Getting married in Malta?
What you need to know!
your wedding planner in Malta can help you.
Weddings in Malta are subject to the provisions of the Marriage Act, 1975, which became effective on the 12th August 1975.
As your wedding planners in Malta and Gozo we will guide you to facilitate the process of your application to marry in Malta, this would include our presence in applying on your behalf at the Marriage Registry in Valletta, once the paperwork reaches us, we apply the policy of giving out all the paperwork by hand to the marriage registry.
Request for the Publication of your wedding Banns
According to the said Law, a Request for the Publication of Banns (Form RZ1) must be received by this Registry earlier than six weeks but not more than three months before the date of the intended marriage. One should note that in Malta the Law does not provide for marriage by Special Licence.
Paperwork required for your marriage in Malta
The Request for the Publication of Banns must be accompanied by the Full Birth Certificates (showing parents’ names) and the Declarations on Oath (Form RZ2). These declarations are to be signed, on separate forms, by each of the parties either in the presence of a Commissioner for Oaths attached to an Embassy of Malta in your country of residence or, alternatively, in the presence of a Commissioner for Oaths located in your country (E.g. a Solicitor, a Justice of the Peace, a Notary, etc.). It is absolutely necessary that the authorized person dates the declaration and affixes his/her personal stamp or seal.
Persons who have never been married must produce a Free Status Certificate [if not otherwise specified on the certificate, the expiry date of the certificate will be taken as three (3) months from the date of issue] from their local Registrar. If the Registrar cannot issue such a certificate, we require a statutory declaration by a third party drawn up in the presence of a Commissioner for Oaths. It is absolutely necessary that the solicitor dates the certificate and affixes his/her personal stamp or seal.
Documents normally require legalization stamps/Apostilles issued from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the respective country of domicile. Hence, it is advisable to contact the Marriage Registry well in advance to ensure that you procure the right documentation.
Persons previously married
Persons who have been previously married are to provide a Free Status Certificate together with other official documents certifying that such marriage/s is/are no longer binding (e.g. Divorce Judgements, Death Certificate of former spouse, etc.). Regarding Divorces, Annulments, etc., Maltese Law states that:
A decision of a foreign court on the status of a married person or affecting such status shall be recognized for all purposes of law in Malta if the decision is given by a competent court of the country in which either of the parties to the proceedings is domiciled or of which either of such parties is a citizen (Sec.33)
If the Registrar cannot issue a free status certificate, we require a statutory declaration by a third party drawn up in the presence of a Commissioner for Oaths. It is absolutely necessary that the solicitor dates the certificate and affixes his/her personal stamp or seal.
Documents that are not in the Maltese or English language are to be translated and legally authenticated.
Civil Marriages in Malta
Civil Marriages can be celebrated in the Marriage Registry itself, which is situated at
197, Merchants Street, Valletta.
A Civil Marriage may also take place at any other place open to the public and which the Registrar accepts as appropriate. Examples of appropriate venues are Wedding Halls, Conference Rooms and other public areas within hotel precincts. It must be pointed out that Civil Marriages are not conducted at poolside areas or on private beaches.
For the actual performance of Civil Marriages, this Registry opens on any day of the week (Monday to Sunday) and after an appointment is made with the couple concerned. It is also your responsibility to make arrangements for at least two witnesses who must be 8 years or older.
Religious Weddings in Malta
Religious Marriages are celebrated in the church of one’s denomination. Please consult attached sheet for addresses of Catholic National Chaplains and other Religious Denominations. One is advised to make certain of one’s place of marriage before requesting the Publication of Banns. One should keep in mind that, in order to change the place of marriage from that originally notified, the Marriage Registry needs at least three weeks’ notice. – We don’t need this paragraph on the website as it’s been discussed above already.
On arriving in Malta: We will accompany you to the marriage registry in Malta to go through all the details of the wedding certificate, which you would then be signing and agreeing to on the day of your wedding in Malta or Gozo.