Civil Marriage Ceremonies Are Legally Recognised in Holland

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With the start of spring just around the corner civil marriage ceremonies in Holland are steadily on the rise. Not only that, but Dutch registrars are unique in comparison to other official officiants around the world. But, how do they register your marriage?

Well, “Registering a marriage with the Civil Registry (Dienst Basisinformatie, DBI) of your municipality is compulsory if you live in the Netherlands”. Source: www.iamsterdam.com. And I’ll let you in on another secret; unless you are a resident, officially living in Holland [settled status] arranging a civil wedding is extremely stressful. Why? You need to gain settlement status and full Dutch citizenship first.

So, how do you get the municipality to draw up a civil status record? That’s easy! Get all the answers you need at www.government.nl. And read below what you can expect during Dutch civil wedding ceremonies.

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Firstly, opting for a registrar [affiliated to the city hall] allows you to obtain a registered partnership | legal marriage license. However, many Dutch couples combine it with a celebrant officiated ceremony because it is more personal and adds an extra special touch to your wedding. Read how it works…

First step

(1) Welcome word by celebrant.

(2) The introduction speech.

(3) Wedding ceremony script speech (personalised on request).

(4) Government official – registrar. There is no legal declarations of consent (exchange of official marriage vows), such as; “Are you free, lawfully, to marry your partner?” proclaimed. However, the following wordings will complete the legal part of your marriage.

  • I do’s and the kiss.
  • Exchanging of the rings | celebrant
  • Signing of the register | registrar
  • Closing statement | celebrant

Civil marriage ceremonies

Legal part I

Equally important is an authorized black pen. Therefore you, your partner and the registrar [only] use it to sign the marriage certificate. Actually, it is customary to sign the paperwork with registration ink. In short, it means your marriage license is legal and registered.

Legal part II

Additionally, the Dutch wedding law | registrar requires you sign 2 significant documents. For instance, an official marriage certificate and wedding book (trouwboekje). The Dutch civil marriage ceremonies legal part II consists of the following acts:

  • Official confirmation and authorization of your marriage | registrar
  • As well as a ceremonial maillot – gavel and sounding block (applicable in Holland) | registrar
  • Finally, the end of your wedding proceedings | celebrant

Civil marriage ceremonies and beyond

(1) For starters, the celebrant can work alongside a local authority registrar. And greets and welcomes everyone. This includes you and your guests.

(2) Another key point is the mandatory verification and identification. The celebrant verifies on behalf of the registrar you and your partner’s attendance.

(3) Thirdly, there is a registration obligation. Therefore, the registrar or celebrant checks, verifies and identifies that you and 2 – 4 witnesses are present and correct.

Wedding ceremony script and speech

Additionally, the celebrant conducts the ceremony. And the registrar is responsible for the contracting words plus signing of legal documentation. Be aware that the declaratory words of consent are not obligatory. However, I do’s, the kiss and vows are compulsory.

Exchanging of the rings

Celebrant task – it is traditional for you to exchange wedding rings after you say your vows. Since these rings are symbols of your union, the words said during the exchange reflect your hopes and dreams for the future.

Signing of the register

In essence, the registrar’s role is to oversee the signing of the two most important parts of your marriage. That is the completion of the official register, the certificate and wedding book (optional). Furthermore, the documented legal paperwork will contain all the specifications relating to your legal marriage.

Legal part I

There is a sequence of events that follows when signing civil marriage legal deeds. And in agreement with you, your witnesses and officiating registrar you sign a valid certificate. Additionally, the registrar’s can assistant facilitate with the signing.

Legal part II

To determine the significant of each witness there is a ranking system during the ceremony. See below:

  • Bridal couple
  • Witnesses
  • Registrar

Declaration of marriage by the government official – registrar

Eventually, the registrar will announce the contractual words. And afterwards, the official signing of paperwork happens. The sounding of a ceremonial maillot confirms that you are husband and wife or long-term companions.

Conclusion of civil marriage ceremonies

  • Closing words | celebrant
  • The issuing of the wedding book and presentation of a pen or other keepsake | celebrant or registrar.

Lastly,  held throughout the year civil marriage ceremonies that incorporate a celebrant led wedding are extremely expensive. However, having a government official and a celebrant officiate your ceremony, gives your wedding the wow factor!

 

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