Malta is welcoming the LGBT market to celebrate civil unions following changes to the law in 2014 and will be hosting its first civil unions and honeymoons fair later this year.
The two-day event, called Stylish, will take place at the iconic Phoenicia Hotel in Valletta on the 10th and 11th October, with a range of local suppliers offering specialist products and services for same-sex couples wishing to tie the knot.
Set against the walls of UNESCO World Heritage City Valletta, which is set to become European Capital of Culture in 2018, the Phoenicia offers an enviable location and a choice of seven different settings for the ceremony; from the Gazebo amidst the exquisite gardens to the Bastion Pool Deck, which overlooks the Grand Harbour.
The hotel’s expert wedding planner Chrystelle Doublesin says, “The Civil Unions Act officially became law in Malta last April, allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children, but this will be the first weddings and honeymoons fair where gay couples planning to marry are fully catered for.
“Malta is a great destination for an overseas wedding; with 300 days of sunshine annually, incredible historic cities and attractions, excellent beaches and easy access from a host of UK departure airports.”
In addition, English is one of the national languages which means the formalities are straightforward and there’s no extra paperwork for the couple to complete on return.
Prices for civil union packages at Phoenicia Hotel start from just £825 for a small, stylish event for 10 guests* to £3865 for an elaborate, full-service package for up to 30 guests.** which includes full organisation, dressed seating, table arrangements with fresh flowers, mandolin player or pianist, wine and canapés, a three-course dinner, half a bottle of wine and a glass of bubbly for each guest, a handcrafted cake, wedding DJ, professional photographer, buttonholes and bouquets for the couple and witnesses, beautiful private venue, personal wedding planner and more.
To find out more about weddings at Phoenicia Hotel visit weddings-malta.com or call 0800 862 0025.
For honeymoon packages see phoeniciamalta.com
*Based on civil unions ‘To Love’ package from €1130. **Based on ‘A Day to Remember’ package costing €5300, available Sunday - Thursday throughout 2015/16. Sterling prices may fluctuate with exchange rate.