are enveloped by romance, history and Malta’s unique Mediterranean charm. Our specialised wedding packages have been created to ensure you get the very best value and a day you will never forget. H OT E L FAC I L I T I E S Rooms: 136 Restaurants: 2, Phoenix and Pegasus Pool: 1 outdoor pool Gym: No, but fitness room available W E D D I N G FAC I L I T I E S Ceremony: Yes – Gazebo (outdoor) / Green Lounges or Maryanski Porch (indoor) Reception room: Green Lounges (40 to 120 pax), Ball Room (up to 800 pax), Maryanski Porch (up to 90 pax), Rotunda (up to 300 pax), Bastion Pool Deck (up to 800 pax) Wedding planner: Yes Wedding suite: Yes

GENERAL I N F O R M AT I O N Contact: weddings@ phoeniciamalta.com Telephone: +356 2291 1061 Address: The Mall, Floriana, Malta Email: info@phoeniciamalta.com Website: www.phoeniciamalta. com / www.weddings-malta.com


db SEABANK RESORT + SPA & db SAN ANTONIO HOTEL + SPA HHHH

OVERVIEW db Hotels + Resorts has two properties in the north of Malta – in Mellieha and Qawra. The db Seabank Resort + Spa in Mellieha has a fantastic wedding gazebo with amazing views of the Laguna pool and the surrounding Mediterranean garden and fields. It is an ideal location for a ceremony and can also be used in the evening either for a standing wedding reception or for a seated exclusive dinner or less casual affair. The db San Antonio Hotel + Spa in Qawra has several beautiful venues, both indoors

and outdoors. You can enjoy a wonderful wedding with panoramic views of St Paul’s Bay and the islands from the rooftop terrace next to the infinity pool. It is the perfect venue for a picturesque sunset wedding. Other venues include the Casablanca Suite, with its modern take on Moorish style and design giving a special exotic touch to any reception, dinner or ceremony that you may have in mind. The hotel is also open to the possibility of offering exclusive areas for your special day. Whatever the number of guests, our professional events team

at db Catering + Events is able to cater for your needs from the time of booking until your wedding day. H OT E L FAC I L I T I E S Rooms: db San Antonio + Spa 416 rooms, db Seabank Resort + Spa 537 rooms Spa: Yes Gym: Yes Golf: No Sport: No W E D D I N G FAC I L I T I E S Ceremony: Yes Reception room: Casablanca Suite (db San Antonio) Atlantis Suite (db Seabank Resort) Catering services: Buffet or standing reception Wedding planner: Yes Wedding suite: Yes

Telephone: +356 2350 3750/1 Address: c/o db San Antonio Hotel + Spa, Triq it-Turisti, Qawra Email: events@dbhotels resorts.com Website: www.dbhotels resorts.com

GENERAL I N F O R M AT I O N Bookings: db Catering + Events. general manager, iborgferrando@ dbhotelsresorts.com Contact: +356 2350 3750, events@dbhotelsresorts.com Seasonal opening: All year

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RIVIERA RESORT & SPA HHHH extensive pool deck and Hola Beach, we can create the exact atmosphere you require. We can cater for an intimate wedding for anything from 20 to 120 people, stand-up receptions for a maximum of 200 can be easily organised indoors and in the warmer months the spacious pool deck or Hola Beach can be transformed into magical venues for up to 400. The catering and set-up is organised by the resort’s experienced team. Additional services are offered through our partners, who can provide OVERVIEW professional solutions for the A wedding day is a special event most original themes. in a couple’s life and is afforded a Our menus are created lot of thought and planning. according to your taste. Seated The Riviera Resort & Spa offers dinners or lunches can be offered a comprehensive range of facilities in either buffet or plated service, and services tailored to you. whilst stand-up receptions can Marfa Bay is one of the most have a combination of finger romantic sites on Malta, offering food and themed mini buffet the warm colours of sunsets islands. Live cooking, barbecues combined with the crystal clear and exotic delicacies are waters of the Mediterranean. recommended for the outdoor The interior of the resort is celebrations. spacious, elegant and comfortable. The Elysium Spa guarantees With six banqueting venues, the a complete pampering before

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the big day and the large heated indoor pool is ideal for an invigorating swim. Couples celebrating their wedding are invited to spend their first night as a married couple as our guests. We also offer discounts for your guests. H OT E L FAC I L I T I E S Number of rooms: 250 Restaurants: A buffet restaurant and a la carte restaurant, plus a cocktail bar, lobby lounge bar and pool bar Spa: Elysium Spa Sport: Large heated indoor pool, fully equipped gym, squash court, games room and Internationallycertified diving centre W E D D I N G FAC I L I T I E S Ceremony: Yes Reception rooms: Our indoor venues can accommodate up to180 sitting or 280 standing; the Pool Deck of The Riviera Resort & Spa up to 350 sitting or 500 standing.;Hola Beach up to 350 sitting or 500 standing Catering services: Yes Wedding suite: A honeymoon

suite is provided complimentary for the wedding night GENERAL I N F O R M AT I O N Bookings: Vincent Curmi Contact: +356 99290012/ catering@riviera.com.mt, vcurmi@riviera.com.mt Telephone: +356 21525900 Address: Marfa L/O Mellieha Malta MLH 9069 Email: info@riviera.com.mt Website: www.rivierahotelmalta. com


CATERMAX MALTA’S LUXURY CATERERS venues are exquiste historic buildings with unique style. Other venues include gardens and the recently acquired Gozo venues, Maxtura Ivory Suite and Gardens, and Ta’ Mena. The companies behind Catermax are among the largest employers in Malta and both have a long tradition of excellence in the catering and hospitality industries. This commitment to superb service and quality has been carried on by Catermax and is the vision that motivates us to excel.

OVERVIEW Catermax is a joint venture established between the Corinthia Group of Companies and the Vassallo Group of Companies, and is one of the leading catering establishments in Malta. With our team’s unparalleled experience in the catering industry, coupled with a belief in innovation and quality, Catermax delivers the very best in the industry and makes sure your

event is a memorable one… for all the right reasons. Our mission is to be the largest, quality-oriented catering company on the island, exceeding clients’ expectations and offering five-star service at competitive prices. Catermax is also the exclusive caterer for a number of outstanding venues. Among these are Casino Maltese, on Pjazza Regina in Valletta, and Castello Zammitello, in Imgarr. Both these

GENERAL I N F O R M AT I O N Contact: Rowena Spiteri, Jean Paul Pavia, Diane Farrugia, Charlene Debono Telephone: +356 23380000 Address: Catermax Ltd., Level One, Millennium Stand, National Stadium, Ta’ Qali, ATD 4000, Malta Email: info@catermax.com Website: www.catermax.com

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OSBORNE CATERERS

OVERVIEW Villa Arrigo is one of Malta’s most extraordinary venues. It is a colonial-style villa that has over the past 27 years provided the backdrop as a perfect setting for wonderful weddings and banquets for prestigious events and dignitaries. It provides a perfect setting, with its landscaped gardens, air conditioned/heated marquee and fabulous rooms sure to augment that special moment.

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Villa Arrigo is an elegant property in San Pawl tat-Targa, an exclusive area in the Maltese islands. The marquée decorated villa offers a delightful venue for any occasion, with the decor and immaculate gardens creating a delightful, tranquil atmosphere. It is conveniently situated within walking distance of a nearby chapel and Villa Arrigo also hosts numerous weddings within its grounds. Couples can have their civil ceremony followed by a reception, dinner or a simple get together at the venue, with each wedding organised entirely around the individuals. Villa Arrigo was originally known at the turn of the 20th

century as Villa Garcin and belonged to the Garcin family. After many generations the estate was sold to The Agius family, who in 1986 decided to rent the property to Ralph Arrigo, who changed the name of Villa Agius to Villa Arrigo and turned it into one of Malta’s leading event venues. Since that time, Villa Arrigo has been operating as exclusive, upmarket venue, catering for various events, receptions and dinners. W E D D I N G FAC I L I T I E S Ceremony: Yes. Venue Capacity: Villa Arrigo an elegant and luxurious villa having immaculate gardens, a grand marquée, tastefully furnished, air conditioned and centrally heated, offers you a perfect location for any occasion – it can accommodate celebrations for between 100 and 1,700 people Catering services: Yes, any catering is available and bespoke events Wedding planner: Yes Wedding suite: Yes

GENERAL I N F O R M AT I O N Bookings: Villa Arrigo Contact numbers: +356 21423214, info@osbornecaterers.com, www.osbornecaterers.com Seasonal opening: All year round Contact person: Veronica Zammit Tabona Address: St. Paul’s Street, Naxxar Email: info@osbornecaterers. com Website: www.osbornecaterers. com


PALAZZO PARISIO & GARDENS

OVERVIEW Palazzo Parisio is a stately home with a history, architecture and interior unique in Malta. Originally built in 1733 by the Portuguese grand master Manoel de Vilhena, it was later bought and embellished by the Marquis Giuseppe Scicluna in 1898. As a banker, philanthropist and pillar of the establishment, it was his vision and passion that inspired the spectacular interiors. The magnificent walled gardens rank among the best in Malta. They can be utilised as a beautfiul

backdrop for big events and have even featured in movies such as The Count of Monte Cristo. Christiane Ramsay Scicluna, Baroness of Tabria, who has been responsible for the ambitious restoration of the palace and gardens, now manages the house and all its operations with her daughter, Justine. A stunning venue for all kinds of events, the essence of the Palazzo Parisio experience is best exhibited when seen as the setting for a wedding, as it is the perfect blend of romance, style, exclusivity and excellence. Attention to detail is key. Palazzo Parisio has a beautiful combination of comfort and noble flair. A wedding held here offers couples a perfect balance of lavish

luxury and informality on the one hand, and cosiness on the other This blend of tradition and innovation extends through to our catering, where our cuisine is

based on a choice of ingredients of superior quality. The kitchen team supervise every detail to create menus that reflect the quality of the Palazzo’s renowned, award-winning restuarant, Luna. V E N U E FAC I L I T I E S Restaurants: Luna open daily for breakfast, lunch & afternoon tea; classical Baroque-style Italianate gardens with Orangery

W E D D I N G FAC I L I T I E S Ceremony: Civil ceremony on the premises is available upon request Facilities & Plans: There are spaces that can accommodate 60250 people for seated events and between 200 and 600 people for more informal receptions Catering services: Yes Wedding planner: jayne@ palazzoparisio.com Bridal suite: Available for bride’s preparation (not for stay-over) Palazzo Parisio’s yacht charter services on board JUPJU: Available for day charters around Malta, stay-over and romantic weekend getaways GENERAL I N F O R M AT I O N Bookings: Jayne Polidano Contact: jayne@palazzoparisio. com Telephone: +356 21412461 Ext.1 Address: Palazzo Parisio – 29, Victory Square, Naxxar – NXR1700 Malta Email: jayne@palazzoparisio.com Website: www.palazzoparisio.com

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CAPTIVATED BY THE COSMOPOLITAN CHARMS OF MALTA After getting engaged in one of the most beautiful villages in France, on the banks of the River Dordogne, Scott and I knew we wanted a romantic, intimate wedding to match this occasion.

WHEN WE RETURNED home our research began, initially looking at venues in France and Italy until we were persuaded by several sources to consider Malta. From here we stumbled across a wedding planner, Sarah Young, who very quickly responded to our email with a host of options. We had never been to Malta before but were so impressed with Sarah’s efficiency and suggestions that we arranged to visit St Julian’s in May last year. From the instant we arrived our hearts were captured by the blend of fishing-village charm with the plethora of cosmopolitan bars and restaurants, to the luxurious Portomaso Marina. After meeting Sarah and viewing the sea view villa we had selected as a potential venue, we had no doubt this was exactly what we were looking for, particularly with the almost guaranteed sunshine! We booked our wedding for June 2014 and prior to this Sarah

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gave us lots of ideas and made the whole planning process so easy. We arrived four days before our wedding day and met with Sarah and her team again to finalise the arrangements and legal duties which took all the stress away knowing that everything was in hand. Our ceremony took place in a private outdoor area with spectacular views of the sea and a clear blue sky, followed by a stand up reception with champagne and canapés. We then dined al fresco on a private terrace with 17 guests, all of whom fell in love with Malta just as we did and described the whole experience as exceptional. Everything from the flowers, the food, the photographer, the guitarist, the hairdresser, was

perfect. There was enormous attention to detail in every aspect of the wedding, and we enjoyed every second of our special day. We thought it would be difficult to match our expectations, but

our time in Malta ended up exceeding them. We can’t wait to come back to relive it all! Laura and Scott Capindale from Lincoln, UK

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A PERFECT UNION OF MALTESER AND SWEDE In a very real sense, we had been planning our big day in Malta for more than ten years – and when we were finally able to tie the knot on the island, words cannot describe how emotional it was for us.

champagne. We are very fashion conscious and had found our finest outfits, focusing particularly on our shoes!

W E F I R S T M E T in We decorated the venue all in November 1999 when we were white flowers and crystals. When both holidaying in Thailand with our guests arrived, they were friends and happened to be in the greeted by classical music and same local bar. We were living in different countries at the time, so tried a long-distance relationship, but Mikael quickly fell in love with Malta and so moved to the Island. We got engaged about five years later and made a promise that if the law ever changed to permit civil unions in Malta, we would seal our commitment to one another. The law eventually passed in April 2014 and we couldn’t believe that it was now possible for us to be recognised as equal partners. We both love the Island - it is filled with history and culture and the Grand Harbour is simply amazing - so we made it a point that the venue needs to have a harbour view. We chose Hastings Gardens in Valletta, the historical capital city of Malta, and it was a day that we will never forget.

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Both of us gave speeches in which we remembered the long and sometimes difficult road we had taken to get where we were. The community had sometimes been hard on both of us and our families, but the end was worth it, and we were able to look into the crowd and see our parents and closest friends and family watching with pride. We cried our hearts out.

Our spirits were quickly lifted again by the talented Maltese singer Chiara, who has represented Malta three times at the Eurovision Song Contest. She is Mikael’s favourite singer, and we were able to sing and dance through the night with her, as well as everyone closest to us. Many had flown in from hundreds of miles away especially for our unforgettable day. Stephen and Mikael

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BEAUTIFUL AND AUTHENTIC WEDDING IN MALTA Our journey to married life began in a pub near our home in Ireland, where we first met, and then progressed through a wonderful proposal during a mini-break in Rome.

I T R E A C H E D its highest point of all at our sensational wedding in Malta, which was every bit as romantic as we could possibly have hoped. We first learned about Malta as a wedding destination by talking to a wedding planner in Dublin. Immediately we were captured by the possibilities of the island, where there were so many options of churches for the ceremony and venues for the reception. Our planners were

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incredibly professional and always had answers to our questions. They worked really hard at making our day as special and memorable as we’d hoped and we will be forever grateful. We eventually chose to get married in the awe-inspiring church of St Nicholas in Siggiewi, and we still remember how some of the locals stopped in the street to watch Tara arrive, which really added to the wonderful feeling of authenticity. There was a red carpet rolled out over the stairs and although both our stomachs were in knots ahead of the big day, the nerves suddenly evaporated as she walked over it and into the church. It was perfect. We suddenly felt like we were alone even

though we were surrounded by our family and friends and our gorgeous little girl Ella. Fr Philip was wonderful throughout and

really made us all feel so welcome. We chose to have our reception at the Limestone Heritage Parks and Gardens, which is such an amazing and unique outdoor setting. Our first viewing of it was at night-time and it really took our breath away with the lighting and waterfall feature and we couldn’t wait to have our reception there. We choose white and light pink to decorate the venue. The bridesmaid dresses were light pink with black straps so Mary Grace and Stephen, our planners, tried to incorporate this at the venue. We had a picture table plan, where we had a funny picture of each guest assigned to each table. The food was great, and then we partied the night away as husband and wife. Everyone told us that it goes by so fast, and it really does. But it was amazing. We enjoyed every minute of the day. Tara and David Sweeney

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FOOD, PHOTOGRAPHS AND ROMANCE BENEATH THE MEDITERRANEAN SUNSET We were never really in any doubt that we had made a good decision to have our honeymoon in Malta, especially after enjoying a spectacular wedding on the Greek island of Spetses.

W H E N W E S AT in the Gunpost Cafe one evening just outside Valletta and watched the most glorious sunset over the Mediterranean Sea, we realised we could not have wished for anything more. It was absolutely priceless.

We had wanted a location for our honeymoon that was easy to get to and where we could have a relaxing and easy-going time, like any couple after the excitement of their wedding day. Malta was a great location as it was a country neither of us had visited before, yet we could get to almost effortlessly. When we were in Malta, we found we could do as much sightseeing as we wanted without feeling exhausted at the end of the day. We had nothing really planned ahead, and it suited us just to play it by ear. We went to the amazing harbour village of Marsaxlokk, which was a paradise for photographers, and also to Mdina, which was beautiful and so relaxing and takes you back through the centuries. We stayed in a renovated 16th century building in the ancient capital of Valletta

and just enjoyed exploring all of its cobbled and winding streets and its magnificent architecture. The weather was great, and the food was delicious. We found one

small cafe/wine bar in particular and visited quite a few times for lunch and dinner. The welcome was always friendly there, and it’s useful that most of the locals speak English. 'As a honeymoon holiday, not having to stress about what to do or organise everything in advance was really important to us. We loved the serenity, the romantic atmosphere and colourful skies. We got exactly what we wanted: a peaceful stress free time and we discovered that Malta is definitely a destination for photography enthusiasts, food lovers and romantic souls! If you want serenity, Valletta is ideal as it is very quiet at night. In general our advice to other couples is just to enjoy all the romance this lovely island has to offer! Eva and Giovas Loisios, Bristol UK

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EVERYTHING AND MORE IN GOZO At only 67sq km, Gozo offers a scaled-down version of all of the best of Malta, plus its own serene character. Odysseus was held captive by Calypso’s love here, and contemporary visitors will be equally charmed by Gozo.

T H E W E L C O M E offered by the native Gozitans when you step off the short ferry ride from Malta is invariably warm, but the speed of life is more laid-back; the beautiful countryside is there to be calmly savoured. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie enjoyed an extended honeymoon period in Gozo. After spending some of the first days of their married life on the Island, they returned within a month and stayed for more than eight weeks, having found the ideal location

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for their romantic film By The Sea, written by Jolie. Hollywood’s best-loved couple were captivated by Gozo’s secluded bays and beaches, as well as its exclusive bars and restaurants. You will be similarly swept away by its unique beauty. According to legend, Gozo is the model for Homer’s isle of Ogygia, and a cave near the vibrant red sands of Ramla Bay was the home of the nymph Calypso. The Greek hero Odysseus was held here for seven

years; however long you gleefully stay will not be long enough. RUSTIC CHARMS Gozo is dotted with charming small villages, comprising perhaps a single shop, restaurant or hotel surrounded by clusters of authentic farmhouses. Although the rustic appeal of these centuries-old buildings remains untouched, many are now fully appointed with all mod-cons, including swimming pools, airconditioning and wi-fi, and offer a

unique way to combine tradition with contemporary luxury. Many of these homes are available to rent both for a wedding ceremony and for longer, residential stays. Some of the houses are situated next door to one another, meaning your wedding party can be both secluded and also close by. The local architecture utilises the Island’s iconic golden limestone, which designers have complimented with fittings of rich Mediterranean colours. The


backdrop is at once stately and warm, a perfect setting for your once-in-a-lifetime celebrations. The outstanding selection of buildings on Gozo also house some of the archipelago’s most exclusive boutique hotels and spas. The more intimate settings lend themselves to seclusion and tranquillity, with broad wooden doors opening into private gardens, terraces and courtyards. The five star Ta’ Cenc Hotel, in Sannat, for example is a haven of unadulterated relaxation. The guest rooms, all of which are on ground level, have been specifically designed to be in harmony with the surrounding unspoilt countryside, while its private

cove looks out on to nothing but the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. UNIQUE SIGHTS AND SECLUSION Few sights in Europe are as enticing as Gozo’s “Azure Window”, a 28-metre high limestone arch, jutting from the rugged cliffs above Dwejra Bay. A popular destination for scuba divers and recreational sailors, it has also featured in films such as Clash of the Titans and The Count of Monte Cristo, as well as in the sensational television series Game of Thrones. It is among the most romantic locations in the Mediterranean,

matched only perhaps by the similarly iconic tiny island of Comino, the third and smallest inhabited island in the Maltese archipelago—albeit by only four permanent residents. Comino is a nature reserve and bird sanctuary, but best known for its “blue lagoon”, where honeymooning couples can lose themselves among the exquisite natural beauty. Gozo’s Ggantija Temples are among the oldest free-standing temples in the world, dating from 3,600 BC. Meanwhile the Island’s fortress capital of Rabat is a bustling hub; markets, restaurants, galleries and shops are scattered at the foot of the citadel, which stands tall and surveys the whole of this bewitching island.

A S U S TA I N A B L E , AWA R E E C O - H AV E N ON GOZO The natural beauty of Gozo – its dramatic coastline of secluded lagoons and peaceful beaches – gives the island its particular, tranquil identity. Better still is the manner in which Gozitans are safeguarding their unique home for future generations to enjoy. By 2020, Gozo will become an “Eco-Island”, a rare haven of selfsustainability and environmental awareness. As an Eco-Island, visitors and residents of Gozo will enjoy a better quality of life as part of a society committed to a wholesome natural and cultural environment. The Island’s cultural heritage will remain strong, along with improved water management, education and agricultural methods, plus better transport and energy conservation. Eco-Gozo provides an assurance for sustainable development in Gozo, and a continued success for the island in the future. N OT H I N G M I S S I N G ON SMALL ISLAND Although noted for its size and intimacy, the small island of Gozo still offers a wide selection of churches and venues for marriage. It is also covered by the same new law that now allows same-sex couples to legally commit to one another, and civil partnership ceremonies can be arranged on Gozo.

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HOTEL TA’CENC & SPA HHHHH

OVERVIEW This five-star, 84-room hotel offers a unique atmosphere with complete tranquillity and relaxation in unspoiled natural surroundings and beautiful laid out walkways flanked by flowering shrubs and mature trees. Each of the bunglaow-style rooms comes complete with all modern facilities, and terraces or gardens. This private oasis, complete with its adjoining 160 hectares of vast rural wilderness, contains outstanding archaeological, ecological and geological features, offering various prehistoric remains dating back to the Neolithic period. Words are often not enough to describe the beauty of the perfect wedding day in Gozo. Could this beauty be why so many couples from across the world choose the

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Ta Cenc as the venue for their perfect wedding? If you want to step back into history to seal your commitment, if you are stylish and seek a chic venue or even if you would prefer a relaxed beach wedding to make your dreams come true, Ta’ Cenc can offer all of this and much, much more. If a church wedding is the preferred option, Gozo has 45 churches to choose from. There are magnificent cathedrals and 400-year-old chapels tucked

away in peaceful valleys all over the island. Civil marriages are held within the grounds of Ta'Cenc, inside the unique setting of the 17th-century Palazzo Palina built by the Knights or at the Kantra Lido, which is located in the rocky fjord inlet in that is known for its savage beauty and its limpid clear sea. A reception held at Ta’Cenc will make your special day truly unforgettable. The catering, and every other imaginable service, is co-ordinated by the hotel's team. They will look after everything, from a selection of approved photographers and videographers, to florists, entertainers and hairstylists. Nothing is too much trouble. The local fireworks displays are among the best in the world and their exuberance has often been used to reflect the emotions of this momentous day. The experienced staff at Ta’Cenc make your dreams a reality, and at a price that is significantly better value than anything offered by many other European destinations.

H OT E L FAC I L I T I E S Rooms: 84 Pool: 1 indoor/outdoor heated pool, 1 adults' pool and 1 family pool Spa: Yes Gym: Yes Sport: 2 tennis courts – free of charge, water sports, horse riding can be booked from reception W E D D I N G FAC I L I T I E S Ceremony: Yes Reception room: Palazzo Palina – 350 seated, 500 standing; Kantra Lido – 80 seated, 120 standing; Carrubo Restaurant – 200 seated; Belview Terrace – 100 seated Catering services: Yes Wedding planner: Yes Wedding suite: Yes GENERAL I N F O R M AT I O N Bookings: David Xerri Seasonal opening: Closed in January Telephone: +356 22191000 Email: david.xerri@tacenchotel. com Website: www.tacenchotel.com


KEMPINSKI HOTEL SAN LAWRENZ HHHHH

OVERVIEW A small, exclusive celebration or a grand lavish affair, the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz Gozo will add a touch of magic to the most important day of your life. In the heart of the Mediterranean, just south of Sicily, lies the small island Gozo. Here, set among its unspoiled landscape of green hills, dramatic cliffs and secluded bays, you will find one of the finest hotels in the Mediterranean – the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz. Kempinski is synonymous with luxury and attention to the smallest

detail – so who better to look after you and your guests on the most important day of your life. A little chapel awaits the fairytale bride, amid wild flowers and chirping birds.Then get whisked away to the celebrations of your marriage. A small intimate dinner? A grand luxurious banquet? It doesn’t matter, we spoil you for choice of indoor or al fresco venues and we’ll add the touch of magic you deserve on your wedding day. The Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz is a five-star countryside resort offering the highest levels of service, comfort and style. Surrounded by 30,000sq/m of garden, the resort complex was built to fit architecturally into the yellow limestone. It has 122 rooms and suites, which offer guests the ultimate in comfort, privacy and relaxation. Each room has a private balcony

overlooking the beautiful valley of San Lawrenz, landscaped gardens or pool areas. As a holiday is never complete without delicious cuisine, at the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz dining is a delight for the eyes and the taste buds. For fine dining there is L’Ortolan restaurant or Trattoria San Lawrenz, both providing delicious Mediterranean and light Maltese cuisine with field fresh vegetables, olives, herbs and citrus picked fresh from the resort’s own garden. Fishermen from the local village of San Lawrenz supply fresh fish for the barbecue buffet in the Gazebo garden. There is also one pool bar, a café & lounge with a sundown cocktail terrace and the finest pastries on the island as well as 24-hour room service. At the Kempinski Spa, guests can relax their bodies and minds in one of the largest and best ayurvedic and spa centres in the Mediterranean. There is also an indoor pool area with jacuzzi, two outdoor pools and an outdoor children’s pool. For more active guests, there

are two tennis courts, two squash courts and a fitness centre. The dive centre offers the opportunity to explore the amazing underwater world of Gozo. H OT E L FAC I L I T I E S Rooms: 122 Restaurants: L’Ortolan Restaurant; Trattoria San Lawrenz; Cafe & Lounge Bar; Gazebo Pools: 3 outdoor (one adults only, one family), 2 indoor Spa: Yes Gym: Yes W E D D I N G FAC I L I T I E S Ceremony facilities: Yes Reception: Meeting rooms, plus outdoor up to 250 pax Catering services: yes Hotel wedding planner: Yes Wedding couples suite: Yes GENERAL I N F O R M AT I O N Wedding contact: Deryk Sacco Telephone: +356 22115211 Address: Triq ir-Rokon, San Lawrenz SLZ1040, Gozo Email: deryk.sacco@kempinski.com Web: www.kempinski.com/gozo

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BELLAVISTA FARMHOUSES Gozo assist you with finding unique, breathtaking wedding venues in Gozo, be it a large, luxurious function or a smaller, more intimate beach wedding. Our 21 charming farmhouses are nestled into clusters on the same street, with our reception

OVERVIEW Bellavista Farmhouses Gozo are elegantly perched on a cliff edge and enjoy some of the most captivating views of the island. You and your guests can unwind in a rustic setting, cherish unforgettable moments together and savour spectacular views of the medieval citadel in Victoria and the rolling hills. Nothing is too much trouble. Your wedding day should be perfect and as stress-free as possible, which is why we take pride in taking care of your wedding planner, hairdresser, florists, photographer, videographer, caterers and more. We can also

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at the heart, allowing us to meet all your guests’ needs immediately and effectively – meaning one less thing for you to worry about on your big day. Providing a selection of two, three and four-bedroom accommodation in the quaint village of Xaghra, our farmhouses

are built with authentic, local materials and boast a variety of fine architectural features. Each enjoys its own private entrance and pool, and is equipped with a wide range of amenities such as air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. The pool terraces are a haven of tranquillity where your guests can soak up the sun as early as 11am right up until the citadel basks in the sunset’s glow. The combined sitting and dining rooms are tastefully finished and overlook the pool terrace outside. Your guests can cook delicious meals together in the cosy kitchens, with beautiful, fresh ingredients bought from local markets nearby. The delightful bedrooms all have ensuite bathrooms, most with luxurious walk-in showers. You can be sure of a good night’s sleep after a vibrant day in sunny Gozo. H OT E L FAC I L I T I E S : Rooms: 21 farmhouses (all private from each other), choose from a selection of two, three and four bedrooms

Pool: Each farmhouse enjoys its own private pool GENERAL I N F O R M AT I O N : Bookings: Maria Bigeni Seasonal opening: Open all year round Telephone: +356 21561750 Address: Bellavista Farmhouses Gozo, Srug Street, Xaghra, Gozo, XRA 1346 Email: info@bellavista farmhousesgozo.com Website: www.bellavista farmhousesgozo.com


TA' FRENC˙ RESTAURANT OVERVIEW Ta' Fren is a stunning restaurant on Gozo where the setting is as delightful as the sumptuous food. It is set in a converted farmhouse, which is situated in a courtyard reached through a stone arched gateway. The air is infused with some fantastic smells – mint, thyme, basil and lavender all combine for a quite wonderful aroma. Having won accolades as the best restaurant on the Maltese islands, the owners Executive chef Mario Schembri and F&B Manager Joseph Tabene, strive to offer guests the best possible

experience – particularly on their wedding day. With a choice of the beautiful open-air terrace or the elegant interior of the restaurant, you are sure to be impressed whatever your decision. Ta' Fren is delighted to help you organise your special day from the moment you get in contact with us. We offer a wide range of wedding and honeymoon specials, and our attentive, professional staff will take care of all the details, from the photographer to clothing hire to entertainment to the choice of cake and much, much more.

Chef Schembri invites the bride and groom to a menu tasting where they can sample the delights on offer and discuss any special requirements.Then there is the choice of more than 700 wines from the cellar, which will be expertly matched to the final menu. If you are planning a civil ceremony, you can do it with our beautiful grounds as the backdrop with everything taken care of – all you need to do is enjoy yourself. W E D D I N G FAC I L I T I E S Ceremony: Yes Reception room: Restaurant (inside), outdoor courtyard with marquee

Catering services: In-house Wedding planner: Yes Wedding suite: Yes GENERAL I N F O R M AT I O N Bookings: Joseph Tabone/Mario Schembri Contact: +356 79454794 Address: Dahlet Ghajn Damma, off Marsalforn Road, Xaghra, XRA 9010, Gozo, Malta Email: info@tafrencrestaurant.com Website: www.tafrencrestaurant. com

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A HAPPILY EVER AFTER ON THE SALT PANS IN GOZO It was a warm, sunny day in August, with the deep blue sea glinting and the delicate fragrance of sea spray in the air.

Limousine drove up to the villas to pick up the bride accompanied by her father and bridesmaids, as tradition calls. The beach looked like a scene from a storybook: a small, secluded, sandy beach with a white canopy and chairs complemented the red carpet and the jaw-dropping backdrop: the Mediterranean beneath the setting sun, giving the sky a warm, honey glow. After the ceremony was over, drinks were served to celebrate the event and many photographs were snapped away. The entire party then made I T S E E M E D L I K E an its way by vintage bus to another ordinary day on Malta’s sister striking location for the festivities. island, but it was a day that would The Salt Pans and surrounding be forever etched in our memory: area were transformed into a our wedding day on the idyllic spectacular venue. Dotted with island of Gozo. The morning was incredibly busy and exciting, with the bridal party buzzing around and getting ready in the traditional villas we had rented. All the energies were worth it, though, as the bridesmaids all looked sensational in their pink and grey dresses and, in the middle, Sarah was simply stunning in her gown. The groom and his men wore white trousers and grey shirts with little white dots, while the rest of the wedding party all looked amazing in their best attire. A vintage bus picked up the groom, groomsmen and wedding guests and they were soon on their way to the beach where the marriage ceremony was to take place. As soon as they were out of sight, an immaculate Bramwith

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hundreds of candles, the place was transformed into a romantic haven. The low, beach wedding tables were impeccably laid and the small pink faux diamonds and silver butterfly stencils spread across the tables, brought it all together. The seating area was set up in bedouin style, with carpets and a multitude of comfy cushions for everyone to just sit and relax. There was a mouth-watering barbeque prepared by one of Gozo’s most renowned chefs and his team. Wedding speeches were delivered and a guitarist played some soft tunes in the background while everyone From start to finish, it was an dined. Once dinner was over and unforgettable event for us and the wedding cake was cut, the our guests alike. DJ took over and the party was Laura and Simon upped a notch.

Wedding organised by www.idoknot.com


TAKING IT EASY WHILE HONEYMOONING IN GOZO Like most honeymooners, we wanted a lazy relaxing holiday, with good food and easy day trips. Neither of us knew much about Gozo so it was good to discover a new place together.

and had a lovely daily routine of day trips each morning, stopping off to see interesting churches or villages, then a stop at a favourite ice cream shop, then back to the hotel for a swim and the spa. We always found it easy to find good cocktails and dinner! We loved the fish dishes in the restaurants, especially Aljotta the fish stew, but all the Maltese specialities were great. The people were friendly and spoke good English, it also helped us Brits that driving was on the left, and the roads were quiet so there was no travel stress. THE ISLAND HAS a My favourite part of the fantastic climate for an autumn honeymoon was taking a honeymoon, and was perfect for guidebook to breakfast. I realise our week in October. that might not sound romantic, We stayed at the Hotel Ta'Cenc but it was! At home we eat in Sannat, which had a great spa and pool and was near an amazing cliff with great views. It was lovely for walks, though we were both nervous when the path went close to the edge! I think the most memorable bit was going on an evening stroll after dinner, a bus passed and on a whim we decided to get on. We ended up in the capital and headed up to the citadel where our quiet evening turned into a bit of an adventure, but an easy one too- the island is so small and nothing is very far away, we found a bar when we wanted a rest and then it was a quick taxi ride back to our hotel. We visited most of the popular sites like the Azure window and Ramla Bay, and had a good day trip to Comino. We hired a car

carob tree, while planning fun things to enjoy together. Gozo is a small place and I'd suggest not rushing it, plan walks and appreciate each place fully rather than trying to pack too much into one day. The beaches have lots of quiet coves so it's perfectly possible to claim yourself a beach for two - which is a perfect honeymoon thing. Joanne and Stephen Bartley, Whitstable, UK

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DREAM DAYS WEDDING PLANNERS

OVERVIEW Dream Days Wedding Planners is run by Mariella and Mark Burton, and was formed in 2004. For the past 10 years, the couple have offered quality wedding planning services in a number of handpicked special venues across the two islands. Dream Days has now arranged more than 400 weddings, both civil ceremonies and church weddings, mainly for couples from Ireland and the UK. A selection of stunning venues ensure it has the best portfolio

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of venues across Malta and Gozo. Dream Days can cater for weddings large and small – from intimate to extravagant, any style can accommodated. Mariella and Mark both have impressive CVs in travel and tourism that span more than 30 years of event planning. Mariella is the director of planning and gives very special attention to the needs of all brides and grooms. She takes great pride in her well-earned reputation as a meticulous planner of special events

Mark is the sales and marketing director, and meets all the couples to explain the process of wedding planning the company offers. He also looks after the advertising side of the business – but his main role is to help each couple find the perfect wedding for their needs. Recently, a wedding planner from another country decided to get married in Malta and enlisted Dream Days to organise her special day. It is a great testament to Mariella and Mark that Dream Days was chosen to arrange this wedding. If you are considering having your wedding in Malta or Gozo, look no further than Dream Days – you will not be disappointed.

GENERAL I N F O R M AT I O N Bookings: Mariella and Mark Burton Contact: 00 356 77887700 / 00 356 99627899 Seasonal opening: Every day of the year Telephone: +356 77887700 / +356 99627899 Address: 83 Triq Idmejda Street, Balzan, Malta Email: info@dream-days.com Website: www.dream-days.com


DREEMZ PLANNERS

OVERVIEW Once you have got over all the excitement of becoming engaged, it is time to start planning your dream wedding. It is a very exciting time and you may be looking forward to organising the whole day yourself, but once you begin to look into things you may find it more difficult and stressful than you thought. A wedding planner can often be thought of as a luxury, but they are essential in helping make your special day a stress free and enjoyable affair. Dreemz Planners offers services of the highest standards to set your mind at rest. It doesn’t matter whether your wedding is

big or small, rest assured they will be present at all times. Dreemz Planners will help you draw up a realistic wedding budget and they will make sure you get the best possible deals from all the local vendors. They are your helping hand and will assume all responsibility and preparations for the big day ahead. They will take care of every aspect with you in mind, all you have to do is enjoy the day. NICOLA & GARY WEDDING: APRIL 2014 Nearly a week has passed since our wedding day and we are still on cloud nine. Our friends have been in contact every day saying they would give anything to repeat the whole day again. Mary Grace isn't your wedding planner, she is your friend, and nothing is too much trouble. I must have asked a million questions and nothing fazed her. The support she showed us was just incredible. The wedding day was probably the most calm and relaxing day we had had in months. Mary Grace and Stephen were busy

organising and while I was being pampered with hair and make-up the most gorgeous setting was being created. The ceremony area looked absolutely stunning, beautiful white chairs, cream bows and beautiful flowers. Gorgeous white drapes hung from the stone gazebo area and I just remember

food was the best food I have ever tasted in my life, service was fast, staff were friendly, polite and some extremely funny! The entire day was just magical and it would not have been this way without Mary Grace and Stephen – perfectionist just doesn’t do them justice.They will be forever in our hearts for giving us the most incredible day of our lives. W E D D I N G FAC I L I T I E S Ceremony: Yes Reception room: As licensed wedding planners we can book accommodation to clients Catering services: We will provide all food and all aspects that come with it Wedding planner: Yes

walking down the aisle and thinking: “Wow!” Dreemz Planners made the tables for the reception look stunning, I am still in shock at how perfect everything looked. The

GENERAL I N F O R M AT I O N Contact: Mary Grace Lynch or Stephen Chricop Telephone: +356 99828393 Address: 16, Triq It- Tank Siggiewi SGW3412, Malta Email: info@dreemzplanners.com Website: www.dreemzplanners. com

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I DO KNOT OVERVIEW Beautiful beaches, intriguing historical castles, medieval locations, panoramic gardens and elegant stately homes. Add to these our local hospitality, heavenly cuisine and gorgeous weather and there you have

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it: the Maltese islands are a truly wonderful choice for an unforgettable destination wedding. In just 316sq km of land, they offer countless options for your big day. “I DO KNOT”, operating under the wing of Petite Events Ltd, is a destination-wedding planner focused entirely on organising unforgettable weddings in unique locations around the Maltese islands. The idea is to act as the local expert, offering full know-how and support to the bridal couple, as well as the best wedding experience that will fulfil all their expectations. With many beautiful wedding events already up their sleeve, the team at I DO KNOT promises plenty of innovative ideas and expertise to help you plan your perfect celebration. Whether an intimate gathering or a large party, we promise to work hand in hand with you all the way. We promise to be there from the day you contact us until the moment you exchange your vows to ensure a positive experience for both you and your guests.

Our strength is creativity and, should you require, we will come up with a proposal away from the stereotypical destination wedding setting to make your day a personal, unique and unforgettable experience. No budget is too big or small, just tell us your thoughts and we’ll make it happen! For more details about us, feel free to visit our website and get in touch. Let us be the ones to help you

create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. GENERAL I N F O R M AT I O N Contact: Petra Gasan Telephone: +356 79456954 Address: 2, St. Philip's Building, Sciortino Street, Zebbug, ZBG 1965, Malta Email: petra@idoknot.com Website: www.idoknot.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/ IdoknotMalta


WEDDING SERVICES BY MALTA DIRECT TRAVEL A wedding in Malta is ideal for couples in search of a beautiful Mediterranean setting in which to celebrate their special day. Venues in Malta offer access to the lively bustle of cosmopolitan life, while the picturesque villages and beaches provide the perfect backdrop for a beautiful celebration. With a temperate climate all year round, weddings in Malta are possible at any time. Malta Direct can arrange either a civil or traditional Catholic wedding, and we can

OVERVIEW Malta Direct Travel is a member of the SMS group of companies, based in the UK. With more than 40 years’ experience in the Maltese travel industry, we are the largest specialist tour operator to the Maltese islands and one of the oldest established niche touroperator in providing holidays, tailor-made services and flight only to the area.

offer couples a choice of unique, romantic sites. Our wedding planners will expertly take care of all the travel arrangements to ensure the big day goes off without a hitch. SMS Tourism also offers a selection of extra services such as an experienced Malta wedding photographer to capture all the precious memories, and can offer invaluable advice on the best way to plan weddings in Malta, Gozo or Comino. If you’re looking forward to hearing the sound of wedding bells in Malta, you can rest assured you will get excellent value for money and we can also help you create a customised wedding package to suit your unique preferences, as well as unforgettable honeymoons in a range of Malta and Gozo hotels. From golden beaches to exquisite churches, the Maltese islands set a picture-perfect scene for a romantic wedding. Speak to us today about making arrangements for your very own Malta wedding, and say “I do” in style.

GENERAL I N F O R M AT I O N Contact: Mario Camilleri Seasonal opening: Available all year round Telephone: Malta - +356 2577 1605 Address: 65, Birkirkara Hill, St Julians, STJ1143, Malta Email: weddings@sms.com.mt Website: www.maltadirect.com/ weddings

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SARAH YOUNG ‘I DO’ WEDDINGS SINCE 2001

Since 2001, Sarah Young has been planning weddings both in Malta and overseas. As the first wedding planner on the island, she has gained the reputation as someone who excels in her profession, a perfectionist who can always be relied upon. Sarah and her energetic, dynamic team have organised more than 700 weddings to date, and the overwhelmingly positive feedback reflects the total satisfaction of those who have engaged her services. Her main aim is to help her clients and their guests experience

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a wedding celebration that is both meaningful and unique. “It is of paramount importance to me to see that all is in order on the day and that the event unfolds like clockwork to the satisfaction of all concerned,” Sarah says. She has enjoyed organising modest weddings on a smaller budget, for the couple and their close friends, and also putting together lavish weddings for VIPs who want to entertain close to 2000 family and guests. Sarah can organise civil weddings, catholic weddings, symbolic services and civil unions.

She guides couples through all the legalities involved in rendering the marriage vows valid, and Sarah and her team have all the available information at their fingertips about traditions, etiquette, protocol and trends. The planning starts with Sarah helping couples draw up a realistic budget so there is no gap between the dream and the reality, irrespective of the many bargains she can procure for them. Next she helps them choose the venue. The couple may want anything from a modest celebration in a small wayside chapel to a romantic wedding in an old Palazzo with all the trimmings that help to create an atmosphere of luxury and opulence. Whatever is wanted, Sarah can organise it. The rest follows. Sarah sees to everything from the pre-nuptials through to the end of the honeymoon. She will hire photographers, beauticians, tailors and dressmakers, musicians, transport and caterers. No detail is overlooked to ensure that in the minds of the

clients and their guests this unique experience will live on for a lifetime. GENERAL I N F O R M AT I O N Contact: Sarah Young Website: www. weddingplannermalta.com Mobile: +356 99253265 Address: Shop 1, The Wedding Planner, Diodorus Siculus Street, St Julian’s STJ 1620 Malta Email: sarahyoung@ weddingplannermalta.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/ weddingplannermalta Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/ idoweddings2001


ICING ON THE CAKE WEDDING PLANNERS by Travel Services Malta Ltd OVERVIEW Icing on the Cake wedding planners in collaboration with Travel Services Malta Ltd, will ensure that any couple choosing the Maltese Islands as their wedding destination, will have the experience of a lifetime. Every couple considers the idea of having a destination wedding at some point or another: after all who doesn’t get excited at the idea of travelling somewhere dazzling and unique to exchange

and budget. Our various bespoke packages will allow you to sit back, relax and simply enjoy the journey right through to your wedding day; knowing full well that your needs are met. Whether it is a civil, church, beach, boat or garden wedding;

occasion with a wonderful celebration you and your guests will never forget. Your wedding package can also be part of a longer adventure … couple it up with your honeymoon! Our team can tailor make this for you. Our team is always committed to ensure perfection in every detail. W E D D I N G FAC I L I T I E S Ceremony: Yes Reception room: From 2 + Catering services: Yes Wedding planner: Yes Wedding suite: Yes

vows and enjoy a few days of celebration with family and friends! Organising a wedding can be a very stressful and daunting task especially in a foreign country. Icing on the Cake wedding planners will help you with all your plans and decision making. This is where we step in to assist you and turn your dream into reality. We are here to cater for all your specifications, meeting every couple’s individual needs

you name it and we will create it. We are committed to ensure perfection in every detail. Let us help you mark your special

GENERAL I N F O R M AT I O N Bookings: Victoria Camilleri Seasonal opening: All year round Telephone: +356 21241073 Address: Level 2, Monument Services centre, National Road, Blata L Bajda HMR 9011 Email: victoria@ travelservicesmalta.com Website: www. travelservicesmalta.com

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MALTA AND GOZO AT A GLANCE THE ISLANDS The three main islands, Malta, Gozo and Comino are inhabited, while the three smaller islands Cominotto, Filfla and St. Paul’s Island are uninhabited. L O C AT I O N Located in the centre of the Mediterranean, the Maltese Islands are some 62 miles south of Sicily. SIZE Malta is the largest landmass of the Maltese Islands and covers 246 kilometres squared with 136 kilometres of coastline. Gozo is approximately 67 kilometres squared and has 50 kilometres of coastline. Comino covers only 2.7 kilometres squared. P O P U L AT I O N : The population of Malta is over 420,000 people. L A N G UAG E : The official languages are Maltese and English. Many residents are multi lingual. CURRENCY: The official currency is the Euro. Many hotels and larger shops and restaurants also accept foreign currency.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Entry Visas are not required by anyone holding a passport from the European Union. Please check with the Malta High Commission for entry requirements of any other nationalities. Telephone: 020 7292 4800.

Manchester and some smaller regional airports including Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Newcastle, Norwich, Bristol and Glasgow during the summer. Air Malta recognises and embraces the specific requirements needed in planning travel arrangements for the TIME: perfect wedding in Malta and GMT +1 Gozo. For further details contact ‘the airline of the Maltese Islands’ I N T E R N AT I O N A L via email weddings.airmalta@ DIALLING CODE: airmalta.com. +356 British Airways operates five times during the week in winter DRIVING and daily in summer, from London Driving is on the left. The speed Gatwick. limit is 64 km/h on country roads EasyJet operates from Belfast, and 40 km/h in built-up areas. London Gatwick, Manchester, and International and national driving Newcastle Airports. licenses are required for car hire. Jet 2 operates from Manchester, Leeds Bradford, East T R A V E L I N F O R M AT I O N Midlands, Glasgow, and Newcastle With direct flights from Air Malta, Ryanair flies from Liverpool. the national carrier as well as a London Luton, London Stansted, number of international airlines Bournemouth, Leeds-Bradford, departing from 15 national and Bristol, Birmingham, East Midlands, regional airports on a weekly Edinburgh, Glasgow Prestwick and basis, it has never been easier to Dublin. fly to Malta and enjoy island life. Thomas Cook operates Less than three hours from the out of Manchester and London U.K., with Malta’s International Gatwick. Airport just 20 minutes from Thomson operates out of the capital city Valletta, Malta London Gatwick. is an ideal destination for both For further information on short weekend breaks as well as which airlines fly into Malta from extended holidays international gateways please visit Air Malta flies from http://www.visitmalta.com/en/ London Gatwick and Heathrow, getting-here

RELIGIONS There is a variety of locally represented denominations. CIVIL WEDDINGS The Marriage Registry – Malta Addess: Evans Buildings Merchants Street Valletta VLT 2000 Telephone: +356 25904 212/17 Email: pubreg.marriage@gov.mt The Marriage Registry – Gozo Address: By the Bastion Road Victoria, Gozo, Malta Telephone: +356 22156 381 Email: pubreg.mgoz@gov.mt GETTING MARRIED IN M A LTA A N D G O Z O Marriages in the Maltese Islands are subject to the provisions of the Marriage Act, 1975, which became effective on the 12th August 1975. April 2014 saw the introduction of the Civil Unions Act granting same-sex couples with the opportunity to enter legally-recognised civil unions, an arrangement which is effectively equivalent to marriage in all but name. For further information kindly email pubreg.marriage@gov.mt TO U R O P E R ATO R S For a list of tour operators offering wedding and honeymoon packages kindly log onto http://www. visitmalta.com/en/tour-operators

C L I M AT E Malta has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, and humid winters .

Days of sunshine Malta Temperature (C) Malta Hours of Sunshine Rainfall (cm) Malta

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The MTA would like to thank the following companies and photographers for contributing images to this supplement Roderick Cachia, Gianmarco Chieregato, Dreemz Planners, Janos Grapov, I Do Knot by Petite Events, Stephen Lynch, Rene Rossingaud, Clive Vella, Marianne Taylor, Alister Thorpe, Jean Louis Wertz, and Sarah Young Wedding Planner Malta.


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