A Maltese Dream

11 Dec

In a break from all things wintery, today we are bringing you a bit of sunshine from Louise and Warren’s lovely wedding in Malta.Bride after ceremonyThe Wedding Bridesmaids

Bride and Groom

This time last year The Wedding Dolls were asked by Louise and Warren, from North Kent,  to help organise their wedding abroad, in what would be a two week celebration. The actual wedding day would be halfway through meaning they could relax with friends and family before the big day and carry on the party after. No bad plan in our book!

They had chosen Malta as they’d had their first holiday together there and fell in love with the island.

Although they knew when and where, they wasn’t sure how the celebrations would reflect their personalities, so Joanne worked with them to decide on the options and the type of wedding they wanted to have. The colours green and purple were chosen to really make the wedding feel vibrant and to complement the gorgeous sunny backdrop.

Because of the distance involved, once the booking stages were underway, Joanne also worked with another planner based in Malta, Sarah Young, who recommended a beautiful historic villa that fitted all their needs perfectly.

Wedding Venue
First DanceJoanne organised the invitations and set up a wedding website to help guests with travel arrangements and need to know info.  Nearer the date Sarah confirmed the local details such as the marriage license, catering, cake, entertainment while Joanne worked on all those added extras for the big day. The flowers were made from silk flowers in the UK and included Violets and Iris’s to represent the names of their Grandmothers who are no longer here.

The couple wanted Kent based photographer, Kay Young, as their official snapper, who along with Joanne planned the photography ahead of the trip.

Joanne also helped Warren with rehearsing his speech – he knew what he wanted to say but like most Grooms was worried about how to get it right. Watching him deliver his speech on the day with confidence and real emotion was one of the most rewarding parts of the whole planning process.

Like Louise and Warren booking a wedding abroad can be a really good option if you want a lovely sunny relaxed day, but if you want to plan a wedding abroad at short notice you need to be flexible with some of your decisions along the way.

Louise and Warren made the decision to use a bespoke planning service to cut out all the travel expenses of going to Malta to check on arrangements, as well as the stress of trying to do it all themselves.

The Maltese planner was on location to do what the Wedding Dolls couldn’t and it worked well for tying up all those loose ends.

If you want a UK-based photographer for you big day, remember to factor in their extra costs including travel, accommodation and extra baggage allowance for camera equipment.

Don’t forget as well to give your friends and family as much notice as possible so they can plan coming with you.  The smaller the group you invite though the less this might be an issue.

The two week wedding celebration was a huge success and Louise and Warren loved every minute.

Louise says “it was so lovely to spend so much time with our friends and family and have them enjoy with us every minute of our wedding experience. Most of the planning and all of the stress was taken out of the day and the planning team did such a fantastic job that the whole thing was so relaxed and fun.

I didn’t want to have to worry about all those little things that some brides worry about  –  I just concentrated on making my guests experience as great as ours – and it definitely was!”

Brides Dress: Pronovias
Bridesmaids: Oriental Pearl (Bluewater Shopping Centre)
Suits: Austin Reed
Photography: Kay Young

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