Malta offers cultural diversity and countless possibilities for a wedding in style. In simple terms, Malta is your perfect choice for a memorable wedding. In Malta it is possible to organise anything from the most traditional Church wedding to the trendiest Civil wedding.
If you intend to marry in Malta you will need the following documents:
- Full birth certificates (showing parents' names) of both bride and groom, authenticated by a legal person (lawyer or notary).
- A copy of valid passports for both the bride and groom authenticated by a solicitor.
- A photo copy of valid passports of two witnesses.
- An affidavits / statutory declaration confirming single status also know as a Certificate of Celibacy.
- In the case of Divorcees, you will need to include your Divorce Absolute and an Affidavit by a third person drawn up in the presence of a solicitor, stating you have not re-married.
- For widowers, you will need the wedding certificate of your first marriage, the death certificate of your former spouse and an affidavit as above stating you have not re-married since.
- If you have changed your name by Deed Poll or you were adopted, proof is required which must then be authenticated by a solicitor.
- Complete form RZ1 form (Application Form), which does not need to be authenticated by a solicitor.
- Complete RZ2 form (Declaration Form). The bride and groom must each complete a separate form, both of which need to be authenticated by a solicitor
In Malta you could have a Civil Ceremony, Religious Ceremony or a Blessing.
Civil Ceremonies are legally recognised in Malta. The local Registrar can perform the ceremony in the local Register Office or in a licensed venue such as a hotel, castle or Palace. The ceremony will be conducted in English, after which you have the opportunity to personalise your ceremony by having a short reading. You are required to have two witnesses present who are no less than eighteen years old.
Malta is recognised as a Roman Catholic country. However, religious weddings can still be celebrated in an Anglican Church. Religious weddings are legally binding provided the couple comply with the requirements of the local Public Registry in Malta.
Roman Catholic Church Wedding
Couples seeking to have a Roman Catholic wedding in Malta should allow six months before their wedding date to prepare the required church documents. You should contact your local parish priest in your country to obtain the following documents:
- Pre-nuptial Investigation forms.
- Affidavits of Freedom to Marry for both bride and groom.
- Baptism and Confirmation Certificates (these cannot be issued more than six months in advance).
- Priest’s written statement that pre-marital instructions have been given.
- Permission by the Ordinary or his delegate for marriage to be celebrated outside his Diocese (in this case Malta).
- Any required dispensations from the Diocese of the Catholic party.
- In case of a mixed marriage, a confirmation that the other non-Catholic part will not obstruct his/her future children from being brought up in the Catholic faith, if the Catholic spouse so wishes.
There will be an administration fee to pay, associated with the above process, and a contribution fee.
Anglican Church Weddings
In order to have an Anglican Church wedding, one or both parties must be baptised Anglican.
If you are having a religious Church wedding you will also need to provide the Marriage Registry with the following information:
- The date of the wedding.
- The church where the marriage is to be performed.
- The name of the priest or minister who is to perform the ceremony.
- The name which the bride will be using after she is married (either her maiden name or her husband’s name).
You may want to consider a religious blessing, bear in mind the ceremony will not be legally binding so you may want to have a Civil Wedding in your country before you fly out to Malta. This option is popular with partners where one or both have been previously divorced.
Civil Status Section,
26 Old Treasury Street,
For details on Roman Catholic Church weddings, contact:
Curia Marriages Office
P.O. Box 29
Tel: 00356 21 245350
For details on Anglican Church weddings, contact:
St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral
Tel: 00356 21225714
Whilst every effort to ensure that the above information is correct, it may be subject to change at any time. Please always check with the official authorities before proceeding. If you notice some outdated information please let us know.