Getting Married Aboard A Dutch Boat – What Does It Cost?

getting married aboard a beautiful boat in amsterdam couple sitting in the back of the boat kissing

Getting married aboard a boat in Amsterdam is a rare treat, it’s a romantic way to celebrate your love for one another. The boat wedding experience is exhilarating. Imagine a nautical celebration surrounded by the ones you love. Sounds great, right? However, there’s a whole raft of things to consider.

How much should you splash out? Where can you find the best prices and package deals? Well, planning an original wedding location full of fun, happiness and joy is daunting. Perhaps looking for a safe haven to swap your vows has left you in a limbo. And with nautical tourism making big waves in NL, leisurely cruising the waterways, is every lover of boats dream.

So, imagine stepping onboard, saying, “I DO” and sailing off into wedded bliss. And the captain rings the bell [if you ask nicely] to confirm your union. But there’s a problem, you can’t get legally married on a boat in Holland. However, an officiated celebrant-led wedding is allowed. Get planning now for the perfect location, here are the boat costs…

Getting married aboard

Getting married aboard bride holding bouquet and groom smiling at a wedding reception

Nautical-themed boat weddings:  The Amsterdam grachtengordel – canal belt  and the IJ harbor as your backdrop. Truly breathtaking | Everyone looks impressed! image courtesy of the wedding couple – Thera & Kevin

Firstly, save valuable time before your port of call. Obtain a civil license from an (appointed register office) municipality of the country where you reside. Thereafter, bring the marriage documents [if necessary] to Holland. So, now get wedding planning, here are canal boating options.

1. Amsterdambyboat | request pricing & package

Imagine slipping on your convertible two in one fairy tale wedding dress and heading off to Amsterdam by boat. It has pick-up and drop off points for ferrying your guests to and fro. Plus you can request that a celebrant officiates your ceremony on board. Even better, it’s the perfect boat wedding reception. Costly yet worth it. Check the prices.

2. | from 98 euros p.p.

Secondly, push out the boat with Trouwschip, if your ideas are springing up and spilling over about a wedding reception on the water. Albeit, from the walk down the aisle to sitting at the altar every key step is restricted. As the happy couple you can steer away from all the traditional marriage rules, when you step onboard. Make your special day unique and memorable.

3. | from € 1.425,-

Thirdly, fall in love with all the bells and whistles this certified boat wedding rental company has to offer. Celebrating your big moment aboard a party ship with a retractable roof means you’ll open the floodgates of joyful tears. Loved ones shall be keen to share your happiness. Travel along the canal and enjoy the outstanding Dutch landscape.

4. Rederij Stiphout, Maastricht | request pricing & package

Rederij Stiphout is Maastricht’s pride and joy on the water. Another thing, this boat rental company leaves you spoilt for choice. Imagine drinking a cocktail on this passenger ship. The striking furnishings add to fairy-tale weddings. So, celebrate, admire the sights, explore the canals.

Getting married aboard wedding couple, officiating celebrant and congregation on a canal boot

Boat weddings in Holland – spending time on a boat is perfect. You create meaningful wedding moments emphasised while sailing on the many channels of Dutch water. image courtesy of the happy couple Thera & Kevin.

5. Rederij Spido, Rotterdam | from € 23.75 p.p.

Come hell or high water you can have a Spido boat wedding. There distinctive weddings on a boat in Holland offer a unique sailing experience. Docked at Rotterdam harbour, this prestigious boat rental company has cozy, new and up-to-date vessels. Most importantly, you’ll have sheer enjoyment and the best ambiance for your big day event.

6. Raderstoomboot De Majesteit, Rotterdam |request package

In addition, getting married aboard De Majesteit is a dream come true. Literally translated, it means the Majesty. This cruise ship is one of the largest and most luxurious paddle steamers in Europe. Refurbished and in pristine condition for your wedding event it’s the perfect boat rental. In short, a royal treatment awaits you in nostalgic Dutch style and atmosphere.

7. | from 45 per hour

And there’s more you need to know about planning your wedding aboard a Dutch boat. First off, after you’ve registered your marriage at the town hall, hire a boat rental in Amsterdam. Technically speaking, a wedding cruise on a marriage vessel in Holland is more relaxed than a casual venue on land. However, if you’re non-Dutch the law requires that you obtain your official paperwork before boarding.

8. Blue Boat rental Amsterdam | request pricing & package

Additionally the tide has turned on marriage ceremonies. Therefore your celebrations should reflect your lifestyle, aspirations and love for one another. So, soak up the breathtaking and enigmatic views of the Dutch coastline aboard the Blue Boat. By stemming the tide of a traditional ceremony, you are guaranteed a coastal wedding reception [± 80 persons] of a lifetime.

Getting married aboard celebrant and wedding couple on canal boot in Amsterdam

Whether you want a canal boat, river cruise ceremony or an anniversary wedding luxury yacht. It’s possible in Holland. image courtesy of Thera & Kevin the happy wedding couple

9. Flagship private luxury canal tour – Agatha | From € 395

Alternatively, if your interested in an electric boat for a catered event, Flagship’s elegant salon boat can service your needs. Guaranteed a memorable moment aboard, from the ceremony, reception to the evening celebrations, you’ll enjoy the journey. Amaze your guests with such awe-inspiring panoramic floating wedding location.

10. | From € 400 full day

Furthermore, navigate the beautiful canals with your partner and begin a good start to your marriage. Actually, capture fleeting moments on a retractable roof boat, your nautical theme wedding ideas will  not sink.

11. Classic boat tours, Amsterdam / From 630 per hour

Actually, experience true genuine emotions by marrying on one of Classic boat tours salon-boats. Marry in style and host a classy intimate wedding (6 – 30 guests) upon a private boat. Specialized in small groups, these skipper’s navigate you through the rough waters, so you lay a solid foundation for the future journey ahead.

 Dutch ferry boat on the river Maas

” Love is a ship forever setting sail” – Dutch river-liner cruiser | Geul Servaasbrug Rederij Stiphout

12. De Muider Compagnie, Muiden |request pricing & package

Another option is getting married aboard De Muider Compagnie, located on the outskirts of Amsterdam. Hundreds of couples have enjoyed their hospitality and flawless services. It is one of the most popular gliding wedding venues in the Netherlands. These sovereign boats designed with your comfort in mind provide catering, too. So, charter

13., Amsterdamfrom € 75 p.p. provides you with the ultimate titanic moment. Charter a boat and experience a nautical styled wedding, on a majestic sailing ship. Otherwise, choose a historic tjalk (classic yacht). Docked all over the harbors of Holland, these timeless vessels are awaiting your presence. So, call now to book your voyage. Rent a boat at

14. Frisian-sailing, Enkhuizen|request pricing & package

Fancy a midweek, weekend or a whole week long boat wedding with family and friends in Friesland? Well, can accommodate you. So, set your timetable for the perfect floating Dutch wedding ceremony. There ships offer you the ideal backdrop for your wedding photos. How does that sound?

15. Willen Jacob, Groningen | request pricing & package

Enjoy your dream day and night getting married aboard a Willem Jacob sailing ship. It will be a priceless experience! Another thing, the staff knows the ropes and will create a wedding of your dreams. From the Waddenzee,  Lauwersmeer, Schiermonnikoog, Ameland en Groningen it will be a memorable voyage of love.

Dutch barge: A term for several types of traditional flat-bottomed shoal-fraught sailing barge, originally used for carrying cargo in the Zuyder Zee and on the rivers of Netherlands. Also called a schuyt. Source:

woman wearing white bridal frock holding pink and white floral bouquet


Lastly, boat weddings in Holland are romantic, exciting and fun. Imagine being welcomed onboard a love ship (“stap in het huwelijksbootje”).  Thereafter you go weaving through the Dutch canals, river and sea. Albeit, it’s corona time, boat rental companies have implemented strict guidelines. So, you keep your wedding party safe and dry.

  • Cleaned and disinfected upon arrival are the toilet, tables and doorknobs on the boat.
  • Secondly, there are a limited number of wedding guests allowed onboard [contact the boat you desire for more details].
  • A social distance of 1.5 metres is adhered
  • Reduced personalised service due to Covid-19
  • Guests on board must follow boating staffs instructions
  • Toilet facilities maybe restricted


Over to you…

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About Clover Jean: I'm the London celebrant based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Officiating weddings, renewal of marriage vows and naming ceremonies is my passion. My guilty pleasures are singing with my Gospel & Soul choir, 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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