How To Get Married In The Historic City Of Amsterdam

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To get married means a new phase in your life. It’s about new beginnings and a fresh start. In fact, Amsterdam is an amazing place to tie the knot. But, how do you envision your big day? I’m sure you’re quite ecstatic.

Planning a marriage ceremony, reception and party in the heart of The Netherlands is an exciting undertaking. And it is one that can become steadily your reality. For that reason, you need to be aware of the time and costs involved. Plus, the effort you need to put in to make it happen.

Nevertheless, where do you begin your search? I’m a wedding celebrant and master of ceremonies and know how much stress planning a wedding can be. So, I have done the hard work for you. Take a look…

Enjoy a wedding ceremony that suits you both

Firstly, in light of the Brexit negotiations, it is possible to have your nuptials in Amsterdam. However, it must be compliant with Dutch law. Therefore, you must sort out your legal paperwork in the country of your residence. Then you can celebrate in a superior hotel with family and friends. Go to for more details.

Take into account what you need to marry in Amsterdam

Additionally, you must meet certain conditions and make certain arrangements if you wish to marry in Amsterdam. Non-Dutch citizens must obtain a residence permit or a completed personal declaration. The same rules apply if you wish to enter into a registered partnership.

Host your event at a historical museum

But, once you have complied with the local authorities requirements in the country where you reside. You can host your event at a museum or the botanical gardens in Amsterdam. However, the question is, how are you going to organise your Amsterdam wedding on dry land or on a boat? Find out more information at Expatica – family 

Combine English traditions with a Dutch feel

So, whether you both are American, English or Dutch your cultures are important. Represent both families and friends by combining English with Dutch. Additionally, your in-laws and guests share in your joy. What does that mean? And what should you arrange? is happy to answer all your questions.

Legalisation of foreign documents for use in Amsterdam

Marriage for the 2nd, 3rd or 4th time is the triumph of hope over experience. So, find out if your official documents have to be certified, notarised or translated. Dutch law requires they do. This does not apply to legal paperwork drawn up in Dutch or English. However, the ministry of foreign affairs has strict terms and conditions about documentation permitted for use in the Netherlands. Here is more information about Dutch weddings in Amsterdam.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs can answer more of your questions

In addition, read more general information on legalising foreign documents  at And find out about sanctioned documents in the Netherlands at the Consular Service Center (CDC) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Or else go to your town hall for more details.

Find out about your wedding ceremony in historic Amsterdam

You’ll find ideas about setting-up your wedding ceremony at Personalise your unique  nuptials with their help. For design examples, visit Pinterest  for wonderful and inspirational Dutch wedding ideas

The English Reformed Church awaits your presence

Lastly, to get married is not difficult in Amsterdam. You are free to plan a non-religious or religious marriage ceremony. There are plenty of licensed, non-licensed or boat venues available to you. At the Posthoorn kerk or the English Reformed Church you can seal your vows. Otherwise arrange a service at the Church of Our Lady




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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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