Dutch Church Wedding Venues For Divine Ceremonies

Dutch church weddings bride in white gown and groom in grey suit standing embrace at the gates of the castle

Dutch Church wedding venues are divine temples for heartfelt ceremonies. Religious or non-religious couples can celebrate love and have their marriage blessed. As Dutch religious tolerance goes, traditional churches and modern parishes are heavenly places to say, ‘YES’. Would you host your nuptials without God’s blessing?

Do Godly ceremonies appeal to your partner who isn’t sure? Whereas, sacred signs, marriage vows, sweet hymns, meaningful prayers, readings and ceremonial music represent a romantic ambiance. Sadly, it doesn’t appeal to many couples. In fact, planning a ceremony service at a certified place of worship can be a daunting venture. However, it shouldn’t be a barrier.

So, whether you are religious, believe in God, or are a non-believing Christian. Explore some holy places spanning the Netherlands, from North to South and East to West. See, if any of these landmark Dutch Church wedding venues strike a chord. They are begging to be discovered. Seek a church that adds a spiritual framework to your marriage vows and symbolises your love, gladness and core beliefs. Continue reading…

Dutch Church Wedding Venues

Dutch church weddings required paperwork

Firstly, regardless of what you, your gentleman or lady believe, there are legal rights regarding Church of Holland weddings. The major key steps to planning your landmark wedding is to “get civilled”.  Obtain a civil partnership or registrars marriage certificate from a municipality office designated by your local council. Carry this ceremony out before booking the church premises.

Dutch church weddings by Posthoornkerk

Dutch church wedding venues reception venue with tables and stain glass windows

Ancient church – Posthoornkerk for heartfelt ceremonies – Haarlemmerstraat 124-126, Amsterdam | Stadsherstel Amsterdam

So, have you arranged a registrars marriage certificate? Then, lets move onto the deliverer of your matrimony service at the Posthoornkerk. Don’t worry about your religious preference, religion doesn’t play a big part in NL. Known as a Calvinistic country, many Dutch nationals are atheists. So, Christians: Protestant or Catholics, whatever your faith priests are free to marry you on their premises.

Dutch church weddings by De Duif | Amsterdam

Dutch church weddings godly statues, wooden floor white walls and stained glass windows

Timeless weddings in the heart of Holland – De Duif – Amsterdam, Holland –  image credit www.stadsherstel.nl

And what about this? Imagine your ceremony delivered here and your congregation witnessing you saying YES. De Duif Church located in the coolest district in Amsterdam is a divine location. It’s an impressive listed building with an inspiring grand façade. And the ecclesiastical setting poses as the perfect backdrop for a mixed-religion or non-traditional marriage ceremonies.

Dutch church weddings by Zaandijkerk, Zaandijk 

dutch church weddings magnificent spire and facade restored Zaandijkerk, Zaandijk Holland

Religious ceremonies in a church, chapel or other building of worship cannot take place until you are formally registered.  Photo courtesy of www.stadsherstel.nl


Thirdly, restored to its former glory, this eye-catching church is a unique spot for a Dutch marriage ceremony service. It’s a majestic place for a personal celebration. Moreover, the beautiful village in the heart of Zaandijk mirrors a lovely backdrop for your story. Create an atmosphere which is conducive to everyone’s enjoyment. www.stadsherstel.nl

Dutch church weddings by Schokland kerk, Schokland

Dutch church weddings mixed race couple in a traditional churchFancy being surrounded by historical Dutch charm? Well, Schokland Church welcomes brides and grooms with different spiritual views, religious ceremonies. The Christian place of worship is an UNESCO world heritage museum. Dating back to 1834 your marriage service is held on a landmark site. This includes a traditional blessing. Source: www.museumschokland.nl.

Dutch church weddings by Engelse Kerk, Greater Amsterdam

dutch church weddings bride and groom walk up the church aisle after their marriage service

Civil marriage ceremonies are ALWAYS held before Dutch church wedding ceremonies. Photo credit: Gerard Tjeerdsma

Fourthly, the English Reformed Church, offers Christian marriage services. The exquisite building situated in a secluded courtyard garden is a precious hidden gem. It’s opposite the Houten Huys an English-speaking congregation affiliated to the Church of Scotland. Moreover, the vicar’s words speak of Christian beliefs. It’s a unrivalled venue to seal your vows. www.ercadam.nl

Schellingwouderkerk Church, Schellingwoude  

 small white church with spire in the Dutch village of Schellingwoude

“Hundreds of Dutch long-distance lovers call for ‘sweetheart’ visa despite coronavirus rules” source: Dutchnews.nl Photo credit: Schellingwoude kerk – Stadsherstel Amsterdam

And what about getting married in Schellingwouderkerk? This distinctive venue, off-the-beaten-track was built in the 14th century and has held many weddings. The church rests on a dyke in Amsterdam North. So, imagine the rural village setting for your celebrations. On top of that, the organist can play your signature tune as you walk down the aisle.

De grote kerk van Schermerhorn – Oosteinde Schermerhorn

church with spire and wedding couple standing in front of stained glass windows

Most Dutch marriage officiants, wedding celebrants and humanist celebrants are bilingual [English & Dutch] and can deliver your ceremony with ease. Photo credit: Stadsherstel Amsterdam

Additionally, enjoy an alternative marriage blessing at the Grote Kerk of Schermerhorn. It’s a mere stones throw away from bustling Amsterdam [20 miles]. Oozing authenticity your non-denominational ceremony will be truly unique. With comfortable, multi-functional and immaculate surroundings. It’s  a wonderful start to your new married life. So, experience the joyful Dutch wedding traditions and become part of history.

Broekerkerk Church, Broek in Waterland 

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Screenshot met dank aan: Broekerkerk – Broek in Waterland: this immaculate churches facade acts an outstanding backdrop for your wedding day.

What about travelling further afield? Another classic 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 timeless Dutch landscape, it has a divine look and feel. In truth, happy newlyweds are guaranteed sublime wedding pictures. www.broekerkerk.nl.

Noorderkerk, Jordaan Amsterdam

Additionally, whatever your values, morals or personal ethics are celebrate at the Noorderkerk. It’s located in the heart and soul of the Jordaan. And just around the corner you’ll find the famous Noordermarkt [farmers & flea market]. Not to mention that, it’s ideal for non-Dutch speakers. English speaking couples can discuss the requirements for marriage with the consult.

Montfoort Castle and wedding chapel, Utrecht

Dutch church weddings bride escorted by father walking down the red ailse to groom and kids

Castle Montfort – a  slice of heaven on earth. Exclusively yours for the wedding of your dreams. image credit Kasteel montfoort.nl/trouwen

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. And the historical complex boasts a modern interior and the Commanderije of Sint-Jan chapel is an enchanting place to hold your ceremony. www.kasteel-montfoort.nl

De Koepelkerk, Greater Amsterdam

Experience real Dutch culture at a top notch venue – Koepelkerk. The 17th century domed church situated in the prettiest part of the Jordaan has outstanding architecture underpinned by character and heritage. Hosting luxurious weddings for high-profile couples this is a magnificent place for your swanky nuptials. In fact, the captivating 5-star monument is sheer splendour with an alluring Dutch style.

The Metaal Kathedraal, Utrecht

dutch church weddings couple standing underneath an ornate valuted ceiling in a modern church

The Metaal Kathedraal, an immaculate wedding venue in Utrecht – image credit: www.bruidsfotograafnatalja.nl

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. Here your wedding lasts beyond the day.

Vondelkerk – Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, South Amsterdam

Amsterdam church wedding venue with spire and stained glass windows

Covid-19 blues – Don’t renounce your quintessential church wedding at a Amsterdam listed building in sumptuous surroundings. Get excited about what the future holds for you in 2022 . Photo credit: www.stadsherstel.nl – vondelkerk

Another option for you is Vondel Church. dates back to 1872. The gothic landmark dates back to 1872. And standing among stately homes, it faces the famous Vondelpark. It’s a happy marriage of classic charm and contemporary style. With its rich history, striking vaulted ceiling and facilities the sought-after venue is the ideal spot for you and your congregation. Vondelkerk – Stadsherstel. 

The Anthony Hotel, Greater Utrecht

Dutch church wedding venues white tables with gold chairs set within a lighted chapel

This Dutch monastery with it’s own chapels open it’s doors to non-Dutch speakers. image credit The Anthony Hotel

The Anthony Hotel is a modern urban venue set in an old monastery. Combining the Holy spirit with a contemporary feel, you’ll enjoy the perfect wedding experience. Aside from the chapel you can host a reception dinner here too. Thereafter as a happily married couple dream away in the royal suite or cosy rooms. It fits your chic ceremony.

t’ Brakenkerkje – Obdam

Dutch church weddings

image credit ‘ Brakenkerkje Obdam

Dutch church wedding venues can be found outside of Amsterdam. Imagine getting married in this cosy little Dutch church ‘t Brakenkerkje. It is off-the-beaten-track in Obdam near Hoorn and Alkmaar.

Dutch church wedding venues in Hoorn and Alkmaar

 image credit ‘t Brakenkerkje Obdam

Whether you desire a celebrant-led wedding or civil marriage ceremony ‘t Brakenkerkje gives you opportunity to create something uniquely yours. Even more exciting, enjoy a wedding toast with a glass champagne at your reception party!

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.

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. And steps away from Westerpark, this venue is ideal for any wedding. Housed in the “village” Oud-Sloterdijk, this renowned place hosted the marriage of the grandparents of Vincent van Gogh.

 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. Namely, it’s a Domkerk, and provides an idyllic backdrop for your marriage service. Another point of interest is, the ancient and ornate cathedral is in the heart of Utrecht. And it’s a gloriously regal setting for your colourful confetti exit. www.domkerk.nl.

Kerk van Ransdorp – North Amsterdam

Alternative Amsterdam wedding venues outdoor church marriage service with bridal couple andguests

Regardless of your belief system, (dual) nationality or spiritual values, a unique ceremony can be hosted on a grand scale. Kerk van Ransdorp – Amsterdam North Image courtesy of Stadsherstel Amsterdam

Capture heartwarming magic moments during a special marriage celebration at Kerk van Ransdorp. Located in North Amsterdam it is a stunning place that oozes pure tranquility for your wedding photo shoot. Moreover, you can continue the fun celebrations and have your opening dance on site. stadsherstel.nl/ransdorp

Dutch church wedding venues by Walburgiskerk – Zutphen

One of the best Dutch church wedding venues outside Amsterdam is Walburgiskerk. And located in Zutphen, Gelderland, it oozes a truly magnificent ambiance. Imagine your church nuptials surrounded by family and friends. Moreover, hosting a civil marriage ceremony [Dutch nationals only] is possible here.  www.oudegeldersekerken.nl

Dutch church wedding venues by Westerkerk – Amsterdam

Finally, Westerkerk is a protestant church and a commanding presence in the Jordaan, Amsterdam. It’s an official wedding location of the municipality. With its beautiful facade, it forms a unique backdrop for an unforgettable day. Celebrate your church and civil ceremony here. You can ask for God’s blessing on your future marriage during a church service. Make an appointment with the pastor, today.

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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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