Dutch Church weddings are personal, beautiful and spiritual. Rich, majestic and full of sacred signs the temples of love have 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 experience?
Well, religion isn’t really a big trend in the Netherlands.
But, saying that Holland is known as a Calvinistic country, and some nationals are Protestants, Catholics or atheists. And that makes it easier for you to get married.
The first steps to planning your nuptials in Holland is to “get civilled” by obtaining a civil partnership certificate. Otherwise, carry out a small marriage ceremony before booking the date. Go to your local registrar’s office to complete the official paperwork. Afterwards, arrange the matrimony service.
So, here are some amazing places for you to explore. Discover below a Dutch church that’s right for you and your partner. Continue reading…
Dutch Church weddings in the Netherlands
De Duif | Amsterdam
Firstly, De Duif Church located in the coolest district in Amsterdam is an impressive listed building, with a grand façade. An inspiring ecclesiastical setting to plan a mixed-religion or non-traditional marriage service. Many brides and grooms of non-religious faith have enjoyed their unique ceremony in this sensational place. Get married here and the memory of your stunning celebrations will last beyond the day.
Zaandijkerkerk Church, Zaandijk
Secondly, restored to its former glory, this eye-catching church is a unique spot for a marriage ceremony that is personal to you and your story. Moreover, it is a beautiful village in the heart of Zaandijk. 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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Schokland kerk, Schokland
Thirdly, 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.
Engelse Kerk, Greater Amsterdam
Another church to consider is The English Reformed Church. 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
Kerkbroek Church, Broek in Waterland
Kerbroek church is 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 as an impressive backdrop for your pictures. www.kerkbroek.nl.
Onze Lieve Vrouwen Kerk, Jordaan Amsterdam
Additionally, Onze Lieve Vrouwen Kerk [Our Lady Church] is centrally situated on the Keizergracht. In fact, you’ll have your prayers answered and recite wedding vows. Not to mention that, for English speaking couples the requirements for your marriage can be discussed with the consult.
Montfoort Castle and wedding chapel, Utrecht
In addition Montfoort Castle with its adjacent chapel 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.
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De Koepelkerk, Greater Amsterdam
Equally important is the Koepelkerk, situated on the Prinsengracht. The 17th century domed church is captivating. What’s more, the alluring style of this 5-star monument fits your chic ceremony. With a remarkable Koepelroom, Bätz organ, chandelier and ornamented arched ceiling, there is no grandiose place for your nuptials.
The Metaal Kathedraal, Utrecht
And there’s more…the Metaal Kathedraal has not priest but the church ensures 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
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.
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Stichting Behoud Petruskerk, West Amsterdam
Petruskerk is a Protestant church built around the 15th century. Situated on the banks of the spaarndammerdijk, steps away from Westerpark, this magnificent spot is ideal for your wedding. Housed in the “village” Oud-Sloterdijk it’s the historical site were the grandparents of Vincent van Gogh were married by the priest.
St. Martin’s Cathedral – Dom Church, Utrecht
Finally, dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours, this Gothic church called the Domkerk, provides an idyllic backdrop for your marriage service. Another point of interest is, this cathedral in the heart of Utrecht opens it’s doors to non-Dutch speakers. Furthermore, it’s the perfect setting for your colourful confetti exit. www.domkerk.nl.
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