Malta Weddings

23 May, 2016

We are delighted to introduce an interesting blog post about planning a destination wedding in beautiful Malta, written by Lisa of Carmela Weddings.

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How easy is it to get married in Malta?

Malta is becoming more and more popular as a destination wedding location for UK couples. As a specialist in Maltese weddings, we’re often asked similar questions from potential couples who want to get married in Malta but are worried that it’s too difficult or costly. This is true for many other countries but fortunately, it really isn’t for Malta! Here’s a quick Q&A guide to show you how easy it is and answer the most common questions we get.

Will my wedding be legal in the UK if I get married in Malta?

Simply put – yes it will. Marriages in Malta are subject to the provisions of the Marriage Act, 1975 which means if you are a UK or Irish citizen your wedding in Malta is legally binding under UK and Irish law. This is the same for citizens of most other countries too who want to get married in Malta.

Do I have to live in Malta for a month beforehand? What are the residency requirements?

No, there are no actual residency requirements at all but you do need to visit a registry office a minimum of 2 days before your wedding to show your passports and finalise the ceremony. Most of our couples travel over 2/3 days before their wedding to top up the tan and visit the registrar.

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How much paperwork is involved?

There is some paperwork to fill in whether you want a church wedding or a civil wedding and we can assist you with this part as it can look daunting at first. The main document you need is the application, known as an RZ1. This has to be lodged in Valetta or Gozo with the following documents:

  • Declarations on oath – called an RZ2. This must be signed in front of a solicitor by both of you and the solicitor must stamp with their seal.
  • Original long birth certificate with both parents’ names on. If it doesn’t have both names on, you’ll also need a statutory declaration from someone that knows you and the parents concerned. The solicitor will have to sign this declaration.
  • Passport – you can send a photocopy for the application but use your original when you get to Malta.
  • If you haven’t been married before then you’ll need a free status certificate – you can get this from your local registrar. They call it a certificate of no impediment.
  • If you have been married then you’ll need your decree absolute and previous marriage certificates if you are now divorced. A solicitor will also have to sign an affidavit saying you have not remarried since.
  • If you have changed your name, you’ll need the deed poll certificate and if you’re under 18 you’ll need consent from your parents.

Note that the free status certificate and RZ2 are only valid for 3 months!

When do I send all of this in?

The application has to be received at least 6 weeks before the wedding day but no more than 3 months before it. So there’s a small window there. Our advice is to get it all prepared and signed by the solicitor in advance.

Can we come on our own to Malta and get married?

You will need two witnesses who are over 18 to be there. We are often asked to be witnesses for our couples who want to have their wedding completely on their own.

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What types of venues are there in Malta?

There is such a variety of venues from vineyards, farmhouses and villas to beachfront pagodas, gardens and grand hotels – there’s a huge choice of venues to have your ceremony and reception.

When is the best time of year to get married in Malta?

Most of our couples decide to get married between April-June or September and October. Average rainfall for June is just 1 day in the month so if it’s weather you’re going for, June is your best bet. It can get very hot in July and August so if you do opt for those months, a late start time for your ceremony of 5pm is recommended.

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Is it expensive to get married in Malta?

Malta caters for every type of budget. Over half of our couples get married in Malta because of the lower cost of venues and suppliers so they can stretch their budget further. Saying that, there are options for big budget weddings in Malta and the industry gets bigger there every year as weddings in the sunshine become more popular.

#LetsTalkWeddings

17 May, 2016

Today on the blog please see below a press release explaining our newest offering, our Facebook Live series. Details below…

Press release

For immediate release

UK Alliance of Wedding Planners launches #LetsTalkWeddings Facebook Live series UKAWP Brand Photos

 The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP) has announced a new Facebook Live series, #LetsTalkWeddings, designed to offer direct and interactive wedding planning advice to engaged couples. Hosted on the UKAWP Facebook page by directors Bernadette Chapman and Sandy Moretta, the series will provide brides and grooms-to-be with an opportunity to discuss a wide range of themed wedding planning issues, and to have any questions answered in real time.

The UKAWP is, by its nature, no stranger to helping couples plan their big day. The only membership organisation in the UK dedicated to the wedding planning industry, the UKAWP is best known for its unparalleled database of highly trained and carefully vetted planners, making it easy for engaged couples to find a reliable and safe pair of hands.

UKAWP director, Bernadette Chapman says: “Planning a wedding can be a really overwhelming prospect, so the aim of #LetsTalkWeddings is to demystify some of that process. We’re so passionate about guiding couples through the ups and downs of organising their wedding celebrations, and we’re really excited to be able to do this so directly and create a supportive community for couples getting married in the next year.”

Following the success of the first #LetsTalkWeddings session, which focused on venues, the next event will be hosted on the 21st of May 2016 at 11am and will centre around the difference between in-house wedding coordinators and independent wedding planners.

To get involved with a #LetsTalkWeddings session, couples simply have to click “interested” on the event post on the UKAWP Facebook page and attend the event.

Director Sandy Moretta explains: “This is a really relaxed way for couples to access free guidance from a team of approachable and friendly wedding experts. If there are any burning questions or concerns about a particular area of wedding planning, we hope it will be really helpful for them to get all the advice that they need during these sessions. It is really fulfilling for us to be able to communicate so directly with so many brides and grooms and be part of their big day plans.”

For more information on the services offered by The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners and how the alliance can offer support and guidance to couples planning their wedding please visit http://www.ukawp.com/.

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Contact

For PR enquiries contact Nicola Russill-Roy at Propose PR

T: 07834 470117

E: Nicola@proposepr.com

 

Notes to Editors

The UKAWP was founded in 2004 by Bernadette Chapman, who recognised the need for a formal organisation for professional wedding planners in the UK. The UKAWP course was the first UK written wedding planning course to be available and remains, to this day, the only UK membership organisation for wedding planners. In 2006, Sandy Moretta from ternevents came on board as a director.

In 2013, by popular demand, a two-year pilot scheme was launched, offering Wedding Supplier Membership to professional suppliers who wish to work closely with wedding planners. The pilot was successful and is now being rolled out more widely.

In 2014, as membership levels and overall activities grew, the Directors appointed 5 Regional Ambassadors from amongst their experienced members around the UK. These Ambassadors support the Directors in membership, training and development in their areas. An Ambassador Special Projects and an Ambassador, Wedding Supplier Members also support the team immensely.

6 Month Intensive Mentoring for Wedding Planners

15 May, 2016

6 Month Intensive Mentoring for Wedding Planners

The UKAWP fully appreciates how important it is to keep learning in order to be the best possible wedding planner. The early years are very hard and a successful business needs lots of support, it is for this reason that we offer a support service for wedding planners. We have just a small number of mentoring sessions available for businesses with a director or one of our ambassadors.

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The sessions are led by you. In short we ask from the outset how we can help you and each session moves forward on this basis, with goal setting a key element. Generally speaking most mentoring clients wish to discuss a combination of the following subjects and issues:

  • Pre launch advice: your branding, website, marketing.
  • Services and Pricing: are you offering the correct services enabling maximum profit?
  • The sales process: how do you currently handle customers from enquiry stage through consultation and securing the booking?
  • Outsourcing: recognising when and what to outsource to ensure your are more productive?
  • Planner envy: how to ensure you recognise your own strengths and play to them, rather than feel jealous of what others appear to be achieving?
  • Event logistics: walking you through your first proposal, advising on complex bookings, general advice on wedding logistics.
  • Plus anything else that comes up throughout our time together

It is not essential that those taking up the mentoring service are members of the UKAWP.

Your mentoring will include the following:

  • Initial questionnaire for you to complete prior to our first session.
  • Month 1: Skype call to get to the nitty gritty of how we can help you (2 hours)
  • Months 2-6: Monthly Skype calls working on pre agreed topics and goals (1 hour each)
  • Email access between sessions plus telephone/ Skype at agreed times for urgent issues

Investment:

£600 (or 3 x £200 bi-monthly installments).

To book, or enquire about, this service email bernadette@ukawp.com or call 01376 561 544. We can then will advise which director or ambassador is available to become your mentor.

Showcase Wedding – Benessamy Weddings and Events

9 May, 2016

Today we are delighted to showcase a wedding coordinated by Val Mattinson of Benessamy Weddings and Events. Over to you Val…

Chris and Maebellyne’s Mad Men Inspired Wedding at Norwood Park

When Chris and Maebellyne first contacted me they were primarily interested in our venue finding service for their UK destination wedding. With their busy careers and their Zurich location, they subsequently realised they needed help with all aspects of their wedding plans.

They booked our full wedding planning service for their wedding and chose to style the day with a Mad Men theme, incorporating elements of Filipino tradition into their ceremony.

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I conducted an extensive venue search for Chris and Maebellyne which led to them selecting the beautiful Norwood Park near Southwell in Nottinghamshire for their reception and the Barnbygate Methodist Church in Newark for their ceremony.

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Following a detailed design consultation Chris and Maebellyne chose to style the day with a Mad Men theme and incorporated elements of Filipino tradition into their ceremony.

As part of our full wedding planning service we sourced a fabulous team of quality wedding suppliers.

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We also:

  • identified guest accommodation options
  • made rehearsal dinner reservations
  • provided wedding day guest survival kits
  • organised a last minute clay pigeon shoot for the groom and his team on the morning of the wedding!

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I really enjoyed working with Chris and Maebellyne and was thrilled when they agreed to share their experience of planning a wedding from abroad in this special post over on our blog http://www.benessamy.co.uk/how-to-plan-a-wedding-from-abroad.html

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They also wrote this lovely testimonial about our wedding planning service:

“On the morning of the wedding, Chris and his friends went out clay pigeon shooting. I on the other hand went for a leisurely run around Norwood Park. Several of our friends along with the hair stylist and make-up artist commented that they’d never seen anyone so completely calm before getting married.

As much as we’d love to claim we have nerves of steel, we in fact have Val and Anna to thank for everything! Val provided us with her Full Wedding Planning service which meant she helped us every step of the way from choosing a location, finding fantastic suppliers to liaising with the local Register offices and then pulling all the details together on the big day. We were so calm because we knew the team had everything under control and that things would just run smoothly.

Planning a wedding can be hard enough at times but when you’re doing it from hundreds of miles away I’d imagine it adds a whole other level of stress. Thankfully we have no clue what that other level of stress feels like because we had Val. She kept us on track, offered support when needed and gave us ideas we never would have come up with on our own. The day itself could not have gone any better. Our guests still talk about the wedding and how much fun they had.

It was an absolute pleasure working with Val so if you’re thinking about hiring Benessamy…do it!”

Chris and Maebellyne’s Wedding Team

 

Wedding Planning - Benessamy Weddings & Events
Ceremony Venue – Barnbygate Methodist Church
Reception Venue - Norwood Park
Photographer - Eleri Tunstall at ICKOOTU Photography
Dress - Mooshki Bridal
Bespoke Veil - Bespoke Vintage Castle
Hair and Makeup Ben and David Peck-Whiston Makeup Artist
Bespoke Stationery and Styling - Mad Philomena
Flowers - The Flower Mill
Cake - Yummy Little Cakes with custom topper created by Miss Cake
Wedding Transport for the Bride and Bridesmaids – London Style Taxi – Exclusive Cars

Wedding Transport for their guests – London Routemaster by Blackmore Commercials
Band - The Kickstarts Band
Photobooth - vintagebooth.me