Coronavirus Weddings: Guidance For Getting Married in NL

Coronavirus Weddings: Guidance For Getting Married in NL celebrant marriage certificate

Wondering if weddings are allowed in Holland? Coronavirus weddings guidance for getting married in NL – opening plan & roadmap to easing the lockdown. There’s a big shift towards smaller weddings. So, how do you survive new marriage rules in this new climate?

Today’s destination weddings have become a logistical nightmare for every upper class, middle class and working class couple. Plus suppliers, vendors, and marriage officiants and other wedding sectors are affected too. From engagements, pre-wedding parties, receptions, and anniversaries, our livelihood has taken a big blow.

Sadly, the virus is air born and here to stay, nevertheless hope is on the horizon to keep it at bay. Countries around the world have started a jab (booster) program. People are being immunized. And on the much brighter side, the future of weddings doesn’t look dark, dull and gloomy. Read on.

Coronavirus weddings – clarification


Next press conference update from the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte

On 13 August, the Dutch government will reassess how to proceed with the corona rules.

planned: 14-08-2021

    • The curfew is over, but mandatory face masks are required on all public transport, trains and tubes. Rollout of Covid-19 (booster) vaccination jabs and rapid testing is combating the deadly global pandemic. And life is step by step getting back to a ‘new’ normal. Let’s hope it’s irreversible.
    • Flight bans to Holland have been eased. However, visitors from abroad must be tested and free of Covid-19 infection before entering the Netherlands. Source: ec. europa. eu
    • Wait for the travel traffic light system to go green! Travelling abroad remains a risk. With an increase in the number of infections in the Netherlands, this could have consequences for your wedding in Holland. From Red, Orange, Yellow and Green – the colour codes of travel advisories can change quickly due to Covid-19. You may have a higher risk of catching the virus.
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  • The Dutch RIVMNational Institute for Health and Environment has permitted intimate small weddings at Covid-secure venues, restaurants and bars.
  • However, bars and restaurants must implement a fixed seating plan with a 1.5 meters social distancing measures. The drinking and eating establishments are open daily at 6 a.m. and close at midnight.
  • Entertainment such as live performances indoors and outdoors is now illegal.
  • Music events and festivals without a seating plan are prohibited. Dancing is on hold until 14th August 2021.
  • Official marriages are allowed. However, guests (exempt household bubbles) must maintain and keep a distance  of 1.5 metres with fixed seating (approx. 2 arm’s lengths) from one another.
  • Larger outdoor weddings have returned without legal restrictions on the number of guests attending.
  • Recorded wedding music is allowed. However, you are advised to choose a venue that accommodates social distance regulations. Check and follow their guidance.


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Coronavirus weddings guidance for Dutch weddings in the Netherlands. image JoThornhillPhotography 


Legal rights

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 vigilant

Stay well-informed about high-impact wedding services. Although, we have buckled down and bookings are booming for 2022/2023. There are plans to remove all legal limits on mixing with larger groups. Of course, this is brilliant news. However, you may be expected to pay a premium for your location. So, remain vigilant, OK?

Don’t panic

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. Immunization is needed!

Vaccine protection or not!

The cold harsh reality is,  Covid-19 is like an uninvited wedding guest that loves a crowd of people. WHO continues to constantly review the evidence and will update its guidance as it finds out more. For the latest updates about vicious COVID-19 variants, read ‘the effects of virus variants on COVID-19 vaccines’.

Protect your life

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate. So, what is vaccine hesitancy? And what does vaccine confidence mean? Vaccine hesitancy refers to delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines.  Vaccine confidence is the trust that patients, their families, and providers have in recommended vaccines. Find out more at RIVM – National Immunisation Program


Rebook for 2022 / 2023

So, newly engaged (couples) have abandon, cancelled, postponed, or rescheduled their destination wedding. However, there is light on the horizon. Holland plan to abolish the 1.5 meter socially-distancing wedding rule, as of the fall (Autumn 2021).

Boost your confidence!

Take advantage of this time. As you’re probably aware, there is a massive backlog of weddings. These have built up in Holland, due to Covid-19 continued wedding restrictions. My advice is take advantage of this time – rebook for 2022/2023 or 2024. Hurry while the best locations are still available!

Keep active

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 tips are out there for you. It’s 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

Do you feel bored, lonely and uncertain about your future wedding arrangements? Well, it’s a digital age connecting you [on & 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 checklist. Keep yourself entertained with Tom’s alternative wedding planning template.


clover jean weddings marriage officiant in dark pink gown standing at altar.

Actually, we’ve tolerated it enough, right? In fact, we are left in a limbo over the social element of weddings. De Hoftuin – Amsterdam | image Burgundy Photography

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.

Celebrant Ceremonial Weddings – Est. 2013: for unique couples of all genders and race. Fun, heartfelt, engaging, symbolic and momentous marriage ceremonies– image

Get savvy –  travelling to Holland

Sadly, wedding destination travel is restricted and traffic light rules apply. Dutch borders remain open, however, “Tourists and foreign travellers from countries where the health risks are similar to or lower than in Holland can enter the Netherlands.” So,  check these 7 points before you travel and self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival.

Be cautious – stay alert | weekly Dutch RIVM news

Although in the UK, there’s a risk assessment for weddings, Holland hasn’t implemented one. So, check weekly Dutch RIVM news. Existing with covid-19 has a long time effect on wedding travel plans. An immunisation program has begun and larger weddings can take place.


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Covid-19 safety precautions. Find out from experts what steps you can take to keep safe and avoid the spread of the virus.
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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. Mandatory 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 a 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.



Protocol & strict preventative measures – safety regulations.  How long does protection from a COVID-19 vaccine last?

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.


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Coronavirus weddings national guidance to assist international couples wishing to plan unrestricted marriage celebrations in NL.


Cross check 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. Cross check and double cross check. In fact, 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


LAST UPDATE: 26-07-2021 | 19:00


 Dutch government new opening plan – roadmap measures:

  •  Weddings & parties with unlimited guests and group sizes of up to 100 persons is allowed. However, wedding attendees must adhere to 1.5 social distancing rule without a fixed seating plan. Source:

All subject to change!

Was this useful? Are you like me still feeling anxious? Let’s face it, we have to live with Covid-19. So, let’s keep an eye on it. Feel free to pop back for an even bigger picture. And don’t forget, greet with ease, wash your hands, stay safe, save lives and  be strong!

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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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