An exclusive Dutch wedding just for two (or with 4 – 6 guests) is a trend to watch. With an agreement as a “couple bubble” to marry in the capital of Holland, you want to put your relationship first. And that means having an intimate and romantic ceremony in the heart of Amsterdam.
On average a large wedding costs between 16.000 and 35.000 euros. How do you plan a small private wedding for two? And what is your nationality? Although, you’ve never been to Amsterdam or you are (Dutchie) foreign national you might incur additional wedding fees. But, you can create an unforgettable and personal commitment ceremony. Here are 6 planning tips for your cross-cultural Dutch wedding in Amsterdam.
1• Visiting, moving or relocating to Amsterdam
Firstly, get to grips with the planning process before you begin your married life in Amsterdam. Have you relocated permanently to Holland? Is your fiancé (e) a Dutch national (citizen)? And do you both have your own set of rules, conventions and strong values? Well, if you wish to have a Dutch wedding for two, you must apply (for Dutch citizens only), be issued and granted with a residence permit.
2• Sort out the legal side of your Dutch wedding for two
So, once you’ve chosen the exclusive secret wedding venue and the rings. Next you purchase tailor-made outfits and start planning a wedding in Holland. Entering into marriage is a life changing event. And you can have a basic, extended or complete wedding service with live music. Therefore, you need to sort out the legal side of things in the country where you reside.
3• Give notice of your church wedding in Amsterdam
Thirdly, an international wedding at the English Reform church in Amsterdam requires a Dutch civil marriage licence. Attend a designated register office at your local town hall (applies to Dutch citizens only) and pick up the document. Beforehand you must give notice of your wedding. Thereafter a registrar shall complete all the necessary forms and can conduct the official ceremony.
4• Embrace your culture and your lovers beliefs
Another thing, by having a personalised wedding your ceremony will resemble your personality. And before entering into a life-long commitment as partners embrace your identities in the culture that’s meaningful to both of you. This gives you the opportunity to involve all your relatives – if you choose to invite them. Or include your close acquaintances to the elite Dutch wedding.
5. Plan your marriage in the Netherlands in advance
As a rule, you must plan your marriage in the Netherlands in advance. However, the more complex your bubble wedding for two is, the more time and energy it will cost you. So, get all the relevant legal paperwork. Give notice of your marriage, and have it recorded at the registry office before the nuptials. Find out more in your country of residence.
6• Create an elite Dutch wedding for two
Essentially, you are starting a new and blended family. And, to have a commitment ceremony, secular (non-religious) marriage or celebrant led wedding tailored completely to your requirements is perfect. It’s very popular, and easier. Plus, more Dutch nationals are opting for this kind of ceremony because of practical reasons. Like you, they have a solid bond and want a celebration of love to reflect it. Read more about a Dutch city wedding in Amsterdam.
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Once you clarify your legal status in Holland, you can have a multicultural, mixed, interfaith or traditional marriage service. At Holland Expat Center, you’ll find the right information. This will help you plan an elite Dutch wedding and a two language ceremony (if required). Afterwards save the date. Then find a celebrant | officiant to facilitate and guide you through the proceedings.
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