Malta is a beautiful wedding destination, home to a variety of stunning hotels, baroque palaces with gardens, converted farmhouses and so on…..being only a 3 hour flight from the UK also makes this a perfect location to host a wedding celebration, whether it be an intimate affair or a larger celebration with your nearest and dearest.
Today we’re sharing the wedding story of Claire and Ben, who said their I do’s at The Classical Villa in May 2018.
Why did you choose to get married in Malta, The Classical Villa in particular?
We knew we wanted to go abroad for our wedding and started looking at venues all over. We came across The Bridal Consultant and looked at all available venues. We both love Game of Thrones and we were feeling the vibes from this villa (later to realise parts of GoT were filmed in Valetta!). We had seen several weddings taking place in Santorini and Ibiza but hadn’t heard of anyone having one in Malta so with the combination of the beautiful GoT style old building and the originality of the location we knew we wanted this venue.
We visited the year before our wedding just to make sure we were 100% happy with the location and pictures do not do this place justice, we only fell more in love with the place.
How long in advance did you book your wedding?
We booked our venue 23 months in advance. This was too long to wait in my eyes but with our money situation we had to give ourselves a realistic goal to be able to comfortably pay and still have a life.
How many guests did you invite to your wedding and how many accepted and attended?
We invited 33 people and out of them 27 turned up.
Tell us about your dress, what make was this and how did you find the shopping experience?
I was really lucky with my dress, I found it on my first shopping trip in the first store! I tried on around 10 dresses in completely different styles but when I tried the dress I bought on I didn’t want to take it off. It was one of the first times I’ve ever felt completely comfortable in my own skin. I am not very girly and hated the idea of having to try on all these frilly over the top dresses but my dress complimented my figure and to me wasn’t over the top. It was a Lillian West dress – their dresses are boho-inspired.
Your jewellery and shoes, where were these from?
My dress was made with lots of lace and pearls so I skipped a lot of jewellery. My head piece was an Alberta Ferretti design from Mia Sposa, it was lace and pearls to complement my dress. My shoes were actually from Amazon for only £12, they were a sparkly gold sandal. My bridesmaids had the silver version of these.
Can you tell us about the grooms attire, did he purchase his suit and did he personalise this in any way?
The Grooms suit was purchased as was the best man and my brothers. We kept with the chilled boho vibe and went with a waistcoat, shirt, tie and chinos. We personalised the cufflinks with the Maltese cross.
Your bridesmaids dresses are lovely! Where did you find them?
The bridesmaid dresses were a turquoise/teal colour and we got these in the same bridal shop where I bought my dress from, Mia Sposa. They were from Curvalicious and were perfect as they fit each girls shape perfectly.
Your bouquet complements your dress beautifully, what flowers did you choose and why?
I’m not really into flowers but I like bright colours, I picked yellow sunflowers with a hint of blue. The blue was to tie in with the backdrops/bridesmaid dresses and I just felt the sunflowers were bright and cheery.
Did you theme your wedding?
We didn’t have a theme as such. We had browns/blues and yellows as an overall theme.
Did you have a wedding cake? What about entertainment?
Our wedding cake was 2 tiered, all chocolate as who doesn’t love chocolate?! We had a DJ as entertainment and partied the night away.
How did you find the planning experience from booking to the big day?
The planning was smooth and I never felt like I was pestering. I would recommend anyone planning a wedding especially abroad to get a wedding planner. The team in Malta were also amazing!
What’s your best memory from the day?
It is really weird the things you remember and so hard to pinpoint one specific memory. My ultimate best memory of the evening was a dance off to the YMCA. My brother and Ben’s brothers decided to gather round in a circle and start a dance off. Everyone was dancing and laughing, it was such a funny/happy time.
What do you think makes a wedding abroad stand out from a wedding in the UK?
The combination of a combined wedding/honeymoon. The also almost guaranteed sunshine in a beautiful venue at a third of the cost.
What advice would you give to future brides and grooms who are getting married abroad?
Do your research. Find out how long you have to be in a country before the wedding. Find out if a notary is required or if you just need a solicitor to witness and stamp paperwork. Also look into the cost of the legal work.
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Wedding Venue – The Classical Villa | Wedding Planner – The Bridal Consultant |Brides Dress – Lillian West | Brides Head Piece – Alberta Ferretti | Brides Shoes – Amazon | Bridesmaids Dresses – Curvalicious