So what is the cost of a wedding in Malta?
In Part 2 of our Malta Destination Wedding Guide, Martina from Malta wedding planning agency Wed Our Way, talks costs and provides some practical advice and budget tips. If you’re looking for a guideline on the cost of a wedding in Malta you’ll be happy to know this is outlined below…I know it’s always helpful to have a starting point!
If you missed Part 1, of the Guide, Martina outlined the legal process for getting married in Malta, how to personalise a civil wedding ceremony and gave us her top wedding ceremony venue picks (If you’re tying to decide on a ceremony venue I highly recommend you have a look at Martina’s recommendations).
The cost of a wedding in Malta – a guideline
Please keep in mind that costs take in so many variables that it’s difficult to state categorically that your wedding will cost x. That being said, Martina has provided an average cost as a guideline based on holding your reception in a mid-priced venue.
- 2 people including hotel stay of 3-5 days (in a nice but not luxury hotel) – Euro 1900 – 2900
- 20 people, guests pay for their own hotel – Euro 5000 – 8000
- 50 – 60 people, guests pay for their own hotel – Euro 9000 – 14000
- 80 – 100 people, guests paying their own hotel – Euro 15000+
The above costs include the following:
- Ceremony/Reception (including ceremony setup, cocktail hour reception, seated dinner, wine and water for dinner)
- Photographer for the whole day
- Beauty services, hair and makeup for bride including trials
- Transport for couple and guests
- Flowers for ceremony, dinner and bridal party
- Legal paper work
- Wedding planner fees
Budget and Cost Saving Tips
With a little creative thinking it should be possible to reduce overall costs. Below, Martina shows you how by providing her Top Tips to help save money when planning a wedding in Malta.
Tip 1 – Have a weekday wedding
Weekday weddings will cost you less than weekend weddings – Local couples tend to get married only during weekends, where they have 500 + guests and obviously venues prefer to keep weekends free for these big celebrations (more food, more drinks, higher bill). For this reason you will spend much more if you choose a weekend date.
Tip 2 – Watch for hidden fees
Avoid all-inclusive packages or you might end up paying many hidden fees. Even though pre-made all-inclusive packages might look like ideal solutions, they often give you only the illusion of control. There are so many suppliers’ options, each venue has so many different menus/beverage/rental packages, and all these choices and options you will be denied when opting all-inclusive. On the other hand you will probably pay many mark-up fees and can end up overpaying for some services.
Tip 3 – Book a professional
Book professional suppliers instead of part timers – Be very careful when choosing low cost suppliers in Malta. If something seems to be too cheap, it probably is. There are quite a few part timers and while working with these suppliers will keep your budget low you are also risking losing your deposits since by the date of your wedding these suppliers might be out of the business or decide stay with their full time jobs. In the end this will cost you much more than booking professional from the beginning.
Tip 4 – Tab Bar
Chose tab bar instead of open bar – drinks are usually a big part of your wedding budget, especially if you wish to treat your guests with a great after party. For smaller weddings (up to 100 guests), at most venues and caterers it will be more affordable to opt for consumption or tab bar then to go for open bar based on an hourly basis. Before making decisions, always compare individual costs of drinks and see how many drinks you could buy for each guest in comparison to the price of the bar per hour.
Tip 5 – Fly mid week
Most cheap flights to Malta are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Tip 6 – Venues
If you would like more information about the cost of a wedding in Malta, Wed Our Way have an informative article on their blog in which they provide insight and guidance on venue costs. They also have a brilliant tool, the Venue Discovery App, which allows you to discover, compare and select the venue that’s the best fit for you…this valuable resource is complimentary.
If you missed Part 1, Part 3 and Part 4 of the Malta Destination Wedding Guide, don’t forget to take a look at them for great advice on ceremony venues as well as planning tips and advice and top venue picks.
Find out More
To ask a question about the cost of a wedding in Malta, please use the form below and Martina from Wed Our Way will be more than happy to help you.