Elopement Wedding – A Guide to Eloping in Holland

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Here’s your guide for an elopement wedding in Amsterdam or any other part of the Netherlands. Discover how to plan the perfect getaway for 2. It’s ideal for loving couples seeking a secluded spot to say, “I Do”. And it’s no secret that wedding planning can be a burden. 

Look eloping is about feeling free to marry the person you want without hassle of arranging a big wedding ceremony. It’s an authentic way to celebrate your couple bubble. You can pack your bags and jet off to historical Holland to explore one another and the country.

Would you like a spring or summer elopement wedding for two? Adventurous and bold enough you might say, “Oh sweetheart, let’s elope” and escape to enjoy a secret rendezvous. But, don’t worry, I’ve done all the legwork to remove the stress. Dive into your elopement wedding planning [stiekem trouwen] details now.


elopement wedding man and woman holding hands standing in tulip field

Elopement weddings: In the beginning eloping was a quick runaway wedding held at Las Vegas wedding chapels or Gretna Green  – Scotland.  Gretna Green’s “runaway marriages” stem from 1754.

image | Rosanne & Ricardo eloping to the Keukenhof


Firstly, weddings can be the biggest source of relationship stress. You could be worried about taking off on the spur-of-the-moment. Perhaps you need to consider the practicalities and legalities of it all.Well, you’re right to worry if you want a legal wedding to be valid abroad. Get all the relevant paperwork at the local town hall before heading of to Holland.


Secondly, is an elopement wedding legal? Well, that’s up to you guys. You can have a non-binding ceremonial wedding or opt for a legal marriage service. The legal paperwork can be obtained from your local town hall – marriage council official. With a ceremonial wedding [without legalities] you create the ceremony of your dreams.


Creating a wedding ceremony for two needs a celebrant or officiant to make it feel real. So, find a Dutch marriage official at the town hall where you will be staying in Holland. Or contact a native English speaking celebrant to help you create your dream day. This way you cherish the moment for the rest of your life.


So, what’s next? The love accommodation. From the Waldorf hotel, Conservatorium hotel, Kurhaus of Scheveningen to a spectacular castle in Maastricht you are spoilt for choice. What about an exclusive wedding venue in Utrecht or perhaps you dream of saying, “YES” in full bloom at the Keukenhof flower garden. Celebrate your love in style.


Another thing, envision celebrating your love at an idyllic waterside location. From the Amsterdam Toren, to a beautiful houseboat in Rotterdam, to a bridge keeper’s house on the Amsterdam Grachten Canal, an elopement wedding is possible. Utter your vows at a private wedding venue and make your eloping dream become reality.


Save big money by choosing to elope to Holland and about a wedding budget. Skip the venue and book Airbnb instead. This is inexpensive option because there are no ceremony venue costs. However, you’ll need bridal outfit, rings or another token of love. Oh yes, don’t forget the celebrant [300 and 500 euros]. So, find a budget checker now.


Your elopement wedding pictures don’t require you to wear Dutch clogs, pick a few tulips or go cheese tasting. But you could set off to a Dutch park and have a full day shoot. Or what about taking a boat cruise the backdrop is magnificent. Otherwise, pop off to a local historical location near your accommodation. Enjoy a day of loving one another up, in-front of the camera.


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Rosanne & Ricardo eloping to the Keukenhof for the wedding ceremony. “How do you escape a big wedding ceremony”?


Additionally, Dutch weather is like UK, USA and European one. So, if the weather doesn’t permit, how do you safe guard your privacy? How do you find comfort within each other’s space without rain pouring down?  Your relationship is sacred, so why not celebrate at your exclusive venue, on the boat or at the Airbnb of your dreams. It’s a fun wedding experience for two.


So, fantasizing about a passionate elopement during the pandemic could be on your mind. Imagine a picturesque location, in the Summer, Spring, Autumn or Winter time. You can plan it anywhere you want in Holland [within covid-19 travel restrictions]. Perhaps an off-peak wedding date or month suits you. Namely, all wedding seasons are perfect for an off-peak season elopement, too.


Equally important, if your busy work and social schedule, doesn’t leave you enough time for wedding planning contact a Dutch wedding planner. Get the ball rolling. Reach out to vendors: celebrant-officiant, photographer, hair & makeup artist, and a florist. Let the wedding professionals do all the legwork. And find out each suppliers covid-19 policy in regards to social distancing and gathering rules. Don’t incur a fine.


elopement wedding photographers bride holding tulip in a field

From Las Vegas strip , Gretna Green ceremony, Dutch tulip fields of the Keukenhof, to a fairy-tale matrimony at Disneyland elopement weddings are in!


Although, a quick stress-free elopement sounds romantic. Do you avoid disappointing family & friends? Are you worried about hurting peoples feelings? Are they happy for you? Or are they unhappy with your choice of partner? Do your friends criticize and judge your life choices? Well, stop feeling anxious , plan an elopement wedding. You don’t have to invite anyone.


Lastly, during your elopement wedding use the “Little Black Book”, full of great ideas of where you can dine in, dine out or take-away. Although, you plan to marry in secret without entertaining guests, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t indulge somewhat. Basically, don’t let worry consume your elopement wedding plans. Enjoy your meal [Eat Smakelijk!]



To elope means to run away and to not come back to the point of origin.  More colloquially, elopement is often used to refer to a teeny tiny marriage conducted in sudden and secretive fashion, usually involving a hurried flight away from one’s place of residence together with one’s beloved with the intention of getting married. In fact, it’s a stripped-back wedding for two. Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elopement


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About Clover Jean: I'm a Londoner based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Being a ceremonial wedding - symbolic marriage officiant with a gospel & soul choir is rewarding work. So, my guilty pleasures are fine dining, travel hot spots and on-line retail therapy. What's yours? Get in touch, via Instagram #cloverjeanamsterdam or Facebook. LIKE, SHARE, SPREAD THE LOVE & see you soon!

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