Dutch Wedding in Amsterdam For Two: What You Need to Know

Dutch wedding

A Dutch wedding just for two (or with 4 – 6 guests) in Amsterdam is a trend to watch. With an agreement as a “couple bubble” to put your relationship first, you want an intimate and romantic ceremony in the heart of the city.

On average a large wedding costs between 15.000 and 35.000 euros. How do you plan a small private wedding for two? Although, you’ve never been to Amsterdam or you are foreigner (Dutchie). Foreign nationals might incur additional wedding fees. But, you can create an unforgettable and personal commitment ceremony.

And, if you’re not a permanent resident or citizen of Amsterdam, put your trust entirely in the hands of a wedding professional. Even better, plan a tasteful city wedding and find an officiant trained in the area of linguistics to conduct your wedding. Here are 12 planning tips for your cross-cultural Dutch wedding in Amsterdam.

bride holding umbrella and posing with the groom in the park

Photo credit: http://www.aleksandrastriapunina.com/


1• Visiting, moving or relocating to Amsterdam

Firstly, before you begin your married life in Amsterdam start with the planning process. Have you relocated permanently to Holland? Maybe your fiancé (e) is a Dutch national (citizen). And your groom has his 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 secret wedding venue and the rings. Next you can 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, do you desire to reflect your life, beliefs and shared values on your affirmation of love wedding day? Then, 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 expat wedding your ceremony will resemble your personality. And before entering into a Dutch wedding, civil partnership or marriage 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 Dutch wedding, too.

5. Plan your Dutch wedding for two under 15.000 euros 

As a rule, you must plan your marriage in the Netherlands in advance. However, the more complex your wedding is, the more time and money 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 the perfect Dutch wedding for two 

Essentially, you are starting a new and blended family. And, to have a commitment ceremony, secular (non-religious) wedding in Holland with your own celebrant 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 marriage service to reflect it.

Wedding Carly & Rik
met Berend van Cadsand, Carly Woldring, Rik Woldring, Niels van Nimwegen en Jan van den Boogaard bij Tolhuistuin.

Photo credit: Merlijn Hoek

7•  Cruise or destination wedding

Maybe you like the idea of a cruise wedding. In Amsterdam you can tie the knot on-board a boat, ship or at the museum ship yard Kromhout. Whether you want a ceremony for two or you invite all your friends to the marriage service, you’ll need the right officiant. It could be that you’ve already found the one. Otherwise, ask a family member to lead the proceedings.

8• Include all the guests at your bi-lingual Dutch Wedding

Let me tell you,  it’s not difficult as couple to arrange a bi-lingual Dutch wedding. You can express your love, and keep with your romantic marriage customs and wedding traditions. And if, you’ve planned the date. Here are 10 ways to include close family, in-laws, friends and other guests (if you want) at your Dutch wedding party.

9• True Dutch style expat wedding ceremony experience 

Additionally you could have a real Dutch style wedding ceremony experience and big celebration later at a monumental wedding venue. This might be more appropriate for your  wedding. It is the most touching, important and pivotal part of the day. Check out these marriage tips on how to plan a Dutch wedding that you will love.

10•  Family and friends need to understand your Dutch wedding

The truth of the matter is you want everyone to understand your vows at the ceremony. Family and friends will feel welcome and it allows international wedding guests to share in your experience. Here are 21 fantastic tips and ideas for a multicultural wedding ceremony  and party that everyone can enjoy.

11•  Stadsherstel.nl

With the above in mind, you can find a beautiful Dutch monument in Amsterdam to hold your marriage service in English. Wedding couples all over the world have questions about entertaining their international guests. Basically, you’ll get tips about creating a touching scene at your wedding ceremony. At least, enjoy a discreet and intimate party with your own celebrant and the two of you.

12• Find good advice from Holland Expat Center.com

Finally, once you clarify your legal status in Holland, you can have a multicultural, mixed, interfaith or traditional marriage.  At Holland Expat Center,  you’ll find the right information. This will help you plan a Dutch wedding and a two language ceremony (if required). Once you’ve decided on a wedding date, you need save the date and find a celebrant.

Bonus tip- civil wedding ceremony

Bespoke weddings Amsterdam

Bespoke weddings and commitment ceremonies in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I. Civil wedding ceremony

Just for the record, if you want to host a civil wedding ceremony in Holland then the venue must be a permanent structure with a roof. What’s more, it needs to be approved for marriage by your local municipality. However, a secular wedding gives you the opportunity to marry in the venue of your choice.

II. Secular weddings and commitment ceremonies

I’m native English who speaks fluent Dutch, and a marriage officiant, family celebrant and master of ceremonies living in Amsterdam. So, I know how significant it is for you to soften the culture shock between everyone and your international guests. On top of that, the importance of bridging the linguistic divides and creating a bubble wedding for two.


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About Clover: Hi, I'm Clover Jean, a wedding & family celebrant, singer and entertainer. I love life, laughter and having a good time. I’m a sucker for great relationships. And I adore weddings, too. They’re happy, fun-filled times, which unite your family, children and friends. Find out more about me. Get in touch by e-mail, like and share my Facebook page and sign-up to my newsletters. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

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