Dutch Marriage Legal Paperwork For Expats Living in Holland

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Dutch marriage legal paperwork for expats living in Holland can be confusing to figure out, especially if you want a marriage officiant to conduct your wedding. But, did you know that you can appoint an English speaking celebrant for a day to sort out your legal stuff?

Although, this plays a major key role in your chosen wedding date. How do you express your intention to get married? Basically, you can arrange your registration and then separate the legal side of your wedding from the actual celebrations.

Right from the offset you need to complete important marriage procedures. And fill-in forms at the municipality where you habitually reside. Do you have Dutch nationality? You can also sign the necessary bureaucratic marriage documents at your civil registry office in your country of residence. Read below how you can make it happen…

Dutch Marriage Legal Paperwork

Symbolic marriage certificateWhether you are a NL/UK/EU/US national, citizen or resident who desires to marry in Holland this also applies to you. Another thing, civil partnerships converted to marriage receive the same preference and need to follow these key steps. So, read the instructions below to become a legally married couple in any city, town or village in the Netherlands.

  1. Firstly, for a small fee give notice of your intention to marry or form a civil partnership. Find out more at your local authority.
  2. Secondly, appoint an authorised person to marry you. Schedule a simple and basic wedding ceremony, civil union contract or enter into registered partnership (with 2 witnesses). You can get your certified marriage license; registered, recorded and filed for FREE. Or for a minimum fee or charge of €160.40 (Amsterdam) upwards.
  3. Otherwise, submit a request. Let them know you wish to (only applicable in Holland) appoint me as you’re civil union – wedding registrar for the day. An official from the authority will also attend the marriage proceedings. This ensures legality of your nuptials.
  4. Undertake the marriage registration formalities (in Holland or abroad) and have your nuptials legally recognised.  Afterwards, contact me, your independent celebrant to design an intimate, bespoke wedding or celebration of love ceremony customised to your dreams. Call +31 (0) 6 148 17242

PLEASE NOTE: www.cloverjean.wedding is an independent celebrant. With no affiliation with any religious denomination or government in any official capacity. Unable to register your marriage she acts as your officiant.

wedding couple smiling at the celebrant conducting the ceremony at Herengracht museum, Amsterdam

Dear Clover, we’re back to “reality” and wanted to tell you what a wonderful ceremony you made. You were a HIT. We received compliments all night. The weather was nice. And the ceremony was perfect, filled with love and warmth. Thanks again and stay in touch. Valeria & Joeri


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