WEDDINGS IN MALTA
Centred in the Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast, Malta is surrounded by clear blue waters and stunning stretches of sandy coastline with secluded bays, creating stunning scenery for a truly romantic wedding. The island offers sunshine all year round, experiencing over 3,000 hours of sunshine throughout the year, with beautifully warm summers and mild winters. Malta offers a range of wedding formats from beachside ceremonies, to grand churches and traditional weddings.
The island is packed with cultural heritage, with one of the magnificent locations offered dating back to the 18th century. Malta’s hotels offer a range of relaxation facilities, including spa treatments, saunas, Turkish baths and infinity pools, making them the perfect place to begin married life in relaxation. Alternatively, regular transport services allow you to explore this historic island and partake in exciting activities, such as diving, giving you the chance to experience the extraordinary underwater landscapes.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT WEDDINGS IN MALTA
You will need to spend a minimum of 2 working days in Malta before your marriage ceremony in order to complete the necessary legal formalities. The couple will both need to provide copies of the following document before the wedding (and also take them upon travel):
- A valid original 10 year UK passport.
- An original birth certificate showing parents’ names.
- If you have been divorced, the original decree absolute.
- If you have been widowed, the original copy of your partner’s death certificate along with your original marriage certificate.
- If you have changed your name, the original copy of the deed poll proof of name change will be required. Please note that if you have been divorced and reverted to using your maiden name then this counts as a change of name, and proof of that change will be required.
- If you were adopted, the original copy of your adoption certificate.
- If you are a Scottish or Irish resident you will need to obtain a Certificate of No Impediment issued by the Scottish/Irish authorities not more than 3 months before the date of marriage.
- If you are a resident of England, Wales or Northern Ireland you will need an original 3rd party affidavit dated 12 weeks or less before the date of marriage. If you have been divorced or widowed the 3rd party must have known you since this time or for more than 5 years, whichever is the longest and they must state that you have not been married since.
If you have never been married, the 3rd party must have known you since you were 18 years old and they must state that you are single and free to marry. The affidavit must include the 3rd party’s passport number, full address and occupation and must be drawn up in the name you are officially known by at this present time as evidenced by your passport and all supporting documents. The affidavit must be stamped & signed by a solicitor. Hand written affidavits will not be accepted. A sample template will be sent to you after booking.
- Request for the Publication of Banns (Form RZ1)- this will be sent to you after booking; and
- Declaration of Oath (Form RZ2)- this will be sent to you after booking and must be signed in the presence of a solicitor and then signed stamped and dated by the solicitor. This must be dated 12 weeks or less before the date of marriage.
All original documents, forms RZ1 and RZ2 and photocopies of your passports must be sent to us at least 10 weeks prior to travel.
These will be sent to resort in order to allow them to complete the marriage licence application process with the Maltese authorities.
Please be aware that your original documents will be retained in resort. You may therefore wish to obtain certified copies of all your original documentation before you travel.
When you get there you will need to visit the registry office to complete the final documentation and at this point your wedding date will be reconfirmed to you.