With Amsterdam tourists marrying locals for a day, visitors are now longing for the perfect Dutch wedding date in the heart of Amsterdam. Dutch weddings with all the trimmings of an English-speaking ceremony can be a logistical nightmare, drawn out and long ordeal.
On top of that, whether you are religious, non-religious or an atheist how do you become a “couple bubble” without putting a strain on the relationship? Perhaps you want to avoid the brink of planning despair and family feuds could be a major concern too.
Look, seeing eye to eye about who gets an invitation to your wedding is what every couple face. And whatever your personal faith, moral belief or common values are, the ceremony should be personified to the max. And if it is small or large, heartfelt and meaningful don’t feel overwhelmed, I’ve done the hard grunt for you. Read on…
Dutch Weddings in Amsterdam
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1• Dutch weddings multilingual experts
Firstly, if your international guests don’t speak Dutch, what is the primary language at your wedding ceremony? Is your family and friends secondary language Italian, English, Spanish, French or German? Perhaps you desire a bilingual marriage service? Well, don’t worry the Dutch are multilingual and can lead multilingual wedding ceremonies.
2• Dutch weddings in Amsterdam
And there’s more, Holland is one of the most prosperous irreligious countries in the world. What does irreligious mean? Well, it means “neglectful of religion” but that doesn’t imply religion is a swear word. It’s highly fashionable too. And along with atheism is trendy, hip and happening.
3. The Calvinist nature of Dutch weddings
The Calvinist nature of the Dutch makes it a great place to work, love and get wed. For instance, it’s been ranked as one of the best places to live in the world. So, what’s the average cost of a smaller wedding [20 – 50 guests]? Roughly, the costs are between 15.000 and 50.000 euros. Large marriage celebrations can be up to 80.000 euros and above.
4• New Dutch Covid-19 wedding rules
Another thing, should you postpone or cancel your Dutch wedding in Amsterdam? Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus you might prefer a small private marriage ceremony for two (or with guests). But, if you’ve never been to Amsterdam before (or you have) or you are (Dutchie) foreign national a bilingual celebrant-led wedding service is an option.
5• Visiting, moving or relocating to Amsterdam
Secondly, 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)? Well, an official Dutch marriage service, requires that you apply for citizenship. it must be issued and granted with a residence permit.
6• Sort out the legal side – bilingual Dutch wedding
So, did you know you can sort out the legal side of things in the country where you reside before hiring a celebrant? And it’s mandatory to acquire a civil marriage certificate if you want a church marriage service. Perhaps you’ve bought the rings and the party venue.
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7• Standard, classic or bespoke wedding service
What do you need to do next? Here comes the fun stuff, purchase a gown, tailor-made outfits and start planning your wedding. Entering into wedlock is a life changing event. So, decide on a basic, extended or complete wedding service that is authentically you and perfect.
8• Dutch civil marriage service license
Thirdly, how do you tackle the church venue? An international wedding at the English Reform church in Amsterdam requires a Dutch civil marriage license. Therefore, attend a designated register office at your local town hall (applies to Dutch citizens only)
9• Give notice of your church wedding
Together with the above, what’s the first important thing to do? You must give notice of your wedding,. and this is done 6 weeks beforehand. So, get off to the town hall. Thereafter a registrar shall complete all the necessary forms and can conduct the official ceremony. Just sign the paperwork and pick up the legal document.
10• Embrace your culture and your lovers beliefs
Another thing, have you got a budget? An inexpensive personalised wedding ceremony is easy to arrange. It resembles your cultural backgrounds and personalities. So, before you enter into a life-long commitment as partners embrace your identities.
11• Multicultural Dutch weddings
Tell me, why do you want to get married in Amsterdam? Do you have close ties, relatives or wonderful memories of a special time spent here? Whatever it is, create a wedding in the culture that’s meaningful to both of you. Involve everyone you love – if you choose to invite them. And include your acquaintances to the multicultural Dutch wedding.
12. Plan your marriage in the Netherlands in advance
As a rule of thumb, did you know you must plan your bilingual marriage in the Netherlands in advance? Why is this of importance? Well, you want a perfect day, right? However, the more complex your bubble wedding for two is, the more time and energy it costs.
13• Elite Dutch weddings for two lovebirds
But be honest with me, are you worried about blending the two families together? Starting a new blended family is a whole new ball game. And weaving everyone onboard for the marriage celebrations, might cause you stress. Thankfully, a commitment ceremony /secular (non-religious) wedding gives you the freedom to invite everyone – within reason.
14• Dutch nationals love celebrant-led weddings
In truth, did you know more Dutch nationals are opting for a celebrant-led wedding ceremony [ceremonieel huwelijk]? Do you want to know why? Because of costs, practical and sometimes logistical reasons. It’s very popular, and easier. Like you, they have a solid bond and savvy wedding budget.
15• Dutch wedding vibe with dual nationality
And did you know? “When gaining Dutch citizenship internationals often have to give up their original citizenship(s) (afstand doen) because in many cases the Netherlands does not permit dual nationality. There are however, a number of exceptions to this rule, where dual citizenship is possible. Source: www.iamexpat.nl
16• Urban wedding blessing ceremony
Make life easier and sort out the relevant legal paperwork. Register your intention to get married, and have it recorded at the municipality in the country of residence where you reside. How does that sound? Read more about an urban wedding blessing ceremony.
17• Nationality vs Dutch citizenship
Lastly, to gain Dutch citizenship you must renounce your nationality. You can apply and register a declaration of renunciation with the municipal authorities. At Holland Expat Center, find out how to get a head start with planning your two-language wedding (if required).
18• Covid-19 Dutch weddings
To conclude: How useful has this been for you? What sort of vibe do you want at your urban city wedding? Well, clarify your legal status in Holland, then have a multicultural, mixed, interfaith or traditional marriage ceremony. Find out how to survive the new Covid-19 secure wedding venue options now.
Dutch Marriage Legal Paperwork
What to do before the wedding blessing service
- Firstly, the ONLY LEGALLY recognised marriage in the Netherlands are Civil Ceremonies. And for a small fee it is mandatory to give notice of your intention to marry or form a civil partnership. Find out more at your local authority near you.
- Secondly, appoint an authorised person to marry you. Schedule a no-frills wedding in true Dutch style with a simple ceremony. Or you apply for a FREE REGISTRATION of your certified marriage license.
- Another option is a 10 minute abridged version of civil marriage or a basic registered partnership ceremony (minimum fee €166 – Amsterdam 2020).
- In addition, 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.
- Otherwise, undertake the marriage registration formalities (in Holland or abroad) and have your nuptials legally recognised.
- When you’ve obtained your official marriage license during a civil ceremony combine it with a secular Dutch wedding [celebrant led ceremony] at a later date.
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