Boat Wedding Venues Amsterdam | Tie The Knot under the Skinny Bridge!

Boat wedding venues woman in pink dress holding a book reading to bride and groom

Boat wedding venues in Amsterdam give you the opportunity to set sail along the canal belt and say “YES, I do” under the Skinny Bridge. Also known as the Magere brug, and located on the Amstel river the waterway was featured in the James Bond film “Diamonds are Forever”.

But, how do you set the scene this spring or summer time and tie the knot? Well, it is said if you kiss on or under the Amsterdam bridge of love, you will have eternal love and commitment. However, if you are a non-Dutch resident, there’s something you must tackle before you plan your nuptials onboard.

According to the law of the Netherlands, a legal civil ceremony must take place on dry land, before you navigate the waterways. And it should be in the country where you live.

So, before you hail all hands on deck, pull up the anchor and set course as the skipper, you’ll need to know what your boating options are. No worries. I’ve rounded up some amazing boat wedding venues in Amsterdam to inspire you. Get ready to hoist up the mast. Here we go…

Boat Wedding Venues | Amsterdam

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Skinny bridge on Amstel river – Amsterdam

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Skinny bridge [Magere brug] – Amsterdam Bridge of Love. Imagine cruising by this iconic bridge, you can exchange your rings, speak your vows and seal it all with a kiss. Not only that, the sensational scenery on the canals [grachtengordel] allows you to fully immerse in the Dutch boating experience.

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht Private Canal Boat

Waterside wedding  restaurantsamsterdamimage | Andaz Amsterdam

Tell me is this your first time in Amsterdam? Well, with the surge of excitement, you might like to be skippered on a canal belt [grachtengordel] cruise. Andaz Prinsengracht hotel has a direct pick-up spot in front of the main entrance. Via the reception you can hire a customised boat for sightseeing with your guests. Otherwise, choose one that best suits your wedding vision.

 Jeroen Krabbe Boat wedding company, Amsterdam

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Thera & Kevin ” Love is a ship forever setting sail”


Also widely known on the Amsterdam waterways is this ideal floating location. Jeroen Krabbe boat is certified as an approved wedding venue. And along with other luxury ships and friendly passenger liners your guaranteed 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. 

Rent a Boat wedding, Amsterdam

sailing boats on a wide canal

Amsterdam canal belt – gordelgracht

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Boat wedding venues have their own skippers and come in every shape, size and shade. Celebrate your marriage wedding in sheer elegance with Rent a Boat Amsterdam, and with peace of mind. The pick up and drop off locations allow you and your guests to be ferried through the canal belt of Amsterdam. Moreover, the stunning backdrops are a buoyant start to a trip of a lifetime.

Rederij de, Amsterdam

blue boats canal tour amsterdam located near hard rock cafePhoto credit: Jon Dickson

Thirdly, push the boat out and rent the oldest sailing passenger vessel of the Netherlands. Aboard an environmentally friendly pleasure boat you can “call ship ahoy” from the heart of its hub. With an enormous fleet of historic Dutch barges, elegant and modern city tenders you’ll have a wonderful time. In addition, hire a complete dining service. Transform your wedding into happiest day of your life with Rederij de Nederlanden.

Magere Brug fully opened to allow a barge through.

Famous bridge that crosses the Amstel river.

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

several barges and house boats located along the amsterdam canalPhoto credit:Carlos Perez

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 ceremonies on its extravagant cruise ships and cozy canal boats. 

VOC Ship, Amsterdam

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How about splashing out on an exclusive wedding theme based on the pirates of the Caribbean?  By boarding the 18th century VOC Ship it adds to the magic of your day. Coupled with that, this replica of the historical sailing vessel (spiegelretourschip) is anchored near to the Scheepvaartmuseum (ship museum). Finally, everyone will feel relaxed aboard this spectacular decorative ship.

Classic boat tours

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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.

Rederij de Jordaan | boat wedding company

In addition, if you are planning an elopement wedding [2 – 12 guests], you might like to experience an authentic Dutch saloon boat. So, everyone will be impressed with your choice of floating wedding location. Equally important, Rederij de Jordaan is a private canal cruise with an experienced captain – Ryan:


Lastly, all the above boat rental companies have implemented strict Dutch RIVM guidelines to prevent contamination and the spread of Covid-19. And that means they operate under protected conditions. Therefore, please be aware of the following:

  • The boat, toilet, tables and doorknobs will be cleaned and disinfected upon your arrival.
  • Limited number of wedding guests allowed onboard [contact the boat you desire for more details].
  • A social distance of 1.5 metres apart must be adhered
  • Reduced personalised service due to Covid-19
  • Guests on board must follow boating staffs instructions
  • Toilet facilities maybe restricted


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About Clover Jean: I'm a Londoner based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Being a specialist celebrant | marriage officiant | wedding ceremonies MC with a gospel & soul choir is rewarding work. So, my guilty pleasures are fine dining, travel hotspots 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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