Canal Boat Wedding Venues Amsterdam | Tie The Knot Here!

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Congratulations! If you’re looking for a spot to host your wedding or anniversary, there’s no better place than canal boat wedding venues in Amsterdam. Imagine spending time soaking up the scenery and views of Amsterdam’s famous landmarks. It’s the ultimate venue for a day to remember. So, where do you start your search and plan an unforgettable wedding experience?

How do you set sail along the winding belt of the city with a wealth of waterways?  And there’s another problem, as a non-Dutch resident, tourist or foreigner, an official marriage on a boat is a challenge. There’s a big issue to tackle before you step onboard. According to the marriage law of the Netherlands, a small legal civil marriage ceremony (non-residents) must take place on dry land, prior to navigating the canals. And this should be done in the country where you live.

Once you’ve completed the paperwork (optional) you’re ready to sail off into the sunset. This wedding season, there’s a fair wind you’ll be welcomed aboard a Dutch saloon boat with open arms. So, before you hail all hands on deck, pull up the anchor and set course as ship’s captain, know your boating options. But don’t feel overwhelmed! Pick from a variety of sizes, shapes and styles – one of these amazing canal boat wedding venues in Amsterdam will do the trick. Get ready to hoist up the mast and cast away! Here are my favourite picks, let’s go.

Canal Boat Wedding Venues for Marriage Proposals and Ceremonies

Canal boat wedding venues colourful marriage celebrant and wedding couple smiling on a salon boat

Ultra-stylish weddings on a boat in Amsterdam – The beautiful Amstel river waterway was featured in the James Bond film “Diamonds are Forever”. Thera & Kevin ” Love is a ship forever setting sail”

Rederij Prinsengracht canal boat wedding venues

Modern ceremonies and nautical wedding dreams really come true on the classic saloon boats of Rederij Prinsengracht. Anchors away boat wedding packages are bespoke and tailored to your needs. Picture being transported to the Skinny bridge of Love. Cruising by this bridge, the exquisite bride and groom can exchange wedding rings, speak their vows and seal it all with a kiss.

Amsterdam Boat Experience

Amsterdam Boat Experience company endeavor to tailor their countless canal cruises and venues to your needs. With a whole raft of stylish, trendy and vintage boats, you’ll enjoy the sensational scenery aboard an understated luxury riverboat. You and your wedding party will have a relaxing cruise through the canals [grachtengordel]. Allowing you as newlyweds to fully immerse in a timeless Dutch boating experience.

weddings on a boat in Amsterdam couple looking at one another holding hands

Boat wedding venues of great glory, the flagships of Dutch heritage. Every couple with sea legs dreams of kissing under the iconic Skinny Bridge in Amsterdam, Holland bathed in sunlight. Also known as the Magere brug, it’s on the famous Amstel river in the heart of the vibrant city.

Rock That Boat. com

Congratulations you’re holding your wedding in Amsterdam. And with the surge of excitement, you might like to be skippered by Rock that Boat. Direct pick-up and drop-off spots can be arranged on the canal belt (grachtengordel). Hire the private canal boat Avanti or Liverpool. What about the luxurious canal boat Delphine customised for sightseeing with your wedding guests. Otherwise, choose a unique floating vessel in Amsterdam that rocks your boat.

Boot canal boat wedding venues

Boot nodig. nl (need a boot) has a multitude of iconic boat options for you. From Jeroen Krabbe, Jacob van Lennep, Wilhelmus and the Hildebrand boat you are spoilt for choice. Some boats are certified as approved wedding venues. The luxury ships and friendly passenger liners guarantee you a special day indoors or outdoors. Create a memorable wedding experience with a canal tour aboard an open top classic or modern love boat. Jeroen Krabbe Boats.

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Did you know? Kissing on or under the Amsterdam Skinny bridge, brings eternal love and lots of commitment.Ondine canal boat. image courtesy wedding couple Thera & Kevin.

Classic Boat Tours

Share magic moments together and have a whale of a time with family and friends on classic boat tours. From Prix D’Eau, La Reine or Libelle one of these stylish boat wedding venues are perfect for a marriage celebration in Amsterdam. Imagine meandering along the historic canals in sheer elegance on a unique Dutch saloon boat. The nice skippers are ready to welcome you and your guests aboard.

Rederij Aemstelland

Alternatively, push the boat out and rent one of the oldest sailing passenger vessels of the Netherlands. Aboard an environmentally friendly pleasure boat you can “call ship ahoy” from the heart of its hub. For instance, Salon boat Old Queen is spacious and seats up to 50 wedding guests. How does that sound? Get more info about a canal cruise at

Rederij De Nederlanden

Rederij De Nederlanden has an enormous fleet of unique historic Dutch barges, elegant and modern tenders for you to choose from. If you prefer a quieter setting away from the Amsterdam city buzz, book one of their boats.  You’ll have a wonderful wedding aboard Rederij de Nederlanden. Hire a complete dining and immaculate catering service. And transform your nuptials into the happiest day of your life on the water!

Rent a boat Amsterdam has officially appointed wedding venues. Imagine sailing along the breathtaking canals in one of their classic saloon boats. Be married in style in front of your family and friends. Thereafter bridge the gap between the ceremony and reception. Pick up and drop off locations allow everyone to be ferried through the canal belt of Amsterdam. Ready to celebrate?

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Couples can have their boat wedding in Amsterdam officiated by a friend, family member or celebrant /officiant. Famous bridge that crosses the Amstel river. Salonboot Ondine – image wedding couple

Amsterdam boat center’s Salon Barge Bota Fogo dates from 1890. This beautiful & luxurious sailing boat is perfect for your ceremony, reception and party. What’s more exciting the ship roof can be opened for everyone to enjoy the glorious sunshine [weather permitted]. Otherwise, have it closed for the wedding dinner and the evening celebrations. Capacity up to 75 people.

Stromma.NL canal boat wedding venues

Strömma, means ‘flow’ and allows you to ride the crest of a wave. Dedicated to helping you organize a stress free and pleasurable wedding day, this boat company is at your beckon call. It boasts a long history of excellent service. Not only that, they’re  one of Amsterdam’s most accommodating venues on the water. Stromma are experts at hosting extravagant ceremonies on their cozy canal boats.

VOC Ship Amsterdam

How about splashing out on an exclusive wedding theme based on the pirates of the Caribbean?  Imagine boarding the 18th century VOC Ship (spiegelretourschip), it adds to the magic of your day. The historical sailing vessel (spiegelretourschip), anchored near the Scheepvaartmuseum(ship museum) is perfect. Moreover, everyone will feel relaxed aboard this spectacular decorative ship. The stunning backdrop is a buoyant start to a trip of a lifetime.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Lastly, weddings on a boat are exciting, fun and exclusive. So, get the best wedding experience in Amsterdam aboard a luxurious classic boat tour. Imagine cruising thorough the canals and enjoying the beautiful views with your partner, family and friends. Plan your ceremony on board it seats [2 to 27 people]. Make your special day blissful with an unforgettable escapade.

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About Clover Jean: I'm a London, UK celebrant based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Officiating weddings, renewal of marriage vows and naming ceremonies is my passion. My guilty pleasures are singing with my Gospel & Soul choir, fine dining, travel hot spots and on-line retail therapy. What's yours? Get in touch, via Instagram #cloverjeanamsterdam or Facebook. LIKE, SHARE, SPREAD THE LOVE & see you soon!

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