There is no doubt that the Maltese are a people who enjoy eating and drinking – especially when it comes to a wedding! This, however, can be a bit of a headache for the bride- and groom-to-be, particularly when it comes to choosing what alcohol and drinks are on offer, and how much is available.

 wedding cocktails lined up

What kinds of drinks should I have?

On top of the usual water, juices and soft drinks, it is very important to have a well-stocked bar at your wedding. This means that wine, beer and spirits (along with mixers) need to be available. Research has shown that a normal ratio should be 20% liquor, 15% beer and 65% wine.

Nowadays, having a cocktail bar has also become a staple, and from cocktail vans to cocktail booths, there are many options for you to choose from.


How much alcohol will I need?

It is estimated that every guest will have one drink per every hour of reception; and that every bottle of wine has five servings, a 75cl bottle of spirit has 18 servings and one bottle/can of beer has one serving. That means that if your wedding reception starts at 9pm and finishes at 2am, you will require either a bottle of wine, 5 bottles of beer or a little over a quarter of a bottle of liquor per person attending (excluding children, of course).


Where can I buy my alcohol from?

Many venues and caterers usually provide this service, or are affiliated with someone who can provide it. Getting the whole package from one place may make things cheaper; however, should you wish to get your alcohol directly from a supplier, this can usually be done. To ensure that you don’t end up with a lot of unopened bottles of alcohol, many suppliers take back any unused stock and give you full refund – however, make sure you both agree to this in writing prior to placing the order.

shabby chic wedding cocktail bar

Can I have a paid bar?

Although in Malta guests are not usually made to pay for their drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), in other parts of Europe this is sometimes done – and that can work if you have a destination wedding in Malta. Ultimately, there is nothing wrong with having a paid bar at your wedding, and it will definitely save you a lot of money. Nevertheless do keep in mind that it is not customary here.

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