Now is the time to brighten up your Monday, grab yourself a hot drink and indulge in this beautiful Castle wedding on the island of Malta.
Emily and Tom’s breathtaking celebration took place in May 2018 and this is their wedding story, from the moment they decided on a destination wedding to the big day….
Why did you choose to get married in Malta, The Historical Castle in particular?
We knew we wanted to get married abroad, as we met in Spain and Tom proposed in Rome, where abroad we had no idea, we found The Bridal Consultant online and after reading reviews and looking at their website we decided to go with them, then came the tricky part, where? I looked through all the venues in different countries but instantly fell in love with the Castle, we had never been to Malta so decided to do a mini trip to see Malta and some venues, as soon as we saw the Castle we knew it was the one! We also wanted to choose a venue that we wouldn’t be able to have in England – something unique, and the castle certainly fitted that description!
How long in advance did you book your wedding?
We booked in April 2017 and got married the following May, so 13 months in advance.
How many guests did you invite to your wedding and how many accepted and attended?
We invited just over 200 people (we have a huge network of family and close friends!) we ended up with 152! We had a couple drop out near to the wedding but luckily had a couple to replace them!
Your dress is beautiful! Can you tell us what make is this and how long it took you to find?
My dress was Sottero and Midgley. I visited many shops before I came across Miss Bush in Ripey… the shop itself is a converted chapel and absolutely beautiful and the staff were amazing. One of the staff encouraged me to try my dress on as it was not what I had in mind, but I tried it on and loved it. I went back to Grace Loves Lace as I loved one there too (their dresses are great for hotter weddings) but in the end thought this one was very special! All in all I think it took around 3 months to find my dress!
What about your shoes and accessories, where were these from?
My shoes were Jimmy Choo and I chose them as they were named ‘Emily’, they were so comfortable (which is a necessity on your wedding day!), it’s the most I have ever spent on shoes! My bracelet was a gift from Tom from Pandora, and my necklace and earrings were from Swarovski and were gifts from my maid of honours. They also bought me a clip on to the necklace that fell down my back, as I had a backless dress it was beautiful and looked amazing next to the dress.
Tom and his groomsmen look very handsome in their attire! Where were their outfits purchased?
With the wedding being abroad we chose a more casual look. Tom ordered trousers from ASOS (we needed a particular colour which we could only find on ASOS) which himself and all the groomsmen wore, we have an amazing tailor locally who made the page boys trousers from these also. They bought shirts from Charles Tyrwhitt, shoes from River Island, Bow ties from the bridesmaid dress shop to match their dresses and braces from Burton. Tom also bought a navy blazer but had it tailored and made unique by our tailor.
We love your bridesmaids dresses! They complement your dress perfectly! Where did you find the dresses?
The bridesmaid dresses were from a shop called Two Birds, they were sage green. We had seen some dresses at another wedding from this shop which were stunning, so went to the showroom to try some on. We decided to mix it up so we had different dresses but the same colour and we also purchased the flower girl dress from there too.
What about your bouquet, what flowers did you choose and why?
I had white roses, gypsophylia and greenery as well as other complimenting flowers. I chose a large bouquet ‘boho’ style and I chose the flowers to complement my theme! I also had seen some photos on Instagram for inspiration.
What was your wedding theme? Why did you choose this?
My wedding theme was Green, whites and grey. I like the simple look and it all looked very fresh and natural in the sunshine.
We’d love to hear more about the smaller details of the day…
We went for a naked cake with fresh flowers and decided on vanilla (most people love vanilla!), again it fitted into our scheme.
We decided on a BBQ as we liked the idea of live cooking for the guests. We did try the menu on a holiday to Malta beforehand and the food was amazing!
For favours we decided on small bottles of Bajtra which is a Maltese liquor (similar to limoncello). It was also nice to include these in a toast with everyone taking the shot together and they too were really nice. We had little tags made up for them which we took and the wedding team put on them on for us.
Our tables had centrepieces comprising of a wooden tree bark with candles and vases. We also had table names made on Etsy too. The top table had a long fresh greenery runner which looked amazing!
We had various forms of entertainment, a string quartet for ceremony (we were lucky enough to also have my grandfather bagpipe and brother in law singing). We booked a band to play throughout dinner and afterwards and later on we had a DJ and a sax player. We also had fireworks at the end of the first dance which were incredible and a lovely surprise for our guests too!
We also had various entertainment booked for the children including a bouncy castle, giant games, teepee, sweet cart and a magician for them to enjoy while dinner finished up. They all slept well afterwards!!
We had a ‘selfie’ mirror which I would highly recommend! The photos are hilarious and a really nice memory for us and the guests to take away!
How did you find the planning experience from booking to the big day?
As with planning anything there were times it did get stressful but Sasha was amazing and did everything she could to make it all go smoothly for us, and now it’s all over I genuinely do miss it. Enjoy every minute of planning and of course the day itself! Thank you again to Sasha!
What’s your best memory from the day?
There were several if I’m honest from seeing Tom for the first time, to the photos on the beach to the speeches! However I think for me it was the fireworks at the end of the first dance, to stand with my husband and our children watching them after was an emotional moment.
What do you think makes a wedding abroad stand out from a wedding in the UK?
I would say having a holiday with your guests, it makes everything go more smoothly, everyone is in good spirit. It doesn’t end straight away as our celebrations continued for the rest of the week! Also you are more guaranteed the weather being abroad. The whole thing just feels more special!
What advice would you give to future brides and grooms who are getting married abroad?
Trust the planner on the day, he had ideas and ways of doing things that we wouldn’t have thought of and we could not have hoped for more. The whole team were amazing and made the day so special and easy for us! Be organised with anything you can do at home too, any little bits you can buy. I also did a spreadsheet of all the guests, where they were staying and for how long, if they were an adult or child (how old if so), what coach they would be on (if applicable), pretty much everything went on there and it made it so easy for me to see it all!
We had so much fun working with Emily and Tom to plan their wonderful wedding celebration on this gorgeous island! Will you be saying your I do’s in Malta?
Wedding Venue – Historical Castle | Wedding Planner – The Bridal Consultant | Bride’s Dress – Sottero and Midgley | Bride’s Shoes – Jimmy Choo | Bride’s Bracelet – Pandora | Bride’s necklace and earrings – Swarovski | Groom’s Trousers – Asos | Groom’s Shirt – Charles Tyrwhitt | Groom’s Shoes – River Island | Groom’s Braces – Burton | Bridesmaid’s Dresses – TwoBirds | Table Names – Etsy