Canal Boat Wedding Venues Amsterdam | Tie The Knot Here!

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Congratulations your getting married! Looking for unique canal boat wedding venues in Amsterdam? If things go well and with a fair wind you’ll be welcomed aboard here this season. So, how do you set sail along the winding canal belt while saying “YES, I do”?

Well, as a non-Dutch resident, there’s something that needs to be tackled before you step onboard. According to the law of the Netherlands, a small legal civil marriage ceremony must take place on dry land, before navigating the canals. And this is done in the country where you live.

So, before you hail all hands on deck, pull up the anchor and set course as the skipper,  know your boating options. So, if you feel overwhelmed, pick one of these amazing boat wedding venues in Amsterdam. Get ready to hoist up the mast. Here we go…

Canal Boat Wedding Venues | Amsterdam

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Boat wedding venues: Every couple dreams of kissing under the Skinny Bridge in Amsterdam, Holland bathed in sunlight. Also known as the Magere brug, it’s located on the famous Amstel river in the heart of the vibrant city.

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Rederij Prinsengracht wiil transport you to the Skinny bridge [Magere brug] – Amsterdam Bridge of Love. Imagine cruising by this iconic bridge, you can exchange your wedding rings, speak your vows and seal it all with a kiss.


And there’s more exciting news. Not only does Amsterdam Boat Experience show you a sensational scenery. The luxury riverboats take you and your wedding party on a nice cruise through the canals [grachtengordel]. This allows you as newlyweds to fully immerse in a timeless Dutch boating experience.

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The beautiful waterway was featured in the James Bond film “Diamonds are Forever”.

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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 boat customised for sightseeing with your guests. Otherwise, choose one that best suits your wedding vision.


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Thera & Kevin ” Love is a ship forever setting sail” – This beautiful couple set the perfect wedding scene aboard Jeroen Krabbe’s canal boat wedding venue.


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. 

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Don’t be afraid to go overboard with your boating ideas in Amsterdam canal belt – gordelgracht.

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Stylish boat wedding venues such as classic boat tours have their own skippers. And their unique salon boats come in every shape, size and shade. Celebrate your marriage celebration in sheer elegance with family and friends aboard Prix D’Eau, La Reine or Libelle in Amsterdam.


Rent a boat Amsterdam 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.

blue boats canal tour amsterdam located near hard rock cafe

Did you know? It is said if you kiss on or under the Amsterdam Skinny bridge, you will have eternal love and commitment.

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Thirdly, push the boat out and rent one of 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. For instance, Salon boat Old Queen is spacious and seats up to 50 wedding guests


Rederij De Nederlanden has an enormous fleet of historic Dutch barges, elegant and modern city tenders for you to choose from. You’ll have a wonderful wedding of a lifetime. In addition, hire a complete dining and catering service. Transform your nuptials into the happiest day of your life with Rederij de Nederlanden. 

Magere Brug fully opened to allow a barge through.

Couples can have their boat wedding in Amsterdam officiated by a friend, family member or celebrant /officiant. 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.

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. 

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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.

Skip forward to 2.05 to see the Skinny bridge


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.



In addition, if you are planning an elopement wedding [2 – 12 guests], you might like to experience an authentic Dutch saloon boat. So, impress your guests with your choice of floating wedding location. And here’s another secret I must spill, Rederij de Jordaan is a private canal cruise with an experienced captain. Contact 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:

  • Cleaned to perfection, the boat, toilet, tables and doorknobs are 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 ceremonial wedding - symbolic marriage officiant with a gospel & soul choir is rewarding work. So, my guilty pleasures are 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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