Dutch Church weddings are personal, beautiful and spiritual. From Amsterdam, Utrecht to the bible belt the rich and majestic buildings serve as the temple of love. Full of sacred signs each one has a distinctive feel. Additionally, marriage ceremonies can combine your vows with non-religious blessings, hymns and songs.
But, how do you plan your wedding full of symbolism, sweet sentiments and something that fits totally with your identity? Moreover, how do you transform your Dutch church ceremony into a meaningful marriage experience?
Well, religion isn’t really a big trend in the Netherlands. Perhaps you’ll find a priest who is willing to marry you.
But, saying that Holland is known as a Calvinistic country, and some nationals are Christians: Protestants, Catholics or atheists. And that makes it easier for you to get married wherever you want.
So, are you ready to explore some amazing spiritual places in Holland? Discover below a Dutch church that’s right for you and your partners dream wedding day. Continue reading…
Dutch Church weddings in the Netherlands
Firstly, are you a spiritualist, non-religious or religions? Your major key steps to planning your nuptials in Holland is to “get civilled”. It’s easy obtain a civil partnership certificate. Otherwise, carry out a small marriage ceremony before booking the date. Go to your local registrar’s – municipality office to complete the official paperwork. Afterwards, arrange the matrimony service.
Dutch church weddings by De Duif | Amsterdam
Is this something for you? De Duif Church located in the coolest district in Amsterdam is an impressive listed building. And the inspiring grand façade and ecclesiastical setting can be the perfect backdrop for a mixed-religion or non-traditional marriage service. In fact, many brides and grooms of non-religious faith have enjoyed their ceremony in this sensational place.
Dutch church weddings by Zaandijkerk, Zaandijk
Secondly, what about this one? Restored to its former glory, this eye-catching church is a unique spot for a marriage ceremony. It could be the perfect place for a personal celebration. Moreover, it is a beautiful village in the heart of Zaandijk to mirror your love story. Enjoy a Dutch marriage service in style. Immerse yourself in a sermon, and gospels in this house of worship. www.stadsherstel.nl
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Dutch church weddings by Schokland kerk, Schokland
Thirdly, would you consider this? Surrounded by historical charm Schokland Church, you can have a traditional religious ceremony. It has a special feel and look. The Christian place of worship is an UNESCO world heritage museum and dates back to 1834. What’s more, your marriage can be held on-site. Of course, this includes a blessing of your partnership. Source: www.museumschokland.nl.
Dutch church weddings by Engelse Kerk, Greater Amsterdam
Fourthly, planning a wedding can be fun, right? The English Reformed Church, knows that too. It’s an exquisite building to hold a wedding. Situated in a secluded courtyard garden and opposite the Houten Huys this precious hidden gem is home to an English-speaking congregation affiliated to the Church of Scotland. Moreover, its a wonderful place to seal your vows. www.ercadam.nl
Broekerkerk Church, Broek in Waterland
What about travelling further afield? Another church to admire is Broekerkerk – church, it’s the ideal stage to conduct your marriage ceremony in Holland. Located in the village of “Broek in Waterland” it’s a blissful rural waterside setting. And encircled by a classic Dutch landscape, this cozy churches facade acts is an impressive backdrop. Actually, you are guaranteed sublime pictures. www.broekerkerk.nl.
Noorderkerk, Jordaan Amsterdam
Additionally, do you want to plan your celebration in Amsterdam? The Noorderkerk is in the heart of the Jordaan. It’s just around the corner from my office. And situated on the famous Noordermarkt [farmers & flea market]. Fancy saying I DO here? Actully, you’ll have your prayers answered and recite wedding vows. Not to mention that, it’s perfect for non-Dutch speakers. English speaking couples can discuss the requirements for marriage the consult.
Montfoort Castle and wedding chapel, Utrecht
Perhaps you fancy saying your vows here? Montfoort Castle has an adjacent chapel, it oozes exclusivity. Situated in a quaint Dutch village, the grand castle has an authentic ambiance. Furthermore, the historical building boasts a modern interior and the Commanderije of Sint-Jan chapel is an enchanting place to for your ceremony. www.kasteel-montfoort.nl/weddings.
image Claudia Schillinger
De Koepelkerk, Greater Amsterdam
What is important to you and your partner? Do you want luxury? Or do you want to experience the real Dutch culture? Well, the Koepelkerk, situated on the Prinsengracht is a true example of Dutch architecture. The 17th century domed church is captivating and has an alluring style. Moreover, this 5-star monument can fit your chic ceremony. With a remarkable Koepelroom, Bätz organ, chandelier and ornamented arched ceiling, there is no grandiose place for your nuptials.
Photo credit: MetaalKathedraal – Utrecht
The Metaal Kathedraal, Utrecht
And there’s more..what about getting married in a metal church? The Metaal Kathedraal has no priest but does ensure you marry in contemporary style. Actually, this modern industrial venue suits a romantic fairy-like wedding. The ambient neo gothic cathedral steeped in history is in the heart of South Holland. There are function areas available indoors as well as outdoors. Plus you can take along your own [non] religious celebrant or officiant.
Amstelkerk, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel
Would I recommend this church? Yes, I’ve performed here. The Amstelkerk is a small idyllic church located just outside Amsterdam. And the imposing architecture and décor is the perfect backdrop for a special wedding. You’ll have an unforgettable heavenly day. What’s more, the Amstelkerk has an adjacent venue for your evening celebrations.
image Henk-Jan van der Klis
Stichting Behoud Petruskerk, West Amsterdam
Could you picture yourselves here? Petruskerk is a Protestant church built around the 15th century. Situated on the banks of the spaarndammerdijk it’s a stunning place. What’s more, steps away from Westerpark, this venue is ideal for any wedding. In fact, it’s an historical site. And housed in the “village” Oud-Sloterdijk it’s renowned at being the place were the grandparents of Vincent van Gogh were married.
St. Martin’s Cathedral – Dom Church, Utrecht
But, are you looking for something more sophisticated? Dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours, this Gothic church is majestic. In fact, it is a Domkerk, and provides an idyllic backdrop for your marriage service. Another point of interest is, the cathedral. It is in the heart of Utrecht. More importantly, has opened it’s doors to non-Dutch speakers. Furthermore, it’s the ideal setting for your colourful confetti exit. www.domkerk.nl.
image Henk Tobbe
Dutch church weddings by Walburgiskerk – Zutphen
Finally, do you want to tie the knot outside of Amsterdam? Well, Walburgiskerk is located in Zutphen, Gelderland. It oozes a truly magnificent ambiance for your wedding ceremony. It offers you a civil marriage service [Dutch nationals only]. In fact, the church service is complimented with wedding cake and glass of champagne. Moreover, the memory of the stunning marriage celebrations last beyond the day. www.oudegeldersekerken.nl
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