About YPA

Wedding Vows in Malta is one of the branches of the YPA group.

Ilona Busby (née Gambin), the founder, is an organizer by nature. Her love and talent for coordinating events, projects and tasks made her the person to go to whenever business colleagues, friends or family required assistance in any feat that needed organisational skills. In fact it was those closest to her that encouraged her to take her natural talent one step further.

This led to the set up of YPA in 2009. YPA's ultimate objective is that of making clients' lives easier by giving them peace of mind that the delegated task is being handled in a professional and efficient manner.

Wedding Vows in Malta takes that objective one step further. Whether your wedding needs a minor task to be seen to, or whether you require YPA to organise the full event, we have the resources to make your day a spectacular one, and vouch to go beyond your basic requests to deliver a wedding that surpasses even your expectations.

"Our success is based on the philosophy of always providing a personal, reliable and consistent service." Ilona



Testimonials – Wedding Vows In Malta by YPA 


"Words really cannot describe how helpful Ilona and her team were for our wedding day in Malta recently. We live approximately 3.5 hours away from Malta and the whole thing happened like a breeze, all our friends and family back home asked if we found it stressful planning a wedding abroad and I can honestly say we did not feel any stress, Ilona helped us find everything that we wanted (photographer, live singers, DJ, Florist) and we could not fault them at all. Ilona also helped us with the paper work requirements which was a huge help. It was just so amazing to see all their hard work come together on the day to be exactly what we wanted and more. Ilona still stayed in touch with us after the wedding as well. It really was a pleasure to meet Ilona and her team and we would recommend them to anyone wishing to get married in Malta. Thank you again, it means a lot to us how amazingly easy you made the whole experience xx"

Jade & Mark, UK


"Myself and Gerry cannot recommend Ilona enough. The moment we met her we knew we made the right decision to hire her. Not only is Ilona an excellent wedding planner she is very warm and kind. As we live abroad she organised everything for us and always put are mind at ease. She was always available to answer any questions and got back to us immediately. Nothing was a problem for her to organise. We had a perfect day and we will always be very grateful to her!!"

Rachel and Gerry, Ireland


"We had such an amazing wedding day and would like to thank you and the YPA team for everything you did to help make this possible.  We booked our vendors direct but as we live in England decided we needed help from a highly regarded local wedding planner and found Ilona.  Ilona is such a lovely lady and helped us in many ways.  Before we met Ilona we visited Malta and booked a small chapel and our reception venue.  After we sent our wedding invites we were delighted to find out that more guests could come to our wedding than we anticipated but this meant that we had to cancel the chapel we had booked and find a church which we hadn’t seen.  This was quite daunting as we were not travelling to Malta again until our wedding so Ilona helped us find the perfect church by narrowing down the search to the right location and recommending those she felt fitted our criteria the best (we didn’t want anything too big and wanted a nice area out the front for photos).  Ilona also sent us pictures of both the outside and the inside so we knew exactly what it looked like and how many people it would hold which made our choice stress free!  Ilona was a huge help with the legal paperwork.  She made the process so simple by sending us exactly what we needed and submitting it on our behalf.  She also took us to and from the registry and the Curia when we arrived in Malta so that this went smoothly.  Ilona recommended high quality vendors (without trying to add a huge mark-up which we realised some other planners did before we found Ilona!) and shared lots of helpful tips with us ranging from bringing headache tablets for guests to sharing the order of ceremony booklet she used for her own wedding which we were extremely grateful for!  Ilona even helped with recommending venues for pre-wedding drinks and trying a find a room at a reasonable price but big enough for me and my 8 bridesmaids to get ready in on the day!  Thanks again for everything!"

Siobhan & Tim, UK 


"So glad we found you! I remember thinking to myself, I'm not sure I need a wedding planner, I'm sure I can do this by myself. How wrong I was! There is no way I could have done this without you. What an excellent job so much effort put in to it. All the suggestions and tiny detail you paid attention to would not have crossed our minds in a million years and how about the zillion emails I sent you which you replied to every single one! Everything turned out perfectly thanks to you. We cannot thank you enough!"

Paula & Karl, Malta


"We wanted a small intimate wedding and it was just what we hoped it would be so we would like to thank you. In the 6 months of preparation, Ilona helped us with everything and solved all our problems (for example to arrange the paperwork in our case was not easy but she knew exactly what needed to be done). The service providers Ilona works with are absolute professionals and we were very satisfid with the services. The recommended scene was perfect for a wedding so the occasion felt as special as we'd hoped it would be. We recommend Ilona to be your wedding planner, you will not be disappointed!"

Anett & Laszlo, Hungary


"We would like to thank you and your husband for your help in organising and presiding our wedding ceremony in Malta. We were very happy with the wedding ceremony; without your and Abigail's help, the ceremony would not have gone so smoothly and could not have been so successful."

Lizzy & Alvydas, UK


"We were truly lucky to find such a wonderful person as Ilona to help us organise our wedding, it is hard to put into words how great she is! Ilona is extremely organised, always thinking 2 steps ahead to ensure the day goes off without a hitch. Her strong relationships with reliable suppliers, herself being Maltese but also having a clear understanding of how UK/Irish weddings may differ meant that she was able to secure excellent services for us, and follow up specific requests with ease and flare.

Ilona went above and beyond what we expected, going the extra mile to resolve dramas such as lost birth certificates and emergency dentist appointments, not your usual wedding planning issues! Ilona will do what it takes to make sure your wedding day is as special as you dream it to be.

The cherry on the cake for us is how genuinely warm and kind Ilona is, her genuine interest and care for your wedding and for you. Ilona's expertise, knowledge, humour and warmth makes her, in our opinion, the best wedding planner in Malta. We cannot recommend her enough."

Helena & Dave, UK


"Before choosing YPA to help us organise our wedding in Malta we had previously attended another wedding organised by them, so we were aware of the high standard and great service they provide. Once we contacted Ilona of YPA to arrange our own wedding, we were immediately greeted with warmth and excitement. In the run-up to the wedding they successfully tried to minimise any stress and anxiety by taking care of all the arrangements and providing us with options of the best deals available. They kept us updated back in the UK with every development and made the whole organisational part seem easy and with minimal problems. We had no doubt and true to form, we had the perfect wedding we wanted. Everything was discreetly coordinated in the background and everything ran smoothly. All the guests were well looked after and any wants/requests were well met or more than suitable alternatives offered. All in all, a very professional service with a friendly feel that couldn't do more for us and our guests throughout our stay in Malta, as well as during our preparations. Thank you Ilona and everyone involved for providing us with one of, if not the best day of our lives, we are eternally grateful."

Cris & Vicki, UK

"We really appreciated your help in organising our wedding. You were very professional throughout the entire process. Above all, you were very efficient, organized and provided very good advice. Working with you was a lot of fun."

Stephanie & Karl, Canada


"Duane and myself highly recommend Ilona to be your wedding planner in Malta. Her knowledge of the area is excellent and she kept us on the right path in regards to the official requirements and offered brilliant suggestions for the service itself. The venue that she recommended was wonderful and made our day so special. Ilona helped with arranging my bouquet and the flowers where beautiful. The hairdresser and make-up artist that she arranged where brilliant and I was very pleased with the outcome. Ilona is always happy to help and we found her very quick to respond to any query that we had, which is reassuring when you are organising a wedding via email. Our wedding day was wonderful and we want to take this opportunity to thank Ilona for helping to make it a lovely relaxed event. We couldn't have done it without her."

Christine and Duane, Northern Ireland


"We would like to thank Ilona for all her help in organising our wedding, from suggesting venues for the ceremony to sorting out all the paperwork.  She always replied promptly and sorted any requests we had.  The day ran completely smoothly and we couldn't have asked for better.  We would have no hesitation in recommending Ilona for weddings small or large."
Samantha and Alan, UK

"When Jon and I first started planning our wedding abroad, we knew we could never get it all together in time, and decided to shop around for a wedding planner. Ilona turned out to be the best choice we could have made for our day. Right from the beginning, when I explained that we were working on less than 3 months notice, and hadn't even started our plans, Ilona immediately knew what to do. She told us exactly what paperwork we needed and when to get it to her, reminding us of all the little things we'd need along the way.

She arranged my bouquet, a hairdresser, the photographer, and even the transport to and from the venue she so perfectly picked out for us with ease. It was almost as if I was over in Malta planning it myself, and yet it was all done via email and facebook!! Ilona took great care in finding everything we could dream of within our very tight budget and the very short notice.

When it came to finding witnesses, Jon and I were stumped, as we were heading over to get married alone. Ilona offered to supply the witnesses, and in actual fact, she and her husband joined us on our special day, and made the experience even more wonderful. She also helped us when it came to sorting things out at the registry office too!

All I can truly say is that without Ilona, we would probably wouldn't have been able to get married abroad, and definitely would not have had the quality that we ended up receiving.
So for this we would both like to say a huge Thank You Ilona, as you really made our dream come true!"

Samantha & Jonathan Robins, UK


“I have so many good things to say about planning a Malta wedding with YPA. It's a great company and Ilona is amazing; booking with her to plan our wedding is the best thing we ever did!Ilona's knowledge of the island and weddings is so extensive, she found everything we were looking for! And for us that was a tall order since we had some very specific ideas ;)Anything we needed was provided, no matter how big or small a chore, Ilona was always there for us. Her advice is invaluable; she is so well organised that we never had to worry about a thing; and we can't thank her enough for all her help.For over a year, Ilona was a guide, an adviser and a friend. Always there to answer questions, provide ideas and calm a frantic bride! She made planning our wedding fun; even in another country, which has the potential to be stressful, it was effortless and exciting.Ilona made our wedding dreams come true! Everything we could ever have asked for was taken care of efficiently and beautifully. The day was perfect and one we'll never forget. Thanks Ilona!
PS I just have to say, to all future brides, the perfect Malta wedding is just an email away, contact Ilona today!”

Laurie & Sean, UK


"Dear Ilona,
The Best Wedding planner in Malta!
You were and are fantastic. We couldn’t have done it without you. You kept us on track in the lead up to the wedding, introduced us to some great suppliers and worked incredibly hard on the day. Even with the huge time difference between Malta and Australia you always answered our queries through email straight away.
We sincerely thank you for helping to make our dreams come true.
Love Leanne and JP."
"Ilona left nothing unplanned - and even then she had a plan B in place for everything. Even after Ilona’s contract had finished she was offering assistance, such is the dedication of Ilona. She was the best investment we made for our day of celebration. We highly recommend her wholeheartedly!"

Leanne and John Paul, Ireland



"Ilona really knows her stuff! She has extensive knowledge of venues and suppliers across the islands…and more importantly she takes the initiative to make sure everything is in order and gets done. We felt comfortable relying on her and still work with her ever since. We highly recommend her"

Jenny and David, Malta


"With her expertise, organisations skills and warm personality, Ilona made us feel special from day one. Without any hesitation, we would recommend her to anyone.
Magical is the only word that comes close to describing how our wedding day was! Everything was absolutely perfect and we couldn’t have asked for more.
We deeply appreciate all of the excellent work that you did to ensure that our wedding day was unforgettable. Thank you!"

Maria and Daniel, Sweden


"Ilona did a fantastic job in helping us plan our wedding day.She made everything so easy and I praise her for dealing with us in our very stressed state.Ilona went out of her way to make us feel comfortable and I believe she went above and beyond anyone in her position would have done. I have great respect and admiration for YPA and I would recommend the Company to everyone and I would definitely use their services again if needed.
Your help was much appreciated."

Amber and Antonni, Australia



"Thank you for helping us to organise our wedding. We couldn't have done it without you and you made planning a wedding in a different country so easy.
The day was absolutely perfect and we couldn't have dreamed for it to go any better."

James and Jessica, UK


"Ilona is very efficient and immediately understood what we wanted from her and delivered it without hesitation. Besides producing a very good product, since we had the perfect celebration we wanted and in the format that we desired, she also added her input to improve what we had in mind and actually transformed the dreaded wedding organisation into an enjoyable experience in itself."

Frank and Patricia, Malta


''We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending YPA.
This is a company that is run by a very hard working and talented young lady.
They will arrange your event to fit your wishes and to fit within whatever budget they are given. Even if given short notice, the event will be brilliantly organised.
We had asked another company to organise our wedding in Malta for the 30th July 2009. When we went out in May 2009 to confirm details, we discovered that the company was no longer operating and had done virtually nothing to organise the wedding. We were given Ilona’s number and phoned her. She arranged a meeting within hours.
We discussed what we wanted and although we only had four days left in Malta, she managed to organise five places for us to view where the wedding could be held and we made our decision before we left Malta. They arranged the photographer, florist and entertainment.
She was in constant contact with us over all aspects of the wedding sending photos, menus and prices etc; via email.
When we arrived in Malta in the July we were taken to meet the photographer and the florist, who both did an excellent job. We were also taken to Gozo to meet the Registrar who was to perform the ceremony, and to discuss and finalise our requirements.
Ilona also organised a pamper day for the ladies and the hotel for our wedding night. She organised the transport for us and our guests, to and from the wedding and our transport back from Gozo to Malta the following day. She also dealt with the entertainment.
The whole wedding went off superbly and everyone had a fantastic time.
They turned our despair from being so badly let down by the previous company, to a fantastic and memorable day within the budget we had provided.
They handled everything with efficiency and with humour, it was like having a couple of really good friends organising the event for you.''

Keith & Hazel Murray, UK

Samantha & Jonathan Robins, UK
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