Getting married abroad probably means your guest list won’t be as long as it would be if you were holding your wedding at home. If you are looking for the best locations and tips to host your smallish wedding in Malta, I can give you few good ideas and useful guidance with this post!

Getting to Know Local Wedding Culture

  • Local couples usually plan their weddings 2-3 years in advance 
  • Local wedding size is typically 400-600 guests 
  • The most popular months for weddings are May, June and September
  • Most local couples decide to get married on weekends (Friday- Sunday)
  • Local receptions are standup, not seated, meals (imagine feeding 500 guests with 3 or 4 course meal, it would take forever--not to mention the bill!)
These facts are good to know if you’re planning your wedding from afar so that you can start on time (if you wish to hold your wedding during these popular months and on a weekend day) and find the right venues that will be suitable for your more intimate festivity.

Choosing a Date

I would suggest that you consider a weekday for your wedding (unless it’s too inconvenient for you) for few reasons:

  • Most venues will still be available even if you start planning 6 months before or less
  • You will probably be able to get better deals and cheaper venue rentals (or minimum consumption if applicable)
  • All best suppliers will be available for your wedding date even if you go for the most popular months
  • Most cheap flights to Malta are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 
  • Since most of your guests will be staying 5 + days it won’t make a difference to them if your wedding is happening on weekday or weekend. After all, every day is Sunday when you’re on Holiday!
Finding a Venue

The next step is to look for the best places to get married in Malta and to hold small wedding. Since most local weddings are huge, with over 400 guests attending, you’ll probably worry about the size of wedding venues that Malta has to offer. But let me help put your mind at rest, most of these venues have several options and areas that will be suitable for weddings of 20 and 500 guests. As well, some of the most beautiful venues in Malta can hold no more than 500 guests and though you’ll think gosh that’s a lot, keep in mind that stand up receptions of 500 guests will take as much space as seated dinner for 150 guests. To make sure the venue you’re considering is a good choice for a small wedding, here are a few must-ask questions:

  • What is the venue capacity for seated meals? 
  • How many weddings do they hold in one day?
  • How many venue areas do they offer?
  • If they offer more than one, how close are they to each other?
  • Do they have a backup option within the venue – if you choose an outdoor area.
  • If a backup option is available within the venue can you see the clear images (!) 
  • Will backup be at additional charge?
  • Final guest number policy (will menu, beverage price or rental fee increase if number of guests that was confirmed upon signing of agreement changes
These are some of the main questions you need to ask to find out if the venue is good fit for a smaller wedding because some venues in Malta specialize in hosting local weddings and for that reason have more strict policies when the number of guests is under 100. At the same time, some other venues will be a perfect fit for your small wedding, this is why it is so important to do your homework before committing. If you’re struggling to get the right information check out our Venue Discovery Program.

Getting Help

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