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Budgeting for your Wedding (Part 1)

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Getting married?  Better to be a Certified Public Accountant, unless you’ve got some seriously super smooth ninja budgeting skills, yourself!  We know that keeping track of the Euros for your special day is not exactly a piece of (wedding) cake, however, it needn’t be the kind of dreary, daunting task, that puts a damper of your excitement about the festivities.

 

Never fear, TheWeddingSite.com has listed some great tips which can go a long way towards (financially) preparing you (and your cheque book) for the big day.

 

  • Save and plan ahead.
    As the old adage goes, failing to plan is planning to fail. This is especially true for financial planning. Weddings involve a major expense, which is conveniently rationalised under the guise of celebrating a major life event. Moreso when you’re getting married in Malta, where local weddings are traditionally extended well beyond colleagues, friends and family. So think smart and think ahead. Putting a little money away is especially smart, if your idea of a wedding is a thinly-veiled excuse for a splurging extravaganza of glittering opulence.

 

  • Reality check.
    Notice the gap between what you want and what you can actually afford. Be brutally honest with yourself and forget about the white horse-drawn pumpkin carriage. Leave that to Cinderella – or her modern-day less classy, bustier equivalent – Katie Price. This is the time to consider the musts first and then – if you have enough funds left over, go for the wants!

 

  • Socrates (who is pretty much credited for being one of the fathers of philosophy) once said that what screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be. Same applies to weddings. Be brave and throw all your shoulds out of the window. Focus on those ideas which you can materialise in this particular version of reality, and not some mystical parallel universe, yet to be discovered.

 

  • Discuss
    Psychology Today ranked financial problems and related stresses as one of the main culprits of relationship problems, and also divorce. This makes discussing the wedding budget openly and directly with your partner a critical task. This is a time for those uncomfortable conversations about who will be contributing what to the wedding and what say they will have in the event. And yes, here goes the analogy of the band aid… It’s more painful to peel it off gently, so rip it off and be done with it. Just remember to be considerate towards your partner’s feelings.

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Tips on Choosing your Wedding Theme

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So it’s finally real. He got down on bended knee, pulled out one sparkler of a ring, proposed and she said yes.

 

This life-altering event is generally followed by the bride-to-be envisioning herself walk down the aisle, wearing her version of idyllic wedding dress, which, despite being a couple of sizes smaller, fits her suddenly-shrunken frame.

Abruptly, the staggering chasm between dreams and reality makes itself felt and frenzied panic sets in. Several parallel universes of potential wedding choices open up transporting the bride-to-be into somewhat of a black hole. Once the budgeting and financial planning are dealt with, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get down to the practicalities of organising your most memorable day!

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Rather than focusing on the specifics, it might be preferable for the couple to decide on the general feel of the event. Think less about the contents of the reception menu or the colour of the bridal party’s dresses and more about the overall ambience of your special day.

Here is where setting a theme for the wedding, can be very helpful, in narrowing down choices to be better aligned to the couple’s taste and personality. Here prospective bride and groom get to sit down and talk about their ideas for the event. Clear communication, tact and sensitivity are prerequisites here.

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Various themes are popular for weddings in Malta, particularly:

 

  • Colour
    think anything from bright pops of colour to muted pastels and sultry nudes
  • Season
    Vivaldi brought all four seasons to life with the notes he composed for violins, you can focus on one, for the theme of your wedding
  • Classic
    less is really more here, trusting in the elegant understatement of the tried-and-tested
  • Boho chic
    Bohemian meets hippy in this easy-flowing, trendy style
  • Vintage
    Retro was so good that it made a glorious comeback
  • Floral
    Since weddings are considered to be the greatest celebration of love, it comes as no surprise that these are so closely linked to flowers. Pretty petals of various hues and their fragrant smells alone set the imagination alight.
  • Traditional
    Local customs have their own enchanting lore
  • Contemporary
    Step into modern times, with verve and style

 

The Mood Board

 

 

A good tool to help the couple select their very own theme is to jointly develop a mood board for the wedding.  This helps the couple immediately as it serves as a practical and visual guideline defining the overall motif of the wedding.

A mood board consists of visual images which inspire the couple about their theme. Images can be related to weddings, but they can also be more generic and inspirational, perhaps focusing on design, colour and accessories. The mood board can serve as a pleasant reminder of what really suits the couple’s tastes and personality style, enabling them to bring the entire event together, in a coordinated and stylish manner.

Time

Selecting the right time for your event, can help you brand it and generate a particular atmosphere on your special day. You can replicate the theme even before the event, through save-the-date cards and invitations, offering your guests a little teaser about the event. The venue, wedding party attire and even the wedding cake itself can all give the theme a nod.

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Do Not Overdo it

A good piece of advice here is not to overdo it. Don’t go for a purple wedding cake just because you’ve themed your wedding in that colour. More tasteful and advisable might be to go for purple sashes around each tier of the white wedding cake. Similarly, a white wedding dress can echo the purple motif with a bouquet which includes a few purple flowers. You can also reinforce the mood and style of your event by having a themed backdrop for guest photos.

 

Caution

A final word of caution, particularly for those who easily get carried away on a flight of fancy – wedding photos last forever, so beware of kitschy and garish themes.  Even if your groom is an avid biker, no need to get out his leather chaps for the big day.  Similarly, no matter how much into Pokemon the bride is, nobody need find Pikachu on the big day!


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Find the Best Wedding Dress Style for your Figure

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Brides come in all shapes and sizes. Whatever your figure is, TheWeddingSite.com brings you the styles of wedding dresses that work best for your body shape.

 

Body Shape: Round / Apple

Full bust, full hips and no waist definition.

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Best Wedding Dress Style: Empire

Raised waistline that sits just below the bust.


Body Shape: Triangle / Pear

Broader hips than shoulders.

Best Wedding Dress Style: A-Line / Princess

Resembles an uppercase ‘A’.  The skirt is fitted around the bodice and flows out to the ground. The long lines slim down and lengthen the figure whilst accentuating the bust and waist line.


Body Shape: Hourglass

Full bust and full hips with waist definition.

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Best Wedding Dress Style: Mermaid

Hugs the body and shows every curve. Shaped like a mermaid, it fits closely to the body from the chest to the knee and flares out to the hem. This style highlights the curves of a woman’s body.


Body Shape: Rectangle

Straight up and down proportions. Very little waist definition.

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Best Wedding Dress Style: Column / Sheath

A very straight body hugging design that has a narrow shape flowing straight down from the neckline to the hem. Helps petite figures to appear taller.


Body Shape: Inverted Triange

Broad shoulders and small hips.

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Best Wedding Dress Style: Ball Gown

A fitted bodice with a long flared skirt reaching the floor. This style helps to accentuate the waist.


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Tips on Choosing your Bridal Bouquet

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Whilst a bride would hope to add a personal significance to her bouquet, one should also realise that in the past times, a great deal of symbolism surrounded wedding bouquets.

If we take a look at the customs of ancient times we see that a symbol of fertility was at the heart of the tradition and the bride would carry items such as bundles of wheat and only later various floral garlands. Today we perhaps neglect the fertility sign, but we have held steadfast on to the beauty and romance inspired by the floral bouquet.

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Your bouquet should complement your wedding dress. It is not difficult to go over the top with a gorgeous yet overpowering arrangement, but you have to envisage the finished picture before making a final choice. Small bouquets are popular, such as the round cluster bouquet, and are available in any number of different flower combinations. You should avoid a heavy elaborate bouquet that cannot balance the dress or the build of the bride.

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Essentially, if the bouquet is too big it will be difficult to manage and will also draw attention away from the bride and her dress. Remember that the proportions of any decorations and accessories worn by the bride and her bridesmaids have to be taken into consideration before a final decision can be taken.

The personal touch of the bride can be exhibited by matching her style with the overall theme and atmosphere of the wedding.  Sometimes we see an unexpected colour as the base flower and well it should, if the personality of the bride can take it.

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There is an infinite range of colours and shades to choose from and probably the best advice is to go with what suits you and to stick to a blend of colours rather than a single one.  Contrast is always good especially against the single colouring of a wedding gown. Also if you decide on an extravagant gown perhaps the best bouquet is a simple one and vice versa. Either way the effect can be elegant and graceful and balanced.

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On a practical note, bear in mind the amount of time the flowers will be on show. From the moment you are taking photographs to the time that you are at the reception, the flowers will have to endure at least half the time in the open air, which can be very dehydrating. Select flowers that suit the local environment and, if necessary, use a bouquet holder whereby flowers will be held constantly in a small amount of water.



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How to Write your Wedding Invitations (English Version)

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Your wedding invitations are formal invitations and must be written with great care. The invitations hold the power of the first impression of your wedding. So give the task its time, start early and do not rush it.

Here are some guidelines to help you with the task;

Always address persons by their correct title.  For example Mr., Miss or Mrs.

Ms. is the correct title to use when a woman’s marriage status does not need to be disclosed. Ms. is ideal when addressing a widow or a divorcee. Nicknames and abbreviations should not be used. Below is a list of courtesy titles most commonly used.

In this example the guest’s name is Kevin Borg and his wife is Mary Borg.  In some cases we use Mary’s maiden surname, Falzon, as an example of a woman who kept her maiden surname.

Inv and Env stand for Invitation and Envelope respectively.

Please Note: This information is for general guidelines only. Please consult your wedding invitations’ supplier / printer in case of difficulty.

 

Married Couple

Inv: Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Borg
Env: Mrs. K. Borg

(Whilst the above format is the correct way of addressing any invitation envelope according to proper etiquette, many persons are not used to it. You might prefer to use the more common format –
Env: Mr and Mrs. K Borg)

 

Married Couple and their Children

Inv: Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Borg and Family
Env: Mrs. K. Borg

 

Married Couple – Wife kept her maiden surname

Inv: Mr Kevin Borg and Mrs Mary Falzon
Env: Mrs. M. Falzon

 

Husband is a doctor (MD)

Inv: Doctor Kevin Borg &  Mrs. Borg
Env: Mrs. K. Borg

 

Wife is a doctor (MD)

Inv: Mr.Kevin Borg and Doctor Mary Borg
Env: Doctor Mary Borg

 

Wife is a doctor (MD) – kept maiden surname

Inv: Mr.Kevin Borg and Doctor Mary Falzon
Env: Doctor Mary Falzon

 

Husband is a Lawyer

Inv: Dr. Kevin Borg &  Mrs. Borg
Env: Mrs. K. Borg

 

Wife is a Lawyer

Inv: Mr.Kevin Borg and Dr.Mary Borg
Env: Dr. Mary Borg

 

Wife is a Lawyer – kept maiden surname

Inv: Mr.Kevin Borg and Dr.Mary Falzon BA LLD
Env: Dr. Mary Falzon

 

Married couple, both Doctors

Inv: Drs. Kevin and Mary Borg
or
Inv: Dr. Kevin Borg and Dr.Mary Borg
Env: Dr. Mary Borg

 

Married couple, both Doctors (kept maiden surname)

Inv: Drs. Kevin and Mary Borg
or
Inv: Dr. Kevin Borg and Dr. Mary Falzon
Env: Dr. Mary Falzon

 

Husband is a Judge

Inv: The Hon. Mr. Justice Kevin Borg & Mrs. Borg
Env: Mrs. K Borg  (Mrs. M. Falzon if she kept her maiden surname)

 

Husband is a Lieutenant

Inv: Lieutenant Kevin Borg and Mrs. Borg
or
Inv: Lieutenant and Mrs. Kevin Borg

Env: Mrs. K. Borg (Mrs. Mary Falzon if she kept her maiden surname)

 

Wife is a Lieutenant

Inv: Mr. Kevin Borg and Lieutenant Mary Borg
Env: Lieutenant Mary Borg (Lieutenant Mary Falzon if she kept her maiden surname)

 

Husband is a Major

Inv: Major Kevin Borg and Mrs. Borg
or
Inv: Major and Mrs. Kevin Borg
Env: Mrs. Kevin Borg (Mrs. Mary Falzon if she kept her maiden surname)

 

Wife is a Major

Inv: Mr. Kevin Borg and Mayor Mary Borg
Env: Mayor Mary Borg (Mayor Mary Falzon if she kept her maiden surname)

 

Unmarried couple living together

Inv: Miss Mary Falzon, Mr. Kevin Borg
Env: Miss Mary Falzon

 

Divorced female (kept maiden surname)

Inv: Ms. Mary Borg
Env: Ms. Mary Borg

 

Divorced female (reclaimed maiden surname)

Inv: Ms. Mary Falzon
Env: Ms. Mary Falzon

 

Woman is a widow

Inv: Mrs. Mary Borg
Env: Mrs. Mary Borg

 

Unmarried female (and boyfriend/guest)

Inv: Miss Mary Falzon
or
Inv: Miss Mary Falzon and boyfriend
or
Inv: Miss Mary Falzon and guest

Env: Miss Mary Falzon

 

Sisters living together

Inv: Ms. Mary Falzon and Ms. Anna Falzon
Env: Misses Mary and Anna Falzon (use ‘Messrs’ instead of ‘Misses’ for males)

 

Sisters living together, one is a widow

Inv: Mrs Mary Borg and Ms Anna Falzon
Env: Misses Mary and Anna Falzon

 

Friends living together

Inv: Miss Mary Borg and Miss Anna Falzon
Env: Misses Mary and Anna Falzon (use ‘Messrs’ instead of ‘Misses’ for males)

 

Clergy male

Inv: Fr. Kevin Borg
Env: The Rev. Kevin Borg

 

Teenage girl under 18 years

Inv: Mary Falzon or Miss Mary Falzon
Env: Miss Mary Falzon

 

Teenage boy under 18 years

Inv: Kevin Borg or Master Kevin Borg
Env: Master Kevin Borg

 

‘Children’ over 18 years:

Inv: Mr. Kevin Borg (or Miss Mary Falzon)
Env: Mr. Kevin Borg (or Miss Mary Falzon)
(a separate invitation should be sent to children over 18 years old even if they still live with their parents)



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How to Write your Wedding Invitations (Maltese Version)

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Dawn huma ftit ezempji ta’ kif ghandhom jigu ndirizzati l-inviti bil-Malti.

Din l-informazzjoni ghandha isservi biss bhala gwida. Dejjem ikkonferma mal-istampatur tal-inviti tieghek.

 

Koppja Mizzewga

Inv: Is-Sur u s-Sinjura Kevin Borg
Env: Lis-Sinjura K. Borg

(Filwaqt li l-metodu t’hawn fuq huwa l-mod formali skond il-protokoll ta’ kif tindirizza l-envelop, hafna nies m’humiex familjari ma’ dan il-metodu u jistghu jahsbu li gie miktub bi zball. Ghalhekk hawn min jippreferi juza l-metodu l-iktar komuni –
Env: Is-Sur u S-Sinjura K Borg)

 

Koppja Mizzewga bit-tfal

Inv: Is-Sur u s-Sinjura Kevin Borg u l-familja
Env: Is-Sinjura K. Borg

 

Koppja Mizzewga bit-tfal gharajjes

Inv: Is-Sur u s-Sinjura Kevin Borg u l-familja u l-gharajjes
Env: Is-Sinjura K. Borg

 

Koppja Mizzewga (Il-mara zammet kunjomha)

Inv: Is-Sinjura Mary Falzon u s-Sur Kevin Borg
Env: Is-Sinjura Mary Falzon

 

Koppja Mizzewga u r-ragel tabib

Inv: It-Tabib u s-Sinjura Kevin Borg MD
Env:Is-Sinjura Kevin Borg

 

Koppja Mizzewga u l-mara tabib

Inv: Is-Sur Kevin Borg u t-Tabiba Mary Borg
Env: It-Tabiba Mary Borg

 

Koppja Mizzewga u l-mara tabib (Il-mara zammet kunjomha)

Inv: Is-Sur Kevin Borg u t-Tabiba Mary Falzon
Env: It-Tabiba Mary Falzon

 

Koppja Mizzewga u r-Ragel Avukat

Inv: L-Avukat Kevin Borg u s-Sinjura Borg
Env: Iis-Sinjura K. Borg

 

Koppja Mizzewga u l-Mara Avukat

Inv: Is-Sur Kevin Borg u l-Avukat Mary Borg
Env: L-Avukat Mary Borg

 

Koppja Mizzewga u l-Mara Avukat (Il-mara zammet kunjomha)

Inv: Is-Sur Kevin Borg u l-Avukat Mary Falzon
Env: L-Avukat Mary Falzon

 

Koppja Mizzewga fejn it-tnejn huma lawrjati

Inv: It-Tabib Kevin Borg u l-Avukat Mary Borg
Env: L-Avukat Mary Borg (L-Avukat Mary Falzon jekk zammet kunjomha)

 

Koppja Mizzewga, ir-Ragel Fizzjal

Inv: Il-Fizzjal K. Borg u s-Sinjura Borg
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Inv: Il-Fizzjal u s-Sinjura Kevin Borg
Env: Is-Sinjura K. Borg

 

Koppja Mizzewga, il-Mara Fizzjal

Inv: Is-Sur Kevin Borg u l-Fizzjal Mary Borg
Env: Il-Fizzjal Mary Borg (Il-Fizzjal Mary Falzon jekk zammet kunjomha)

 

Koppja Mizzewga, ir-Ragel Maggur

Inv: Il-Maggur K. Borg u s-Sinjura Borg
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Inv: Il-Maggur u s-Sinjura Kevin Borg
Env: Is-Sinjura K. Borg

 

Koppja Mizzewga, il-Mara Maggur

Inv: Is-Sur Kevin Borg u l-Maggur Mary Borg
Env: Il-Maggur Mary Borg (Il-Maggur Mary Falzon jekk zammet kunjomha)

 

Koppja mhux Mizzewga li jghixu flimkien

Inv: Is-Sur Kevin Borg u s-Sinjorina Mary Falzon
Env: Is-Sinjorina Mary Falzon

 

Armla wahedha

Inv: Is-Sinjura Mary Borg
Env: Is-Sinjura Mary Borg

 

Xebba waheda

Inv: Is-Sinjorina Mary Falzon
Env: Is-Sinjorina Mary Falzon

 

Xebba u l-mistieden taghha

Inv: Is-Sinjorina Mary Falzon u l-mistieden taghha
Env: Is-Sinjorina Mary Falzon

 

Xebba gharusa

Inv: Is-Sinjorina Mary Falzon u l-gharus
Env: Is-Sinjorina Mary Falzon

 

Ahwa nisa jghixu flimkien

Inv: Is-Sinjorina Mary Falzon u s-Sinjorina Anna Falzon
Env: Is-Sinjorini Mary u Anna Falzon

 

Ahwa nisa jghixu flimkien, wahda armla

Inv: Is-Sinjura Mary Borg u s-Sinjorina Anna Falzon
Env: Lis-Sinjuri Mary u Anna Falzon

 

Hbieb nisa jghixu flimkien

Inv: Is-Sinjorina Mary Borg u s-Sinjorina Anna Falzon
Env: Lis-Sinjorini Mary u Anna Falzon

 

Ekklezjastici

Inv: Il-Kanonku Kevin Borg
Env: Ir-Rev. Kanonku Kevin Borg

 

Qassis

Inv: Fr. Kevin Borg
Env: Ir-Rev. Kevin Borg

 

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The Wedding Shoe Game

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Have some fun at your wedding!  Organise the Wedding Shoe Game and have a good laugh!  Here is how it works:

 

At the reception, grab two chairs and place them back to back in the middle of the reception venue.  Sit down, take off your shoes and swap one of them so you are now holding two different shoes.

A person on the microphone announces the game and starts asking questions from a pre-prepared list.  For each question both bride and groom answer by raising the shoe of the person who best fits the answer.

For example, the caller asks “Who is the worst driver?” If the bride thinks that her husband is, she raises the hand in which she is holding his shoe, otherwise she raises her shoe.  Same applies to the groom.The questions

The questions must be prepared beforehand by someone close to you, such as the maid of honour and the best man, without disclosing them.  We suggest having around twenty questions so that the game takes around ten minutes.  The game becomes funnier when questions start to get a little personal.

If preferred, instead of shoes, you could use coloured flags or something similar.

Have fun!

Sample questions to ask;

  • Who talks the most?
  • Who is the better cook?
  • Who is the grumpiest in the morning?
  • Who is most likely to organize a holiday?
  • Who said “I love you” first?
  • Who mentioned marriage first?
  • Who is the most romantic?
  • Who is the best driver?
  • Who argues most?
  • Who is the most stubborn?
  • Who is most likely to be late?
  • Who spends more time on Facebook?
  • Who really made the first move?
  • Who spends the most time in front of the mirror?
  • Who is the most attractive?
  • Who has the most clothes?
  • Who spends more on clothes?
  • Who pays the bills?
  • Who is the loudest?
  • Who is most likely to kill a cockroach?
  • Who will be doing the dishes?
  • Who is the fittest?
  • Who will fall asleep first tonight?
  • Who snores the loudest?
  • Who was the first to pass wind in front of the other?
  • Who is most likely to use all the hot water?
  • Who is in charge of the remote control?
  • Who spends the most money?

 

For the end leave a good question that both fit the answer like;

  • Who do you love most?

Feel free to amend this list and add your own questions but remember to keep the question light, funny and not too serious. Just in case you don’t like the idea of using shoes, you could use a blue and pink flag or anything similar.

See the game at a real wedding;

Photo /video credit Cyndi Erbe / Youtube



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Applying for the Malta Government Marriage Grant

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Did you know that a Maltese resident who marries is eligible to a Marriage Grant of a maximum of €271.04?  This grant is paid per person, that is, the maximum grant payable per couple is €542.08.

 

Eligibility

1. Maltese Nationals having contributed at least 26 SSCs prior to date of marriage.
2. EU Nationals with permanent Maltese residence.

Application for the Marriage Grant should reach Department of Social Security within six months from date of marriage.

Procedure

In order to apply for the Marriage Grant, the person must fill in the prescribed application form, which can be obtained either from the Department of Social Security or from your local District Social Security Office or online through the links below. Once completed, the form must be returned to the same office within six months from date of marriage.

Documents Required

Normally, when applying for the Marriage Grant, there is no need to present a marriage certificate, provided that the marriage was registered in Malta. However, when a marriage cannot be verified against official records, the marriage certificate will be required.

Back Office Process

Once a claim is received, it is registered. An assessment of the contributions paid will be made, and the other eligibility criteria are verified. The claimant is then informed whether his/her claim was accepted or rejected. In the case of the former, payment will be effected.

How to apply?

You can apply by obtaining the respective application form from any Social Security District Office or online via the link below.

Please Note:

In October 2014, the Ministry had announced that couples need not apply for the marriage grant and that the Department will automatically contact couples to process their grant.  However, as at time of writing, the Ministry’s official website still states that couples have to apply through the respective form.  Thus we suggest that, before applying, newly weds contact the Ministry (details below) to obtain the latest information.

For more info:

Department of Social Security
Short Term Benefits Section
38, Ordnance Street,
Valletta VLT 2000

Telephone: (+356) 2590 3000
Website and Application Forms

 



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The Wedding/Civil Union VAT Expenses Grant

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The Wedding Civil Union Vat Expenses Grant

Married couples may claim back the VAT (Value Added Tax) spent on wedding services. This scheme applies to expenditure incurred on the supply of goods and services relating to weddings where, on the date of marriage/civil union, at least one of the spouses is a citizen of Malta.

 

Below please find more details as per  Government Notice No 965.


Area of applicability

This scheme applies to expenditure incurred by eligible applicants who get married or enter into a civil union on or after the effective date, on the supply of goods and services relating to their wedding/civil union ceremony, which function is performed in Malta and where, on the date of marriage/civil union, at least one of the applicants is a person residing in Malta.

In the case where one of the applicants party to such a marriage or civil union has already benefited from such a scheme through a previous marriage or civil union but which marriage or civil union has been legally dissolved/annulled, the grant entitlement under this scheme would be reduced by a fraction of one half.

In the case where both parties of such a marriage or civil union have already benefited from such a scheme through previous marriages or civil unions no grant would be awarded.


Expenditure to be reported

The expenditure to be reported is in respect of the supply of goods and services indicated in the Second Schedule to this scheme.

 

Manner of application and supporting documents

(1) Applications under this scheme shall be made on the form set out in the First Schedule to this Scheme and shall contain all the information, details and documents as required in the said form and in terms of this Scheme.

(2) Applications shall be accompanied by the documents shown hereunder:

(a) original fiscal receipts showing the payments made by the applicants to the suppliers of the goods and services related to their wedding/civil union ceremony:

However, where the goods and services are not purchased from a supplier in Malta, the original invoice issued by the supplier indicating the type of goods or services acquired, together with a delivery note, original documentary proof that final payment has been affected and clearance from Maltapost/Department of Customs as may be required. This documentation should establish that the goods and services in question were purchased by, delivered to and paid for by the applicants. In addition, where required the goods shall also have a certificate that attests conformity with EU health and safety standards;

(b) a copy of the Identity Card of the applicants or in the absence of an Identity Card a copy of any other official document as described under the definition of “person residing in Malta”;

(c) any other document which the Minister for Finance may, from time to time, require.

 

(3) Only those applications that are found to conform to the provisions of this Scheme shall be eligible for payment of the grant referred to in paragraph 5 of this scheme.

 

(4) Applications under this scheme, including the documents required to be submitted with the application, shall be furnished to the VAT Department, Centre Point Building, Triq Ta’ Paris, Birkirkara BKR 4633 by not later than six months (180 days) from the date of the wedding/civil union ceremony.

Applications received ‘late’, that is after the six month period, shall be deemed to be invalid applications.


5. Grant payable under the Scheme

The grant payable under the scheme on a valid application made by eligible applicants shall be calculated on a pro-rata basis at 13.04% commensurate with the expenditure reported in the application and in any case shall not exceed a maximum of one thousand seven hundred and forty seven euro (€1,747).

 

6. Payment of grant

The grant will be paid jointly to the applicants by cheque posted at the address indicated on the application form.

 

7. Validity of application

An application shall not be deemed to be valid unless:

(a) it is full and complete in all material aspects;

(b) it is accompanied by all the relevant documentation;

(c) is furnished to the VAT Department by not later than six months from the date of the wedding/civil union ceremony as is stipulated in Section 4 of this scheme.

 

8. Duration of the scheme

This scheme shall remain in force for an indefinite period from the effective date, until such time that the Minister for Finance may opt to terminate it by a notice to be published in the Government Gazette.


9. Amendments to the scheme

The Minister for Finance shall have the right to, from time to time, make amendments to the Scheme by publication of the said amendments in the Gazette.

 

Categories of supplies of goods and services connected with weddings/civil union ceremonies.

 

1. Hairdresser – Beautician – Make-up artist.

2. Bridal/Partner wear including bridesmaids’/pageboys.

3. Hire of suits: bridegroom/partner, witnesses, bestman, ushers, etc.

4. Bridal/Partner car and other chauffeur hired cars.

5. Flowers and floral arrangements.

6. Audio visual services: video – audio recordings – photography.

7. Services of singer/choir/musicians at wedding /civil union ceremony.

8. Services of singers/musicians/bands disco at wedding/civil union reception.

9. Hire of wedding/civil union reception venue.

10. Catering, beverages and waiter services at wedding/civil union reception.


Application Form

Applications shall be made on the proper form and shall contain all the information, details and documents as required in the said form.  The respective application form can be downloaded from the Ministry for Finance on this link.


Submitting the Application

Applications under this Scheme, including the documents required to be submitted with the application, should reach the VAT Department within three (3) months from the date of marriage. Applications forms should be sent to

Value Added Tax Department
16, Centre Point Building
Triq Ta’ Paris
B’Kara
BKR 4633


Payment of Grant

The grant will be paid jointly to the husband and wife by cheque posted to the address shown on the application.


Validity of Application

An application shall not be deemed to have been submitted unless it is full and complete in all material respects and unless it contains all the information and is accompanied by all the documents requested therein.


Amendments to the Scheme

The Minister of Finance shall have the right to make any amendments to this Scheme by the publication of the said amendments in the Gazette.


For more info:

Minister of Finance, the Economy and Investment
Maison Demandols
South Street
Valletta
VLT 1102

Tel: 25998244, 25998202
Email: info.mfin@gov.mt
Web: http://www.finance.gov.mt

 

VAT Department
16, Centre Point Building
Ta’ Paris
B’Kara
BKR 4633

Telephone: (+356) 153
Email: vat@gov.mt
Web: http://www.vat.gov.mt