Did you have to cancel or postpone your wedding due to Covid-19? The government has announced that the grant which was initially announced in 2020 as part of the Economic Regeneration Plan will be extended until 31st December 2021 for a refund of deposits paid for weddings and civil ceremonies.
Minister Clyde Caruana said, “The government is aware that because of the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic, couples who had their wedding or civil union ceremony planned during these months had to adapt or postpone so this means they could have lost some deposits they had paid.”
The minister noted that the grant will now be extended for the course of 2021 as well. “As promised, we will continue to give all the help needed to our people to continue to alleviate the impact of the pandemic on families."
The minister said that for the first time, those couples who got married but cancelled their party will also benefit from this grant. Two million euros are allocated for this scheme and the grant will remain available until the allocation is fully utilized, with each couple being able to benefit up to €2,000. This is a one-time application.
The criteria eligible for this measure are:
1. Couples whose wedding / civil union ceremony was originally expected to take place between 8 March 2020 and 31 December 2021.
2. Couples who had paid deposits on goods and services related to their wedding / civil union ceremony as evidenced by the documents submitted
3. Those who will provide the services for the new wedding date may be different from those booked for the first wedding date.
More information can be found here.