Most foreigners’ first experience of a Maltese wedding is one of utter amazement. Never in their wildest dreams could they have imagined being a guest, at what often feels like a re-creation of a royal wedding. If the look on their face doesn’t give it away, their distinctively casual outfits are proof enough, of how unprepared they were for what was awaiting them. If only someone had told them before. That would have saved them the awkwardness and disapproving looks from the other guests.
You see, there is no such thing as a simple, relaxed Maltese wedding. Without the pomp, extravagance, and a dose of kitsch to make things more eclectic, it wouldn’t be worth the effort. Regardless of whether it’s a classical or a beach wedding, it’ll always be a grand affair for which, every guest is expected to make the effort to look their very best. So if you’re wondering what you should be wearing to your first Maltese wedding, here are some of the wardrobe pieces to definitely consider.
To a classical wedding, as most weddings tend to be, most men will opt for a suit. If the invitation doesn’t specify a dress code, assume this will be the case. Timeless colours, such as navy, grey, and black are the most popular choices with beige being a summer favourite; because even if a heatwave is on, you’re still expected to wear a suit.
For a more intimate wedding, a slightly less conservative outfit but which is still elegant, makes a more appropriate choice. Here, consider a sport coat without elbow patches, as your alternative to a suit. Whilst one can never go wrong with classic colours, a fancy sport coat can make it easier to add a bolder colour or pattern to an outfit, without making too much of a style statement, as long as the other outfit pieces are in neutral tones.
Although not most men’s preferred choice, a waistcoat is ideal for a vintage-themed wedding, or when it’s just too warm. Being less formal than a jacket, make sure the waistcoat doesn’t have any patch pockets or fit too loosely. These, as well as a fabric texture that isn’t smooth, make a waistcoat look more casual than elegant. To keep your outfit looking dressy, opt for a waistcoat in the same colour as the trousers.
It is the norm for men to wear a tie or bow tie, especially when wearing a suit. Bow ties are the preferred choice for men, whose style is less conservative. If opting for a waistcoat instead of a jacket, a tie or bow tie is highly recommended, as they compensate for the more casual look, that is the result of the absence of a jacket. However, for less formal summer weddings and if wearing a jacket, it is not uncommon for men to do away with the tie/bow tie. In that case, a pocket square and lapel pin will complete your outfit, adding a touch of sophistication, as well as personal style.
Whilst there are no strict rules as to what to wear, and it is becoming more common to come across different outfit styles at weddings, there are nevertheless, lines that should never be crossed. That includes anything that results in an outfit looking too casual. T-shirts, shorts, jeans, and sports shoes are the kind of clothing you will never see worn at a Maltese wedding, for doing so, might cause offence. Remember, you are less likely to be overdressed than underdressed, because the latter is always frowned upon, so no one wants to take the risk.