Coronavirus Weddings: Guidance For Small Marriages in NL

coronavirus weddings bride and groom masked for a special occasion

Are you worried about planning your intimate marriage celebrations in Holland? Coronavirus weddings – guidance for small marriages can help. Covid-19 has invaded our lives. And the cold harsh reality is, it’s here to stay just like the flu. So, how do we survive wedding rules in this climate?

Covid-19 loves a crowd of people. It’s every couples’, suppliers, vendors and marriage officiants worst nightmare. From engagements, pre-wedding parties and anniversaries  we’ve all been effected by it. We’ve tolerated it enough. And now we are left in a limbo over the social element of weddings.

But there is hope on the horizon. Countries around the world have started a vaccination program. People worldwide are being immunized. Although it keeps covid-19 at bay,  the virus is still air born. However, the future of weddings doesn’t have to look dark, dull and gloomy. Read on.

Coronavirus weddings – BREAKING NEWS

protocol & strict preventative measures – safety regulations 

Next update: 13-04-2021

  • The curfew is still enforced. And the lockdown is extended until 31st March 2021. Along with this new rule is the rollout of the vaccine, so immunization has begun. Hopefully, this will combat the deadly global pandemic. And life can get back to a ‘new’ normal.
  • FULL NATIONWIDE LOCK DOWN, CURFEW and a flight ban to Holland is imposed until further notice in 2021. Visitors from UK, South Africa and South America must be tested and free of infection before entering the Netherlands.
  • The Dutch RIVMNational Institute for Health and Environment has permitted small weddings at Covid-secure venues. This means official marriages with 12 persons including the couple, witnesses, guests and a photography are allowed. Persons must be seated. A distance  of 1.5 metres (approx. 2 arm’s lengths) from other people should be maintained.

Coronavirus weddings

greenhouse wedding with plants and lacquered table with certificate folder and pen

Coronavirus wedding planning guidance is national guidance that applies worldwide. |”Two halves become one. Despite the non-existing social element, couples till feel like the only two people in the world of love” –

image JoThornhillPhotography 

Legal rights when cancelling a wedding

Cancelling or postponing a wedding due to Covid-19 is a shame. Unfortunately, it could be a necessity due to a pregnancy, a new job or home. When you postpone, you are simply moving the entire wedding forward. And this means cutting ties with the supplier, celebrant and wedding venue. What are your legal rights? has the answers.

Stay alert about coronavirus weddings

So, what’s next? Well-trained wedding celebrants, marriage officiants and venues with high-impact services are more in-demand than ever. Bookings are booming. In fact, there are plans to remove all legal limits on mixing with larger groups. Albeit this is good news, you may be expected to pay a premium for your location. Keep you posted.

Don’t panic  about coronavirus weddings

What is coronavirus (COVID-19 – orignated from Wuhan China)? It’s swayed brides and grooms to celebrate an exciting milestone. But, according to it’s a large family of viruses. For instance, the common cold to more severe diseases such as (MERS-CoV) and (SARS-CoV) has been associated with it.

Rebook coronavirus weddings 2022 / 2023

So, brides and grooms to be like you have abandon, cancelled, postponed, or rescheduled their destination wedding. In fact, newly engaged couples are suffering under the uncertainty. How do you have a great, socially-distanced wedding abroad? Well, take advantage of the time to rebook for 2022/2023. Hurry while the best locations are available!

Keep active –  self-care tips

In addition, with limitation on social interaction and self-isolation it maybe affecting your mental, physical health and wellness. So, don’t let it beat you down. Self-care is an essential part of your life. More importantly, take the  opportunity to get out of the wedding planning mode for a while and rest.

Be flexible –  wedding planning

Do you feel bored, lonely and uncertain about your future wedding? Well, it’s a digital age that allows you to connect [on or offline] with the ones you love. Let’s be real, from your ceremony, reception to party it’s a risk factor. It might make you nervous. So, readdress your budget and upcoming wedding checklist. Keep yourself entertained with Tom’s wedding planning template.

Coronavirus weddings – II

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Have you lost a loved one, had your wages cut or your job has been obliterated? Stay strong & safe, better times are coming! image Rene Fokkink Photography – CS Amsterdam

Explore wedding terms and conditions

Your venue, celebrant and caterer has bookings for popular dates every wedding season. Although some suppliers and vendors wedding terms and conditions are fair. Perhaps some are unable to fulfill their service. It is quite within their rights to charge a supplement for an expensive “peak” date. Remember postponement without penalties might not be possible. So, be flexible with an alternative date and compromise.

Get wedding cancellation insurance

Have you cancelled but paid in full – inclusive the desposit? As stated in some policy wording, ‘Insurance companies will pay up to the amount shown for any irrecoverable expenses incurred by Covid-19: attire, flowers,  caterers, transport services, and accommodation. So, check your coverage of unavoidable cancellation or curtailment of the Wedding or Reception now!

Be patient about wedding aspirations

So, are you coped up at home starring at bridal gown in your closet? Be patient and think about planning a multiple celebration. With a continued spike in “One Couple, Two Weddings: Multiple Celebrations”. You have the freedom of choice to celebrate your love numerous times.

Get savvy –  wedding travel rules

Sadly, the pandemic has restricted overseas travel. Marriages, honeymoons and other anniversary arrangements are at risk. However, Dutch borders remain open. If you do travel to the Netherlands, check these 7 points before you travel and self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival.

Stay alert with weekly Dutch RIVM news

Check weekly Dutch RIVM news. Existing with covid-19 has a long time effect on wedding travel plans. An immunisation program is here. Hopefully, by the summer 2021 larger weddings can take place. So, come back again for the latest Dutch government updates.

Coronavirus weddings – III

coronavirus weddings new rules bride and groom masked for a special occasion

Jenn [my love] and I got married.
Covid-19 safety precautions. Find out from experts what steps you can take to keep safe and avoid the spread of the virus. image Guy Mayer

Exercise social- distancing

Most governments have implemented a safety measure to stop the transmission and spike of COVID-19. Social distancing is in our daily mindset. Monitored parks, mask wearing on  public transport and remotely working from home is the norm. Standing or sitting 1.5 – 2 meters apart is commonplace.

Be optimistic

Do you still want to go ahead with your plans? Well, you can have a coronaproof wedding. Perhaps it’s wise for your guest to wear mask throughout the ceremony. Either way, these options sound are less personable. So, opt for a virtual celebration for two, with witnesses and the officiant. Online weddings and masked marriages can save your relationship.

Protect your life

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate. But what is vaccine confidence? Vaccine confidence is the trust that patients, their families, and providers have in recommended vaccines. Find out more at RIVM – National Immunisation Program

Seek guidance about wedding

Many celebrants miss weddings and can’t wait to start performing ceremonies again. So, seek guidance about amended the date. Another thing, during this global pandemic there are less physically and face-to-face meetings with you the couple. However, we have embraced online wedding blessings and other forms of video-chat.

Keep guests in the loop

Additionally, restrictions on travel are still in force. Do you need to cancel your trip? Keep your wedding guests in the loop via ‘old school’ methods emails, texts, and phone calls. Together with that read your travel insurance policy thoroughly. So, find out about your destination wedding plans.

Coronavirus weddings – IV

coronavirus weddings make-up artist woman putting lipstick on a bride

How long does protection from a COVID-19 vaccine last?

image Lisanne kooij

Update wedding website

Have you created a website to announce your wedding? With all the free time on your hands, make sure you keep it updated and mass-share it live with family and friends. In fact, use it to give advice or guidance about travel, health and other safety measures of your upcoming

Think out of the box – elope or cut guest list

And there’s more..Coronavirus and weddings: do they go hand in hand? Well, play safe and start rethinking about an impromptu wedding. It’s a unique elopement ceremony [minimony] for two. Otherwise, cut your Covid-19 wedding guest list. So, celebrate your love first and splurge out on a bigger celebration later with family and friends.

Coronavirus weddings stress keep calm

The coronavirus has created hundreds of wedding cancellations and with that comes stress. In fact it has shaped our modern life and become a major part of future wedding plans. Read this article to learn how to protect your mental health while planning your future nuptials.

Have faith – practical guide for couples

Its a difficult and testing time, right? Well, the Coronavirus has impacted all future marriage celebrations. On top of that, it has affected the natural human touch of personalised weddings because of the social-distancing regulations, too. But, don’t let me burst your bubble get some relief and practical tips at


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The Dutch Government are cautious. But have designed a roadmap out of lockdown. image flickr

    Last update: 08-03-2021 | 19:00

    Dutch government new emergency measures:

  • Prohibited meetings, social gatherings and weddings for clusters of up to 100 people. This includes events. But there is an exception for funerals.


  • Banned are sporting fixtures, discos, concerts and music festivals.. However, the above is subject to change. Source:


  • All subject to change!

But did you find this useful and are you like me still feeling anxious? Let’s face it, we have to live with it. So, let’s keep an eye on it. Therefore feel free to pop back for an even bigger picture. And greet with ease and wash your hands. Above all stay home, stay safe, save lives and stay strong!

 groom with his head down and bride with her eyes closed storming off after the ceremony

While you’re here…

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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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